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Russians are furious at First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Igor Shuvalov after charges that public funds had been misappropriated from Moscow's city budget to his personal properties for improvements. (Associated Press)

Tales of official excess, now on social media, spur popular fury in Russia

As millions of ordinary Russians struggle to make ends meet, the unashamedly opulent lifestyles of wealthy government officials are sparking increasing anger and resentment. And social media is bringing to light examples of high living once shielded by high gates and shaded car windows.

(Associated Press/File)

Congress must kill ‘zombie programs’ eating away at budget

Each year, Congress appropriates funds for programs that were never authorized or whose authorizations have long since lapsed. These “zombie programs” continue to operate with little to no oversight or evaluation and cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars annually for activities that in some cases have outlived their usefulness and original intent.

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Omar Mateen had been under an extensive FBI investigation before he killed dozens of people inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday. (Associated Press)

FBI under fire over Orlando

The FBI is facing new scrutiny after it failed to prevent the weekend terrorist attack in Orlando despite conducting a fairly extensive investigation into the shooter.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

House to take first vote to censure IRS chief

- The Washington Times

The House Oversight Committee will vote this week on a resolution censuring IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over his handling of the tea party targeting scandal, panel Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced Monday.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

IRS computer hack was worse than agency admitted

- The Washington Times

The IRS's computer hack was worse than previously admitted, and the tax agency failed to alert thousands of people that their information was stolen, and didn't give credit monitoring assistance to nearly 80,000 others who were targeted, an inspector general said Wednesday.

The Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, May 19, 2016. Opinions from the nation's highest court are expected today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Supreme Court dubious on cameras despite report

- The Washington Times

Allowing cameras to capture Supreme Court oral arguments would give Americans an unfiltered look at how the judiciary branch works, government investigators have found, yet the high court itself remains leery, saying the debut of video would invite grandstanding by lawyers while only spotlighting a smidgen of what the justices do.

In this Dec. 8, 2011, file-pool photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hands off her mobile phone after arriving for a meeting in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool, File)

Hillary Clinton's chief email defense is false

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton's chief defense of her email behavior is that she tried to forward her messages so they were captured by the State Department -- but a Washington Times analysis found she clearly did that only a quarter of the time when she was corresponding with someone outside the department.