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  • Tea Party supporters gather for a rally outside the IRS headquarter in Washington, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. A few dozen tea party activists and their supporters have gathered outside the IRS headquarters in Washington to protest extra scrutiny of their organizations  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    IRS employee suspended for pro-Obama activities

    An IRS employee was suspended for 100 days for using his job at the agency's help line to try to convince callers to vote for President Obama, a government watchdog agency announced Thursday.

  • ** FILE ** Bob Brown, an 87-year-old World War II veteran from Perry Kan., speaks with U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, left, and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, right, during their visit to the Colmery-O'Neil Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Friday, June 13, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. Some Kansas veterans can't get medical appointments at U.S. Veterans Affairs facilities and are having scheduled checkups canceled as the dates approach, the two members of the state's congressional delegation said after touring the in Topeka VA medical center.  (AP Photo/John Hanna)

    50 VA hospital workers claim retaliation for blowing whistle on the horrors they saw

    When Valerie Riviello, a nurse at a Veterans Affairs facility in New York, saw the clinic restrain a sexual assault survivor to a bed for seven consecutive hours, she released the woman.

  • ** FILE ** Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy holds up a pen before signing new emission guidelines during an announcement of a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, Monday, June 2, 2014, at EPA headquarters in Washington.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    EPA watchdog says federal board blocking probe into retaliation

    Officials at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board are deliberately trying to block an investigation into whether agency leaders mistreated whistleblowers, according to accusations in congressional testimony obtained by The Washington Times.

  • ** FILE ** President Barack Obama speaks at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig city, outside of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. This is the last leg of president Obama's four-nation tour through the Asia-Pacific region. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    FEC lawyer used government job to campaign for Obama, investigation shows

    An employee at the Federal Election Commission, the nonpartisan agency that oversees campaigns, has resigned after admitting to campaigning for President Obama in 2012, in violation of federal laws.

  • Government watchdog complains of DHS hiring issues

    The Office of Special Counsel says three Customs and Border Protection human resources employees tried to manipulate the hiring process to give three politically connected applicants an advantage.

  • B. Todd Jones, nominated to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, faces a claim that he retaliated against a whistleblower. (Associated Press)

    Grassley sees rush to confirm ATF chief facing probe

    President Obama's nominee to head the embattled Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives remains the focus of a federal investigation and a senior Republican is asking why his confirmation hearings last week weren't postponed until the case has been resolved.

  • B. Todd Jones, President Obama's nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was conducting his nomination hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Justice Department rarely prosecutes 'straw buyers,' ATF nominee Todd Jones says

    U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones, President Obama's choice to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told a Senate committee on Tuesday the arrest of "straw buyers" — those who falsely buy guns for others, mostly criminals — was a top Justice Department priority but the department rarely prosecutes the cases "due to limited resources."

  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrive for a news conference at the Pentagon on Thursday. Mr. Panetta ordered new reviews into mismanagement at the military's national mortuary in Delaware. (Associated Press)

    Military mortuary draws scrutiny

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday ordered new reviews into mismanagement at the military's national mortuary. He said he wants the Air Force to determine if there were reprisals against whistle-blowers and if those who oversaw remains of fallen heroes were disciplined adequately.

  • ** FILE ** Visitors leave the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware after opening ceremonies in October 2003. (AP Photo/Dee Marvin, File)

    Pentagon taking closer look at Dover mortuary

    The Pentagon is launching a drive to reassure members of the military and their families that flaws in the handling of human remains at the Dover military mortuary — including two instances of lost body parts — have been fixed.

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