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Inmates gone wild at Brooklyn half-way house

- The Washington Times

Inmates at a halfway house in Brooklyn, New York, were allowed to come and go from the facility as they pleased, did not receive mandatory drug testing, and didn’t have required verification of employment, according to a new audit report from the Department of Justice.

The seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington is seen here on June 21, 2013. The number of military suicides is nearly double that of a decade ago when the U.S. was just a year into the Afghan war and hadn't yet invaded Iraq. While the pace is down slightly this year, it remains worryingly high. The U.S. military and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) acknowledge the grave difficulties facing active-duty and former members of the armed services who have been caught up in the more-than decade-long American involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

Philly VA director got $288K ‘relocation’ bonus

- The Washington Times

The Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed Wednesday that it paid a senior manager $288,000 in “relocation payments” when it reassigned her from Washington last year to become director of the agency’s problem-riddled Philadelphia office.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy confers with an aide as she prepares to address the Natural Resources Committee session during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

Congress subpoenas EPA chief’s cellphone records

- The Washington Times

Sensing a cover-up, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology issued a subpoena Wednesday demanding the EPA chief turn over her cellphone records and emails so investigators can try to figure out if she hid or deleted text messages in what one critic called a “cyberbonfire.”

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D.C. streetcars travel 2.4 miles along H Street and Benning Road Northeast but do not carry any passengers. (AP)

D.C. streetcars go back and forth to nowhere

- The Washington Times

After already spending more than $160 million (and millions more for the study and yakkety-yak) to design and construct a street line that runs a mere 2.4 miles, city leaders could scrap the project. And that might not be a bad idea.

Late last year, or 18 months after she left office, Mrs. Clinton turned over 55,000 printed pages she said contained about 30,000 emails she believed were work-related that she sent during her time in office. (Associated Press)

State Department agrees to reopen Hillary Clinton email case

- The Washington Times

The State Department agreed to reopen at least one open-records court case that involved former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails, a conservative watchdog group told a federal court Thursday as the scandal over her personal email server continued to develop.

Deputy Chief of Protocol Dennis Cheng (right) greets former British Prime Minister and Quartet Representative Tony Blair upon arrival at the State Department in Washington for a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Aug. 31, 2010. (Associated Press)

Scrutiny grows for fundraiser who followed Clinton to State Department

- The Washington Times

Throughout their time in the spotlight, Bill and Hillary Clinton have been dogged by questions about a blurred line between political fundraising and official actions. From Buddhist monks, White House coffees and the Lincoln Bedroom to fundraising bundlers and Whitewater investment partners who went to prison, the questions have persisted for two decades.

Illustration on Eric Holder's legacy at the Justice Department by ALexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Justice Department giving away the public's money to third-party interests

For the past decade, the U.S. Justice Department has engaged in the dubious practice of giving away the public's money when it settles a case, by sometimes conditioning a settlement on a company's agreement to donate money to a third party of the government's (or the defendant's) choosing.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her phone after attending a U.S.-Russia meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 23, 2010. The revelation that Mrs. Clinton used an off-the-books email account during her time as secretary of state has raised fresh questions about her credibility heading into 2016. (Associated Press)

Hidden Clinton emails taint Obama transparency vow, boost Benghazi probe

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton's use of an off-the-books email account during her time as secretary of state has eroded the Obama administration's claims of transparency — giving new momentum to Republicans investigating the Benghazi affair and raising fresh questions about Mrs. Clinton's credibility heading into 2016.