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 "Chuck Grassley":

"… Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, among others — has been drafting the legislation for months, co …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… itting $47,200 among 14 federal Democratic candidates, including President Barack Obama; Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.; and Tammy Duckwor …"

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 "inspector":

"… ive, long-term evidence of cost savings is more elusive, however. OPM, its inspector general, and the GAO have never conducted follow-up studies assessing long …"

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 "National Crime Information Center":

"… databases considered vital resources by the inspector general — the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the Terrorist Screening Database. Bridget Serchak, a spokesper …"

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 "Charlie Rangel":

"… bsite also includes the likes of Obama, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as the Clinton …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… nment waste — but that clearly hasn’t been the case here,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who leads the panel’s Financial and Contracting Oversight subcom …"

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 "ExxonMobil":

"… the stock shares of other massive companies such as General Electric, ExxonMobil, Pfizer and Bank of America, according to the Center for Responsive P …"

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 "American military":

"… tive-duty women and 1.2 percent of the men in the 2.2 million member  American military. The president, when asked about the report during a press conference wit …"

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 "deputy secretary of defense":

"… ama’s nomination of former Raytheon executive William Lynn to become the deputy secretary of defense, “it's an incestuous business, what's going on in terms of the defense c …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… levers in one party's hands" on Capitol Hill. Newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she will go to Washington believing there is a …"

"… te. Democrats picked up Republican-held seats in Indiana and Massachusetts while Republicans snatched a lone Democratic seat in Nebraska. And in Mont …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… ed a majority in the Senate on Tuesday, snatching Republican-held seats in Massachusetts and Indiana and turning back fierce, expensive challenges in Virginia, Ohi …"

"… hances and the party's hopes of taking over. The losses of Senate seats in Massachusetts and Indiana, combined with independent Angus King's victory in the Republi …"

"… n the May GOP primary. Lugar refused to campaign for him. In Massachusetts, Democrat Elizabeth Warren knocked out Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who ha …"

"… ov. Mitt Romney helped the consumer advocate in her bid. The Massachusetts race was one of the most expensive in the country — $68 million — even …"

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 "Virginia":

"… headed by animal rights activist Julie Caramante.  …"

"… an anti-Kaine ad Wednesday that suggests he favors “union bosses” over Virginia jobs. (The Chamber released a similar ad the same day attacking Sen. Bill …"

"… focused two on criticizing Kaine. “Cost” hits Kaine for “not putting Virginia first” by voting to cut back spending on defense, an industry that emplo …"

"… by voting to cut back spending on defense, an industry that employs many Virginians. “Pledged” criticizes Kaine for “higher taxes, reckless spending ( …"

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 "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… , a self-funder who enjoyed favorable advertising paid for by the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was the target of more than $1.1 million in attack ads paid for by Majori …"

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 "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… oads GPS, which was co-founded by Republican strategist Karl Rove, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is supporting Brunner.The Democratic super PAC Majority PAC, which …"

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 "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… all. McCaskill has been the subject of a steady stream attack ads from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Republican super PACs.Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., and former Republican sta …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… -Texas, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Rand Paul, R-Ky. …"

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 "Politics":

"… e Center for Public Integrity and the Center for Responsive Politics has found that more than 100 nonprofits organized under section 501(c …"

"… Chamber of Commerce, with other groups, such as the Center for Competitive Politics.Allen Dickerson, the legal director of the Center for Competitive Politics …"

"… Politics.Allen Dickerson, the legal director of the Center for Competitive Politics, says that the DISCLOSE Act would impose "burdensome" requirements on poli …"

"… reation in 2010, the Center for Public Integrity and Center for Responsive Politics found that about 15 percent of super PAC spending has been done by groups …"

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 "Department of Defense":

"… rn that the problem needs to be given a higher priority."Ensuring that the Department of Defense has the resources and tools to properly manage its finances is a top prior …"

"… tures are properly accounted for. Unfortunately, as this report shows, the Department of Defense’s financial management systems are nowhere near where they need to be."B …"

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 "Republican Jewish Coalition":

"… ratcheting up their spending plans for next year. One case in point is the Republican Jewish Coalition, a conservative pro-Israel group. The RJC plans to spend as much as $5 mil …"

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