Blackwater Black Ops: Blackwater security guards participated in some of the C.I.A.'s most sensitive activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, The New York Times reports. Those activities include transporting detainees and participating in clandestine raids with agency officers against suspected insurgents.
TARPing Unemployment: As part of an effort to limit the political and economic damage of high unemployment, The Obama administration plans to use money from the financial bailout to aid small businesses. The Washington Post reports that the move comes as the White House prepares to meet with executives the nation's largest banks and press them to increase lending, especially for small businesses.
Mr. Congeniality: Convicted Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff is making new friends behind bars, The Wall Street Journal reports. In addition to playing bocce and checkers, Inmate No. 61727-054 is reportedly making a name for himself among the inmates. As one put it, "To every con artist, he is the godfather, the don."
Importing Fights: The Senate's health care debate has hit a snag, The Los Angeles Times reports, over imported prescription drugs. Though President Obama and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle support the idea of expanding access to drugs from overseas as a way to cut the cost of health care, the prescription drug industry has fiercely opposed that approach.