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  • Trial begins in Georgia ethics commission suit

    ATLANTA — Allegations that the state ethics commission retaliated against top staffers in an effort to stifle an investigation of Gov. Nathan Deal's personal and campaign finance reports have been at the center of two lawsuits pending in Fulton County Superior Court. Now one of those...

  • Address errors cost the USPS millions, IG finds

    A wrong mailing address is more than just headache -- it's costing the U.S. Postal Service millions annually, the agency's inspector general has found. A program used by the U.S. Postal Service called the Address Management System stores the information that allows for the delivery of mail to...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Former New York tax dept. worker sentenced for IRS scam

    Federal prosecutors say a 53-year-old former New York state tax department employee has been sentenced for bilking the Internal Revenue Service out of tens of thousands of dollars.

  • Ethics panel: No full probe of Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    The House Ethics Committee said Monday it will not appoint a special panel to investigate allegations that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-highest ranking House Republican, improperly combined campaign and official funds in a GOP leadership race and her re-election campaign.

  • Reno trial on faith-based fraud charges nears end

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Closing arguments are scheduled Monday afternoon in the trial of a Reno businessman accused of bilking the government out of $200,000 intended for nonprofits. The jury then will begin deliberations in the case involving Mike Stickler, whose Faith Based Services was one of...



From the Weekly Standard

  • Kennedy’s Question

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    "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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