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  • Toyota, GM recalls push US to near-record pace

    DETROIT (AP) — Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government. On Wednesday, Toyota announced it was recalling nearly 1.8 million vehicles in the U.S....

  • Government watchdog complains of DHS hiring issues

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Office of Special Counsel says three Customs and Border Protection human resources employees tried to manipulate the hiring process to give three politically connected applicants an advantage. In complaints filed Tuesday and announced Wednesday, the Office of Special...

  • Judge slaps State Department over Blackwater

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is calling for an investigation of the State Department over years of delays in prosecuting Blackwater security guards in the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in 2007. Four Blackwater guards are scheduled to go on trial June 11 in Washington for the...

  • Bank of America paying $772M over selling credit card extras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America Corp. is paying $772 million in fines and refunds to settle regulators' accusations that it misled customers who bought extra credit-card products and illegally charged others for credit monitoring and reporting services they didn't receive. The Consumer...

  • FEC says it's powerless against 'scam' PACs that may have cost Allen West his seat

    Political operatives are profiting by using misleading pleas to raise money from people who think they're giving to well-known candidates who don't actually benefit at all. Their donors are often elderly retirees, campaign finance records show. But "scam" PACs have little to fear from the...

  • Weight-loss business settles discrimination case

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A weight-loss business has agreed to pay a Detroit-area woman $45,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit. The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1qq4f2l ) Wendy Lamond-Broughton joined Weight Watchers and lost 30 pounds following the birth of her...

  • Inspector general: South Carolina State University diverted $6.5 million

    South Carolina State University has diverted $6.5 million meant for agriculture research to cover debts since 2007, contributing to its cash flow crisis, the state inspector general said in a report released this week.

  • Two charged in $70 million Florida 'virtual concierge' fraud

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two South Florida men are facing fraud charges in an alleged $70 million scheme using investments in so-called "virtual concierge" machines that operate in retail stores. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 49-year-old Joseph Signore and 56-year-old Paul...

  • Secret Service agents reassigned after incidents

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service has reassigned agents from its special operations division, including the top agent there, after a pair of embarrassing incidents earlier this year. The division has also changed the rules about when agents are allowed to drink before duty and on...

  • Gov't: GM missed deadline for faulty switch data

    DETROIT (AP) — A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a letter to GM on Tuesday...

  • CVS settles SEC investigation for $20 million

    CVS Caremark has finalized a $20 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over accusations that the company misled investors and used improper accounting to boost its performance several years ago. The drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager had announced the...

  • House panel calls on Commerce inspector general to fire officials who forced 'gag clause' on whistleblowers

    Federal inspectors general are supposed to protect whistleblowers, but a House panel has accused Department of Commerce Inspector General Todd Zinser of doing the opposite.

  • US jury hits Takeda, Eli Lilly with $9B penalty

    TOKYO (AP) — A U.S. jury ordered Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and its U.S. counterpart, Eli Lilly and Co., to pay $9 billion in punitive damages over a diabetes medicine linked to cancer. The drug companies said Tuesday they will "vigorously challenge" the decision. The U.S...

  • EXography: Globe-trotting honchos spend big on FMCS' dime

    Odds are good that wherever the words "labor" or "arbitration" are mentioned at meetings around the world, somebody from the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will be there.

  • Delayed tests, inadequate care linked to 23 cancer patient deaths at Veterans Affairs hospitals

    Delays in cancer screenings contributed to as many as 23 patient deaths at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide, according to an agency document. Another 53 patients suffered some type of harm as a result of improper care related to gastrointestinal cancer testing or treatment,...



From the Weekly Standard

  • Through a Google Glass, Darkly

    “Just because something bears the aspect of the inevitable one should not, therefore, go along willingly with it.” ​—​Philip K. Dick

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  • 2014 ≠ 2016

    Polls are overrated, but they can be still instructive. So what’s to be learned from a Fox News survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted April 13-15? 

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  • As Goes North Carolina

    Raleigh, N.C.  To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that...

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