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 "Washington":

"… ed in February from her job managing safety at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state, she complained that it was a reprisal for her repeated warnings tha …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… minating their registrations rather than doing less influencing. President Barack Obama’s executive actions against the profession may have prompted lobbyists t …"

Flurry of new legislation targets sexual assault on campus

By Kristen Lombardi

New legislation follows landmark Center series

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… latest action on a variety of fronts to curb what everyone from President Barack Obama to Vice President Joe Biden to Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… h, D-N.M., Angus King, I-Maine; Tim Johnson, D-S.D.; Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; J …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… paper documents.     …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… n.; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Angus King, I-Maine; Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; E …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… g 14 federal Democratic candidates, including President Barack Obama; Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.; and Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democra …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… on charges unrelated to those clearances, according to a statement by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., at a June 20 congressional hearing. It stands accused, she said, …"

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 "Jay Carney":

"… cessed by contractors such as Edward Snowden. White House press secretary Jay Carney said at a press briefing Sept. 17 that President Barack Obama has directed …"

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 "Democratic presidential candidate":

"… 0:18 p.m.: This post has been updated to reflect the fact that the unnamed Democratic presidential candidate described in court documents was Hillary Clinton. New York City businessm …"

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 "Maine":

"… an Tom Carper, D-Del., who co-sponsored the law with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and others. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., ranking member of the committee, c …"

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 "Chairman":

"… e as Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Chairman Carper continues to make it a top priority to conduct thorough and proper …"

"… o make it a top priority to conduct thorough and proper oversight. Neither Chairman Carper’s financial holdings nor his family’s influence his policy and …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… they could ever receive justice that they won't report,” she said. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), questioned why Krusinski was chosen to lead the Air Force sexual …"

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 "House races":

"… lican Gov. Tommy Thompson. With all but a handful of the 435 House races called by The Associated Press, Republicans had won 233 seats, were assure …"

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 "aide":

"… th Democrats. Reid reached out to him Tuesday night, according to a Senate aide. In Ohio, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown survived an onslaugh …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… oubt helped Romney in his fight with his better-funded opponent, President Barack Obama — the Romney campaign reported about $53 million in the bank through Oct …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… Eychaner of NewsWeb Corp., James Simons of Euclidean Capital and union the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.Virginia is the third most expensive outside-spending Senate race in the c …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… lican U.S. Senate primary in Missouri, meaning he will face incumbent Claire McCaskill, a Democrat the GOP considers beatable.Unlike his two main opponents, Akin …"

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 "Missouri":

"… re than $2.2 million in the race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri, with nearly 90 percent of the total going toward negative ads, according …"

"… and “two peas in a pod.” The ad accuses them of not doing enough for Missouri businesses.McCaskill has been rated as one of the most moderate senators b …"

"… geting Brunner.The super PAC’s top donors are Stanley Herzog, who runs a Missouri-based highway and railroad construction company ($250,000), retired financ …"

"… truck dealership Peterbilt of Springfield, Inc., the campaign committee of Missouri state Rep. Caleb Jones and a political action committee connected to Misso …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… ns, president of Euclidean Capital, Fred Eychaner, CEO of NewsWeb, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.In other outside spending news:Democrat-aligned super PAC American Bridge …"

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 "Kelly Ayotte":

"… e financial statements.”Cosponsoring the bill with Sen. Coburn are Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ron Johnson, R-Wis. …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… udy was commissioned by Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Tom Carper, D-Del., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.Carper said it is critical to improve the system "because these priv …"

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 "auditor":

"… McCaskill (D-Mo.), in a statement released May 29, said that "as a former auditor, when I hear reports like this, it's like fingernails on a chalkboard." Se …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… 000 of issue ads in Nebraska, Missouri and Montana where Sens. Ben Nelson, Claire McCaskill, and Jon Tester were being pummeled by Crossroads GPS. The ads from the De …"

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