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Investigations You Need to Read: Friday

Happy Friday! Before you run off to enjoy your weekend, get the latest accountability news:

  • A psychiatrist says he repeatedly warned a German diocese about a priest accused of sexually abusing boys. That diocese, reports The New York Times, was headed by the same man who now leads the Catholic Church -- Pope Benedict XVI.
  • The Washington Post: Rep. John Boehner urges bankers to "stand up for yourselves, for goodness sakes," as they gear up to lobby against financial overhaul.
  • Government regulators had their concerns, but Toyota -- with the help of its lobbyists -- pushed back to avoid major early recalls. The regulatory agency, which has the authority to order a recall, "did not push for more," reports The Washington Post.
  • Government ethics watchdogs fault the FAA ($) for lax oversight of Southwest Airlines, reports the Wall Street Journal.
  • Lehman's rival, Merrill Lynch, had raised red flags to SEC and Fed regulators ($) about Lehman's accounting, reports The Financial Times. Check Naked Capitalism for a non-paywalled recap.
  • Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski talks a good game on global warming, reports Mother Jones, even while she blocks efforts to address it.

These stories are part of our ongoing roundup of investigations from other news outlets. For more, visit our Investigations Elsewhere page.

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