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 "Mitt Romney":

"… an exclusive, “off-the-record” retreat. GOP 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Budg …"

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 "White House":

"… 29-year-old Snowden on Monday for violations of its ethics policy. At the White House this week, spokesman Jay Carney responded to questions about the number of …"

"… en often within the contractor workforce. Both Clapper’s office and the White House took pains this week to praise the vast majority of intelligence contracto …"

"… how much you care about our nation.” In response to questions Tuesday, White House spokesman Carney said, “I would note that contractors have long been inv …"

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 "Commander":

"… Commanders — created to tamp down the Iraqi insurgency and known as the Commander’s Emergency Response Program — dispensed $4 billion without any formal …"

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 "Steven P. Covey":

"… military retirees who could not otherwise monetize their pension payments.Steven P. Covey, an Army veteran who is one of the founders, defends his company and says …"

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 "chief":

"… d the wife of Army general and newly confirmed Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus."Through this partnership and our other efforts,” she sai …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… wdown plan as a "manageable risk."The ad — which was scheduled to air on Washington, D.C., TV stations on July 12 — also quotes Petraeus, the outgoing commander o …"

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 "Inter-Services Intelligence":

"… ities are their connections to “the radicalized elements inside the ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence] who actually run Pakistan,” Blair said, “and the inside support from …"

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 "Iraq":

"… ncy Youssef is the Pentagon correspondent for McClatchy. …"

"… Todd Bowers, a former staff sergeant and now deputy staff director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.Bowers characterized the intelligence …"

"… struggle,” he said.Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, (R-Calif.) a former Marine and Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, takes an equally harsh view. He is sure, he says, …"

"… own up.A giant is bornJIEDDO’s origins date to 2003, when U.S. troops in Iraq suddenly found themselves under siege from IEDs. The next summer, Gen. Joh …"

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 "Department of Defense":

"… insurgents attacking U.S. troops in Iraq, due largely to oversights at the Department of Defense (DOD), according to government auditors. At least 190,000 AK-47 assault ri …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Trade Commission":

"… ay, are rare.Those competing views clashed Tuesday in San Antonio during a Federal Trade Commission hearing on the problems that sailors, Marines and other U.S. service membe …"