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Mar 27, 2015

U.S. ethics panel probes Kentucky lawmaker over wife’s lobbying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A special investigative panel will probe allegations that a Kentucky lawmaker helped his wife lobby on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Friday.

Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Republican, also faces allegations he “used his official position for the beneficial interest of himself or his wife, and dispensed special favors or privileges to either his wife, the Humane Society Legislative Fund or the Humane Society of the United States,” according to a statement released by the committee’s leaders.

Mar 19, 2015

U.S. Secret Service director pledges to get tough on possible hush-ups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy pledged on Thursday to get tough on his agency for keeping quiet about officers allegedly driving drunk on White House grounds, but he also knocked down reports that the incident involved a collision or that agents purposely deleted surveillance video of it.

“If it is determined that any one of our employees concealed information about this alleged incident, they will be held accountable,” he said in testimony before a Senate subcommittee. “Our mission is too important for this to happen. It undermines my leadership, and I won’t stand for it.”

Mar 19, 2015

‘Bill for First Lady’ campaign puts ‘va-voom’ in U.S. election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A political group pushing Democrat Hillary Clinton to run for U.S. president has taken a novel approach: rallying people around making her husband the country’s First Lady.

The Political Action Committee is releasing videos, sponsoring social media accounts and hosting events that all feature a man decked out in a bobble-head mask of former President Bill Clinton, a red dress and high heels.

Mar 17, 2015

U.S. lawmakers press for urgent action on Secret Service scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service director was grilled by lawmakers on Tuesday who demanded to know why the agency, entrusted with the president’s safety, was not taking action on agents accused of drunk driving on the White House grounds.

Joseph Clancy, picked by President Barack Obama last month to turn around the country’s top security service after a series of problems, told a House of Representatives committee that he has no power to fire officers at will.

Mar 8, 2015

‘Huge gaps’ in Clinton email record, Benghazi probe chief says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Huge gaps exist in the emails former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has provided to a congressional committee investigating the 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the panel’s chairman said on Sunday.

Republican Representative Trey Gowdy said his committee lacked documentation from Clinton’s trip to Libya after the attack despite a popular photo image of her using a handheld device during a flight to that country.

Mar 4, 2015

U.S. House committee subpoenas Clinton emails on Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A congressional committee investigating the 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya issued subpoenas on Wednesday for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal emails, which have created a political storm for the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate.

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Benghazi demanded all communications from Clinton related to the incident, in which a U.S. ambassador was killed.

Mar 4, 2015

Ferguson policies targeted blacks, created toxic environment: U.S. attorney general

By Lisa Lambert and Carey Gillam

WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – A U.S. probe found systemic racial bias targeted blacks and created a “toxic environment” in Ferguson, Missouri, but cleared a white officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager there, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday.

The report said the St. Louis suburb overwhelmingly arrested and issued traffic citations to blacks to boost city coffers through fines, used police as a collection agency and created a culture of distrust that exploded in August when Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Feb 4, 2015

Pentagon nominee vows to resolve Jordan arms sales delays

WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
nominee for defense secretary on Wednesday vowed to cut through
“red tape” slowing U.S. arms deliveries to Jordan, which plans
to step up its fight against Islamic State after the killing of
a captured Jordanian pilot.

Ashton Carter, a former No. 2 Pentagon official, told the
Senate Armed Services Committee it was important for Jordan to
be able to acquire the weapons it needed, and he would work to
address concerns raised by King Abdullah during a meeting with
committee members on Tuesday.

Jan 29, 2015

U.S. municipal market board takes on murky bank lending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The board overseeing the $3.6 trillion U.S. municipal bond market wants to shed more light on a dark and growing area of public finance: direct lending from banks.

In a strongly worded advisory, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board on Thursday said many state and local governments do not disclose bank loans and the resulting murkiness threatens investors.

Jan 26, 2015

East Coast snow storm delays $1.7 billion of U.S. municipal sales

By Karen Pierog and Lisa Lambert

(Reuters) – U.S. municipal bond market supply shrank on Monday in the face of an East Coast blizzard, with Pennsylvania pushing off a $1 billion general obligation debt sale until next week and cash-strapped Atlantic City delaying a $12 million bond anticipation note deal.

Altogether, issuers postponed $1.7 billion of municipal bond sales, including more than two-thirds of the week’s competitive deal calendar, as what the National Weather Service called a “crippling and potentially historic blizzard” bore down on Wall Street.