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  • EPA rife with green conflicts of interest

    Numerous senior officials of the EPA have real or apparent "revolving door" conflicts of interest, according to a new report by a nonprofit watchdog.

  • Retailers want food stamp data secret

    How many food stamps are redeemed at which stores has long been viewed by the companies and the Department of Agriculture as a commercial trade secret and thus exempt from disclosure.

  • Fed used tax dollars to build dream house

    A Department of Veterans Affairs employee who remodeled her home using taxpayer dollars was sentenced to four years of probation after pleading guilty to one count of theft in federal court.

  • Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells. After looking at dozens of cases of...

  • Clintons' speeches are cozy for Wall Streeters but closed to journalists

    The former secretary of state's every word is intensely analyzed for clues about what she would do if she were elected president in 2016.

  • Senate's secret handbook published online for first time

    The book, which "governs everything from how many sheets of paper and potted plants each Senate office is allotted to when Senators can use taxpayer money to charter planes or boats," was made public Sunday by USA Today, which published nearly whole thing online.

  • Endangered Colo. Republican exploited loophole on taxpayer-funded ads

    Rep. Doug Lamborn sent out a mailing attacking President Obama and boasting of Lamborn's accomplishments just before a tight election.

  • Corruption still huge in Afghanistan: SIGAR

    "This is astonishing, given that Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world and a country that the United States is spending billions of dollars in," John Sopko said.

  • Group connected to top Georgia Dem accused of possible voter fraud

    A group set up to help minorities register to vote may have actually engaged in large-scale voter fraud, according to an investigation by the Georgia secretary of state.

  • Permanent director needed for embattled Phoenix VA hospital, Arizona officials say

    The position was left empty when revelations about phony patient appointment lists and long delays in patient care surfaced, prompting the dismissal of the director.

  • Afghans headed to 'narco-criminal state'

    "By every conceivable metric, we have failed," said John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

  • VA critic slams Phoenix leak

    Federal laws protecting medical confidentiality of a patient who committed suicide were broken in a clumsy attempt by Department of Veterans Affairs officials to deflect criticism from an Arizona congresswoman, a veterans' advocacy group charged Friday.

  • Is Breitbart audit evidence of IRS assault on conservative media outlets?

    "An audit here looks awfully convenient given the facts and circumstances," Grover Norquist said in a letter Friday to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

  • Veterans preference fraud puts Philly woman in jail

    Authorities say the service-disabled veteran supposedly in charge of Philadelphia's Tri-Ark Industries was "merely a straw person" with no connection to the contract he helped procure.

  • Feds' tab for 21 desert homes: $680K each

    Federal officials paid nearly eight times the average price of homes in Ajo, Ariz., to build 21 family-type residences for U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees.



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