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VA officials used medical records to smear whistleblowers

Veterans Affairs officials illegally accessed whistleblower medical records to engage in a smear campaign aimed at covering up fatally lax medical care, according to testimony at a U.S. Senate committee.
 
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Scott Walker’s departure from national politics ‘Wisconsin’s gain’
 
Gov. Scott Walker went from top-tier candidate to the second contestant out of the presidential sweepstakes in a matter of weeks. But Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says that's good news for the state.
 
 

 

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Fuel fraud: Government employees steal millions from taxpayers at the pump
 
In the past five years, the federal government has prosecuted $240 million in fuel fraud cases. But specialists in how to crack down on fraud say the real figure is probably much higher.
 
 

 

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Pennsylvania hides $53 billion in debt, study finds
 
Pennsylvania fails to list $53 billion in debt on its balance sheet, giving it the third-most hidden debt among 10 Northeast states. Should it come as any surprise that lawmakers have all but ignored the state's huge unfunded pension liability?
 
 

 

Ohio economy falling behind right-to-work neighbor Michigan

 
Michigan’s long-term job creation rate has finally leapfrogged Ohio. Could Michigan's right-to-work laws explain the disparity in private sector job growth between the two states?
 
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Alabama Senate rejects sin tax on pornography

 

In order to make up a $200 million shortfall in its budget, Alabama attempted to enact a "sin tax" on pornography. But would the tax have been unconstitutional?

 

 

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New report finds that the government over-promises again

 
All the media attention given to the Social Security and Medicare promises raises a question: Will America's Baby Boomers actually get all the benefits Uncle Sam has promised them? It’s looking more dubious by the day.