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Government report finds ‘patent troll’ narrative not straightforward

Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office released a report on patent infringement litigation, but its findings didn’t align precisely with what fighters of “patent trolls” might have been hoping to hear…  …

Audit reveals USDA paid out millions to dead farmers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Agriculture Department paid out $32 million in soil conservation payments and crop insurance aid to dead farmers from 2008 to 2012, congressional auditors said on Monday, calling for stricter rules to prevent improper payments. In a report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said two USDA…

Senators call on GAO to study impact of new voter laws

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-TV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) on Tuesday requested that the Government Accountability Office investigate the impact of new state laws aimed at thwarting voter fraud. “It is critical that we have an accurate picture of these recent state laws, individual access…

Company owners fake being disabled vets for government contracts

Each year millions in government funds intended to help veterans get back to work go to firms where owners have lied about being disabled vets, according to government watchdogs. The federal government sets aside billions in contracts each year for companies considered to be service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB). The…

Rep. Speier: Female soldiers ordered to testify on behalf of accused serial rapist

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) for the tenth time on Tuesday called on Congress to address the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and rape in the U.S. military. To call attention to the problem, she has been telling the stories of woman who were sexually harassed and assaulted while serving in…

Tax preparers fret over first IRS fees, rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tax preparers are chewing their pencils as the Internal Revenue Service gets ready to impose the first comprehensive program of fees and rules on the industry’s 730,000 practitioners. Some fear the IRS campaign against tax fraud could squeeze out small, independent businesses and allow large competitors such as H&R Block Inc…

U.S. unable to account for 16,000 kilograms of exported enriched uranium

The United States could only account for 1,160 out of 17,500 kilograms of Highly-Enriched Uranium (HEU) — weapon-usable nuclear material — exported to 27 countries in response to a 1992 congressional mandate, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released last week. “The world today is dramatically different than…

Fed secretly loaned $1.2 trillion in public money to Wall St. firms: report

An analysis of tens of thousands of documents obtained by Bloomberg through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request shows that the U.S. Federal Reserve made approximately $1.2 trillion in loans from public money to support Wall Street firms in the midst of one of the worst financial crises ever.…

Senate report: The Latin American war on drugs has ‘largely failed’

A U.S. Senate subcommittee report this week called into question efforts to curb drug exports from Latin America, suggesting that billions in tax dollars had been wasted in no-bid contracts with no oversight on how the money was being spent or whether efforts were succeeding. The report comes just a…

Former ACORN employee sues O’Keefe and Giles

A former ACORN employee in San Diego who lost his job after being filmed giving advice to “ACORN pimp” James O’Keefe is suing the amateur videographer and his partner, Hannah Giles, San Diego CityBeat’s Dave Maass reported Friday. Juan Carlos Vera was one of a number of ACORN employees who…

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