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 "Office of Congressional Ethics":

"… no tobacco industry-bestowed cigar. Since early 2009, nearly half of the Office of Congressional Ethics' investigations into U.S. House members and staff involve election activit …"

"… according to a new report the independent office published this week. The Office of Congressional Ethics — the U.S. House's independent, internal watchdog — has been much less …"

"… political committees with fewer and fewer penalties. Congress grants the Office of Congressional Ethics the jurisdiction to investigate any alleged violation of a "law, rule, reg …"

"… . House. Notable campaign finance-related investigations initiated by the Office of Congressional Ethics include those involving Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., who the House ultimat …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… this summer. …"

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

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

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.

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.

White House nominates new FEC commissioners

By Dave Levinthal

White House nominates pair to agency overseeing campaign finance.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ann Ravel":

"… ees are Lee E. Goodman, an attorney at law firm LeClairRyan, and Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission.  …"

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 "Robert Gates":

"… before making clear that everything done by his two predecessors — Robert Gates and Leon Panetta — is now up for grabs, due to the austere fiscal c …"

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 "president":

"… bama’s likely nominee to become the Secretary of State during his second presidential term. In an opening statement, Kerry added his voice to complaints by m …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "ABC News":

"… Gingrich left office.McCain wasn’t alone in misusing CAGW’s data. ABC News in December and the National Review in January both mistake …"

"… Gingrich “nearly doubled” (National Review) or “roughly doubled” (ABC News). Both cited the CAGW database.ABC News, Dec. 15, 2011: ABC News has taken …"

"… Review) or “roughly doubled” (ABC News). Both cited the CAGW database.ABC News, Dec. 15, 2011: ABC News has taken a look back at Gingrich’s record on t …"

"… ubled” (ABC News). Both cited the CAGW database.ABC News, Dec. 15, 2011: ABC News has taken a look back at Gingrich’s record on the issue of so-called ear …"

McCain changes tune on support for Grand Canyon air tours

By Rita Beamish

McCain now boosts Grand Canyon tourist flights his law curtailed

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… or visitors to experience the sounds of nature,” said Faehner.McCain’s spokesman Brian Rogers said in an email that the senator is proud of his stewardship …"

"… s’ lawyers wrote to the Park Service.Elling Halvorson in an email from a spokesman affirmed his longstanding support for McCain. He said the senator is “a …"

"… measure he submitted this year, however, dropped that provision.McCain’s spokesman Rogers said the 2010 measure would have brought finality to the long delay …"

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 "America":

"… n Veterans Day, 11-11-11, the nation pauses to honor the 24 million living American veterans who served in wars dating back to World War II. Of those, more t …"

‘Nonpartisan’ youth movement has deep GOP roots

By John Dunbar

'Nonpartisan' grass roots youth group staffed by GOP partisans

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bev Perdue":

"… d Conway in a story critical of the Democratic governor of North Carolina, Bev Perdue. The story described Generation Opportunity as a “group that encourages …"

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

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 "Vice President":

"… ional Research Service. …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… or contributions made to Arizona Republicans.The complaint, filed with the Federal Election Commission, claims 13 people were reimbursed a combined $28,500 by college football …"

"… port was issued. Junker is among the 13 named in the CREW complaint to the Federal Election Commission.The Fiesta Bowl had no immediate comment on the new complaint.  …"

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 "Thad Cochran":

"… omment.Still, the project would not die. With a $400,000 earmark from Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and $1.5 million more from JIEDDO, the Marine Corps set out to h …"

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 "spokesman":

"… ns that are tilted in favor of those interests,” he said.Frederick Hill, spokesman for Issa and the oversight committee, declined to answer questions about t …"

"… ndustries, the conglomerate that the Koch brothers control.Dave Levinthal, spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan nonprofit that analy …"

"… center based at San Diego State University, obtained a list from majority spokesman Hill of 62 Republican committee employees in order to examine their work e …"

"… nterviewed for its report.Moore did not respond to an interview request. A spokesman for the auto alliance said Karr declined to be interviewed.In February 200 …"

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