Archive: May 2010
Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding Motrin recall from public; FDA says it urged company to respond to complaints
The company at the center of a massive recall of children's Tylenol and other popular over-the-counter products tried to perform a "phantom recall" of defective Motrin by sending contractors around the country to buy up the medicine from stores without alerting regulators or the public, according to the chairman of a Congressional committee investigating the company.
By Jennifer Jenkins | May 28, 2010; 5:42 PM ET | Comments (2)
Ethics office requests investigation of lobbying firm PMA Group over no-bid contracts; Renewed questions about U.S. lobbying firm's role in Jamaican extradition case
A congressional ethics office asked the Justice Department on Thursday to review evidence it found suggesting that companies are providing campaign cash to lawmakers for no-bid contracts, and consider a criminal probe. The investigation focused on companies that were clients of the once powerful lobby firm the PMA Group and sought earmarked contracts from lawmakers who sat on the House Appropriations committee.
By Jennifer Jenkins | May 27, 2010; 5:59 PM ET | Comments (0)
D.C. child abuse and neglect investigations improve, but problems persist; CDC politics affected investigation into lead levels
Child abuse and neglect investigations in the District are improving but often take too long to locate alleged victims and frequently fail to include interviews with teachers, relatives and others likely to have vital insight into the family, according to a report by the federal court monitor who tracks the city's child welfare agency.
By Jennifer Jenkins | May 27, 2010; 5:47 PM ET | Comments (0)
Ethics rules give Congress leeway in investments; Pentagon tries to steer Iraq media coverage; Rig inspectors took gifts from oil industry
Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, was a stockbroker before he became a politician and continued to play the markets during his rise through Congress. At times, his investing became so busy it verged on what later came to be known as day trading.
By Jennifer Jenkins | May 25, 2010; 5:36 PM ET | Comments (1)
The Conservancy gave BP a seat on its International Leadership Council and has accepted nearly $10 million in cash and land contributions from BP and affiliated corporations over the years.
By Jennifer Jenkins | May 24, 2010; 4:26 PM ET | Comments (2)
CDC misled District residents about lead levels in water; FBI investigated leaks to Robert Novak in '80s; WikiLeaks' sources remain a mystery
The nation's premier public health agency knowingly used flawed data to claim that high lead levels in the District's drinking water did not pose a health risk to the public, a congressional investigation has found.
By Jennifer Jenkins | May 20, 2010; 4:57 PM ET | Comments (2)
Border security proposals in Congress could be costly; Bush-era memo could complicate challenge of Arizona immigration law
In the legal battle over Arizona's new immigration law, an ironic subtext has emerged: whether a Bush-era legal opinion authorizing state police to arrest undocumented immigrants for violating federal law complicates a potential Obama administration lawsuit against Arizona.
By Jennifer Jenkins | May 18, 2010; 4:58 PM ET | Comments (2)
FBI considered moving to Prince George's, court papers reveal; Virginia nonviolent felons left in limbo on restoration of civil rights
More than 200 nonviolent felons received a notice from the secretary of the commonwealth requiring that they write a letter explaining why their civil rights should be restored to the governor by April 1.
By Jennifer Jenkins | May 17, 2010; 6:06 PM ET | Comments (0)
White house, BP unprepared for relationship in wake of oil spill The Washington Post The success or failure of the Obama administration's current response -- involving about 13,000 workers and 460 vessels, along with 1.4 million feet of boom laid against the spreading slick -- depends in large part on...
By Jennifer Jenkins | May 13, 2010; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (1)
U.S. funds group against Internet censorship; Soldiers report problems in Warrior Transition Units; Georgia foster care system scrutinzed
The State Department has decided to fund the Global Internet Freedom Consortium, run mainly by practitioners of Falun Gong, a Buddhist-like sect long considered an enemy by the Chinese government, to provide software to skirt Internet censorship.
By Jennifer Jenkins | May 12, 2010; 6:44 PM ET | Comments (1)
Payday lenders fight finance reform; Banks hire former government employees as lobbyists; 27 waivers given to oil companies in Gulf
The country's largest banks and trade groups have hired more than 240 former government officials and legislative staffers to lobby on their behalf in Congress, part of a broader campaign by to limit the impact of proposed financial reforms, according to a report issued Tuesday by liberal groups.
By Jennifer Jenkins | May 11, 2010; 5:39 PM ET | Comments (0)
Gulf rig owner had history of accidents; New questions arise over Ford Explorers; California inmates report abuse
Since 2008, nearly three of every four incidents on deepwater drilling rigs that triggered federal safety investigations in the Gulf of Mexico have been on rigs operated by Transocean, according to the Wall Street Journal's analysis of federal data.
By Jennifer Jenkins | May 10, 2010; 4:02 PM ET | Comments (0)
Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham appeared on Good Morning America Monday, May 10, to discuss "Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery," their expansion on The Washington Post's original 13-part examination of Chandra Levy's murder.
By Jennifer Jenkins | May 10, 2010; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)
Investigative reporters Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz' new book, Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery, picks up where The Washington Post's investigation of Chandra Levy's 2001 murder left off.
By Jennifer Jenkins | May 6, 2010; 10:59 PM ET | Comments (0)