What If...: CIA Director Leon Panetta is singing a different tune than another top official on the question of what the U.S. would do if Osama bin Laden (or another top al-Qaeda leader) were caught alive. A day after Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. declined to describe any plans, Panetta said, "The most likely scenario is you bring them to a military facility, and we would then do the questioning" there, The Washington Post reports.
1st Circuit Nominee: The Senate voted 98-0 on Wednesday to confirm O. Rogeriee Thompson, previously a Rhode Island state judge, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. She is the first black judge to serve on the court. Click here for more from the Providence Journal.
Deferred Prosecution: Wachovia has agreed to pay $160 million to the federal government to resolve a charge that it willfully failed to effectively monitor for potential money laundering activity in transactions with Mexican currency exchange houses, The National Law Journal reports.
Madoff Beating?: Convicted Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff was beaten in December while serving time in Butner, N.C., The Wall Street Journal reports, citing three people familiar with the matter. Prison officials say they have no information to confirm Madoff was assaulted.
Blago Trial: A federal judge Wednesday declined to delay the trial date of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), setting up a June trial, the Chicago Tribune reports.