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Congress Gets Another Hefty Pay Raise

Members of Congress are lucky their salary isn’t tied to their performance, which is why they got their second substantial raise in just six months despite historically low approval ratings. Amid a series of bipartisan legal scandals and corruption probes, which have inevitably diminished confidence among the people they serve, the…

Missouri Gov. Ordered Public Records Destroyed

The whistleblower fired by Missouri’s governor for exposing his administration’s document destruction scandal is providing new details of how he and top officials were regularly ordered to delete files so potentially damaging information wouldn’t be available to the public. Governor Matt Blunt also ordered the destruction of backup computer tapes…

Pentagon Islamic Expert Fired For Telling Truth

The U.S. government’s top specialist on Islamic extremism has been fired under pressure from pro-Muslim officials who accused him of being too hard on terrorists and referred to him as a Christian zealot with a pen. As the Pentagon’s most important figure in analyzing the nature of extremism, Stephen Coughlin…

Sen. Craig Blames Officer In Sex Sting

The Idaho senator who admitted soliciting sex in an airport bathroom is trying to withdraw his guilty plea by claiming that the hand signal he used to communicate a desire to engage in sex is constitutionally protected and that the undercover officer he solicited invited the conduct. Republican Larry Craig…

Convict Murders Days After Judge Releases Him

Although a county probation department labeled a violent convicted felon unsuitable for release, a California judge granted the man one month of freedom to get his affairs in order and days later he committed murder. The southern California man (Curtis Harris) with a lengthy criminal record was supposed to serve…

Fraud, Corruption At Major U.S. Seaport

Several federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, have launched a criminal investigation into one of the nation’s largest seaports just weeks after a state audit revealed rampant fraud and corruption among the officials who run the public facility. Released in mid December, the findings of an investigation conducted by…

Backlash For Crowning Illegal Immigrants In 2007

A major Texas newspaper is being bombarded with criticism and threats of boycott from outraged longtime subscribers for naming illegal immigrants as the state’s citizens of the year in a much-hyped editorial. In the lengthy end of 2007 editorial the Dallas Morning News wrote quite a tear-jerker naming the illegal…

Court Decision Protects Corrupt Lawmakers

The investigation of a Montana senator is the latest casualty of a recent appellate court ruling that federal prosecutors say will prevent them from pursuing several public corruption cases, many involving politicians bribed by jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Former Republican Senator Conrad Burns was being investigated for abusing his position…

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