The huge drone that could not be grounded

By Richard H.P. Sia and Alexander Cohen

A major defense contractor used its connections on Capitol Hill to keep a troubled drone aircraft aloft at a cost of billions of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jim Moran":

"… etter, whose authors — Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., and Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. — received a total of $135,100 from Northrop Grumman’s politica …"

E-cigarette maker fires up lobbying efforts

By Reity O'Brien

Manufacturers of smoking alternative faces new government scrutiny.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Smoking":

"… administration of P.L. 111-31,” a tobacco control law, and “the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act,” offering no additional details. Bu …"

Arizona still waiting for Fiesta Bowl fixes

By Kathleen Ingley

Fiesta Bowl scandal has brought outrage, but no fixes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cincinnati":

"… area that year, as well as sessions in New Orleans; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Cincinnati; and Washington, D.C.In October, Common Cause released a report criticizin …"

The Chairmen: New House leaders have familiar ties to business, revolving door

By Josh Israel

The Republican takeover of Congress not only apparently gives the Speaker’s gavel to John Boehner, it also elevates up to 25 senior GOP lawm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jerry Lewis":

"… ties would be as chairman of the relevant committeeAppropriations CommitteeJerry LewisHal RogersAppropriations Subcommittee on DefenseC.W. Bill YoungArmed Servic …"

Jerry Lewis — Appropriations Committee?

By Amy Biegelsen

A California congressman since 1978, Jerry Lewis aims to regain the gavel of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and all the federal bud

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mojave Desert":

"… ornia’s 41st District, which stretches from the Nevada border across the Mojave Desert to outer suburbs of Los Angeles. He already served as chairman of the powe …"

Hal Rogers — Appropriations Committee?

By Peter H. Stone

Kentucky’s Hal Rogers, a prime candidate to take over the powerful U.S. House Appropriations Committee, which controls federal spending, has

Excerpts from this story referencing "Prince":

"… e to lower water levels.When the Lexington Herald Leader called him the “Prince of Pork,” Rogers responded that “I’m two people. I’m a national le …"

New GOP chiefs of appropriations, energy panels may not be settled until after Thanksgiving

By Peter H. Stone

With Republicans expected to have an excellent shot at winning back the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, talk is rampant about whic

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jerry Lewis":

"… de until after Thanksgiving.Why the delay? In both cases, powerful members Jerry Lewis of California and Joe Barton of Texas, who respectively ran those committe …"

The Murtha Method

By The Center for Public Integrity

For months, a cloud has swirled around Congressman John Murtha (D-Pa.), chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee,

Excerpts from this story referencing "Magliocchetti":

"… ationship with the congressman, but never technically worked for him: Paul Magliocchetti of the now defunct PMA Group Inc. (PMA stood for Paul Magliocchetti Associ …"

"… : Paul Magliocchetti of the now defunct PMA Group Inc. (PMA stood for Paul Magliocchetti Associates). Magliocchetti represented seven defense contractors — Concu …"

"… now defunct PMA Group Inc. (PMA stood for Paul Magliocchetti Associates). Magliocchetti represented seven defense contractors — Concurrent Technologies Corp., C …"

"… he companies. Murtha also received $7,000 from PMA’s PAC and $2,000 from Magliocchetti himself.Similarly, Young arranged an earmark to General Dynamics, represen …"

'Top Gun' of travel

By Steve Henn and Robert Brodsky

Spy plane's maker spent roughly $660,000, targeted legislators' aides

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard":

"… ystems, the company's aircraft-manufacturing subsidiary.Dennis Thompson, a Harvard professor of public policy and founding director of the university's Cente …"

"… "It was an opportunity to meet with congressional staff and gripe."Still, Harvard's Thompson said he finds the trips to Australia and Turkey troubling."It i …"

C.W. Bill Young — Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense

By Caitlin Ginley

C.W. Bill Young is the most senior Republican serving in the U.S. House and a fixture in Florida politics. First elected in 1970, he represe

A ‘Murtha Method’ encore

By Nick Schwellenbach

A review of the 2010 defense appropriations process reveals that most members of a key House of Representatives panel continue to engage in