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 "Pentagon":

"… e Block 30 [version of Global Hawk] is not operationally effective,” the Pentagon’s top testing official had declared in a blunt May 2011 report about the …"

"… ext was an object lesson in the power of a defense contractor to trump the Pentagon’s own attempts to set the nation’s military spending priorities amid a …"

"… $223 million in 2012, GAO reported in March. That record caused a special Pentagon report on June 28, examining why the defense-wide acquisition system routi …"

"… s restructured in 2011 by Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, then the Pentagon’s procurement chief, who nonetheless told Congress that its continuation …"

E-cigarette maker fires up lobbying efforts

By Reity O'Brien

Manufacturers of smoking alternative faces new government scrutiny.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Forbes":

"… ulation and allowed it to double its market share annually, according to a Forbes report. The FDA originally announced that e-cigarettes would be regulated …"

Arizona still waiting for Fiesta Bowl fixes

By Kathleen Ingley

Fiesta Bowl scandal has brought outrage, but no fixes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… nd it isn’t over.The parade of bad news began in December 2009, when the Arizona Republic exposed the Fiesta Bowl’s scheme of urging employees to make ca …"

"… by legislators.Now, as the 2013 state legislative session approaches, many Arizonans believe the Legislature has not one Fiesta Bowl scandal, but two.The fir …"

"… n as if nothing ever happened.Rules, loopholes and historyAt first glance, Arizona would seem to have one of the nation’s strictest gift laws: a $10 annual …"

"… on of the football stadium that the bowl ultimately came to share with the Arizona Cardinals. The measure was killed in committee.Lawmakers can argue that th …"

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 "Texas":

"… ds since 2007 from special interest PACs. For instance, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, a possible candidate for the Energy and Commerce committee, got 70 percen …"

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 "Jerry Lewis":

"… y spending has blown out of control” …"

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 "Kentucky":

"… eturn the committee’s operations to “regular order and collaboration” …"

"… at in 1980.Rogers, 72, represents the impoverished 5th district in eastern Kentucky and has had lots of opportunities to corral funds for his constituents. Si …"

"… ern part of the state, Rogers received a law degree from the University of Kentucky. Early in his career, Rogers did stints as the commonwealth attorney for t …"

"… n a letter to the Commerce Department, he backed a grant proposal from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives to expand public access to computer …"

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 "Texas":

"… n both cases, powerful members Jerry Lewis of California and Joe Barton of Texas, who respectively ran those committees (or served as their ranking members …"

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 "Robert Gates":

"… onal earmarks may actually be harming national security. Defense secretary Robert Gates is among them.“The Secretary believes there is a very real tradeoff with …"

'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 "Turkey":

"… Media and Northwestern University's Medill News Service.While on trips to Turkey in 2004 and Australia in 2005 — some valued at more than $25,000 — sta …"

"… combined $46,000.Bensing said that he and his wife, Lia, went to Italy and Turkey in 2004 and Australia in March 2005 on the company's tab. His disclosure f …"

"… trip's purpose was to discuss "the international war on terror," while the Turkey trip included discussions on "NATO interoperability and other internationa …"

"… ngs with foreign government officials while on the company-sponsored Italy/Turkey trip in 2004."I was with Admiral Cassidy in Italy in 2004," Cochran said. …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "critic":

"… ks that he sponsored.A spokesman for Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake, a critic of earmarks, said Flake hopes that as a result of the PMA investigation, t …"

"… year, the resilience of earmarks involving these circles of relationships, critics say, is a testament to the benefits gained for the many parties involved: …"