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Quick Picks: Stanford's D.C. Ties and ICE's Potential Lies

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

  • Yesterday the SEC shut down what it called a "massive ongoing fraud" -- to the tune of $8 billion -- at the company of Texas financier Robert Allen Stanford. Today's Wall Street Journal reports that Stanford and his execs have given at least $2 million to lawmakers and candidates and Stanford helped finance trips for some lawmakers to the Caribbean.
  • The Washington Post got its hands on documents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that suggest the agency misrepresented a Jan. 2007 roundup of illegal immigrants. The special ICE unit was meant to target "fugitive aliens" but rounded up 14 non-fugitive immigrants at a Maryland 7-Eleven. The unit was struggling to meet an "annual quota of 1,000 arrests per team" and had apparently been told to "boost arrest numbers by arresting non-fugitives if necessary."

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