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  • A snapshot posted on an internal GSA website shows attendees at the four-day, $823,000 2010 Western Regions conference in Las Vegas participating in a poolside activity.

    High-level officials partied with GSA in Vegas

    More than a dozen General Services Administration employees and executives from Washington were listed as attendees for the lavish taxpayer-funded Las Vegas conference in 2010 that featured magic shows, a mind reader and a red-carpet event where federal workers acted like Hollywood movie stars.

  • **FILE** Former General Services Administration chief Martha Johnson resigned after her agency spent lavishly at a training conference for federal workers in Henderson, Nev., near Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

    House members demand answers over taxpayer-funded parties

    Extracting shaken apologies from officials involved in a recent scandal where federal workers partied in Las Vegas on taxpayer dollars, House lawmakers grilled them Monday on why they let the misspending go on for months while awarding a hefty bonus to the rendezvous' organizer.

  • **FILE** Jeffrey Neely, the central figure in a General Services Administration spending scandal, sits at the witness table as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigates wasteful spending and excesses by GSA during a 2010 Las Vegas conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Officials offer mea culpa for GSA retreat

    Federal officials involved in a spending scandal over an extravagant retreat in Las Vegas apologized Monday, and the chief organizer asserted his right to remain silent as they were grilled by House lawmakers over the $823,000 junket for the General Services Administration.

  • **FILE** Former General Services Administration chief Martha Johnson resigned after her agency spent lavishly at a training conference for federal workers in Henderson, Nev., near Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

    GSA head resigns after lavish spending

    A senior government official resigned Monday after a report concluded her agency improperly paid for an "over-the-top" training session near Las Vegas that featured a mind reader, bicycle giveaways and lavish after-hour receptions in resort suites for federal workers.

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President Obama listens Wednesday at a meeting of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, where he told Senate Democrats they "still have to lead" on efforts to boost the economy.

    'Holds' a two-edged sword for Obama

    President Obama blasted Senate Republicans Wednesday for using "holds," a Senate tactic that delays consideration of nominees - even though as a senator he used the technique to block several of President George W. Bush's appointments.

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