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Fox News accused of violating campaign finance laws

Fox News appears to be gearing up to defend themselves after being accused of illegally helping a Republican candidate raise money on the air. The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) filed a lawsuit in August claiming that Fox News had violated campaign finance laws by allowing Republican candidate for Ohio governor…

Jury finds Tom DeLay guilty on all counts

The heavy-handed style that made Tom DeLay one of the nation’s most powerful and feared members of Congress also proved to be his downfall Wednesday when a jury determined he went too far in trying to influence elections, convicting the former House majority leader on two felonies that could send…

Billions in Afghanistan aid dollars unaccounted for: audit

WASHINGTON — Nearly 18 billion dollars earmarked for reconstruction in Afghanistan remain unaccounted for, snagged in a “labyrinth” of contract bureaucracy, a sweeping US government audit has shown. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said 17.7 billion dollars was obligated over three years to nearly 7,000 contractors, but…

O’Donnell admits using campaign cash to pay rent

Christine O’Donnell, the Republican candidate for Senate from Delaware, has admitted to using campaign funds to pay part of the rent on her townhouse, potentially a violation of campaign finance laws. The Associated Press reports: [O'Donnell] acknowledges using campaign money to pay part of the rent on her current town…

Democratic establishment gives up on Alan Grayson: report

Grayson’s opponent refuses to debate The Democratic Congressional Committee has given up on firebrand House Rep. Alan Grayson and has stopped sending him money for his re-election campaign, states a report at National Journal‘s Hotline On Call. According to Hotline’s Reid Wilson, Grayson is among a growing number of House…

Obama urged to use spill fines to restore Gulf

Obama urged to seek spill penalties to pay for Gulf coast restoration, help states after spill President Barack Obama’s point person on the Gulf coast’s restoration will recommend paying for it with some of the billions of dollars in civil penalties that could be collected from companies responsible for the…

Obama: Money alone can’t solve school predicament

Obama: Money alone can’t help struggling schools, more spending must be combined with reform President Barack Obama started the school week Monday with a call for a longer school year, and said the worst-performing teachers have “got to go” if they don’t improve quickly. Bemoaning America’s decreasing global educational competitiveness,…

Democrats may throw some candidates ‘overboard’: NY Times reporter

Notes that Republicans had more money in 2006, but still lost Democrats forced to jump off the ship might be advised to learn how to practice the “dead man’s float,” since it will help them conserve energy that could otherwise be wasted. Monday morning, New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny…

Money laundering case against DeLay moving forward

DeLay heads to Texas court in money laundering case, days after DOJ ends probe without charges. Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is moving to the next round in his fight against criminal indictments in Texas, where he faces money laundering and conspiracy charges. DeLay and two co-defendants were indicted…

Karzai: Private contractors ‘looting and stealing,’ working with terrorists

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday defended his decision to ban private security contractors from operating in public in Afghanistan, saying many of the organizations tasked with providing security are engaging in terrorist activities, working with “Mafia-like” organizations and “looting and stealing from the Afghan people.” Karzai also speculated that…

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