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.

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 "Chellie Pingree":

"… not all maintained in one place,” Schroeder said. Because of this, Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, introduced the 2013 Ruth Moore Act, which aims to make it easier …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… has helped fewer than 10 percent of participating veterans find work. The Obama administration has prodded states to recognize military experience as sufficient for stat …"

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 "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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. military":

"… ng the most narrowly specialized and expensive warplanes to operate in the U.S. military. Dempsey noted that the two flights were paid for out of money set aside …"

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 "security guard":

"… he lack of fire safety equipment severely impacted the Ambassador’s and [security guard] Sean Smith’s ability to escape,” the panel said.At a Senate Foreign R …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nevada":

"… — Bill Clinton. In some states that Clinton carried, such as Montana and Nevada, Perot won more than a quarter of the vote.Earlier this year, Romney invok …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… forces, capabilities, missions, and goals,” says the assessment from the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. The efforts were marked by a “failure to adequately pla …"

"… ted Thursday on the website of a trade publication called "Inside the Pentagon" (accessible only to regular or trial subscribers).Its criticisms are larg …"

"… s new retrospective may be more significant because it was prepared by the Pentagon directorate responsible for developing military educational curricula, war …"

ACCOUNTABILITY: Senators demand answers on behalf of military whistleblowers

By Aaron Mehta

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Secretary":

"… Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) want more information from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta about an inspector general's report criticizing the Pentagon' …"

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 "social media":

"… at engaging young adults on economic issues “through a strategy based on social media and ground operations.”Cheap marketing platformSince President Barack Ob …"

"… t Barack Obama’s election in 2008, political consultants understand that social media, YouTube and e-mail are crucial tools in reaching out to the populace.“O …"

"… ial tools in reaching out to the populace.“Obama and his camp understood social media much more than did the (Sen. John) McCain campaign,” said Paul Levinson, …"

"… John) McCain campaign,” said Paul Levinson, a communications professor, social media expert and author at Fordham University. The McCain campaign was “barely …"

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 "Patty Murray":

"… ess: Kerry, in a joint statement with Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Patty Murray announcing their appointment, said he looks “forward to working with our …"

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 "U.S. military":

"… sing attention being paid to the consumer problems faced by members of the U.S. military.Shawn Mercer, a Raleigh, N.C., attorney who represents car dealers, told F …"

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 "Duncan D. Hunter":

"… nt in homemade bombs in Afghanistan. “It was a struggle,” he said.Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, (R-Calif.) a former Marine and Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, takes an equ …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… through campaign contributions, lobbying and nonprofit groups — such as Americans for Prosperity, an activist organization with connections to the Tea Party movement — h …"

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