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Today seems to have been a big day for big reveals. First up, WaPo has the scoop that prosecutors were ready to charge Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, but that the final decision was delayed by Justice officials. "Whatever McDonnell is paying his lawyers, they're worth it," Politico's Alex Burns wryly tweeted.
Then from the Department of Justice, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara released a noteworthy statement on the case against Devyani Khobragade, the diplomat from India whose arrest under allegations of committing visa fraud triggered a diplomatic standoff between her country and the US last week. "'One wonders why there is... precious little outrage about the alleged treatment of the Indian victim'," NYT's Declan Walsh shared a choice quote from the missive. "Looks like the Indian diplomat was never handcuffed, as alleged. She lied, US atty suggests," WaPo's David Beard concluded. "Interesting that prosecutor in this case, Preet Bhahara, was born in India," noticed Rebecca Santana at The Associated Press.
At ProPublica, Michael Grabell and Olga Pierce wrote a stellar piece called "In Temporary Work, Lasting Harm," which Las Vegas Sun's Bethany Barnes described as "[a] look at the dangers facing temp workers who often do the work no one else wants to." AllThingsD's Jason Del Rey put it into context for us: "A day after news of temp death at AMZN facility, ProPublica publishes devastating report on temp worker safety issues." Charles Ornstein praised, "Amazing work by my friend @MichaelGrabell: Temps were three times as likely to suffer an amputation on the job."
From Garrett Therolf at The Los Angeles Times, we learn the private foster care system designed to save children actually endangers some of them instead. Colleague Bob Pool commented, "Once again @gtherolf steps up for LA kids in foster care. Thanks, Garrett." Also there, Kimi Yoshino warned, "Great @gtherolf piece on failures in CA's private foster care will infuriate, make you cry."
And in another LA Times probe, hear from Robert Faturechi about how Sheriff Lee Baca's special hiring program favored friends and relatives, including a man convicted of sexual battery. "Sheriff Baca's enduring nightmare, @RobertFaturechi , with another expose, this one on hiring of jerk friends and kin," columnist Steve Lopez remarked.