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Reel tender Mo Laussie watches fiber-optic cable as he helps install the cable onto telephone poles in 2001 in Louisville, Colo.

Golden Hammer: Chattanooga chokes on too much fiber

- The Washington Times

Chattanooga’s government-owned fiber optic cable, telephone and high-speed Internet scheme has been hailed as a revolutionary example of publicly-funded broadband. The Internet service, which officials claim can reach speeds of a gigabit-per-second, even led Chattanooga officials to attempt to rebrand the town as “Gig City.”

**FILE** Jeffrey Neely, the central figure in a General Services Administration spending scandal, sits at the witness table as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigates wasteful spending and excesses by GSA during a 2010 Las Vegas conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GSA ‘Hot tub’ man indicted on billing charges

- The Washington Times

The central figure in a General Services Administration conference scandal that forced agencies across government to rein in spending was indicted Thursday on charges he sought reimbursement for personal travel in Las Vegas and other vacation spots then lied about it.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, sent a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald demanding answers on what he called serious deficiencies in the Caribbean VA system, including the arrest of a top official and "inappropriate hiring practices." (Associated Press)

Caribbean VA health system under fire

- The Washington Times

The chairman of a House Veterans Affairs subcommittee demanded Thursday that new VA Secretary Bob McDonald explain serious deficiencies in the department’s Caribbean Health Care System, including the arrest of a top official and a suicide note left by a veteran who said he wanted to end his life because of the poor treatment he was receiving.

Federal porn peepers are rarely charged with time and attendance abuse, according to investigative memos on computer misuse from agencies across government. Prosecutors seem to pursue cases aggressively only when there is evidence of child pornography. Agencies dole out discipline administratively in some cases, and the identities of the employees are shielded from public disclosure, records show. (associated press)

Federal workers not punished for surfing porn while on the job

- The Washington Times

An employee at the U.S. Office of the Trustee — an arm of the Justice Department charged with overseeing the integrity of the bankruptcy system — spent up to five hours a day on the job looking at pornography, visiting more than 2,500 adult websites during 2011, investigators found.

Iraqis mark Police Day in Baghdad. The State Department's decision to close an investigation left unresolved accusations of whether DynCorp let a subcontractor solicit kickbacks from linguists at Baghdad's police academy as a condition of continued employment. The company was hired under a nearly $1 billion task order to provide linguists to work in three Iraqi cities. (Associated Press)

Iraq stymied probe into military contractor kickbacks

- The Washington Times

State Department investigators last year quit probing kickback charges against one of the government’s largest military contractors because they didn’t want to go through the “lengthy” process of getting permission from the Iraqi government to interview its citizens, records show.

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U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Why are we aiding countries that oppose U.S. priorities at the United Nations?

Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick was frustrated. Countries happily took American foreign aid, but then blithely opposed U.S. initiatives and priorities in the United Nations. They took U.S. aid for granted because previous opposition hadn't affected U.S. aid decisions and, instead, yielded to pressure from other countries to present regional solidarity and overwhelmingly supported deleterious positions staked out by intransigent authoritarian countries in their regions.

Book reveals secrets and lies behind the Benghazi scandal

- The Washington Times

In bookstores Tuesday: "The REAL Benghazi Story: What the White House and Hillary Don't Want You to Know," by Aaron Klein. He tells Inside the Beltway that his investigative book shows the Obama administration "has lost all credibility and will not hesitate to outright lie to the American public, even at the expense of our safety" — and that the administration "cannot be trusted with U.S. national security." Mr. Klein has much on his mind.

FILE – In this April 9, 2013 file photo Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., left, talks with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. on Capitol Hill in Washington. After investigating the IRS for more than a year, two key senators, a Democrat, Levin, and a Republican, McCain, disagree on whether the tax agency treated conservative groups worse than their liberal counterparts when they applied for tax-exempt status. The Senate’s subcommittee on investigations released competing reports Friday on how the IRS handled applications from political groups during the 2010 and 2012 elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Senate investigators find no IRS bias against conservatives

- The Washington Times

The Senate's chief investigative panel has concluded that there was no political bias in the agency's targeting of nonprofit groups for special scrutiny, saying that while the questions were intrusive, the IRS inspector general blew the matter out of proportion.

When the 49ers play their home opener Sept. 14, they will christen their new home, Levi's Stadium, that drew $114 million in taxpayer support. For sacking taxpayers and improving their bottom line with public subsidies, the San Francisco 49ers win this week's Golden Hammer. (Associated Press)

Golden Hammer: Many NFL stadiums built on the backs of taxpayers

- The Washington Times

The start of a new professional football season Thursday night provided a stark reminder that taxpayers have contributed heavily to the success of the National Football League, with billions in subsidies for new stadiums and even more construction projects on the horizon.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Issa demands interview with IRS lawyer facing disbarment

- The Washington Times

The House's top investigator sent a letter Wednesday demanding answers from an IRS lawyer in the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility who is facing disbarment and whom a whistleblower has accused of losing IRS files on a party bus to Atlantic City.