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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.

FILE - In this June 16, 2013 file photo, users browse the Internet in an underground station in Hong Kong. As hacks abound, some companies are testing workers' security-savvy by sending spoof phishing emails to see who bites. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Another year of cyberattacks in 2016

The barrage of cyberattacks against U.S. companies continued in 2015. Some were spectacularly successful, costing the victimized companies — as well as their workers and customers — millions. Americans can expect more of the same in 2016

Donald Trump in front of the mighty 16-inch gun turrets of the battleship USS Iowa during a campaign stop in September. (Associated press)

Donald Trump: Pro-gun, or not really?

- The Washington Times

Is Donald Trump “really pro-gun?” asks Tom McHale, author of several consumer gun guides, and a contributor to OudoorHub, a sports news site. He notes that while Mr. Trump has a concealed carry permit in New York, he also donated $584,850 to Democrats, the Clinton Global Initiative and Rahm Emanuel’s campaign for Chicago mayor. The candidate also publicly supported a ban on assault weapons at one point.

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The showboating student, hard at work

- The Washington Times

There is much to do for the student with awakened conscience. Scrubbing out the moral stains on America, to make the grove of academe the bright spot of the fruited plain, is a job bigger than anyone first imagined.

New Mexico lawmakers discuss campaign finance reform

- Associated Press

The amount of money being spent on New Mexico politics by nonprofits and other independent groups is growing, but top elections officials told lawmakers Monday their hands are tied when it comes to ensuring transparency given that the state's campaign finance reporting laws are outdated.

Ex-judge reviews how Spokane handled police chief complaints

- Associated Press

The mayor of Spokane asked a retired federal judge on Monday to investigate the city's handling of complaints against the former police chief after the administration was accused of keeping sexual harassment allegations secret until the mayor was re-elected.

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrives to the courthouse in New York, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Silver, a Manhattan Democrat who led the Assembly for 20 years, is accused of taking more than $4 million in bribes and kickbacks. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Ex-Assembly speaker convicted at N.Y. corruption trial

- Associated Press

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, formerly one of New York's most powerful politicians, was convicted Monday of charges that he traded favors to earn $5 million illegally and then lied about it.