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GAO: Border officials spent migrant care funds on canines, ATVs, more

Customs and Border Protection officials spent funds that were supposed to go to medical care and migrant processing facilities to pay for computer upgrades, canine units, ATVs and other items instead, a new government report shows.... Read more»

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Good grief! How did we end up in another government shutdown?

It’s almost unbelievable that only 18 years after the disastrous shutdown of 1995, the federal government is in the midst of another shutdown. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) presented the House floor last Saturday with the legislation that sealed the country’s fate—legislation that he and his party’s top leadership argued against for weeks.... Read more»

Lobbyists, lawmakers bond during Springsteen concerts

As Bruce Springsteen belted out his working-class anthems on the floor of the Verizon Center last May, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, was raising money in the privacy of a luxury suite overlooking the stage. ... Read more»1