Quick Picks focuses on a select few of the day's stories from "Breaking on the Web."
- A Pennsylvania defense research center, forged by Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) over a decade ago, funneled "significant" amounts of federal dollars to private firms that supported Murtha's campaigns, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. The Electro-Optics center regularly consulted with PMA Group, a lobbying firm with Murtha ties, to devise strategies for getting its projects funded.
- Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) says President Obama last week betrayed whistle-blowers who root out corruption and waste. A provision in the appropriations bill would have extended protections, but Obama said in a signing statement that it unlawfully limits his ability to control the flow of executive branch information to Congress.
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