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Extreme Conscription: Recruiting the Taliban for America's Fight

Vikrum Aiyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vikrum Aiyer

While normally the US should exhaust all diplomatic channels, Obama should exercise great caution when it comes to talking with the Taliban, as it comes with one too many concerns.

Bush's Midnight Regulations Value Profits More Than People

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The legacy of George W. Bush's final days in office will be degradation of the environment, endangered species and the safety of working people.

TARP Funds Still "Untethered"

Virginian-Pilot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

When Congress and the Bush administration collaborated on passage of a $700 billion economic bailout package in October, they sought to ease voters' f...

To the Presidential Candidates....Debate This!

Deirdre Imus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deirdre Imus

No question, the energy and economic crisis affect us all. But noticeably absent from the primaries and now the presidential debates have been any discussions about America's children.

Improving US Image Abroad Top Priority for President-elect Obama

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO in guvspeak), today identified public diplomacy as one of 13 top priorities for President-elect Barack ...

Washington Post Finds Bush Cheated Small Businesses Out of Over Half a Trillion Dollars in Contracts

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

During the eight years of the Bush Administration, approximately $448 billion in federal small business contracts have been diverted to Fortune 500 firms and other large businesses.

Report: EPA Lets Electronic Waste Flow "Virtually Unrestricted"

Josie Garthwaite | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josie Garthwaite

According to the report, other used electronics "flow virtually unrestricted, even to countries where they can be mismanaged."

The Great Corporate Tax Heist

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Remember the old Steve Martin routine on how to make a million dollars and not pay taxes: "First, make a million dollars... Second, don't pay taxes." Turns out Martin's joke is standard operating procedure for corporations in the US.

Deregulation Defrauds Americans

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

For decades, conservatives have vilified the word regulation. This has brought us corporate slavery approved by the U.S. government and panic lines of depositors outside banks.

From Staffer to Contractor: Stopping the Pentagon's Revolving Door

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The need for more aggressive scrutiny is abundantly clear. GAO has identified $295 billion in cost overruns -- the Pentagon can't balance its books or keep track of its vast inventory.

Seth Colter Walls

Iraq Reports Agree On One Issue McCain Ignores: Political Progress Is Lacking | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the Washington Post reported Tuesday, there are several stark differences between the two latest high-profile government assessments of Iraq. While...

Auditors Echo Call For U.S. Air Force To Re-Test Boeing, Northrupp Grumann Tankers

Reuters | Jim Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

U.S. auditors urged the Air Force Wednesday to rerun its marathon, $35 billion competition for refueling aircraft, upholding a protest by losing bidde...

Secret Military Gear Found For Sale On eBay, Craigslist

Information Week | Thomas Clayburn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Sensitive military items are being offered for sale through eBay and Craigslist, the Government Accountability Office said in a report issued Thursday...

Gov Credit Cards Used To Pay For Lingerie, iPods, $13K Dinner

Washington Post | Dan Eggen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Washington Post reports: Federal employees used government credit cards to pay for lingerie, gambling, iPods, Internet dating services, and a $1...

Government Auditors Issue Scathing Review Of Pentagon's Weapons Budget

Washington Post | Dana Hedgpeth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Government auditors issued a scathing review yesterday of dozens of the Pentagon's biggest weapons systems, saying ships, aircraft and satellites are ...

Fed Employees Spent At Least $146M On First-Class Airline Travel In One Year

Associated Press | HOPE YEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Federal employees wasted at least $146 million over a one-year period on business- and first-class airline tickets, in some cases simply because they ...