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Lawmaker suggests 'improper' White House link to Secret Service scandal

April 24, 2012 A Republican congressman investigating the Secret Service prostitution scandal said on Tuesday the 12th military member now involved is "too close to the president," as he is assigned to the White House. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which may hold hearings ...

Report: Colombia prostitute stayed at same hotel as Obama

April 23, 2012 One of the 12 Secret Service agents implicated in a widening scandal brought a prostitute to a hotel where President Obama eventually stayed, CBS News reports. An anonymous law enforcement official told CBS that the agent brought the prostitute to the Hilton Hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, just days ahead of ...

Secret Service scandal will 'pale' compared to GSA activities, lawmaker says

April 20, 2012 A Republican congressman investigating wrongdoing at the General Services Administration hinted on Thursday that the activities at the beleaguered agency will outstrip what’s been happening with a prostitution scandal at the Secret Service. “When more of it comes out -- some of this scandal -- it’s even going to make ...

Panetta regrets costly flights home

April 17, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said on Monday that he regrets costing taxpayers roughly $860,000 to fund his frequent trips home to California aboard a military jet, but he also did not indicate how he might cut the costs or that he had any plans to stop, according to The ...

Mica alleges White House ‘did not choose to intervene’ in GSA scandal

April 17, 2012 A House Republican who will chair hearings on Tuesday looking into lavish spending on a General Services Administration conference alleged that the White House not only knew details, but chose not to act on the information. Rep. John L. Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said ...

GSA official declines to testify; IG looking into bribery, kickbacks

April 16, 2012 At the start of hearings into lavish spending and other improprieties at the General Services Administration, an official at the center of the controversy invoked his right against self-incrimination and declined to testify, The Washington Post reports. Jeffrey Neely, who has been accused of planning a 2010 conference in Las ...

Romney says he'd eliminate HUD, consolidate Education

April 16, 2012 At a closed-door fundraiser that was overheard by some reporters on Sunday, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney went into greater detail than his previous public statements in discussing tax policy and what federal agencies and departments he would eliminate, NBC News reported. Romney said he would "probably eliminate" the second ...

Former Penn State president now working on national security

April 12, 2012 Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier, who was forced from office in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, is now working in Washington on a national security project, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. A Penn State spokesperson confirmed that Spanier took on the project during a ...

Death penalty trial for Sept. 11 suspects to restart

April 4, 2012 The death penalty trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of orchestrating the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will restart in Guantanamo Bay, The Washington Post reported. A senior Pentagon official approved the trial on Wednesday. A military commission trial for the defendants began under the Bush ...

U.S. offers $10 million for Pakistani militant

April 3, 2012 The U.S. has offered $10 million for information leading to the capture of a militant leader in Pakistan, who founded a group blamed for the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India that killed 166 people, The New York Times reports. The move could further complicate relations between the two countries. Wendy ...