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Quick Picks: An Earmark Tale by the Brothers Gregg

Quick Picks focuses on a select few of the day's stories from "Breaking on the Web."

  • The Obama administration will move to overturn a Bush-era rule that allowed health care workers to deny family-planning services and counseling to patients if such services conflicted with their moral beliefs, according to the Chicago Tribune. ProPublica followed the midnight regulation’s progress through its last-minute finalization.
  • Why was Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), President Obama’s former pick for commerce secretary, so keen to earmark funding for the defunct Pease Air Force Base? Perhaps because he had invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in the office park his brother built there, the AP reports. The senator said nothing he did was illegal, but the senator had certified, as new earmark disclosure rules require, that none of his earmarks monetarily benefited him or his immediate family.

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