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Archive: March 2008

Like-Minded Advocates

Over on another Washington Post blog, Government Inc., Robert O'Harrow is raising some interesting questions about the relationship between a nonpartisan advocacy group and Northrup Grumman. The group, Citizens Against Government Waste, has declared its support for a new independent coalition that supports the Pentagon's controversial decision to award the...

By The Editors | March 26, 2008; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Detroit Mayor Indicted

Two months after the Detroit Free Press published highlights from sexually explicit text messages between Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and a top aide, the mayor was indicted today on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office. Both Kilpatrick and the aide, then Chief of Staff Christine Beatty,...

By The Editors | March 24, 2008; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

Post's Cheney Series Honored

The Washington Post's series on the extraordinary influence of Vice President Cheney has been awarded the $25,000 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. The four-part series by Barton Gellman and Jo Becker highlighted how the most powerful vice president in U.S. history has exercised his power and influence behind the scenes....

By The Editors | March 19, 2008; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

Going After the 'Slumlords'

D.C. officials are pressing efforts to hold accountable negligent landlords who have allowed their buildings to deteriorate into unlivable conditions. The Post's Debbie Cenziper, an investigative reporter on the Metro staff, and Sarah Cohen, a Post database editor, exposed the citywide problem in a three-part series that ran last week,...

By The Editors | March 18, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Law May Be Rewritten

Reacting to an investigation that appeared in The Washington Post, two District Council members say they want to repeal a provision that has encouraged landlords to force tenants out of apartment buildings. Members Jim Graham and Mary Cheh said they will propose that the city no longer grant "vacancy exemptions,"...

By The Editors | March 12, 2008; 4:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Clash Over Animal Waste

Environmental scientists and agribusiness have long been at odds over the impact of discharges from industrial-sized hog, poultry, beef and dairy farms. The latest arena for their battle: a blue-ribbon commission that has been studying the problem for three years. The panel is expected to soon issue a major report...

By The Editors | March 7, 2008; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (6)

Coming Soon: "Forced Out"

Like many urban centers across the country, Washington has undergone an economic resurgence over the past decade, bringing new development into neighborhoods and transforming aging apartment buildings into upscale condominiums. But that celebrated renewal has come at a price: landlords have forced hundreds of families out of apartments, thwarting longstanding...

By The Editors | March 7, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (1)

More FBI Abuses of National Security Letters

It turns out that disclosures three years ago about the FBI's growing reliance on national security letters didn't put a stop to abuses of the secret investigative tool. In 2005, The Post's Barton Gellman reported that with the impetus of the Patriot Act after 9/11, the FBI had been issuing...

By The Editors | March 5, 2008; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (7)

 

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