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Cuomo issues subpoenas to top-earning Merrill executives. (WSJ)

Rove and Miers to testify before House Judiciary Committee on US Attorney firings. (TPM)

Venezuela expropriates Cargill rice mills. (WSJ)

Treasury releases details of foreclosure reduction program, says it could lower monthly payments for five million homeowners. (NYT)

Fourteen Wall Street firms, including Goldman Sachs and Citi subsidiaries, agree to pay $70 million to settle SEC charges that they traded ahead of clients. (FT)

Vivek Kundra named federal Chief Information Officer. (WaPo)