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  • **FILE** Rep. Jackie Speier, California Democrat. (Associated Press)

    Oversight Democrats: IRS, agencies need IT help, not just criticism

    Amid partisan bickering over the IRS' political targeting scandal, Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier told the House oversight committee to do something "constructive in nature" so government agencies are not left in a technological Stone Age.

  • Pentagon using change in diagnoses to hide sexual assault cases, critics charge

    Lawmakers say they fear the Defense Department has found a new way to drum sexual assault victims out of the service: by diagnosing adjustment disorder and having them discharged from the military.

  • ** FILE ** In this Feb. 11, 2005, file photo, trays of printed Social Security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management services facility in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower, File)

    Disability fraud piles up as Social Security ties judges' hands: lawmakers

    Key members of Congress said Tuesday that two Social Security judges may have approved thousands of bogus disability claims, but the agency has never gone back to review those judges' cases to stop the ones that were fraudulent.

  • Brig Gen. Jeff Sinclair arrives to the Fort Bragg courthouse, for his sentencing hearing, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in Fort Bragg, N.C. Sinclair, who was accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate, plead guilty to lesser charges in a plea deal reached with government prosecutors. (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, Andrew Craft) MANDATORY CREDIT

    US general spared prison in sexual misconduct case

    The Army general at the center of a sexual misconduct case that put the military justice system itself on trial was spared prison Thursday and sentenced to a reprimand and a $20,000 fine - a punishment legal experts, a women's group and members of Congress decried as shockingly light.

  • Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three subordinates, avoided jail in one of the military's most closely-watched court-martials. (Associated Press)

    General's lenient sentence in sex-assault case spurs talk of 'officer discount'

    Lawmakers and legal experts Thursday questioned the seemingly lenient sentence given to an Army general in a high-profile U.S. military sexual-assault case, saying it smacked of being an "officer discount" that will bolster widespread perceptions of unfairness in the nation's military justice system.

  • AWOL on Hill: Fundraising trumps voting

    Voting on bills and resolutions is a member of Congress' most basic duty, but only 10 of its current 535 lawmakers represented their constituents on every vote last session.

  • **FILE** Rep. Jackie Speier, California Democrat. (Associated Press)

    Congress implored to denounce sexual-orientation therapy

    In the latest attack on therapies aimed at helping gay patients who want to become heterosexual, a California congresswoman Wednesday said she was introducing a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to denounce the practice.

  • "We underestimate emerging terror groups at our peril," said Rep. Patrick Meehan, Pennsylvania Republican and chairman of a Homeland Security subcommittee, at a hearing Wednesday. (Associated Press)

    Nigerian terrorists pose threat to U.S.

    The Nigerian Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram poses an "emerging threat" to the United States and is set to join other al Qaeda affiliates in plotting attacks against the U.S. homeland, a congressional panel said Wednesday.

  • Illustration: Bullies by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    KNIGHT: The bullies' many pulpits

    When I was a kid, I got bullied fairly frequently because I was short. So my parents enrolled me in a judo class. After a few unexpected flips in the hallways, the bullies left me alone. Confronting bullies helps build character.

  • Rep. Jackie Speier, California Democrat, talks with TV actress Lauren Potter (right) during a congressional briefing Wednesday on bullying children with special needs. Miss Potter has Down syndrome. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Standing up against bullies

    Speaking with a little sass and a lot of passion, "Glee" actress Lauren Potter stole the show when she joined forces with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to say "enough is enough" to bullying special-needs children.

  • **FILE** House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman hinted that he will have trouble rounding up the votes to pass the president's mandate. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

    Lawmakers' taste for pork returns to Capitol Hill

    Pork is back on the menu and the appetite is growing on Capitol Hill, where the number of lawmakers voluntarily swearing off earmarks for pet projects has fallen by nearly half compared with last year.

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