Campaign shenanigans are top targets for Office of Congressional Ethics

By Dave Levinthal

Office of Congressional Ethics investigates House members' campaign shenanigans more than any other alleged violation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… focus on election activity comes at a time when the frequently gridlocked Federal Election Commission, the government agency tasked with policing campaign matters, is slapping …"

One-fifth of female veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan show signs of sexual trauma

By Caitlin Cruz and Asha Anchan

News21 investigation reveals that the VA is struggling to deal with female vets who have been sexually assaulted.

Women veterans face stereotypes on and off the battlefield

By Asha Anchan, Kelsey Hightower and Caitlin Cruz

News21 investigation finds that more than a quarter-million post-9/11 veterans are women, but fair treatment is lacking.

Suicide rate for veterans far exceeds that of civilian population

News21 investigation finds that veterans are taking their own lives more than twice as often as civilians.

Post 9/11 veterans come home to a nation that cannot address their needs

By News21 Staff

News21 team investigates problems facing Iraq, Afghanistan veterans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… on many levels to fulfill its obligations to these veterans as demanded by Congress and promised by both Republican and Democratic administrations, a News21 i …"

"… my numbers or my job is in jeopardy,’” Moore told News21. Members of Congress continue to demand that the claims of the more than 500,000 veterans waiti …"

"… c stress disorder, and 7 percent have traumatic brain injury, according to Congressional Budget Office analysis of VA data. The average cost to treat them is …"

"… sues for both men and women veterans in spite of highly visible efforts by Congress, state legislatures, businesses and philanthropists to push jobs initiativ …"

Returning veterans focus of new series by investigative program, News 21

By Bill Buzenberg

Center and other publications to run reports from Arizona State University student journalists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "S. and James L. Knight Foundation":

"… larger story of systemic failures.  News 21 is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundat …"

White House nominates new FEC commissioners

By Dave Levinthal

White House nominates pair to agency overseeing campaign finance.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… Election Commission. The nominees are Lee E. Goodman, an attorney at law firm LeClairRyan, and Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Po …"

"… een vetted and nominated, and look forward to returning to practicing law in the future." Ravel was appointed to the California Fair Political Prac …"

"… Republicans, except $300 in 2008 to the political action committee of the law firm LeClairRyan, where Goodman worked at the time. Goodman donated $750 …"

"… has made since becoming president in 2009. His only other nominee, labor lawyer John J. Sullivan, withdrew from consideration in 2010 after h …"

Hagel warns Pentagon officials that change is coming

By R. Jeffrey Smith

He decries spending on overly costly and risky weapons systems

The high cost of rattling North Korea’s cage

By Douglas Birch

Bombers cost $135,000 per hour to fly; two round trips to S. Korea, maybe a cool $5.4 million.

Remembering a great of investigative journalism

By Bill Buzenberg

How Murrey Marder helped bring down McCarthy.

Hagel leaves the door ajar for defense policy changes

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The Secretary of Defense nominee leaves the door ajar for defense policy changes.

Surveillance cameras were still in boxes at Benghazi mission

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Surveillance cameras were still in boxes at the mission where 4 Americans died in Libya

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

Panel calls for annual PTSD screening

By The Associated Press

Panel recommends annual PTSD screening for returning soldiers, better tracking of treatments

Excerpts from this story referencing "illness":

"… ic event, such as being in combat or witnessing death. The symptoms of the illness include a numbing of emotions, difficulty concentrating and exaggerated st …"

Perot Jr.’s company gives $100,000 to pro-Romney super PAC

By Michael Beckel

The family of political maverick H. Ross Perot donate heavily to Romney bid for presidency.

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.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Senators demand answers on behalf of military whistleblowers

By Aaron Mehta

McCain, Levin want more info on report disclosed by the Center.

Commercial jets not affected by rules for Grand Canyon tours

By The Associated Press

As Grand Canyon legislation makes its way through the Senate, the Arizona congressman ignores his history

Excerpts from this story referencing "Associated Press":

"… oppose."The transportation bill now goes to the House.Original article by Associated Press writer Matthew Daly, with edits by iWatch News. …"

FACT CHECK: McCain’s erroneous earmark attack

By FactCheck.Org

Sen. John McCain cherry-picks data on one of his forefront issues, to attack Newt Gingrich

Excerpts from this story referencing "Meet the Press":

"… n its website.The Arizona senator’s latest comments came on “Meet the Press.”McCain, Jan. 29: "My problems with Newt have been over earmark spending …"

"… spending increased more than it actually did. McCain misled viewers of “Meet the Press” to believe that earmark spending rose 86 percent in Gingrich’s first …"

McCain changes tune on support for Grand Canyon air tours

By Rita Beamish

McCain now boosts Grand Canyon tourist flights his law curtailed

From pension buyouts to PTSD, how America's veterans are faring on Veterans Day

By Sandy Johnson

24 million veterans, and the government's treatment of them

‘Nonpartisan’ youth movement has deep GOP roots

By John Dunbar

'Nonpartisan' grass roots youth group staffed by GOP partisans

Excerpts from this story referencing "USA Today":

"… Los Angeles Times, the National Journal, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and USA Today, among others. The Times noted Paul Conway’s former employment within th …"

"… Telegram referred to a poll by the group but not its political connections.USA Today quoted Conway in a story critical of the Democratic governor of North Caro …"

"… unity as a “group that encourages people under 30 to vote.” In another USA Today story, the group was described as “center-right.”Top down or bottom up …"

John Kerry, Dem appointee to Super Congress, has record of working across the aisle

By John Aloysius Farrell and Aaron Mehta

John Kerry, backer of infrastructure projects, gets big donations from transportation

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 "CFPB":

"… icemember Affairs at the new federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), noted instances in which dealers have ensnared service members by offeri …"

"… ted men and women.Under last year’s Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the CFPB has authority over auto lenders, but it generally won’t have authority o …"

"… spokesman added that the FTC is working to coordinate its efforts with the CFPB, including discussions about sharing complaints. …"

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 "military commander":

"… in the sense that there are broader considerations beyond just those of a military commander. The fact is that there’s never been a military commander in history who …"

"… ust those of a military commander. The fact is that there’s never been a military commander in history who has had all the forces he would like to have, or all the ti …"

"… n, we're talking about small differences here, albeit significant from the military commander point of view.Lastly, the ad describes the president's plan as a "hasty wi …"

Fiesta Bowl accused of reimbursing execs for campaign contributions

By Laurel Adams

Allegations that Fiesta Bowl execs violated campaign finance laws by reimbursing contributions

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 "Manhattan Project":

"… Central Command, sent a memo to the secretary of defense calling for a “Manhattan Project-like” effort to quash the threat. The Army formed a 12-person task force …"

Issa oversight committee staffs up with industry insiders

By Brooke Williams and Matt Pearce

As chairman of one of the most powerful committees in Congress, Republican Darrell Issa has built a team that includes staff members with cl

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… ber.A Republican staff counsel for the oversight committee is the son of a lobbyist pushing for regulatory changes on behalf of big corporations. At least fou …"

"… committee, declined to answer questions about the staff’s connections to lobbyists, business interests, the Koch companies, foundation or nonprofits.“I on …"

"… worked for government agencies, nonprofits or law firms. Others are former lobbyists with connections to labor, energy and the petroleum and chemical industri …"

"… esses said they objected to when they responded to Issa’s solicitation.A lobbyist named Barney Skladany Jr. — whose son, Jonathan Skladany, is Republican …"

VA strengthens research and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder

By Laurel Adams

As more veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars seek treatment for post—traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Department of Veterans Affai

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other government entities.MISC.The Chinese Communist Party uses …"

A half century later, another warning in Eisenhower address rings true

By Bill Buzenberg

History overlooks another point from President Eisenhower’s farewell address 50 years ago: the ease with which pressure for government spend

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… n added during the last three Republican administrations.Now, however, the Obama administration may be on its way to setting yet another record. It has added $2.7 trillio …"

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