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 "Rape":

"… very traumatizing,” said Jennifer Norris, an advocate with the Military Rape Crisis Center who was assaulted while serving with the Air Force and Air N …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Walmart":

"… f. She walks everywhere because she doesn’t have a car — to school, to Walmart, to the Kent Church of Christ. On one Sunday, she leaves at least 45 minu …"

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 "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention":

"… “almost impossible” until recent years, Kemp said, because the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not track veteran deaths and most veterans are not enrolled in the VA …"

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 "injuries":

"… nt for such afflictions as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, physical disabilities and military sexual trauma. Veterans who survived …"

"… ribute timely disability compensation to veterans with physical and mental injuries associated with their service — at a critical point in their transition …"

"… plex claims first, leaving to languish those claims involving multiple war injuries and missing paperwork. Complex claims, the workers said, require calling …"

"… st from one of their bombs left him with wrist, neck, knee, back and ankle injuries, as well as traumatic brain injury and PTSD. When he returned home July 2 …"

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 "Journalism":

"… as the News 21 website. News 21 is based at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Former Washington Post …"

"… Knight Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Wom …"

White House nominates new FEC commissioners

By Dave Levinthal

White House nominates pair to agency overseeing campaign finance.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John J. Sullivan":

"… de since becoming president in 2009. His only other nominee, labor lawyer John J. Sullivan, withdrew from consideration in 2010 after his nomination stalle …"

Hagel warns Pentagon officials that change is coming

By R. Jeffrey Smith

He decries spending on overly costly and risky weapons systems

Excerpts from this story referencing "Leon Panetta":

"… ear that everything done by his two predecessors — Robert Gates and Leon Panetta — is now up for grabs, due to the austere fiscal climate and Hagel …"

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 "Army":

"… s of stories in the Post about McCarthy’s reckless charges portraying an Army Signal Corps Center at Fort Monmouth, NJ, as a “nest of spies.”  …"

"… nd Good Luck.”) And, a month after Murrow weighed in, in April 1954, the Army-McCarthy hearings began to be televised live, leading to McCarthy’s cond …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… part because it was chaired by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who is President Obama’s likely nominee to become the Secretary of State during his second pres …"

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 "Leon Panetta":

"… In a recent speech to mental health provides, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said commanding officers must make it understood that seeking help for the …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ron Paul":

"… ney prevailed in that contest with more than two-thirds of the vote. (Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, the only other serious rival Romney faced at the time finished a …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… ghts repeated missteps and failures over the past decade, in both Iraq and Afghanistan.There was a “failure to recognize, acknowledge and accurately define” …"

"… ipment were ill-suited to the tasks that troops actually faced in Iraq and Afghanistan.These self-critical conclusions appear in the first volume of a draft repo …"

"… ance in 2004-2005, and NATO’s takeover in 2006 of military operations in Afghanistan.“Failure to adequately plan and resource strategic and operational trans …"

"… skills, to include civil affairs, had not been adequately rehearsed.” In Afghanistan, “the planning assumed that the chief duty” of international troops af …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earmark":

"… hat gave Republicans control of the House and elevated Gingrich to speaker.Earmarks totaled $12.5 billion in fiscal year 1996, the first budget under Gingric …"

"… prior year’s budget bills ($10 billion in Earmarks in fiscal year 1995). Earmarks increased again in fiscal year 1997 — reaching a high of $14.5 billion …"

"… n spending on Earmarks started to decline — a point that McCain ignores. Earmarks dropped to $13.2 billion in fiscal year 1998 and $12 billion in fiscal ye …"

"… arted, the overall dollar amount roughly doubled.National Review, Jan. 27: Earmarks nearly doubled under Gingrich’s tenure as speaker, according to an anal …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… World War II. Of those, more than 2 million veterans did tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.The federal government doesn’t always adequately protect …"

"… attend Pentagon-run schools are left behind even as their parents fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. The military says 39 percent of its schools are “failin …"

"… and poor accounting, the GAO says.About 20 percent of veterans serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, an …"

‘Nonpartisan’ youth movement has deep GOP roots

By John Dunbar

'Nonpartisan' grass roots youth group staffed by GOP partisans

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of Personnel Management":

"… ion as the deputy director of the “citizenship project.” He joined the Office of Personnel Management and served its director Kay Coles James as chief of staff from 2001 to 200 …"

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

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 "Barack Obama":

"… ed that there will be more U.S. troops in Afghanistan after President Barack Obama's withdrawal plan is complete than when Liz Cheney's father was in office …"

Fiesta Bowl accused of reimbursing execs for campaign contributions

By Laurel Adams

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fiesta Bowl":

"… for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) today filed a complaint alleging that Fiesta Bowl executives and their wives violated the campaign finance law by being reim …"

"… laims 13 people were reimbursed a combined $28,500 by college football’s Fiesta Bowl for their campaign contributions over five years.Politicians who received …"

"… adership PAC, called the Straight Talk Express, according to the complaint.Fiesta Bowl officials also were accused of hosting fundraising events at the Fiesta Bo …"

"… esta Bowl officials also were accused of hosting fundraising events at the Fiesta Bowl Museum for Hayworth, McCain and the Straight Talk Express, another violati …"

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 "Koch Industries Inc.":

"… er, Daniel Epstein, was at the Koch foundation and worked “together with Koch Industries Inc.’s assistant general counsel” before joining the committee as Republica …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dwight D. Eisenhower":

"… nry, Ike said, should take nothing for granted. …"