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President Barack Obama smiles during his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Obama misled Congress on debt limit: House report

- The Washington Times

The government could have continued to pay Social Security and other critical payments in the event it reached its debt limit, but the Obama administration intentionally misled Congress about that to force Republicans to hike the borrowing ceiling, a House panel said Monday, citing internal Treasury Department documents.

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VA vows to punish employees after judges void sanctions

- The Washington Times

The VA insisted Tuesday it will still find a way to punish two employees accused of bilking the government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses after federal judges ruled that the department bungled its case against them, restored their full salaries and awarded them backpay.

State Department refuses to investigate Hillary Clinton email delay

- The Washington Times

The State Department is so tardy on former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s emails that it still hasn’t sent all of them out for security and privacy reviews by other agencies, the Obama administration admitted late Thursday, just hours before it is supposed to release all of them to the public.

State Department accused of political tampering in delay of Clinton emails

- The Washington Times

The reporter whose case has forced the release of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails accused the Obama administration Monday of political tampering by asking to delay making the final set of messages public until after the first four states have already voted in the Democratic presidential primary.

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"I want to make clear that any transfer from Guantanamo will be undertaken after consultation with Congress and pursuant to all legal requirements for transfers, including those spelled out in the FY2012 [National] Defense Authorization Act," then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote to Congress in November 2011. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton misled Congress on Bowe Bergdahl swap

- The Washington Times

When Republican members of Congress learned in November 2011 that the Obama administration was contemplating a swap -- Taliban terrorists for captured Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl -- they wrote to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of their fears.

Hillary Clinton's campaign didn't respond to requests for comment about George Kaiser and the fundraiser, but her website lists it as a two-hour affair. Guests are requested to give the $2,700 maximum donation in exchange for a "photo with Hillary." (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's billionaire fundraiser host got sweet deal in Solyndra collapse

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton's claim that she is not beholden to her wealthy donors will come under renewed scrutiny Friday when the Democratic front-runner raises fresh cash for her presidential bid at the home of George Kaiser, a billionaire whose firm was the biggest investor in the troubled Solyndra stimulus project -- and who managed to walk away with a lucrative profit at the expense of taxpayers.

Clergy, labor leaders and supporters gather at the Cook County Administration Building on Thursday in Chicago to demand the resignation of Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez before delivering 32,000 petition signatures calling for her to quit. The long wait to file charges against a white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black teenager has provoked sharp criticism of the city's top prosecutor. (Chicago Sun-Times via Associated Press)

Justice Department expected to announce probe of Chicago police soon

Associated Press

The U.S. Justice Department is expected to launch a wide-ranging investigation this week into the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department similar to recent probes of Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, after a white Chicago police officer shot a black teenager 16 times, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Sunday.

John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, said in a letter released Thursday that the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations was unable to show a return on the $150 million it spent on villas in Kabul, Herat, Mazar-i-Sharif and Jalalabad. (Associated Press)

Pentagon spent millions for luxurious private villas

- The Washington Times

The same Defense Department office that spent $43 million on a gas station in Afghanistan also spent 20 percent of the rest of its budget to house workers and visitors at luxurious private villas, rather than have them stay on military bases for free to save "tens of millions of dollars," investigators have concluded.

Sen. James Lankford, Oklahoma Republican, on Monday released "Federal Fumbles," a report that highlights examples of wasteful or duplicative spending and burdensome regulations, and also offers his policy solution to each of the problems. (Associated Press)

Lankford's 'Federal Fumbles' targets federal waste, overreach

- The Washington Times

From federal regulations governing the taking of pictures with llamas, to taxpayer-funded studies of small woodland birds, there's plenty of waste still left to be trimmed out of the government, Sen. James Lankford said Monday as he released his inaugural "Federal Fumbles" report calling out the government's bizarre and bogus decisions.