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  • EXography: North Dakota, Texas top state economic growth since end of the Great Recession of 2008

    Last month, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released its newest annual data on each state's real gross domestic product, running through 2013. Among other things, the numbers reveal important insights into how each state fared in the period following the Great Recession — and possibly...

  • Va. lawmaker indicted on charges related to teen

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia legislator was indicted Monday on charges that he had an improper sexual relationship with a teenage girl, accusations the Democratic lawmaker denied and pledged to fight. According to a special prosecutor's statements in court papers, state Del. Joseph D....

  • GM won't limit ignition switch crash compensation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney overseeing General Motors' compensation to victims of small-car crashes says there's no limit to what the company will pay, provided the crashes were caused by faulty ignition switches. The tally could climb into billions of dollars. GM links 13 deaths to...

  • Veterans Affairs problems don't disappear for vets in private hospitals, GAO says

    Allowing veterans to seek health care at private hospitals does not mean the long wait lists they face at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities will disappear.

  • GM safety crisis grows as recalls mount

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' safety crisis worsened on Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches. The latest recalls involve mainly older midsize cars and bring GM's total this year to 29 million, surpassing...

  • GM recalls 8.2 million cars for ignition switches

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' safety crisis worsened on Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its huge list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches. The latest recalls involve mainly older midsize cars and bring GM's total number of recalls this year to over 28...

  • Ex-BP exec can be tried on obstruction charge

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP executive can be tried on a charge that he obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a federal appeals court in New Orleans said in a ruling posted Monday. The case involves allegations that David Rainey failed to disclose...

  • IRS failed to tell federal court of lost Lois Lerner emails

    Internal Revenue Service officials will have to explain to a federal judge July 10 why the tax agency didn't inform the court that Lois Lerner's emails had been lost.

  • Amidst crisis, CFPB quietly offers legal services to worried managers

    Several weeks after a top whistleblower testified of widespread discrimination and retaliation at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, agency officials quietly moved to reimburse its managers for legal counsel and offer legal protections, the Washington Examiner has learned. The new CFPB...

  • Top OPM officials routinely use set-aside contracting to circumvent rules, IG says

    High-ranking officials in the Office of Personnel Management steered half a million dollars to a politically connected management consultant by pressuring existing contractors to hire him as a subcontractor, the agency's inspector general found.

  • State Department going online to counter terrorism messages

    The State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications has hired a contractor to provide it with six staffers to conduct "a digital English-language campaign designed to counter propaganda by al Qaeda and other extremist groups" outside the U.S.

  • You won't believe where EPA employees are pooping

    The Supreme Court's Monday ruling on greenhouse gas regulation may be the primary topic of conversation at the Environmental Protection Agency, but this is a close No. 2.

  • The reason the U.S. government is investing huge money in social media

    Social media's rise in popularity is being accompanied by a rise in federal spending on it.

  • New Tom Coburn report describes Veterans Affairs Department wracked by incompetence, corruption, coverups

    Underworked doctors, crooked contracting officers, criminals, perverts and cheats are all part of the broken culture that rewards failure and punishes honest employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a report released Tuesday by Sen. Tom Coburn.

  • Fake-handicap fraudsters foiled by reality TV appearances, LinkedIn spam

    America relied on him to protect the U.S. Mint, but if the head of a federal police union can be believed, standing in the cold for a day to witness the inauguration of President Obama helped damage his knee so badly that he had to begin drawing a disability check.

From the Weekly Standard

  • Kristol Podcast: Obama vs. the Rule of Law

    The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on President Obama's track record on the rule of law, Israel, Immigration, and more.

  • The Underground War on Israel

    During the first two weeks of the Gaza conflict, Hamas landed at least two significant punches. In firing missiles at Ben Gurion Airport, Hamas convinced the Federal Aviation Authority and...

  • No Sword, No Justice

    On Tuesday, President Obama visited the Dutch embassy in Washington to pay his respects to the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, shot down over Ukraine by forces armed and backed by Vladimir...