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 "House":

"… early half of the Office of Congressional Ethics' investigations into U.S. House members and staff involve election activity such as potential campaign fin …"

"… fice published this week. The Office of Congressional Ethics — the U.S. House's independent, internal watchdog — has been much less likely to investig …"

"… t penalties. Instead, it refers the results of some investigations to the House Committee on Ethics, which in turn may conduct its own investigations, and …"

"… gations, and in rare cases, vote to recommend punishments to the full U.S. House. Notable campaign finance-related investigations initiated by the Office …"

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 "Germany":

"… ” said de Leon, who was raped while serving as an Army medic in Bamberg, Germany, from 2007 to 2009. “I didn’t realize that this process was going to b …"

"… a medic, she examined soldiers and their families at the health clinic in Germany and prepared soldiers to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. She also com …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… ing for veterans in compliance an executive order last year from President Barack Obama. This is only part of the solution, Utah researcher Bryan said, because …"

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 "Medicine":

"… received the care that they deserve,” Sandor said. A 2013 Institute of Medicine report noted that, “Research on the health of veterans has focused on th …"

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 "Time Warner":

"… tered lobbyist last decade, representing America Online and Time Warner, according to U.S. Senate disclosure records. He was an early member of th …"

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.

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 "Pentagon":

"… y contrast, the international affairs budget is less than one-tenth of the Pentagon’s.”Adequately funding America’s foreign policy objectives, Kerry add …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… us flirtatious emails between Kelley and Gen. John Allen, top commander in Afghanistan. Other agents in Tampa reportedly kept Humphries out of the investigation …"

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 "Sandro Galea":

"… nd the Department of Veterans Affairs cares for those who no longer serve. Sandro Galea, the chairman of the Institute of Medicine panel, said both departments of …"

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

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

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 "Arizona":

"… collaboration is his long-running friendship with GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a fellow Vietnam veteran. Together, they helped heal many of the wounds l …"

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 "San Antonio":

"… ess. Rip-offs, they say, are rare.Those competing views clashed Tuesday in San Antonio during a Federal Trade Commission hearing on the problems that sailors, Ma …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… port its claim that an Obama administration plan to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan will put U.S. soldiers at greater risk.It's true that both military leader …"

"… n, was asked about the president's decision to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next summer, including 10,000 of them by the end of this yea …"

"… ited States "would have run other kinds of risks by keeping more forces in Afghanistan longer," and he described the president's drawdown plan as a "manageable r …"

"… also quotes Petraeus, the outgoing commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.In the snippet from Petraeus, we hear the general say that the drawdown of …"

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

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":

"… ssa declined to be interviewed for this article, as did representatives of Koch Industries, the conglomerate that the Koch brothers control.Dave Levinthal, spokesman …"

"… ed by Koch and co-founded by Richard Fink, the executive vice president of Koch Industries, has a long history of advocating against government regulations.Another s …"

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

"… oversight staffers also have ties to the Mercatus Center, which counts two Koch Industries executives on its board of directors, including Charles Koch, the chairman …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… n when evidence indicated otherwise. (FAS) …"

"… SD research and treatment.About 20 percent of veterans serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced PTSD, an anxiety disorder which develops after experienci …"

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