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  • Ex-US diplomat Khalilzad contests financial probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations has been caught up in a suspected money-laundering inquiry that led to a freeze on bank deposits he and his wife hold in Austria. Austrian officials said Zalmay Khalilzad, the founder of a global consulting...

  • Nine years later, Hurricane Katrina recovery funds still being audited

    About $3.6 million of the grants weren't needed by local authorities and should be put to better use by FEMA somewhere else, said the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General in a government watchdog report.

  • Nonprofit puts Federal Lobbying Database on the Internet for everybody

    The database includes corporations, organizations, lobbying firms and individual lobbyists.

  • Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife found guilty on corruption counts

    The soap-opera-like trial of the former governor and his wife, Maureen, came to an end Thursday, with both McDonnells being found guilty of corruption charges.

  • Ex-Im exceeds travel budget by millions after flying first class 400 times

    Officials of the U.S. Export-Import Bank blew the agency's travel budget by millions of dollars after taking 400 first-class flights over the last three years, according to records obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

  • Army can't track spending on $4.3b system to track spending, IG finds

    More than $725 million was spent by the Army on a high-tech network for tracking supplies and expenses that failed to comply with federal financial reporting rules meant to allow auditors to track spending.

  • New York congressman's ex-girlfriend pleads guilty

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Texas woman romantically linked to embattled New York Congressman Michael Grimm has pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges. Diana Durand of Houston entered the plea on Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors had accused Durand of lining up straw donors for...

  • DOJ pays 4,000 employees to do union work at taxpayer expense

    Two dozen $165,000-a-year Immigration Court judges are on the federal payroll under the government's "official time" program, allowing them to do union work on government time.

  • Contractor pleads guilty in $23.5 million 'rent-a-vet' scheme

    Ram Hingorani pleaded guilty to one count of major program fraud in connection with a scheme to obtain construction contracts with federal agencies using set-asides for owners of Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.

  • Billions in U.S. aid can't be accounted for by Afghan officials

    The U.S. has struggled with the corruption in Afghanistan's government over the past 13 years, including having millions of dollars being diverted to the Taliban.

  • Chief in $800M fraud gets 20 years prison

    MIAMI (AP) — The man who masterminded an $800 million insurance scam that fleeced tens of thousands of investors in one of Florida's all-time largest fraud schemes was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola gave Joel Steinger, 64, credit for pleading guilty to...

  • USPS leases 10k trailers but can't track them or confirm their receipt

    U.S. Postal Service officials spent more than $39 million leasing trailers last year, but they have no way of tracking their locations or even confirming that they exist, according to a government watchdog.

  • Frequent frankers in Congress face tough re-election fights

    A Washington Examiner analysis of congressional spending accounts found millions of tax dollars being spent on what amounts to free advertising for House members.

  • SEC adopts rules on loan-backed securities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators on Wednesday voted to require financial firms that sell securities backed by loans, like the kind that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, to give investors details on borrowers' credit records and income. The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the...

  • Online food stamp fraud growing, GAO reports

    One online posting in Raleigh, N.C., offered 10 days of cooking and cleaning services in exchange for food stamps. Someone in Charlotte offered to exchange beer for food stamps, according to GAO.



From the Weekly Standard

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    As far as newspaper corrections go, it was a whopper. On August 24, the editors of the New York Times sucked the air out of a windy essay that had blown through its pages a few days before. The...

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