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Investigations You Need to Read: Monday

Today in accountability news:

  • Board members at Moody's Investors Service -- a rating agency tasked with informing investors of the riskiness of bonds -- ignored signs that the agency was drinking Wall Street's "Kool-Aid," reports McClatchy.
  • The New York Times reports that after denying involvement in the deaths of three Afghan women in February, the U.S. military command is admitting that the killings occurred during a nighttime raid -- raising questions about falsehoods and a cover-up.
  • Former SEC lawyers can easily switch over from working as enforcers to representing clients that are pushing back against enforcement, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • National Journal is out with K Street's salary numbers: Lobbyists for trade associations had the fattest paychecks in recent years, with the highest earner taking home more than $6 million.
  • Freezing Iranian assets -- part of existing U.S. sanctions against Iran -- has affected only a small sum of money. The Wall Street Journal reports that the amount currently frozen -- less than $43 million -- is a quarter of what Iran earns in oil revenue each day.
  • In a bust economy, the work of helping companies save money by contesting worker unemployment claims has itself turned into a boom business, according to The New York Times.

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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