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Quick Picks: Obama Transparency, Appointees Under Fire

Our editors' picks of the latest investigative stories around the Web:

  • Adolfo Carrion, President Barack Obama's urban policy director and former Bronx borough president in New York City, is under investigation by the Bronx district attorney's office for allegedly getting a discount on his home renovation two years ago, reports the New York Daily News. Carrion admitted that he hasn't paid the architect yet but said the contractor "was paid in full for his work." The Daily News says he paid less than half the contractor's estimate. (A watchdog group has also asked the U.S. attorney general to open a bribery investigation into Carrion.)
  • Politicorates the Obama administration's transparency efforts so far, and although sunshine advocates say Obama is a vast improvement over his predecessor, he probably isn't used to getting grades like these. Among the lowest: White House openness (C-plus), press access (C-plus) and bailout transparency (D).

Check out more of our roundup in "Breaking on the Web." Was there a story we missed? Please keep sending us your picks.

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