Misquoted: A lawyer for the hotel housekeeper who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in May said Wednesday that taped conversations, two of them made a day after the encounter, prove that his client had no intention of exploiting the charges against Mr. Strauss-Kahn to make money, The New York Times reports.
Looking at Groupon: The Securities and Exchange Commission has asked Groupon to answer questions about the unusual accounting measure it invented, which paints a more robust picture of performance by excluding marketing and other expenses, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Issa's Answer: President Barack Obama's top lawyer sent House Overisght and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa a letter Wednesday arguing that all of Obama's political and fundraising activities in the White House have been legal and above board, Politico reports.
Under Surveillance: The Obama administration continued Wednesday to resist the efforts of two Democratic senators to learn more about the government’s interpretation of domestic surveillance law, stating that “it is not reasonably possible” to identify the number of Americans whose communications may have been monitored under the statute, the Washington Post reports.
Mr. Bankruptcy: Kenneth Klee - described as “a walking legislative history of bankruptcy” - may have a chance to participate in the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history this week if Jefferson County, Alabama, decides to file for protection from its creditors. Klee and his Los Angeles law firm, Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP, were hired July 26 to represent the county, Bloomberg reports.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Who are the 50 most beautiful people on Capitol Hill? The Hill’s 2011 list is here.