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Archive: February 2009

Ethics Lessons for Gregg, Telemarketers and Philly Cops

The editors at Post Investigations have scoured the nation's top in-depth and investigative reports from this past week and selected their most interesting finds.

By Derek Kravitz | February 27, 2009; 5:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Stanford Claimed: 'Assets Are There'

Federal authorities now say R. Allen Stanford, the Houston billionaire implicated in an $9.2 billion investment scheme, borrowed some $1.6 billion from his family company's assets, according to court documents made public today.

By Derek Kravitz | February 27, 2009; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Senate Panel to Probe CIA, Banned Firms Get U.S. Contracts, SEC Alerted on Stanford in '03

Senate Panel to Probe CIA » The Senate intelligence committee is planning an unprecedented review of the CIA's handling of captured terrorist suspects, drawing back the curtain for the first time on the agency's use of waterboarding and other interrogation tactics inside secret CIA prisons, congressional sources said yesterday. — Washington Post

By Amanda Zamora | February 27, 2009; 9:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Case Against the Last 'Enemy Combatant'

The country's final remaining enemy combatant, Qatar-born Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, an alleged sleeper agent for al-Qaeda, is set to be charged with providing support to terrorism in federal court in an unprecedented move for prosecutors.

By Derek Kravitz | February 26, 2009; 3:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

What Did Thain Say in Closed-Door Meeting?

So what did John Thain, the embattled former chief executive of Merrill Lynch, say to New York authorities on his second trip to the witness stand? In his first deposition a week ago, Thain refused to disclose information to the New York attorney general's office regarding individual bonus payments, citing advise from attorneys at Bank of America, which has merged with Merrill Lynch.

By Derek Kravitz | February 26, 2009; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

FEMA Grilled Over Unspent Aid, Unpacking the Pork in Omnibus Bill, More Mini-Madoffs

Unpacking the Pork » The House on Wednesday passed a $410 billion omnibus spending bill packed with pet projects requested by Democrats and Republicans alike, including $1.7 million for a honey bee laboratory in Weslaco, Tex.; $346,000 for research on apple fire blight in Michigan and New York; and $1.5 million for work on grapes and grape products, including wine. — New York Times

By Amanda Zamora | February 26, 2009; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Targets Farm Subsidies As 'Wasteful'

President Obama clued in on about $5 billion in farm subsidies as an example of government's "wasteful spending" during his first national address to a joint session of Congress last night.

By Derek Kravitz | February 25, 2009; 5:43 PM ET | Comments (2)

CIA Officer Was A 'Con Man,' Prosecutors Say

Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, who as executive director was the No. 3 officer at the agency, pleaded guilty in September federal court to one count of wire fraud stemming from sweetheart contracting deals he awarded to a friend and a high-level CIA job he got for his mistress.

By Derek Kravitz | February 25, 2009; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (15)

Obama, Jindal Trade Barbs on Economy; Banks Lag on Bailout Details; Palin to Pay for Family Travel

Quotable

We have lived through an era where too often, short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity; where we failed to look beyond the next payment, the next quarter, or the next election."
President Barack Obama, on the roots of economic crisis during address before Congress

Instead of trusting us to make wise decisions with our own money, [Democrats] passed the largest government spending bill in history - with a price tag of more than $1 trillion with interest. While some of the projects in the bill make sense, their legislation is larded with wasteful spending."
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), offering the Republican response to Obama's presidential address

By Amanda Zamora | February 25, 2009; 9:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Texas Judge in Jeopardy Over Death-Row Decision

It was Sept. 25, 2007, and attorneys for Michael Wayne Richard, a Houston man on death row for the rape and murder of a woman 21 years prior, asked a judge for a 20-minute extension past 5 p.m. so they could file appeals of Richard's death sentence. Computer problems had hampered their efforts to file something quickly. The attorneys say they needed extra time. But Richard's attorneys and civil-rights advocates say they ran into a problem. Her name was Sharon Keller, Texas' presiding judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals. Colleagues had given her the nickname "Killer Keller" for the Republican's tough approach to crime. Keller refused to keep the court's clerk offices open after 5 p.m., telling one of Richard's attorneys, Edward J. Marty, bluntly "no" when he asked for the late filing. She said she had to meet a repairman at her home.

By Derek Kravitz | February 24, 2009; 4:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lobbying Firm Under FBI Scrutiny Still Collecting Bucks For Clients

The PMA Group, the Washington defense-lobbying firm whose offices were raided by the FBI in November, is still reaping rewards for its high-profile clientele.

By Derek Kravitz | February 24, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

House to Vote on Ethics Probe, Nursing Home Information Stymied, Burris Back to Washington

House to Vote on Earmark Ethics Probe » As lawmakers prepare to consider a $410 billion spending bill carrying pet projects for clients of The PMA Group, a lobbying firm under FBI investigation, the House will vote as early as Tuesday on whether to start an ethics investigation into the relationship between earmarks and campaign contributions. — CQ Politics

By Amanda Zamora | February 24, 2009; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

New York Tries to Force Thain to Give Up Bonus Details

New York authorities are trying to force the former head of Merrill Lynch to provide details about $3.6 billion in year-end bonuses paid out to top executives just weeks before the firm announced it had lost billions more than it had previously projected.

By Derek Kravitz | February 23, 2009; 6:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

Levy Detectives Ran New DNA Analysis

D.C. police have found "something new" that led to an arrest warrant being filed for a Salvadorean immigrant implicated in the much-publicized 2001 disappearance and death of Washington intern Chandra Levy, according to the two Post reporters who exhaustively covered the case in a series this past summer.

By Derek Kravitz | February 23, 2009; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Missing Tour Bonuses, Break in the Levy Case and Hitch in Classifying Memos

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Phishing doesn't work as well as it used to."
Patrik Runald, security specialist at F-Secure, the Internet security firm Internet Threat: Hackers Swarm Bank Accounts

Soldiers Still Waiting for Tour Bonuses » The Pentagon has not started complying with a law requiring the payment of monthly bonuses of up to $500 to soldiers forced to remain on active duty beyond their enlistment period, military officials said. — USA Today

Opinion Could Dampen Zeal To Classify Government Information » If it is ultimately upheld, a memorandum opinion written by a federal judge in Virginia and released last week may limit the overclassification of information on national security grounds and prevent future prosecutions for leaking such information. — Washington Post

D.C. Police Believed Close to Arrest in Levy Case » Over the weekend, D.C. police said they were seeking an arrest warrant against a Salvadoran immigrant in connection with the eight-year-old slaying of federal intern Chandra Levy, one of the most famous unsolved homicide cases in Washington history. Back in "Condit Country," as the midsection of the Central Valley in California came to be known over the 14 years during which the man once thought to be involved in Levy's slaying, former Rep. Gary Condit, represented it in Congress, the scandal clings to the name even as the details recede. — Washington Post

U.S. Unit Secretly in Pakistan Lends Ally Support » More than 70 United States military advisers and technical specialists are secretly working in Pakistan to help its armed forces battle Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the country's lawless tribal areas, American military officials said. — New York Times

SEC Chief Pursues Tougher Enforcement » Less than a month after becoming the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary L. Schapiro is moving swiftly to reverse major decisions by her predecessor and to strengthen an enforcement program that missed several major frauds that cost investors billions of dollars. — New York Times

By Derek Kravitz | February 23, 2009; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Looking at Jack Valenti's FBI file

Jack Valenti's FBI file reveals that the bureau spent time in 1964 trying to determine if Valenti had had a homosexual relationship.

By The Editors | February 21, 2009; 4:53 PM ET | Comments (2)

Another Hill Staffer Caught In Abramoff Scandal: 'What? No Hot Dogs?'

a former legislative aide to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has been accused of accepting more than $25,000 worth of meals and event tickets from Team Abramoff in exchange for helping his clients.

By The Editors | February 20, 2009; 7:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Iraq Graft, DEA Jet-Setting and Cheney's Pitch

The editors at Post Investigations have scoured the nation's top in-depth and investigative reports from this past week and selected their most interesting finds.

By Derek Kravitz | February 20, 2009; 6:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merrill Lynch Bonus Probe Widens

The mysterious and unusual bonus payments paid out to Merrill Lynch employees before the firm's disastrous merger with Bank of America has taken a new twist, with Bank of America chief executive and chairman Kenneth D. Lewis being questioned by New York authorities.

By Derek Kravitz | February 20, 2009; 5:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Did Madoff Buy Any Stock?

Disgraced money manager Bernard L. Madoff might not have used any of his clients' billions of dollars to buy a single securities share for 13 years, according to the man tasked with finding the former Nasdaq chairman's remaining funds.

By Derek Kravitz | February 20, 2009; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (9)

IRS Wants More UBS Names, Burris's 'Courtesy Call', Stanford Probe Widens

IRS Wants More UBS Names » One day after the Justice Department claimed to have struck a blow against Swiss bank secrecy, it is clear how limited that blow was: UBS says it surrendered the identities of up to 300 clients to the U.S. government. Seeking more names, the IRS has filed a fresh lawsuit alleging that as many as 52,000 U.S. taxpayers used secret accounts at UBS to hide money from the tax agency. — Washington Post

By Amanda Zamora | February 20, 2009; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sarah Palin's Tax Matters

By James V. Grimaldi Washington Post Staff Writer In September, after The Washington Post reported that the GOP vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, had charged the state per diem expenses when she was staying in her own home, her office issued statements claiming that the practice was fine....

By The Editors | February 19, 2009; 4:34 PM ET | Comments (23)

Editorials: Burris 'Must Go'

As newly-minted Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.) tries to stave off calls for his resignation, the editorial boards of almost every major newspaper in Illinois have said enough is enough.

By Derek Kravitz | February 19, 2009; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Clouds Gather Over Burris, PMA's Friends in High Places, UBS to Open Secret Files

PMA's Friends in High Places » More than 100 House members secured earmarks in a major spending bill for clients of a single lobbying firm -- The PMA Group -- known for its close ties to John P. Murtha , the congressman in charge of Pentagon appropriations. — CQ Politics

By Amanda Zamora | February 19, 2009; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Report: Nats' 'Smiley' Isn't Who He Says He Is

Esmailyn "Smiley" Gonzalez was a highly-touted prospect in the Dominican Republic and a 16-year-old switch-hitter when the Washington Nationals signed him in July 2006, handing him a $1.4 million bonus. At the time, the Nationals said publicly that Gonzalez's signing meant the team would compete for "the best talent in Latin America." His glove was compared to Ozzie Smith's; his bat to Miguel Tejada. But Smiley may not have been 16 at all. Smiley may not have even been his real name. Turns out "Smiley" might be 23-year-old Carlos Alvarez Daniel Lugo, according to a Sports Illustrated report released today.

By Derek Kravitz | February 18, 2009; 5:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Burris's Changing Testimony

Burris told reporters yesterday in Peoria, Ill., that he tried to raise money for scandal-ridden former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich at the same time he was campaigning for an appointment to the Senate.

By Derek Kravitz | February 18, 2009; 2:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Burris Probes Begin, Texas Firm Accused of $8B Fraud, Lending by Bailout Recipients Drops

Burris Probes Begin » The United States Senate Ethics Committee and a local Illinois prosecutor have begun investigations into Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.), who admitted yesterday to attempting to raise money for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the same time he was asking Blagojevich to appoint him to the Senate. — New York Times, Washington Post

By Amanda Zamora | February 18, 2009; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Colorful' Houston Billionaire in Fraud Probe

Robert Allen Stanford, the eccentric Houston billionaire who runs Stanford Financial Group and lives in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and three of his companies were charged today by the Securities and Exchange Commission of running a phony $8 billion investment scheme using certificates of deposit (SEC statement).

By Derek Kravitz | February 17, 2009; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Report: Cheney 'Furious' that Bush Wouldn't Pardon Scooter Libby

Former President George W. Bush refused to pardon former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby as he was set to leave office, despite a last-gasp plea by his No. 2, Dick Cheney.

By Derek Kravitz | February 17, 2009; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (1)

Questions for Burris, West Va. Case Spotlights Judicial Elections, 'Clawing Back' Madoff Money

Questions Over Burris Affidavit ยป Barely a month after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was ousted from office for allegedly trying to auction off a U.S. Senate seat, the man he appointed to that seat is fighting calls for his resignation amid assertions that he misled Illinois legislators. Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.) is insisting that an affidavit released over the weekend detailing his contact with Blagojevich's brother prior to his Senate appointment does not contradict earlier testimony before the ousted governor's impeachment committee. — Wall Street Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Post

By Amanda Zamora | February 17, 2009; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Unusual Donations From Lobbying Firm

Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) says he's unconcerned about two federal probes into a Pennsylvania company and a Virginia lobbying firm he's closely connected to.

By Derek Kravitz | February 13, 2009; 7:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

A-Rod, Exploiting the Disabled and Army Problems

The editors at Post Investigations have scoured the nation's top in-depth and investigative reports from this past week and selected their most interesting finds.

By Derek Kravitz | February 13, 2009; 5:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ex-Detroit Mayor's New Gig

Kilpatrick, having just completed a 99-day jail term after pleading guilty to, was hired by Compuware CEO and longtime friend Peter Karmanos as an account executive working on getting government health care programs online (memo).

By Derek Kravitz | February 13, 2009; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Despite Pledges, Package Has Pork; D.C. Agency Probed in Water Report; Judges Guilty in Pa. Kickback Scheme

Despite Pledges, Package Has Pork » The compromise stimulus bill adopted by House and Senate negotiators this week is not free of spending that benefits specific communities, industries or groups, despite vows by President Obama that the legislation would be kept clear of pet projects. Meanwhile, according to a White House directive issued Feb. 9, federal agencies receiving stimulus funds are expected to have chosen a senior-level official to manage oversight of those funds by today. — Washington Post, Government Executive

By Amanda Zamora | February 13, 2009; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

South Carolina Sheriff Pursues Phelps Pot Case

Considering the budding drug case being built against Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, he might have wished he never smoked up in South Carolina.

By Derek Kravitz | February 12, 2009; 5:53 PM ET | Comments (18)

How Much Did Madoff Family Know?

Questions about how much the family of disgraced hedge-fund manager Bernard Madoff knew about the $50 billion Ponzi scheme he is accused of operating have swirled ever since the former NASDAQ chairman was arrested two months ago.

By Derek Kravitz | February 12, 2009; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bank Execs on Hot Seat, Mrs. Madoff's $15M Withdrawal, Unemployment Claims Blocked

See what else we're reading by subscribing to our GoogleReader feed, or following us on Twitter. Quotable I want to see people prosecuted. — Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), Justice Department Putting New Focus on Combating Corporate Fraud Bank Execs Work the Congressional Hot Seat » During a seven-hour House hearing...

By Amanda Zamora | February 12, 2009; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Senate OKs Ex-Lobbyist as Defense Nominee

Despite delays and lingering questions over his lobbying history, William J. Lynn, the nominee for the No. 2 spot at the Pentagon, was confirmed by the Senate today, marking a substantial victory for the Obama administration.

By Derek Kravitz | February 11, 2009; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wall Street: 'We Are Sorry' for Meltdown

Mack was one of eight of Wall Street's top chief executives testifying in front of the House Financial Services Committee to discuss what they are doing with some $350 billion in federal bailout money doled out to financially struggling banks and investment firms. Some offered apologies; others laid out sometimes-detailed plans of how they're spending the money.

By Derek Kravitz | February 11, 2009; 4:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

E-Mails Suggest Peanut Bosses Knew of Salmonella Contamination

Parnell, the owner of Peanut Corp. of America, the Virginia-based firm behind a nationwide salmonella outbreak that has sickened 600 people and led to eight deaths, has been ordered by subpoena to appear today at a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing.

By Derek Kravitz | February 11, 2009; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

Banks on Offense Before House Hearing, FBI Probes Firms' Murtha Ties, Agent: Stevens Evidence Concealed

Facing Oversight, Banks Go on Offense » The chieftains of eight of the nation's largest banks (several of whom are ditching corporate jets in favor of commercial transit en route to Washington) could receive a tongue-lashing when they testify before a House committee today, but some have moved to preempt the withering criticism over lavish spending with their own solutions to the economic meltdown. Meanwhile, Las Vegas wants President Obama to apologize for warning companies against planning trips to Sin City on the taxpayer's dime. — ABC News, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, AP

By Amanda Zamora | February 11, 2009; 9:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Big Names in Baseball's Steroids Scandal

Since steroids became a full-blown scandal in Major League Baseball five years ago, some of the game's most famous players have testified to Congress, held news conferences proclaiming their innocence (or sometimes guilt) and dealt with the fallout any way they could.

By Derek Kravitz | February 10, 2009; 6:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Work Suspended at Ivins' Anthrax Lab

Research at the Maryland laboratory where Bruce E. Ivins allegedly developed a deadly strain of anthrax that killed five people in 2001 has been suspended after unaccounted for samples of sometimes-deadly diseases were found during a "spot check."

By Derek Kravitz | February 10, 2009; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

DOJ Backs 'State Secrets', California Prison Crowding, Obama Recruits' Golden Parachutes

See what else we're reading by subscribing to our GoogleReader feed, or following us on Twitter. DOJ Backs 'State Secrets' Defense » The Obama administration invoked the same "state secrets" privilege as its predecessor in federal court in San Francisco yesterday in opposing the reinstatement of a lawsuit that alleges...

By Amanda Zamora | February 10, 2009; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Interior Official Was Nabbed in FBI Sting

An Interior Department official caught taking bribes in exchange for arranging meetings with government officials was swept up in a far-reaching federal public corruption probe, prosecutors say.

By Derek Kravitz | February 9, 2009; 6:02 PM ET | Comments (5)

Steele: No 'Funny Business' With Campaign Money

Michael Steele, the newly-elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, said yesterday that if there were any "funny business" with his 2006 Senate campaign, he would been caught by federal agents by now, as the former Maryland lieutenant governor defends himself from claims he made improper payments to his sister.

By Derek Kravitz | February 9, 2009; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (3)

Stimulus Choice: Speed or Oversight?, Billions in Hurricane Aid Unspent, Steele on the Defense

Swift Spending May Undercut Oversight » The $827 billion stimulus legislation under debate in Congress presents a stark choice: The government can spend unprecedented amounts of money quickly in an effort to jump-start the economy or it can move more deliberately to thwart the cost overruns common to federal contracts in recent years. — Washington Post

By Amanda Zamora | February 9, 2009; 8:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pricey Congressional Retreats, Hospital Lapses and More on Rangel

The editors at Post Investigations have scoured the nation's top in-depth and investigative reports from this past week and selected their most interesting finds.

By Derek Kravitz | February 6, 2009; 6:42 PM ET | Comments (4)

SEC Moves to Take 'Handcuffs Off' Regulators

To combat growing criticism of how the federal government watches over the financial markets, the new head of the Securities and Exchange Commission said she is ending a two-year policy requiring agents to get approval from the government's five-person commission before negotiating fines and penalties with firms accused of violating federal regulations.

By Derek Kravitz | February 6, 2009; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Details: How Treasury Overpaid the Banks

When all the dollars and cents are figured out, the Bush administration overpaid for bailed-out banks to get out of trouble, an analysis by the Congress' watchdog found.

By Derek Kravitz | February 6, 2009; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Treasury Overpaid for Bank Assets, Obama's Tax Woes, CIA Pick Vows to End Disputed Tactics

Treasury Overpaid for Bank Assets » The Bush administration received assets that were worth $78 billion less than the amount it invested as part of the massive infusion of capital into the country's banks, congressional investigators have found. Meanwhile, two top watchdogs over the government's financial rescue programs told senators Thursday they would examine how two troubled banks, Citigroup and Bank of America, were included in the first round of the bailout intended for "healthy banks." — Washington Post, ProPublica

By Amanda Zamora | February 6, 2009; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

On Madoff List: Sandy Koufax, Kevin Bacon, Others Possibly Caught in Ponzi Scheme

A lengthy list of disgraced hedge fund manager Bernard Madoff's defrauded investors was released today.

By Derek Kravitz | February 5, 2009; 4:32 PM ET | Comments (10)

Executive Pay Limits Outlined, Treasury Warned on Lending Plan, Madoff Client List Disclosed

Executive Pay Limits Outlined» The Obama administration is imposing a $500,000 pay cap on senior officers at companies that need special government assistance. But the new rules (PDF) do not apply to the more than 350 institutions that have already received bailout funds, and experts caution that abundant loopholes could undermine any lasting effect. Meanwhile, demand is growing in Congress for an independent investigation of the causes of the nation's financial crisis. — Washington Post, New York Times, L.A. Times, Wall Street Journal

By Amanda Zamora | February 5, 2009; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bailout Pay Cap Won't Affect These Three

President Obama's plan to cap the salaries of corporate executives for firms getting federal bailout money at $500,000 per year was designed to send a message: reign in the jaw-dropping pay of your top employees.

By Derek Kravitz | February 4, 2009; 7:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Former Gregg Staffer May Be Linked to Abramoff Probe

A former top staff member to Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who is President Obama's choice to be commerce secretary, has come under the scrutiny of federal prosecutors investigating the Jack Abramoff gifts-for-favors scandal, according to public records and sources.

By The Editors | February 4, 2009; 2:22 PM ET | Comments (4)

Madoff Tipster: 'Investigative Ineptitude' at SEC

It took a little longer than expected but mild-mannered accountant Harry Markopolos broke his silence today on Capitol Hill. And he had a lot to say.

By Derek Kravitz | February 4, 2009; 1:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Many Faces of the Abramoff Scandal

Former Vice President Al Gore famously referred to the Abramoff scandal as "but the tip of a giant iceberg that threatens the integrity of the entire legislative branch of government."

By Derek Kravitz | February 4, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Admits Mistakes, Humvees Called 'Deathtrap' in '94, Immigrant Raid Targets Shifted

Obama: 'I Screwed Up' » On the defensive after tax woes derailed Tom Daschle's nomination for Health and Human Services Secretary, President Obama admits to his mistakes as "part of the era of responsibility." In an interview with NBC News, Obama said, "Ultimately it's important for this administration to send a message that there aren't two sets of rules. You know, one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes." — Washington Post, Wall Street Journal

By Amanda Zamora | February 4, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Connecticut's Corrupt Political Culture

For a relatively small state with few big cities, Connecticut seems to keep breeding a lot of bipartisan political corruption.

By The Editors | February 3, 2009; 2:47 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Car Service That Undid Daschle

What ultimately led to Daschle's undoing was the South Dakota lawmaker's dealings with Englewood, Colo.-based InterMedia Partners and its side group, InterMedia Advisors LLP of New York.

By Derek Kravitz | February 3, 2009; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Nanny' Problems Ensnare Another Obama Pick

It was only a few short weeks ago that Nancy Killefer, a Clinton-era veteran of the Treasury Department, was tapped by President Barack Obama to become the nation's first chief performance officer, a position created to cut through government red-tape and reform stifled budget practices.

By Derek Kravitz | February 3, 2009; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Weighing Obama's Promises, Freed Kilpatrick 'Not Bitter', FTC Sues in 'Pay-for-Delay' Pact

Weighing Obama's Promises* » During almost two years on the campaign trail, Barack Obama vowed to slay the demons of Washington, bar lobbyists from his administration and usher in what he would later call in his Inaugural Address a "new era of responsibility." What he did not talk much about were the asterisks. Meanwhile, as he battles to save his nomination to be secretary of health and human services, one thing is certain: No one in Washington has a better-positioned network of allies in the Obama administration than Thomas A. Daschle. — New York Times, Washington Post

By Amanda Zamora | February 3, 2009; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Daschle's Confirmation Hinges on Tax Flap

As Tom Daschle, President Barack Obama's pick to become the head of the Health and Human Services Department, heads into a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee, his political future hangs in the balance.

By Derek Kravitz | February 2, 2009; 5:03 PM ET | Comments (5)

Daschle's Tax Troubles and Executive Pay Cuts

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By Derek Kravitz | February 2, 2009; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

 

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