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  • 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...

  • Ex-Massachusetts city official faces corruption trial

    LAWRENCE, Mass. — The corruption trial of a former Lawrence mayor's chief of staff is scheduled to get started. Jury selection in the trial of Leonard Degnan is expected to start Monday in Lawrence Superior Court. Degnan is the former chief of staff to ex-Mayor William Lantigua. Charges...

  • Department of Education revives Florida Bright Futures probe

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has revived a probe into Florida's Bright Futures scholarship program, which critics charge is increasingly out of reach for the students who need it most. A spokesman for the department told The Miami...

  • Ex-border inspector to be sentenced for corruption

    SAN DIEGO — Lorne Jones received praise from supervisors for seizing large loads of marijuana and other drugs during a long career as a U.S. border inspector. Now he faces a judge for helping smuggle drugs himself. Jones faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced...

  • San Diego invites feds to probe police misconduct

    SAN DIEGO — San Diego's new mayor and newly appointed police chief have invited the federal Department of Justice to investigate the city's police department after allegations of officer misconduct. Mayor Kevin Faulconer and police Chief Shelley Zimmerman were set to reveal details about the...

  • Rhode Island speaker to step down after FBI raids

    Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox is resigning from his leadership post and will not run for re-election, he said Saturday, a day after federal and state authorities raided his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation that they would not detail.

  • New Mexico sued over public-school financing

    SANTA FE, N.M. — Parents of public school students have sued the state to increase funding for education and target more assistance to disadvantaged students who are living in poverty or learning English. The lawsuit was announced Thursday by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, which...

  • Ex-Nebraska fire chief guilty of theft from department

    LINCOLN, Neb. — A former fire chief has been convicted of stealing from his fire department in southeast Nebraska. Forty-seven-year-old John Porter pleaded no contest on Thursday in Lancaster County District Court to theft and attempted possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. His...

  • Firing of officer who shared Rihanna photo upheld

    LOS ANGELES — A police officer who distributed an evidence photo depicting Rihanna's injuries after she was attacked by Chris Brown was properly fired for her actions, a judge ruled Thursday. Former Los Angeles police officer Rebecca Reyes took a picture of an evidence photo and the image...

  • Lawyer pleads guilty to bribing state district judge

    A lawyer admitted he gave cash and paid for vehicle repairs for then-144th District judge Angus McGinty in Texas.

  • Bill proposes confidentiality for Alaska Public Offices Commission complaints

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A House committee has advanced legislation that would keep confidential complaints made with the Alaska Public Offices Commission until or unless the commission determines a violation has occurred. Rep. Pete Higgins says your name is all you have and his bill, HB235, is...

  • Documents in DC corruption case: Hillary Clinton aide sought 'street teams'

    A campaign adviser to Hillary Clinton was involved in an off-the-books operation to help the former first lady's 2008 presidential campaign in four states and Puerto Rico, according to federal court documents.

  • Toil, abuse and endurance in the heartland

    For more than 30 years, a few dozen men with intellectual disabilities — affecting their reasoning and learning — lived in a dot of a place called Atalissa, Iowa. Every morning before dawn, they were sent to eviscerate turkeys at a processing plant, in return for food, lodging, the occasional...



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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