GOP leaders, donors mix during secretive forum

By Michael Beckel

Documents shed light on closed-door confab featuring top politicians and donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Karl Rove":

"… aley Barbour, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and GOP strategist Karl Rove tackled how “millennials, minorities and women” will vote during upcom …"

Security lapse provokes new criticism of huge role played by costly intelligence contractors

By Richard H.P. Sia

The number of intelligence contractors must come down, a key Senator says.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… te contractors working for U.S. intelligence agencies. But a key member of Congress said this week she remains unconvinced the administration has done enough …"

"… s and their access to highly classified information,” she said Tuesday. Congress passed legislation in 2011 allowing intelligence officials to exceed autho …"

"… s. But Birmingham gave a preview of the case Clapper is likely to make to Congress about the size of the contractor workforce. “Since Director Clapper has …"

"… ed by 15 percent," he said. Details appear in a classified report given to Congress. A Congressional source said a reduction in the rate of shrinkage “is t …"

Waste, fraud and abuse commonplace in Iraq reconstruction effort

By R. Jeffrey Smith

$60-billion pipe dream for creation of a Western-style economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Saddam Hussein":

"… $100 million in cash found in a vault at the Republican Palace, the gilded Saddam Hussein parlor that became a headquarters of the occupation. In the crisis atmosp …"

More on Fred Humphries, FBI friend of Jill Kelley

By David Heath

Fred Humphries, who helped initiatiate the invetigation of Patraeus, praised for his interrogations of suspected terroists

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Petraeus":

"… . In person, the man who helped initiate the investigation of CIA Director David Petraeus comes across as a passionate and empathetic person.Until this week, Humphr …"

U.S. military admits major war mistakes

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An internal report prepared by the Joint Staff describes failures of leadership and planning in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Petraeus":

"… ation at all levels” — partly at the urging of commanders such as Gen. David Petraeus. But the assessment notes that efforts to rush newly-developed equipment t …"

Borrower Nightmares: Navy pension signed over as collateral for costly quick cash

By Jason McLure

Retired Navy doctor will pay eventual $242,000 for pension "loan" of $92,000

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pension":

"… s Co., which does business as Retired Military Financial Services and U.S. Pension Funding., said it has given Pension “buy-outs” to nearly 500 retired a …"

Borrower Nightmares: Soldiers battle car dealers over inflated prices, loan terms

By Michael Hudson

Marines adviser says some car dealers near bases target service members with predatory financing

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Petraeus":

"… wife of Army general and newly confirmed Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus."Through this partnership and our other efforts,” she said, “we will w …"

FACT CHECK: New TV ad uses out-of-context quotes from U.S. military leaders

By FactCheck.Org and Eugene Kiely

Cheney ad

Excerpts from this story referencing "Liz Cheney":

"… after President Barack Obama's withdrawal plan is complete than when Liz Cheney's father was in office — as illustrated in Figure 1 of a March 29 report …"

After bin Laden, militants closer to Pakistan nukes

By Malik Siraj Akbar

FAS study yields concern over security around Pakistan nuclear weapons

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Petraeus":

"… e point where in January 2010, then-Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. David Petraeus said the militants posed “the most pressing threat to the very existence …"

JIEDDO: The Manhattan Project that bombed

By Peter Cary and Nancy Youssef

The Pentagon’s main effort to counter improvised explosive devices has spent $17 billion, but the results have been disappointing by almost

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Petraeus":

"… rces in Afghanistan, and by the newly nominated Central Command chief Gen. David Petraeus.JIEDDO funded the project, code-named Information Operations Capstone, wit …"

190,000 missing weapons in Iraq

By The Center for Public Integrity

Lack of central records system for weapons distributed in Iraq means that missing weapons may be in the hands of insurgents

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… e United States distributed to Iraqi forces during that time, reported the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in an August 2007 study. While security assistance programs are trad …"

Debt collectors go after service members despite protections

By Daniel Wagner

Soldiers and sailors are being threatened by debt collectors to pay up on ttheir debts illegally, report says.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Debt":

"… families through the agency’s consumer complaint portal, Petraeus said. …"

FTC examines car sales, financing abuses targeting U.S. troops

By Michael Hudson

Soldiers returning from overseas face hidden fees, bait-and-switch when buying new car