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  • 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.

  • FOIA exemptions provide ample cover for bureaucrats hiding agency secrets, transparency advocates say

    Black columns run vertically down 700 pages, devoid of any information about the federal workers who spent thousands of hours doing union work while on the government payroll. This is what the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. In...

  • 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...

  • Shaming tight-lipped bureaucrats on Veterans Affairs issues could improve transparency, open government advocates say

    Shaming the Department of Veterans Affairs for its closed-mouthed tactics through a new congressional website is a unique tactic that will ratchet up pressure on all agencies to be more transparent, media and open government advocates say. Whether it works remains to be seen. The House...

  • More than half of top posts in key Obamacare agency are vacant or held by 'acting' caretakers

    Eighteen of the 32 top management jobs in the federal agency that is "ground zero" for running Obamacare are either vacant or filled on an acting basis. The agency is the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. Its problems start at the top. Gary Cohen's last day as CCIIO's...

  • Postal service employees use travel cards to gamble, pay bills and go bowling

    Postal employees have spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on gambling, bills and other personal expenses, according to a series of reports by the U.S. Postal Service inspector general. Federal employees may use government credit cards for official travel expenses, but some used theirs to...

  • 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...

  • FBI needs two weeks to add person to terrorist watch list, IG says

    More than two weeks sometimes pass before a newly identified terrorism suspect is added to the Federal Bureau of Investigation watchlist, the agency's watchdog has found.

  • 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.

  • Cost overruns, delays plague huge Veterans Administration building projects

    Major Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility construction projects are on average 35 months late and $360 million over budget, a congressional panel was told Tuesday. The projects demonstrate a pervasive problem at VA of late and over-budget construction, according to members of the...



From the Weekly Standard

  • Through a Google Glass, Darkly

    “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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