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Reuters

Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairman Patricia Dunn agreed to step down in a boardroom shake-up, as the No. 2 computer maker tried to defuse a scandal over its investigation into media leaks. The source of the boardroom leaks, director George Keyworth, also a

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AP

Former Gov. George Ryan, who was acclaimed by capital punishment foes for suspending executions in Illinois and emptying out death row, was sentenced to 6 1/2 years behind bars in the corruption scandal that ruined his political career.

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AP

Federal agents raided the offices of at least six Alaska lawmakers in a search for any ties between the legislators and a large oil field services company, officials said. The offices of Senate President Ben Stevens, R-Anchorage; Kohring; Rep. Bruce

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Truthout(Chris Floyd)

In a little-noticed decision unsealed on August 18, US District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III overturned a $10 million fraud verdict against Custer Battles LLC, on the many crony conquistadors who gorged on the vast porkfest know as "Iraqi reconstr

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AP

The Rigsbys spent months collecting reams of internal State Farm reports, memos, e-mails and claims records. The sisters managed teams of State Farm adjusters, say the insurer defrauded policyholders by manipulating engineers' reports so that cla

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NY Times

Analysis of the nation’s biggest mergers over the last 12 months indicates that the securities of 41% of the companies receiving buyout bids exhibited abnormal and suspicious trading in the days and weeks before those deals became public.

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Reuters

A U.S. Army Reserve officer pleaded guilty to improperly steering millions of dollars in Iraq reconstruction contracts as part of a conspiracy involving kickbacks, smuggling and sexual favors. Lt. Col. Bruce Hopfengardner admited taking part in the s

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Washington Post

The Justice Department has told Fannie Mae that it does not plan to seek criminal charges against the company, an important step for the District-based mortgage funding giant as it tries to move beyond a multibillion-dollar accounting scandal.

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Washington Post

Washington lobbying firms, trade associations and corporate offices are moving to hire more well-connected Democrats in response to rising prospects that the opposition party will wrest control of at least one chamber of Congress from Republicans in

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WABC-TV

New Jersey's attorney general resigned after a special prosecutor concluded that she violated state ethics laws in an incident involving her boyfriend and a traffic stop. Zulima Farber, the state's top ranking law enforcement official, showed

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AP

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., last year refunded a $3,000 check he got in 1999 from a Texas friend, Ben Barnes, after a public interest group revealed it was improper. Now he's paid Barnes more than $1,600 in interest, according to recent filings with

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AP

The federal program that provides legal help to poor Americans turns away half of its applicants for lack of resources. But that hasn't stopped its executives from lavishing expensive meals, chauffeur-driven cars and foreign trips on themselves.

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Copley News Service

8 months after former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham confessed to taking massive bribes in exchange for providing at least $230 million in questionable defense and intelligence contracts, the Defense Department inspector general still has not determine

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AP

2 congressmen said someone at the Interior Department may have deliberately removed provisions from offshore drilling contracts, giving oil companies a multibillion-dollar windfall. The department refused to provide critical e-mails and docume

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AP

Majority Leader Bill Frist hasn't been following all the Senate's rules when it comes to disclosing details about his finances. Frist and his wife are the sole trustees in charge of a family foundation bearing the senator's name, accor

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Online Journal

My Online Journal article on Dov Zakheim, former Bush appointee as Pentagon Comptroller from May 4, 2001 to March, 10, 2004. At that time he was unable to explain the disappearance of $1 trillion dollars. Actually nearly 3 years earliler, Donald Ru

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Washington Post

The multibillion-dollar surge in federal contracting to bolster the nation's domestic defenses in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has been marred by extensive waste and misspent funds, according to a new bipartisan congressional report.

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Washington Post

[KBR] Lawmakers say that since the Homeland Security Department's formation in 2003, an explosion of no-bid deals and a critical shortage of trained government contract managers have created a system prone to abuse. Based on a comprehensive surve

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AP

American Indians suing the government over billions of dollars in lost royalties say they are contemplating an offer by members of Congress to resolve their lawsuit for $8 billion. Considerably lower than the $27.5 billion plaintiffs offered to settl

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