House Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican, bought stock in two health care companies this year, while third-ranking House Republican Kevin McCarthy bought and sold Apple stock within a few days. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrat, bought two government bonds and sold two others.
The leaders’ financial transactions were among the initial public disclosures required under the Stock Act, legislation passed in March to ensure that government officials do not profit from inside information learned during their official duties. The legislation required frequent disclosures of financial transactions that previously were only required annually.
The initial disclosures for members of Congress were posted Monday on the Internet. Similar postings for the executive branch are scheduled for later this year.
Congress passed the law as part of an effort to repair its sagging public image.
Poll: Brown leads GOP’s Mandel in race
COLUMBUS — A new newspaper poll shows that Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown has opened up a 10-point lead over Republican challenger Josh Mandel.
The poll published Monday by the Columbus Dispatch shows the first-term Democratic senator leading Mr. Mandel, the state treasurer, 49 percent to 39 percent. In the first Dispatch poll Aug. 26, the two were tied at 44 percent.
The mail poll of 1,662 randomly selected likely Ohio voters was taken from Sept. 19 through Saturday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.
The transformation in the Senate contest parallels that of the presidential race in the battleground state, which went from deadlocked in the Dispatch survey to a 9 percentage point margin for President Obama over Republican Mitt Romney.
Biden hails success of bomb-resistant vehicles
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday thanked civilians and military personnel who helped field tens of thousands of lifesaving vehicles to the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I felt a hell of a lot better … knowing that while my son was in theater, MRAPs were available,” Mr. Biden said during a Pentagon ceremony, referring to mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles. His son Beau served in Iraq in the Delaware Army National Guard.
MRAPs have saved “thousands of troop lives and limbs” in Iraq and Afghanistan, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said at the ceremony, which marked the formal transition of the MRAP Joint Program Office’s leadership from the Marine Corps to the Army.
The ceremony also marked the formal establishment of an MRAP program within each service.
Stars film PSA urging young to speak out
LOS ANGELES — Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire lead a cast of stars in a new public service announcement urging young voters to use social media to express the issues most important to them in the upcoming election.
Zac Efron, Selena Gomez, Ellen DeGeneres, Jonah Hill and Joseph Gordon Levitt also appear in the Vote 4 Stuff video unveiled Monday, joining other stars in a call to viewers to post tweets, photos and short videos about concerns they feel deserve presidential attention.
Edward Norton, Sarah Silverman, Benicio Del Toro and Amanda Seyfried are also featured in the 2 1/2-minute video, which promises that content created in response will be incorporated into Vote 4 Stuff’s future online efforts.
Mr. DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, and publicity firm Sunshine Sachs are behind the nonpartisan voter-engagement campaign.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports