The independent election commission in charge of last month’s elections in Afghanistan has annulled votes from 447 polling stations because of fraud. Current President Hamid Karzai is leading with about 3/4 of votes counted but he does not yet have the 50% majority he needs to avoid a run-off election, Al Jazeera.
New scheme from Wall Street: “Wall Street bankers plan to buy life insurance policies that ill and elderly people sell for cash and package hundreds or thousands of them together into bonds,” New York Times. “The earlier the policyholder dies, the bigger the return — though if people live longer than expected, investors could get poor returns or even lose money.”
White House environmental advisor Van Jones has resigned after controversy stemming from statements he made during the George W. Bush administration, Washington Post.