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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… or News21 this summer. …"

"… e VA for help. Young female veterans — those returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — often don’t show up for their first VA appointments, …"

"… es at the health clinic in Germany and prepared soldiers to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. She also comforted families who lost soldiers in the war. …"

"… t drink. “Nobody believed me,” she said. She deployed in July 2007 to Iraq, where she was coping with her trauma — until her old unit, which includ …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… sponse to the Joshua Omvig Veteran Suicide Prevention Act — named for an Iraq war veteran who committed suicide in 2005 — the department’s efforts i …"

"… , lives in Portland, Ore., working as a supply-chain analyst. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army specialist and was discharged in 2007. One of h …"

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 "Iraq":

"… …"

"… s Duran, a New Yorker who entered the Marine Corps after 9/11, deployed to Iraq and survived a suicide bomb. “The most difficult part is getting out.” …"

"… o not have those memories anymore,” said Clinton Hall, 35, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as an infantryman and now lives in Portland, Ore.  Hi …"

"… ment and co-author of "The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict." Post-9/11 veterans cost the VA $2.8 billion in 2012, out of it …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… arly 2 million young men and women who have served the country in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade of war since 9/11.  The “struggles and blindi …"

"… e Challenges Facing Post-9/11 Veterans Returning from the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,”  this series of in-depth online reports will be published by the …"

White House nominates new FEC commissioners

By Dave Levinthal

White House nominates pair to agency overseeing campaign finance.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fred Wertheimer":

"… em in the months and years to come.” Longtime campaign finance reformer Fred Wertheimer said Obama's two nominations are a start. The president, he said, should …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joseph McCarthy":

"… have done more than anyone else to bring down the demagogic reign of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, according to Lewis. Marder essentially chronicled and scrutinized McCarth …"

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

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

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

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 "the Heritage":

"… e stalwart and Education Secretary William Bennett in 1988. He then joined the Heritage Foundation as the deputy director of the “citizenship project.” He joi …"

"… r, is a member of the foundation’s board of trustees.iWatch News reached the Heritage Foundation and sent an email asking if it funded the organization, but did …"

"… Election Commission records.Ms. Conway’s company has also done work for the Heritage Foundation.Not all polls are created equal in terms of reliability, accord …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… ral occasions in his career, Kerry has shown the willingness to stray from Democratic Party orthodoxy—on affirmative action, education and notably, given this newes …"

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

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 "Current Republican committee":

"… an $130,000 to sitting committee members since 2000, mostly to Republicans.Current Republican committee members received at least $72,750 from Koch Industries in the last electio …"

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

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

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