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How the Government Pays Defense Contractors Tens of Billions for Nothing

In 2011, the Army doled out its first con­tracts to de­vel­op new ar­mored vehicles that could carry a full nine-man in­fantry squad. Build­ing the …

Get Elected, Get Your Kids Rich: Washington Is Spoiled Rotten

A governor’s daughter is made CEO without a MBA. A senator’s son starts a hedge fund right out of college. Democrats have joined Republicans in the …

Stand Your Ground With Your Smartphone

If law enforcement can track people with impunity, why not fight fire with fire and record the police?<p>Yesterday’s paper brought yet another amazing …

Learning from the Kelly Thomas case

The death of homeless, schizophrenic Kelly Thomas after a beating by two Fullerton police officers was shocking. Anyone who has seen the grainy but graphic 33-minute video of the incident must acknowledge that it is hard to square with the jury's conclusion that the two officers were not guilty of …

Big Oil, Big Profits, Big Tax Breaks

Incoming Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, and outgoing House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, a Michigan …

Congress Probably Worked More Than You Did This Year

It’s easy to let your head ex­plode look­ing at new num­bers show­ing how much time Con­gress spent in ses­sion in 2013. The House broke a re­cord …

Gates vs. Congress Is The Real War

The first day of coverage of former Robert Gates’ book on his years running the Pentagon have focused largely on the strains between him and …

Gates Unleashed: Ex-Defense Chief Goes Scorched Earth On Congress

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made international news this week with the release of a memoir that serves up a big helping of unvarnished criticism of his former boss, President Obama.<p>But his scalding of the sitting commander in chief seems practically tame compared to the beat down he …

Do-nothing Congress II: It's not a compliment

It's official: The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate agreed on so few issues this year,<p>Congressis on pace to pass the fewest bills in a two-year term since World War II. Pundits have compared the current occupants of Capitol Hill unfavorably to the infamous "Do-Nothing …

Poll: This Is the Worst Congress Ever

A majority of Americans agree: this is the worst Congress ever.<p>That’s according to a new CNN poll out Thursday, which found two-thirds of Americans …

The Life Of A Lobbyist In A Do-Nothing Congress

<b>Listen · 4:18</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>The 113th Congress has finished its first session, and lawmakers enacted fewer than 60 laws. No Congress since 1947 has done so little legislating.<p>That's bad news for many of Washington's lobbyists. Howard Marlowe, for one, hasn't been feeling the …

How the Defense Lobby Became Irrelevant

The de­fense lobby was once both be­hemoth and bo­gey­man. It was the muscle be­hind the mil­it­ary-in­dus­tri­al com­plex, the pup­pet­eer …

The Potato Lobby Wants in on WIC

<b>Correction appended, Jan. 10</b><p>Douglas Greenway, president of the National WIC Association, wants to make one thing clear: he does not hate potatoes. …

‘Bribe the Senate’ Gun-Control Campaign Is Altered Because, Well, Bribes Are Illegal

A jokey-yet-serious campaign called Bribe the Senate, intended to get the U.S. Senate to at least discuss the idea of mandatory background checks on …