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    Ethics Committee will reverse travel disclosure rule change

    The chairman of the House Ethics Committee sounded retreat Thursday, saying the panel will rescind a controversial change to disclosure requirements for lawmakers who are given free trips, a change that had been harshly criticized by watchdog groups.

  • ** FILE ** U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech during a joint statement to the press, alongside Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax)

    Watchdog: Lobbying on fuel mandates may have been improper

    A prominent Washington watchdog group is calling for an investigation into charges that improper lobbying influenced the Obama administrationto reduce the standards for the use of renewable fuels in the nation's gasoline.

  • Despite abuses, still no oversight of fed leaders' personal travel, watchdog says

    Despite federal officials taking hundreds of personal trips at taxpayer expense, little has been done to correct the issue and there is still limited oversight on the use of the government's aircraft fleet, a new investigation has found.

  • **FILE** Rep. Robert E. Andrews, New Jersey Democrat.

    New Jersey Democrat under investigation to leave House

    Veteran Rep. Robert E. Andrews, New Jersey Democrat, announced Tuesday that he will be stepping down to join a private law firm in Philadelphia, denying that a pending investigation into his campaign finances played a role in his decision to leave office.

  • President Obama listens as Dr. Ben Carson addresses the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. Theresa Caldwell hopes liberal and conservative blacks "share a belief in the power and possibility of African-Americans." (Courtesy of C-SPAN)

    The long line of conservatives targeted by the IRS

    Tea party groups, Franklin Graham, Christine O'Donnell, a pro-marriage group. And now Dr. Ben Carson. The list of conservatives targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for audits, tax-exempt reviews or tax privacy breaches keeps growing, raising fresh questions in Washington about whether a scandal the Obama administration has blamed on bureaucratic incompetence and coincidence may in fact involve something more nefarious.

  • **FILE** James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, listens March 12, 2013, to testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, where he testified about worldwide threats. (Associated Press)

    Eric Holder prodded by ethics group to probe Clapper claims

    A government watchdog group demanded Monday in a letter that Attorney General Eric Holder investigate James Clapper, accusing the intelligence head of lying about NSA intelligence collection practices during recent congressional testimony.

  • Rahall

    Lawmaker’s D.C. homestead deduction raises questions

    Rep. Nick J. Rahall II is the only lawmaker among 107 in Congress who own property in the District to claim a homestead deduction, taking advantage of a tax deduction reserved for D.C. homeowners who claim their D.C. property as their "principal residence," tax records show.

  • Tim Kaine, running for the U.S. Senate in Virginia as the Democratic Party candidate, is the subject of an ad run by Crossroads GPS that prompted a complaint to the Federal Elections Commission. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

    Crossroads’ ad takes sides, says watchdog

    A government watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Crossroads GPS, the conservative advocacy group affiliated with the super PAC American Crossroads, over an ad the organization is running on several U.S. Senate candidates, including Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine.

  • Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel speaks in Akron, Ohio, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Candidates from both parties benefiting from domestic oil boom

    For many candidates in energy-boom states, support for increased oil and gas drilling isn't just sound policy — it's also good for their personal business.

  • ** FILE ** John Edwards speaks May 31, 2012, outside a federal courthouse as his daughter Cate Edwards (left) and parents Wallace Edwards (second from right) and Bobbie Edwards look on after the jury's verdict in his trial on charges of campaign corruption in Greensboro, N.C. (Associated Press)

    Jurors talk about deliberations in Edwards trial

    Jurors in John Edwards campaign corruption trial said Friday they were deadlocked on most charges because the former presidential contender never actually received any money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress, and they didn't believe the star witness' account of the cover-up.

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Laura Richardson, California Democrat, used congressional office expense funds to host an expensive, multicourse luncheon May 20 in her district, according to records released this week. (Associated Press)

    For 'briefing,' $20,000 lunch is on the House

    A congresswoman who has been investigated by authorities for misuse of public money billed $20,000 to taxpayers for an elaborately catered luncheon this summer, the only one of its size funded by the public.

  • Illustration: GOP target by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    KNIGHT: Time to disarm partisan CREW

    On Sept. 20, 2010, right after Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell became the GOP's U.S. senatorial nominee in Delaware, a political watchdog group filed two ethics complaints against her. Miss O'Donnell subsequently was dragged through the mud by the liberal

  • Amparo Martinez, left, watches as her daughter, Sorayo Martinez, 4, is given a dose of swine flu vaccine in Oregon City, Ore., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009. Children and health workers are the first to receive vaccines from the first batch to hit Oregon. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

    Group demands antitrust probe of vaccine discounts for doctors

    A public-watchdog group is taking aim at the discounts that various drug companies offer physician health-care groups, saying they hurt both the market and the consumers of these medical products.

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