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This Thursday, June 8, 2017, file photo shows the U.S. Treasury Department building in Washington.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) ** FILE **

Treasury official busted for leaking financial reports on Trump campaign team

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration’s effort to root out leakers in the federal government bagged a top-level Treasury employee who was charged Tuesday with giving a reporter confidential information about suspicious financial transactions involving former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, accused Russian agent Maria Butina and the Russian Embassy.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan cheered "the revitalization of our appropriations process," but appropriations bills that increase nonessential spending only exacerbate the nation's crushing debt burden. (Associated Press/File)

‘Minibus’ bills miss opportunity to cut spending and regulations

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan cheered the passage of a package of three spending bills as “the revitalization of our appropriations process.” The Wisconsin Republican also opined: “Funding the government is one of Congress’ most basic responsibilities, and this conference report is a strong first act.”

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Former President Barack Obama speaks as he campaigns in support of California congressional candidates, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Obama overlooks own actions, cherry-picks survey results in Trump attacks, AP fact check finds

- Associated Press

Barack Obama's recent denunciation of President Donald Trump's treatment of the press overlooks the aggressive steps the Justice Department took to keep information from the public when he was president. Obama also made a problematic claim that Republican "sabotage" has cost 3 million people their health insurance.

Eric Conn was captured in Honduras and extradited in December. An extra 15 years in prison was added to his sentence for fleeing just before he was slated to testify in a trial against one of the doctors about his role in a massive Social Security fraud case. (Associated Press/File)

Social Security system ripe for major fraud, whistleblowers say

- The Washington Times

The man behind the biggest Social Security fraud in American history was given another 15 years in prison last week, for a total of 27 years behind bars — but those who helped expose his con say the legal penalties shouldn't obscure the very real problems they say led to the fraud, and that remain unfixed even now.