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Armed Afghan policemen destroy an opium poppy field in Noorgal, Kunar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 13, 2013. (Associated Press)

America's $7.6B war on opium in Afghanistan failing: inspector general

By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

America has spent about $7.6 billion to battle opium growth and trade in Afghanistan over the past 10 years — but it's been largely a moot effort, a new inspector general report found. Published October 21, 2014

** FILE ** The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press)

IRS wasting taxpayer money on software: report

By Phillip Swarts - The Washington Times

It may be common for consumers to have unused software on their computers, but when it comes to the IRS, investigators say it's costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Published October 15, 2014

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John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa hearing on Examining U.S. Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Afghanistan anti-corruption task force shuttered amid U.S. troop drawdown

- The Washington Times

The Pentagon this month will terminate a critical task force responsible for combating corruption in Afghanistan as it tries to reach President Obama's target force of 9,800 U.S. troops in the country — adding to concerns about oversight and accountability in a government rife with waste, fraud and abuse.

Detroit residents address a panel, which includes members from the United Nations, during a UN Fact-Finding Detroit Town Hall Meeting, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Wayne County Community College in Detroit.  The residents are explaining how the recent water shutoffs to their homes affect their lives. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Jose Juarez)

UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

- Associated Press

United Nations human rights experts have called on Detroit officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses.

U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman emailed an abrupt statement to reporters in June saying he was "angered and saddened" by "baseless allegations" and had never "engaged in any improper activity." (Associated Press)

Prostitution shenanigans rock State Department

- The Washington Times

State Department managers created the appearance of giving "undue influence and favoritism" by quashing or delaying official probes into accusations of prostitution solicitation, sexual assault and document leaking by American diplomats in recent years, a report by the department's internal watchdog said Thursday.

Raoul Weil, left, walks with his wife Susan Lerch Weil laugh during a lunch break in his trial at federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Weil, a former top executive with Swiss bank UBS AG, is charged with helping thousands of wealthy Americans conceal some $20 billion in assets from the Internal Revenue Service. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted of fraud conspiracy. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

Swiss banker describes IRS secrecy in US trial

- Associated Press

They were known as the prized "black accounts," those held in Swiss banks by wealthy Americans who wanted to make sure their billions of dollars in assets were securely hidden from the IRS, a longtime banker testified Wednesday in the trial of a former senior executive at UBS AG.

Recent Opinion Columns

DUBAY: How to make a promising tax reform even better

Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida recently laid out their vision of tax reform. They are right to push for reform. Our burdensome tax code is one of the major obstacles holding the economy back from reaching its potential. In the process, it is denying countless American families the opportunities they deserve.

A tobacco flower waves in a dew-covered field outside Rolesville, N.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Researchers are using a relative of this smoking leaf to grow medicines for the flu and even, perhaps, ebola.  (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

The WHO’s secret tobacco tax

- The Washington Times

The U.N.'s health agency secretly passed the world's first ever global tax — an outrageous scheme requiring nearly 180 countries to apply a minimum tax on tobacco products.