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San Francisco Official Charged With Nine Felonies

A San Francisco elected official already under federal investigation for extorting a hefty bribe from a businessman, has been ordered to stand trial on nine felony counts of perjury and voter fraud for lying about his residence to vote and run for office. After listening to days of incriminating testimony…

Billions In Iraq Military Equipment Missing

Days after acknowledging that it has not delivered more than one third of the equipment promised to Iraqi security forces, the Pentagon admits it can’t account for $19.2 billion worth of equipment including nearly 200,000 weapons. The Department of Defense was supposed to deliver the equipment to Iraq’s army and…

Mayor Hires Illegal Immigrants For Public Jobs

The mayor of a New York town regularly pays illegal immigrants cash to do public work and the city subsequently reimburses him with taxpayer dollars. Spring Valley Mayor George Darden actually solicits day laborers on roadside hiring sites for projects in the Rockland County municipality of about 26,000 residents. Then…

Florida Voting Machines Easily Hacked

Less than six months before its 2008 presidential primary, election officials in one of the country’s most important swing states admit electronic voting machines are seriously flawed and can be easily tampered with. A 35-page report released by Florida’s Secretary of State says that hackers can easily change votes without…

House Finally Passes Sweeping Ethics Overhaul

Responding to widespread voter anger over dozens of lawmakers involved in corruption scandals, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the most sweeping ethics overhaul in more than three decades. Approved this week by a vote of 411-8, the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act mainly aims to curb the huge…

Security Along Mexican Border Worst Than Ever

Years after the deadliest terrorist attacks in U.S. history, security along the southern border is so bad that the head of an Arizona law enforcement agency assures there are areas where battleships could get across with nobody noticing. The problem is so severe that the sheriffs department in the Arizona…

Feds Raid Alaska Senator Ted Stevens’ Home

The home of Alaska’s most powerful political figure, Republican Senator Ted Stevens, has been raided by more than a dozen federal agents gathering evidence in a widespread corruption probe involving several bribed legislators. Two major oil company executives and a lobbyist have already pleaded guilty to bribery, conspiracy and federal…

U.S. Court Sends Private Information To Mexico

The state court in one Southern California county uses a company in Mexico to do the data entry of traffic tickets, regularly sending the confidential personal information of U.S. citizens south of the border. Since last year Orange County’s Superior Court – one of 58 superior courts in the state–contracts…

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