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Quick Picks: Senate's Easy Ethics and BofA's Super Bowl Shindig

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

  • During 2008, the Senate Ethics Committee received 85 complaints from senators, aides and citizens but didn't conduct one investigation that resulted in disciplinary action, according to the panel's annual report detailed in today's Roll Call. The panel conducted 10 preliminary inquiries, but all fizzled before going on to the next stage. In fact, there wasn't one secondary review during the entire 110th Congress, when ex-Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) was convicted and ex-Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) had his bathroom indiscretion.
  • Bank of America, which, along with Citigroup, tops the list of TARP recipients at $45 billion, spent a hefty sum – upwards of $10 million – to host a five-day "carnival-like affair" at the Super Bowl this weekend, reports ABC News today. The bank defended the event, calling it a "business proposition" and part of its "growth strategy."

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