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  • "It's a complete failure for me. It won't let you progress. It freezes up," Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, says of his attempts to sign up for Obamacare using the HealthCare.gov website. (associated press)

    EDITORIAL: Doc Coburn's government diet

    Washington's in no mood for cutting spending. The Senate on Wednesday voted 64-36 to abandon restraint and boost spending by $65 billion. Supportive senators argued that the federal government has been on a starvation diet over the past year, and it urgently needs to gorge one more time. Thanks to Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, we know that's not the case.


  • Gov't wasted $30 billion on 'pillownauts,' crystal goblets -- buying human urine!

    Facebook, the hot technology company that is earning more than $1 billion in revenue, won't pay any taxes on its income this year and instead probably will get a major refund from federal taxpayers, according to Sen. Tom Coburn's annual roundup of wasteful spending.


  • **FILE** Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 25, 2013, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. Mayorkas strongly denied allegations that he had helped a politically connected company obtain a foreign investor visa, as his nomination got a White House vote of confidence. (Associated Press)

    Despite questions, Senate panel backs top Homeland nominee

    Senate Democrats pushed through committee President Obama's pick to become the No. 2 official at Homeland Security on Wednesday, dismissing warnings about an ongoing probe of the nominee's role in a visa program that has raised security concerns about politically connected foreigners using it to buy citizenship.


  • Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

    Homeland Security at risk of computer breach

    Created to safeguard the nation, the Department of Homeland Security is instead having difficulty ensuring its own computers are protected from hacking and cybersecurity breaches, a new report says.


  • The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse.

    Golden Hammer: Autism research gets federal aid not once, but twice

    The latest case of duplicative spending is the roughly $1.4 billion the government spent on autism research from 2008 to 2012. But investigators at the Government Accountability Office, Congress' watchdog arm, are concerned that as much as 84 percent of that money was spent on redundant research.


  • "It's a complete failure for me. It won't let you progress. It freezes up," Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, says of his attempts to sign up for Obamacare using the HealthCare.gov website. (associated press)

    Obamacare sign-up problematic for congressmen, too

    For weeks, Capitol Hill lawmakers have heard stories of both frustration and success from folks back home trying to sign up for Obamacare. Now, lawmakers have their own tales to share.


  • Jeh Johnson, President Barack Obama's choice to become Homeland Security Secretary, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. President Barack Obama's pick to be the Homeland Security secretary said Wednesday that filling key leadership vacancies and improving morale is more critical currently than the department's core counterterrorism mission. In answers to questions leading up to his Senate confirmation hearing, Jeh Johnson deviated from his predecessors' stated priorities by listing counterterrorism third instead of first, among priorities. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    DHS nominee faces backlash over transparency

    Senators said Wednesday they are impressed with Jeh C. Johnson, whom President Obama has nominated to head the Homeland Security Department, but said his nomination will suffer delays and opposition unless he is more forthcoming in answering key questions.


  • Former President Bill Clinton delivers a speech in support of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe at Richmond Community High School in Richmond, Va. on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

    National Parks are costly to keep up, but lawmakers want more

    The federal government spends more than $33 for every one of the 24 daily visitors to the national park created to commemorate President Clinton's birthplace, according to a scathing report released Tuesday that said Congress has created far more parks than the system can handle.


  • A visitor to the newly reopened Ellis Island stops to take a picture of the registry room in New York on Monday. Rebuilding and stormproofing the electrical and other networks without marring the 1900 Beaux-Arts-style building was a challenge to plan and is still a $21 million, 18-month work in progress. (Associated Press)

    After a wave of Sandy disaster, a trickle of aid to victims

    Congress rushed to send $60.4 billion in emergency money to aid Superstorm Sandy victims, saying people's lives depended on getting the full amount out the door as fast as possible — but a year after the storm, the tally shows very little has been spent.


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