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  • 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...

  • DC businessman Jeffrey Thompson charged with conspiracy

    Influential District of Columbia businessman Jeffrey Thompson was charged Monday with conspiring to violate federal and local campaign finance laws by funding off-the-books campaign activity for candidates including Hillary Rodham Clinton and district Mayor Vincent Gray.

  • Louisiana court catches $1 million accounting error

    GONZALES, La. — An accounting error discovered last summer cost the Ascension Parish Court $1.173 million over seven years. But it's been corrected and a plan put into place for the court to recover the lost funds. The error might boil down to two financial accounts that had very similar...

  • Ex-Trenton mayor wants his conviction dismissed

    TRENTON, N.J. — The former mayor of New Jersey's capital city has asked a federal judge to throw out his conviction on corruption charges and grant him a new trial. The Times of Trenton reports that Tony Mack's lawyer, Mark Davis, made the appeal in a 23-page brief filed Friday. Davis...

  • Maine child care licensing supervisor reassigned

    AUGUSTA, Maine — Officials say a state child care licensing supervisor who failed to take action for more than a year after inspectors discovered abuse at a Lyman day care center has been reassigned within the department and is no longer making licensing decisions. Kenneth Albert, director...

  • Lack of passport checks expose air security flaw

    PARIS — When you travel, airport security agents may pat you down, inspect your deodorant and scan your body from head to toe. But there's a good chance that no one's checking whether you're using someone's lost or stolen passport. A gaping, if little-known, loophole in international...

  • Andy Harris: Feds to review Maryland health exchange

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A Maryland congressman says the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to investigate Maryland's troubled health care exchange. Rep. Andy Harris confirmed in a statement Monday that his office has been notified that the inspector general...

  • Idaho company denies bilking Medicaid

    A south-central Idaho home-meal delivery service accused by state and federal officials in a lawsuit of overbilling Medicaid by nearly $900,000 is denying the allegations.

  • Trial approaches for former Alabama Senate leader

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. — A prosecutor said Friday he will show that former Alabama Senate leader Lowell Barron gave $58,000 in campaign funds to campaign aide Rhonda Jill Johnson to help her pay a debt to him and a credit card company. Barron's defense attorney said Barron paid Johnson for the...

  • Report faults oversight of foreign student program

    WASHINGTON — The government is falling short in assessing the risks of a program that allows tens of thousands of foreign students to stay in the United States and work for close to 2 1/2 years, according to a newly released report from the Government Accountability Office. The GAO,...

  • Ex-trader convicted of defrauding bailout program

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A former investment banker has been convicted in Connecticut of defrauding investment funds established as part of the government's response to the financial crisis. The U.S. attorney's office says a jury in New Haven convicted Jesse Litvak on Friday of securities fraud,...

  • Former Idaho commissioner facing charges

    SHOSHONE, Idaho — A former Lincoln County commissioner and secretary for the Shoshone City and Rural Fire Protection District is accused of stealing money meant for the fire department. The Times-News reports in a story on Friday that Jay Loesche, 50, is charged with two counts of...

  • Union seeks removal of New Jersey school superintendent

    Union members are seeking the removal of a southern New Jersey school superintendent who is pursuing tenure charges against a teacher who reported finding two kindergarten students engaged in sex play.



From the Weekly Standard

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    “Just because something bears the aspect of the inevitable one should not, therefore, go along willingly with it.” ​—​Philip K. Dick

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  • 2014 ≠ 2016

    Polls are overrated, but they can be still instructive. So what’s to be learned from a Fox News survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted April 13-15? 

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  • As Goes North Carolina

    Raleigh, N.C.  To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that...

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