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Defense secretary actually wants defense cuts

May 11, 2012 It's not every day you hear the head of the Pentagon asking for more cuts to his department, but that's exactly what Defense Secretary Leon Panetta did on Thursday. In wake of a narrowly passed GOP bill that spares the Pentagon while cutting $310 billion in federal spending, Panetta slammed ...

Secret Service sex scandal is not unprecedented

April 25, 2012 It turns out the Colombian sex scandal rocking the Secret Service isn't as novel as we all thought. With two more agents resigning from the the service on Tuesday, voices are starting to come out of the woodwork to deliver a message: This type of behavior is hardly unprecedented for ...

Secret Service scandal is here to stay

April 19, 2012 The Secret Service is moving fast to extinguish its prostitution scandal but an onslaught of lies, lawsuits, and investigations guarantee that the media frenzy isn't going anywhere. In short: The story has lots of loose ends. Thursday morning, former Secret Service Director Brian Stafford told CBS News that the ouster ...

More revisions to the official bin Laden raid story

April 13, 2012 The narrative of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound is getting another revamp, and this time, bin Laden's youngest wife doesn't get shot in the leg. On Tuesday, the CIA's top lawyer Stephen Preston gave a new account of the May 2011 mission in Pakistan in an address at ...

Army to vendors: Shrapnel-proof underwear must be comfy

April 4, 2012 Yesterday, the U.S. Army sent out a new request to its clients in the military industrial complex: We need heavy-duty underwear. But not just any old bullet-proof boxers; they must be comfy. There is, of course, a deadly serious reason for the request since it means the difference between a ...

Americans may get to see bin Laden death photos after all

January 31, 2012 The American public may finally bear witness to some, but probably not all, of the postmortem images of Osama bin Laden taken on the night he was killed in Pakistan. That's the conclusion of Dan Metcalfe, the former director of the Department of Justice's Office of Information and Privacy, after ...

A guide to the federal government's holiday parties

December 9, 2011 This story has been updated with the correct link to The Atlantic's story. It's not something the federal government likes to admit but every December, the faceless men and women of the U.S. government are allotted a holiday party to toast the year's successes. Sometimes that toast is in the ...

Social Security has been doling out $8 billion to the wrong people

June 15, 2011 To the tune of $8 billion, the Social Security Administration has been shelling out payments to individuals "not entitled to receive money" or receiving more than "they should have," according to a government investigator. How did the chosen few manage to score the undeserved pay dirt? It appears they fudged ...