US army investigates hundreds of soldiers for recruitment fraud

Officials tell Senate that illegal kickbacks cost the US at least $29m as part of national guard program to boost enlistment   Associated Press in Washington theguardian.com,   Tuesday 4 February 2014 17.43 EST The recruitment program began to improve enlistment during difficult years of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Photograph: Massoud Houssaini/AFP/Getty Images Hundreds…

Q&A: What Is the Nuclear Option? Why a filibuster was important.

Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) A divided Senate voted to ease the confirmation process for most presidential nominees, a step that limits the ability of Republicans to block Obama’s choices for executive-branch and most judicial posts. Here, we explain the so-called nuclear option. (Updated at 1 p.m.) What is the nuclear option?…

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid paves way for Totalitarian rule with new Filibuster rules

Senate Adopts New Rules on Filibusters Proposal Reduces Vote Total to 51 From 60 on Most Presidential Nominees Janet Hook And Kristina Peterson Updated Nov. 21, 2013 1:01 p.m. ET A bitterly divided Senate voted Thursday to ease the confirmation process for most presidential nominees, a momentous and potentially risky step that limits the ability…

Report: Senate immigration bill includes nearly $300 million in slush funds for immigrants’ rights groups, in language drafted by the former policy chief for one such organization

The National Council of La Raza is likely to  benefit from grant money set aside in an immigration bill drafted by its former  policy director Legislation passed in the Senate would  exclude three-time DUI offenders from a path to citizenship, but two-time drunk  drivers would be acceptable Passport forgers would no longer be  prosecuted for…

Letter tainted with ricin or poison sent to Republican senator Roger Wicker

Envelope intercepted before reaching Capitol Hill tests positive three times as politician given extra security protection Dan Roberts in Washington guardian.co.uk,  Tuesday 16 April 2013 19.28 EDT Republican senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, who has been sent a letter which has tested positive for ricin or a similar poison. Photograph: Handout/Reuters The febrile security mood…

FBI investigate secret recording of US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell planning mental health smear of opponent and actress Ashley Judd

McConnell’s campaign team claim the recording is the result of bugging from the political left Steve Anderson Wednesday, 10 April 2013 The FBI is investigating whether a secret recording of a senior US senator and his campaign discussing how to take down potential political opponent and actress Ashley Judd was obtained illegally. The recording, which…

Appeals court rules Obama’s appointments unconstitutional

Jan 26, 2013 05:14 Moscow Time Photo: EPA A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that President Barack Obama violated the U.S. Constitution when he used recess appointments to fill a labor board, in a sweeping decision that could limit presidential power to push through federal nominees. The court found that the Senate was not…

Multibillion-dollar scheme to set up intelligence ‘fusion centers’ after 9/11 has failed to catch any terrorists, Senate report reveals

77 fusion centers  were created to encourage law enforcement agencies to share  intelligence Report says the  information-sharing effort cost the federal government from  $300million-$1.4billon One fusion center  reported a Muslim community group’s reading list Congress is  likely to keep the fusion center program By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:07:55 EST, 3  October 2012| UPDATED:08:04 EST, 3…

Almost 2,400 Millionaires Pocketed Unemployment Benefits

            By Frank Bass –             Oct 2, 2012 Almost 2,400 people who received unemployment insurance in 2009 lived in households with annual incomes of $1 million or more, according to the Congressional Research Service. The report was released after about 1.1 million people exhausted their jobless benefits during the second quarter of 2012, when more…

Sen. Jay Rockefeller pitches cybersecurity bill to top CEOs: Offers them immunity from liability in the event of a cyberattack

  By The Christian Science Monitor Thursday, September 20, 2012 7:02 EDT Seeking to overcome opposition from the US Chamber of Commerce and other business groups to a cybersecurity bill, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D) of West Virginia took the unusual step Wednesday of writing the CEOs of the 500 largest US companies to request their…

Obama considers executive order in wake of Cybersecurity Act failure

By Eric W. Dolan Monday, September 17, 2012 20:16 EDT Topics: executive order ♦ Homeland Security and Counterterrorism ♦ President Barack Obama The Obama administration is considering issuing an executive order to achieve some of the aims of the Cybersecurity Act, which died in the Senate in August. “Following congressional inaction, the President is determined…