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Archive: January 2008

Child Deaths Continue

In 2001, The Post's Scott Higham, Sari Horwitz and Sarah Cohen examined the cases of 180 children who were supposed to be under the supervision of D.C.'s Child and Family Services Agency and found that nearly one in five--40 boys and girls--perished because D.C. officials failed to take preventive steps...

By The Editors | January 29, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Liability for D.C. Tax Scandal?

As investigators continue to look into milllions of dollars stolen from the District's Office of Tax Revenue, one potential way for the city to recover some of its losses has been stalled by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's top legal adviser, Peter Nickles. Nickels ordered the former city attorney general,...

By The Editors | January 28, 2008; 1:04 PM ET | Comments (4)

Newspaper Obtains Detroit Mayor's Text Messages

The Detroit Free Press reports today that it has obtained text messages showing that Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his chief of staff lied about their relationship when they testified in a police whistle-blower trial last summer. The newspaper examined nearly 14,000 text messages on a pager the city issued to...

By The Editors | January 25, 2008; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (3)

Dulles Rail Doubts

When federal authorities announced they would not fund the Metro extension to Dulles International Airport without significant changes to the plan, they cited several reasons, including their doubts that Metro could absorb the extension into an already troubled system. "Metro's operational issues have become really serious over the last...

By The Editors | January 25, 2008; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (12)

The Enemy Combatants

Jose Padilla, held in a Navy brig for more than three years without charge as an "enemy combatant," finally faced the bar of justice in Miami criminal court this week. He drew a 17-year prison sentence for conspiracy and supporting terrorism. The Padilla case could provide a preview to...

By The Editors | January 23, 2008; 6:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Landrieu Opens Files on Schools Earmark

A $2 million earmark for the D.C. schools from Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has become an issue in her campaign for re-election after an ethics watchdog group called for federal and congressional investigations, reports The Post's James V. Grimaldi. As reported in The Post's investigative series about the D.C. school...

By The Editors | January 22, 2008; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

A Sweeter Farm Bill For Sugar?

As Congress gets set to finalize a farm bill, lobbyists for the U.S. sugar industry are working behind the scenes to sweeten the legislation, reports Dan Morgan. The lobbyists want to attach a proposed U.S.-Mexican side agreement that would set limits on sugar trade between the two countries and protect...

By The Editors | January 18, 2008; 3:58 PM ET | Comments (96)

Scrutiny of Veterans Charity

The head of a veterans charity that reports $71.3 million in donations during the past fiscal year is scheduled to testify today before a congressional committee that is scrutinizing the organization's financial practices. California businessman Roger Chapin, who founded the charity, evaded U.S. marshals trying to serve him with a...

By The Editors | January 17, 2008; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

New Disclosure on Farm Programs

The Washington Post reported last month that a Department of Agriculture loan program created to spur rural development had cost taxpayers at least $1.5 billion in losses, created few new jobs, undercut some existing businesses and suffered from a lack of oversight. But the department refused to release the...

By The Editors | January 16, 2008; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Child Services Revisited

While a Southeast woman stands accused of murdering her four daughters and leaving their decomposing bodies in her home for at least four months, D.C. authorities are trying to determine whether police and social workers did all they could to shield the girls from danger. One of the agencies...

By The Editors | January 11, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Latest Abramoff Casualty: Congressman Doolittle

Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) said today he will retire at the end of his term, becoming the latest congressional casualty of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Doolittle has been under pressure from his party to step down ever since the FBI raided the congressman's Virginia home in April looking...

By The Editors | January 10, 2008; 5:56 PM ET | Comments (55)

Sen. Landrieu Defends Herself

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has attacked The Post's story about how she pushed a campaign contributor's reading program that was adopted by the D.C. schools, telling New Orleans's WWL-TV on Sunday that "the Post is off-base in their accusations and innuendos." Landrieu, who declined requests for an inteview with...

By The Editors | January 7, 2008; 2:33 AM ET | Comments (16)

Indian Museum Director Criticized

The chairman of the House Administration Committee today became the third key member of Congress to publicly criticize spending decisions by W. Richard West Jr., the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, reports The Post's James V. Grimaldi. Rep. Robert A. Brady (D-Pa.), chairman of...

By The Editors | January 4, 2008; 5:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Probe of Former Senator Is Dropped

One of the lawmakers who came under scrutiny in the public corruption investigation stemming from the activities of lobbyist Jack Abramoff will not face federal criminal charges, The Post's Susan Schmidt reports. The Justice Department has informed former Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana) that it has closed its investigation of...

By The Editors | January 3, 2008; 6:54 PM ET | Comments (0)


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