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Clinton emails reveal Blumenthal influential in crafting diplomacy

- The Washington Times

A cache of 3,000 pages of emails released by the State Department revealed that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s off-the-books adviser Sidney Blumenthal was more deeply involved in crafting diplomacy at the agency than previously disclosed, while top White House officials knew early on that she was using a private email account to conduct business as secretary of state.

Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups, listens during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

IRS erased Lois Lerner’s emails even after subpoena, audit says

- The Washington Times

The IRS erased backup takes with Lois G. Lerner’s emails even after the messages were subject to a congressional subpoena, but it was an “unbelievable” chain of coincidences rather than a malicious intent to subvert Congress, the tax agency’s inspector general said Thursday.

FILE - In this April 3, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama walks through a solar array at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to speak about clean energy. The growth of renewable energy outpaced that of fossil fuels in the electricity sector last year, with a record 135 gigawatts of capacity added from wind, solar, hydropower and other natural sources, a new study shows. The annual report released early Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Europe by Paris-based REN21, a non-profit group that promotes renewable energy, underscored how China, the world’s top consumer of coal, has become a global leader in clean energy, too. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Solar, wind projects could cost taxpayers millions: report

- The Washington Times

Lawmakers on Wednesday demanded accountability from the Obama administration after an investigation found the federal government routinely fails to secure proper bonding from wind and solar project developers, potentially leaving taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars.

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A woman holds a sign that says in Spanish, "without fear I am America," during a rally in support of President Barack Obama's plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in San Diego. Immigrants expressed disappointment Tuesday after a federal judge put a hold on the president's plan, but many said they haven't lost hope. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama gives free pass to businesses that hire illegals

- The Washington Times

President Obama took office vowing to go after unscrupulous employers who hire illegal immigrants, but worksite audits have plunged over the last year and a half, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies, tumbling along with the rest of immigration enforcement.

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Feds mismanaging high-risk IT systems, watchdog finds

- The Washington Times

In the wake of the largest data breach the federal government has ever seen, a new watchdog report concludes about a quarter of the federal government's information technology investments are in "urgent" need of attention because of poor management, oversight and maintenance.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Jan. 28, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Senator takes aim at 'Jurassic pork' earmarks

- The Washington Times

Congress may have banned new earmarks, but one senator said Thursday that federal law is still littered with billions of dollars worth of old earmarks that were never spent -- but still could be if a spendthrift administration decided to do so.

Analysts on political money have said the pattern of Hillary Rodham Clinton's intervention on behalf of donors to her husband's charity raise troubling ethical questions. (Associated Press)

Favors to foundation donors stretch back to Hillary Clinton's Senate days

- The Washington Times

Hillary Rodham Clinton's efforts to provide favors to major donors to her husband's global charity or her own political career stretch back far earlier than her tenure as America's top diplomat, dating to the time she served as a U.S. senator and had the power to earmark federal funds and influence legislation, records show.

Last month's fatal Amtrak wreck in Philadelphia sparked the usual knee-jerk demands for more federal spending. (AP Photo)

Entrepreneurs build transportation infrastructure better than government

Some in Washington appear to be convinced that government spending can fix all the world's ills, from underemployment to human error. Last month's fatal Amtrak wreck in Philadelphia sparked the usual knee-jerk demands for more federal spending to prevent future tragedies. A spate of articles lamented the allegedly insufficient public "investment in transportation infrastructure" — covering everything from rails to roads and bridges.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican. (Associated Press)

Chaffetz presses IRS FOIA czar on transparency

- The Washington Times

The House's top investigator vowed Wednesday to bring the IRS to heel after he had to issue a subpoena to compel the agency's top transparency officer to appear before Congress to talk about transparency — a move Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said was embarrassing for the IRS.