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Column: Scandals hiding in plain sight

August 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — The laboratories of democracy are blowing up.
A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that consp…continue reading on dglobe.com

Column: Nixon’s ghost, 40 years on

August 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — Forty years after he slunk out of office, Richard M. Nixon retains the capacity to astonish and disgust.
Just when you thought you could no longer be shocked by Nixon’s willingness to abuse power, his seething resentments and parano…continue reading on dglobe.com

IRS deserves scrutiny over $4 million conference

June 6, 2013 in The Daily Republic

The Associated Press has reported that the IRS held 225 employee conferences from 2010 to 2012 at a total cost of $49 million.
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IRS officials wined, dined at conference

June 5, 2013 in The Daily Republic

WASHINGTON Already heavily criticized for targeting conservative groups, the Internal Revenue Service absorbed another blow Tuesday as new details emerged about senior officials enjoying luxury hotel rooms, free drinks and free food at a $4.1 million training conference.
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Minnesota Senate bill over scandal nears $200K

December 11, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL (AP) Legal costs associated with a Minnesota Senate scandal involving a former Republican leader and her senior aide have nearly doubled, a new invoice made public Tuesday showed. Continue Reading

PARKER: Wait to judge the Petraeus scandal

November 15, 2012 in The Daily Republic

It is tempting, oh so tempting, to unleash the snark as the script unfolds: Real Housewives of Tampa. Or is it Real Generals of Kabul?
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Petraeus scandal heats up

November 11, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

Congress wants answers on ex- CIA director’s affair
WASHINGTON (AP) Members of Congress said Sunday they want to know more details about the FBI investigation that revealed an extramarital affair between ex-CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer, questioning when the retired general popped up in the FBI inquiry, whether national security was compromised and why they weren’t told sooner. Continue Reading

Teachers, bosses charged in NJ school sex scandal

October 5, 2012 in West Central Tribune

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Six months ago, a student came to Triton High School Principal Catherine DePaul with a disturbing story: She believed another student was involved in a sexual relationship with a teacher at the school, and she’d seen explicit text messages the two had exchanged. Continue Reading

Inquiry: Penn St. officials concealed sex abuse

July 12, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

PHILADELPHIA Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago for fear of bad publicity, allowing the former assistant football coach to prey on other youngsters, according to a scathing report issued Thursday on the scandal. Continue Reading

Panel to consider Senate sex scandal attorney bill

June 19, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL A Minnesota Senate committee will consider an $84,683.50 attorney bill dealing with a scandal that forced the former majority leader to resign. Continue Reading