Energy Department inspector blocked from probing dismissal of Hanford engineer

By Julia Harte

Inspector says DOE contracts allowed access to key documents, but Hanford contractors refused to provide them

Excerpts from this story referencing "Claire McCaskill":

"… s. In a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday afternoon, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., noted the failure of Friedman’s office to reach any conclusions …"

Lobbying disclosures leave public in the dark

By Marcelo Rochabrun and Dave Levinthal

Despite efforts to beef up laws regulating lobbyists, public is in the dark when it comes to what firms are up to in Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Craig Holman":

"… epartment of Justice, not the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen, supports one working model that already e …"

Flurry of new legislation targets sexual assault on campus

By Kristen Lombardi

New legislation follows landmark Center series

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clery Act":

"… d first-ever sanctions against colleges and universities for violating the Clery Act and Title IX, the two federal laws covering sexual assault on campus. The …"

"… xual assault on campus. The Senate bill would actually boost penalties for Clery Act violations from the current $35,000 per violation up to $150,000; for Titl …"

"… so increase funding for the Education Department to hire more Title IX and Clery Act investigators, and force the department to make public all of its complian …"

New scrutiny on campus sexual violence highlights Center findings

By Gordon Witkin

New efforts are aimed at both assisting schools and putting pressure on them to assist victims of sexual violence.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Claire McCaskill":

"… handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints. In Congress, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has led a group of senators researching ways the issue might be ad …"

Financial watchdog held hostage for gold

By Daniel Wagner

Florida senator holds up CFTC nomination over precious metals scams on the elderly.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Claire McCaskill":

"… dency to dither and take months and not take very many cases,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. Massad, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the CFTC, has be …"

Senate power players quarrel over fate of e-filing

By Michael Beckel

A growing number of senators voluntarily e-file their campaign finance reports. But will the practice ever be mandated?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barbara Boxer":

"… ers who voluntarily e-filed this quarter were Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; John Cornyn, R-Texas; Joe Donnelly, D-In …"

FEC to Claire McCaskill: Show us your money

By Dave Levinthal

Missouri Democrat says missing campaign finance report was lost in the mail

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Postal Service":

"… audit or legal enforcement action." McCaskill's response? Blame the U.S. Postal Service. "The McCaskill campaign did in fact mail in (and voluntarily electronica …"

Do senators fear the Internet?

By Rachel Baye

Nearly one-fifth of upper chamber members say they support e-filing campaign finance reports — but won't be this week.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barbara Boxer":

"… f FEC records. Those lawmakers were Tester and Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont.; Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; John Cornyn, R-Texas; Joe Donnelly, D-In …"

Top Democratic donor breached aggregate contribution limit last year

By Michael Beckel

Fred Eychaner, the top Democratic super PAC donor in 2012, gave more money to federal candidates than legally allowed.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chicago":

"… d not include Eychaner by name. Eychaner is the president and CEO of Chicago-based Newsweb Corp., a business that specializes in printing alternative, …"

"… nder individuals. Eychaner is also a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and a member of the board of directors of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. I …"

"… of Chicago and a member of the board of directors of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. In 2010, Obama appointed him to serve on the board of trustees of the Joh …"

Security clearance lapses stemmed from Washington’s heedless emphasis on speed over quality

By Rebecca LaFlure

Profits and politics, plus a sudden growth in secrecy-obsessed institutions, played key roles in misguided security clearance decisions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Security Agency":

"… ecurity checks by USIS — those that led to the clearance renewal of National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the leaker of tens of thousands of highly sensi …"

Audit reveals widespread problems in security system used by the Navy

By Rebecca LaFlure and R. Jeffrey Smith

The U.S. military is widely using a security system that lets felons onto its bases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law enforcement":

"… assport, typically were those from court systems, corrections departments, law enforcement, sex offender registries and other related state, county and municipal sou …"

D.C. corruption probe spreads to Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign

By Michael Beckel and Alan Suderman

New York City businessman pleads guilty for work done in 2008 to support Hillary Clinton.

Excerpts from this story referencing "aide":

"… ys later, an unnamed individual affliated with the campaign instructed the aide to "[find] some money" to pay for White's services, according to court rec …"

Pentagon may be wasting a billion dollars a year in erroneous payments to contractors

By Richard H.P. Sia

Check-writing mistakes are said to be huge but the military is not tracking the problem closely enough to know for sure.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Carper":

"… o waste and fraud. This is simply unacceptable,” said Committee Chairman Tom Carper, D-Del., who co-sponsored the law with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and ot …"

Senators investigating Apple own company stock

By Dave Levinthal and Reity O'Brien

Heitkamp, Carper report stock together worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Carper":

"… e is in no way impacted by her personal financial holdings.”  Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affa …"

Washington fury over military sexual assaults hits the Pentagon

By Richard H.P. Sia and Douglas Birch

President Obama calls for punishing, firing or discharging those involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… percent of the men in the 2.2 million member  American military. The president, when asked about the report during a press conference with the visiting S …"

"… about the report during a press conference with the visiting South Korean president, seized the topic forcefully. “If it’s happening inside our military, …"

Environmental nonprofit makes big ad buy thanking senators

By Michael Beckel

Environmental Defense Fund shows gratitude to senators with a new six-figure ad campaign.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Claire McCaskill":

"… se Fund specifically single out Sens. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.; Tim Kaine, D-Va.; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; and Mark Warner, D-Va. as worthy of thanks …"

Gay rights lobby courts lawmakers with cash

By Michael Beckel

Human Rights Campaign lobbies Congress, donates to lawmakers, as it makes case for marriage equality.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Claire McCaskill":

"… $1,000, records indicate. The PAC's top beneficiary in February was Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who on Sunday announced via her Tumblr page, that her views have " …"

Generals no longer retire to Vermont — they lobby for contractors in Washington

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Retiring generals find comfy work with defense contractors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Claire McCaskill":

"… enue streams and tip them on  upcoming contract opportunities.As Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., put it during a 2009 hearing on Obama’s nomination of former Ray …"

Elizabeth Warren, Bruce Mann

Democrats expand Senate grip but fail to win House

By The Associated Press

Democrats solidify their Senate rule but Republicans will still run House in 2nd Obama term

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… n "CBS This Morning," she said that those who voted for her opponent, Sen. Scott Brown, sent a message that people want lawmakers to work together and "I heard t …"

Democrats maintain control of Senate

By The Associated Press

Dems win GOP seats in Indiana, Massachusetts; McCaskill survives in Missouri

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dianne Feinstein":

"… w in Michigan, Kirsten Gillibrand in New York, Amy Klobuchar in Minnesota, Dianne Feinstein in California, Maria Cantwell in Washington state and Menendez in New Jers …"

Super PACs spend big for Romney in final weeks of campaign

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Super PACs and nonprofits spent $190 million in the last three weeks of the election on the presidential race

Excerpts from this story referencing "Claire McCaskill":

"… race for U.S. Senate, where they hoped to defeat incumbent Democrat, Sen. Claire McCaskill.McCaskill’s allies spent about $3 million during the same period.Rep. To …"

Daily Disclosure: Virginia politics is for haters, not lovers

By Rachael Marcus

Heavyweight outside spending groups jumped into the U.S. Senate race in Virginia this week.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… in outside spending, drew five new ads paid for by super-heavyweights the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads GPS, Majority PAC and the League of Conservation Voters.The U. …"

"… ce, Crossroads GPS, Majority PAC and the League of Conservation Voters.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit business trade association, spent $276,000 on an anti-Kaine a …"

Akin wins Missouri Senate primary, Dems get their wish

By Michael Beckel and John Dunbar

Evangelical Christian congressman wins GOP Senate primary in Missouri free-for-all.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steelman":

"… Cs and politically active nonprofits targeted former state treasurer Sarah Steelman, who was endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and millionaire busin …"

"… in won 36 percent of the vote, Brunner finished second with 30 percent and Steelman was a close third at 29.2 percent, according to the Missouri Secretary of …"

"… d at 29.2 percent, according to the Missouri Secretary of State's offfice. Steelman called Akin to concede a little after 10 p.m., according to news repo …"

"… n may be McCaskill's preferred November rival.In late July, it looked like Steelman was gaining steam against her rivals. That’s when Palin, the Republican …"

Outside groups spend $2.2 million in Missouri Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Attack ads by Republican and Democratic super PACs may lead to a dark-horse winner in Missouri GOP Senate primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steelman":

"… tegrity analysis.Businessman John Brunner and former state treasurer Sarah Steelman have been savaged by ads paid for by deep-pocketed outside-spending groups …"

"… ot a cent has been reported on attacks against Akin, who was outperforming Steelman and was nipping at the heels of frontrunner Brunner in the most recent pol …"

"… unner earning 35 percent of the vote, followed by Akin with 30 percent and Steelman with 25 percent.If Akin proves victorious, he will be following in the foo …"

"… ds touting McCaskill.In late July, the Chamber attacked both McCaskill and Steelman in a 30-second spot as “birds of a feather” and “two peas in a pod. …"

Daily Disclosure: Dem super PAC wants to avoid Brunner in Missouri

By Rachael Marcus

A Democratic super PAC is spending heavily against businessman John Brunner who has yet to win the GOP nomination.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Claire McCaskill":

"… leading Republican candidate and is expected to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in the fall. McCaskill has been the subject of a steady stream attack ads …"

Bipartisan group of lawmakers demands better Pentagon auditing

By Zach Toombs

A Republican-led effort threatens to block major weapons systems if the military services cannot account properly for their expenditures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Grassley":

"… ill with Sen. Coburn are Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo …"

Study: Medicare contractors vulnerable to conflict

By The Associated Press

Report: Contractors hired to weed out Medicare fraud have connections to cos. they investigate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Carper":

"… report concludes.The study was commissioned by Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Tom Carper, D-Del., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.Carper said it is critical to improve …"

Nonprofits outspent super PACs in 2010, trend may continue

By Michael Beckel

Increasingly active nonprofit groups act just like super PACs but don't reveal donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Claire McCaskill":

"… onal Democrats such as Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Jon Tester of Montana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Bill Nelson of Florida, who all face contentious re-electi …"

Billions of dollars for fancy software and where has it gotten them?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

New army and air force software produces errors not efficiency

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… here they need to be."Brickbats flew from other Democrats, as well as Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), in a statement released May 29, …"

Fine line between politics and issues spending by secretive 501(c)(4) groups

By Peter H. Stone

Tax-exempt nonprofits are reporting only a fraction of what they're raising and spending

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… ds GPS, a c4 launched by Rove and Gillespie, and its affiliated Super PAC, American Crossroads. A Super PAC can take unlimited checks but must disclose the names of dono …"

"… oup's general expenditures.For instance, Crossroads GPS and its affiliated American Crossroads reported to the FEC that it spent a total of $38.6 million on ads in 2010. …"

"… ssue advocacy guidelines and therefore were not disclosed to the FEC, American Crossroads president Steven Law said.  Last summer’s $20 million ad blitz by G …"

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