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  • U.S. tax dollars may be paying salaries of Afghan National Police 'ghost workers'

    U.S. tax dollars may be paying for "ghost workers" on the Afghan National Police payroll, which receives a significant amount of its funding from the U.S., according to a letter from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction to military commanders in Afghanistan.

  • Advocates criticizing New York public finance proposal

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Good-government advocates are criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York's legislative leaders for a budget agreement to test public campaign financing with the state comptroller race this year. Six good-government groups released a statement Sunday that called the proposal...

  • Santa Fe sues contractor over tax refund

    SANTA FE, N.M. — The city of Santa Fe has sued the builder of its convention center and alleges the company has refused to return a $600,000 tax refund that the city says was an overpayment. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that lawsuit asks a court to find that the city is entitled to...

  • Senate torture report examines hunt for Osama bin Laden

    A hotly disputed Senate torture report concludes that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to congressional aides and outside experts familiar with the investigation. The CIA still disputes that conclusion....

  • Companies receive incentives, fail to deliver jobs

    ATLANTA (AP) — State records show many companies that have been awarded expansion grants have fallen short of delivering the number of jobs they promised to state officials looking to bolster economic development. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday that a group of companies...

  • GM, safety agency face Congress over recalls

    DETROIT — If GM knew it had a problem, why wasn't something done to fix it? Congress will seek the answer to that question and others this week as it presses General Motors CEO Mary Barra and federal regulators about their handling of a safety defect in the Chevrolet Cobalt and other small...

  • Feds may pull funding over Georgia food stamp problems

    Federal officials are threatening to cut off up to $76 million in administrative funding if Georgia doesn't make big changes to its food stamp system.

  • FOIA exemptions provide ample cover for bureaucrats hiding agency secrets, transparency advocates say

    Black columns run vertically down 700 pages, devoid of any information about the federal workers who spent thousands of hours doing union work while on the government payroll. This is what the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. In...

  • Court restores Mississippi medical kickback convictions

    JACKSON, Miss. — A federal appeals court has ruled against two men challenging verdicts in a bribery and kickbacks case involving a north Mississippi hospital. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled Tuesday in cases against Ray Shoemaker and Lee...

  • Open government group questions Susana Martinez policy

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is asking Gov. Susana Martinez about the administration's policy for handling information requests from the Legislature's watchdog committees. The questions were raised in response to a story by The Associated Press that...

  • Shaming tight-lipped bureaucrats on Veterans Affairs issues could improve transparency, open government advocates say

    Shaming the Department of Veterans Affairs for its closed-mouthed tactics through a new congressional website is a unique tactic that will ratchet up pressure on all agencies to be more transparent, media and open government advocates say. Whether it works remains to be seen. The House...

  • More than half of top posts in key Obamacare agency are vacant or held by 'acting' caretakers

    Eighteen of the 32 top management jobs in the federal agency that is "ground zero" for running Obamacare are either vacant or filled on an acting basis. The agency is the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. Its problems start at the top. Gary Cohen's last day as CCIIO's...

  • Postal service employees use travel cards to gamble, pay bills and go bowling

    Postal employees have spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on gambling, bills and other personal expenses, according to a series of reports by the U.S. Postal Service inspector general. Federal employees may use government credit cards for official travel expenses, but some used theirs to...

  • Charlotte, North Carolina, mayor facing corruption charges

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The mayor of North Carolina's largest city has been arrested on public corruption charges. U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said Wednesday that Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is facing theft and bribery charges. Tompkins says Cannon solicited and accepted bribes from...

  • FBI: California State Sen. Leland Yee arrested

    SAN FRANCISCO — A California state senator was arrested Wednesday during a series of raids by the FBI in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, authorities said. FBI spokesman Peter Lee confirmed the arrest of State Sen. Leland Yee, but declined to discuss the charges, citing an ongoing...



From the Weekly Standard

  • Why the New York Times Poll Is Bogus

    The Arkansas Senate race has been close in virtually every serious poll. The Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, probably had a small lead a month or so ago; after a massive negative assault on him...

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  • Hustle Is Overrated

    The Bryce Harper-Mike Trout showdown is underway and the outcome is, well, inconclusive. In round one Monday night, the Nationals leftfielder walked and went hitless in three at bats while the...

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  • Kennedy’s Question

    We often think of the Constitution as a two-part document: first the original 1787 text, which primarily establishes the government’s structure; and then the amendments, which primarily set...

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