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  • Va. toll road could cost $500m, not be built

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposed toll road championed by former Gov. Bob McDonnell might not be built but still cost taxpayers $400 million to $500 million. Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne told lawmakers Wednesday that there's a slight chance the proposed route running parallel to...

  • Math mistakes lead government to pay contractors up to 3 times market rate under Davis-Bacon

    Construction workers at companies doing work for the federal government are paid as much as three times what their peers outside of government get for the same work, a Washington Examiner review of federal statistics found.

  • USPS doesn't know how many historic buildings it owns

    Postal service managers don't know how many historic buildings they have, how much it costs to maintain them or what happened to historic New Deal artwork in the buildings they've sold, according to a new report by the U.S. Postal Service inspector general. The agency sold 22 historic post...

  • Drug firm exec gets 16 months in inside-trade case

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former pharmaceutical executive has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in an insider trading scheme. John Lazorchak was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Newark, N.J. He also will have to serve two years of supervised release once he's freed from...

  • Misbehaving IRS employees still got bonuses, agency IG finds

    According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, more than 2,800 employees with "conduct issues" received more than $2.8 million in monetary awards, more than 27,000 hours in time-off awards and 175 quality step — or pay grade — increases.

  • Poor security policies put national security at risk at defense intelligence agencies, IG says

    Defense intelligence agencies have allowed contract employees fired for misconduct to regain access to classified information, posing a threat to national security, according to a new report by the Defense Department's inspector general.

  • EXography: Federal agency FMCS gave grants to promote union membership

    The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service gave a grant of $101,000 in federal funds to Wisconsin construction unions who complained that union workers were at a disadvantage in hiring because managers had to pay them more than others.

  • South Carolina Veterans Affairs employees misused government purchasing cards, IG finds

    Employees at a Veterans Affairs hospital in South Carolina split up purchases to dodge oversight, the department's watchdog has found. After receiving a tip in April 2013, the VA's inspector general audited the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, S.C., to determine if its...

  • Despite Obamacare's woes, many high-ranking CMS employees got raises, data show

    Despite controversial delays in Obamacare and costly problems with its healthcare.gov website, most officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were paid more last year than the year before, newly released data show. CMS, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is...

  • Judicial Watch sues HHS for documents on faulty Obamacare '834' insurance forms

    A nonprofit watchdog group is suing the Department of Health and Human Services for information about the federal health care website's flawed "834" forms after HHS ignored a Freedom of Information Act request. Judicial Watch filed a Dec. 20 FOIA request for documents related to the forms,...

  • Accountant resigns amid ExpoPark investigation

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana ExpoPark accountant who was put on paid administrative leave around the time Cascade County began a "complex financial investigation" into the facility has resigned. The investigation into the county-owned sports and entertainment facility has been underway...

  • Monitors say improvements needed at Mississippi prison

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Court-appointed monitors say a Dec. 31 disturbance at the privately run Walnut Grove Correctional Facility points to the need for further improvements at the prison in Leake County. In U.S. District Court filings, monitors and plaintiffs who sued over conditions at the...

  • NYC comptroller questions oil company's NRA giving

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York City comptroller has asked a Texas oil company to explain its chairman's reported donations of $1 million each to the National Rifle Association and conservative political action committee American Crossroads. Comptroller Scott Stringer, investment adviser...

  • Durant hospital in Oklahoma agrees to settle health care fraud case

    A hospital in Durant and its parent company have agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve claims alleging that an otolaryngologist billed the state's Medicaid program for unnecessary sinus surgeries performed on children.

  • South Carolina data security efforts, monitoring may cost $27m

    South Carolina may spend $27 million next fiscal year on continued efforts to secure taxpayers' personal data and provide another year of credit protection following the 2012 hacking at the state's tax-collection agency.



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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  • 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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  • Mitch McConnell, Judicial Activist

    "This is the best Supreme Court, if you’re interested in a free society and in the ability of Americans to participate in the political process with a minimum amount of government restrictions....

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