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Edwards in a 2008 campaign photo.

First, a sex scandal, followed by a messy cover-up and an even messier fessing-up. The sequence has become all but routine in Washington. But the criminal case against two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is anything but run-of-the-mill. Read more»

No top banking executives have been successfully prosecuted in connection with the financial crisis: not for making the bad loans that fed the mortgage machine, not for lying about the quality of the mortgages, and not for foreclosing improperly when homeowners struggled to make loan payments. Read more»

The news about Strauss-Kahn and Schwarzenegger has brought renewed attention to past allegations of sexual harassment. So, when something happens between a boss and employee, where's the line between harassment and a consensual relationship? Read more»

The U.S. Treasury in Washington, D.C.

As you may have heard, the federal government hit its $14.3 trillion debt limit Monday—something the Treasury has been warning Congress about for months. There are a lot of good explainers out there about what this could mean. Some dig into what actions the Treasury might take; others into the oh-so-exciting history of the debt limit. Read more»

Although illegal, drug companies often market their medications to doctors for off-label uses.

A number of drug companies have been accused of illegally promoting powerful antipsychotics off-label to doctors and pharmacies, including those that serve nursing home residents. Read more»

A Kuwaiti Shiite woman protests against abuses in Bahrain on March 16 outside the Bahrain Embassy in Kuwait City.

The United States has repeatedly issued statements calling for the Bahraini government to engage in political dialogue rather than force, but it has not threatened sanctions or signaled any changes in ties between the countries. Read more»

It’s a stretch at this point to draw conclusions about the role that so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, played in producing useful intelligence leading to bin Laden. Here’s why. Read more»

A screengrab from footage of Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The nighttime attack on Osama bin Laden’s compound by the elite JSOC isn’t the first time U.S. troops have entered Pakistan for covert raids. In the past, such incidents have drawn protests from the Pakistani government, though it has a history of condemning in public actions that it has endorsed in private. Read more»

Controversy over the Fed's proposed debit card regulations has largely focused on the proposed cap on interchange fees—the fees banks receive from merchants for processing debit transactions. But the interchange cap is only half of the story; some of the proposed rules could increase competition in a market dominated by Visa. Read more»

A student takes cover during an exercise for Afghan Security Forces.

The news out of Afghanistan seems to be almost all doom and gloom: A series of recent attacks and the escape of Taliban fighters from prison stir fears of the infiltration of forces. Read more»

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., meets with a constituent at the Safeway located in Green Valley on May 22, 2010. Three months after she sustained a gunshot wound to the head, Rep. Giffords' office has called for the same brain injury treatment given to Giffords be made accessible to all Americans.

In the months since Giffords sustained a gunshot wound to the head, her path to recovery has been helped by a comprehensive brain injury treatment paid for by the government under federal worker's compensation. Such treatment may be available to Giffords, but it is out of reach for thousands of U.S. troops whose health coverage doesn't include it. Read more»

Congress has Friday to reach a budget deal to fund the government for the rest of the year or else come the weekend, the federal government will go into a partial shutdown. But what's the budget standoff all about and what would a shutdown really entail? Read more»

A Southwest 737 in 2009.

The five-foot tear in the roof of a Southwest 737 last week has not only brought renewed attention to the problem of aging planes, but also to problems in oversight of the airline industry. Read more»

Multinational companies operating in Libya have had to deal with many obstacles, including a government rife with corruption that often asked for what amounted to bribes. Sometimes those companies balked; sometimes they paid them. Read more»

A provision within the financial reform bill that would regulate debit card transaction fees could be postponed by a year or two following fierce objections from banks. Read more»

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