Washington (CNN) – Contractors at an Environmental Protection Agency warehouse were careless with inventories, and used government furniture and appliances to create hidden "man caves" complete with couches and TVs, an agency watchdog alleges.
Out of sight of the security cameras, and often hidden behind screens or boxes, employees created rec-rooms with furniture and appliances from government storage, according to an audit, feathering their nests with televisions, DVDs, refrigerators, microwaves, and couches.FULL STORY
(CNN) - In an adventure worthy of the TV show "Survivor," Sen. Jeff Flake and two of his sons marooned themselves on a deserted island in the Pacific last week during the Senate's week off.
Dodging sharks and suffering sunburns, the senator and his two teenage boys spent four days fending for themselves – spearing fish, catching crabs, picking up coconuts and sleeping outdoors in hammocks. They cooked what they caught, over a campfire kindled with a magnifying glass.
(CNN) - The filmmakers who made a TV movie about the successful raid that killed Osama bin Laden, which is scheduled to air on the National Geographic Channel just two days before Election Day, rejected suggestions that the timing of the release is political.
"This film is about history, not politics," said movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, in a statement to CNN.
(CNN) - A web video featuring former special forces officers accuses President Barack Obama of taking too much credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and allowing classified information about the raid to become public.
The ad also includes former Navy SEALs.FULL STORY
(CNN) - So what are Tuesday's Iowa caucus-goers like – and how do they compare to the rest of the U.S. population?
Here's a thumbnail profile, by the numbers.
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Washington (CNN) - As lawmakers this weekend try to reconcile the two dueling debt bills in the House and Senate, one of the strongest forces they have to reckon with is the influence of the tea party lawmakers.
Their numbers are not overwhelming – of the 435 lawmakers in the House of Representatives, only 60 are members of the tea party caucus. Still, analysts say they have wielded outsized influence on the trajectory of the debt fight so far - but are also using tactics that could risk a backlash with the public.
(CNN) - Anthony Weiner may be giving up his seat in Congress, but he will still retain a substantial war chest of campaign contributions, which experts say he is not required to return.
His latest Federal Election Commission filing, for the end of March, showed $365,670 cash on hand in his Congressional account. In addition, his New York City filing, as a candidate for mayor in 2013, showed he was leading the field with just over $4,515,756 cash on hand as of the end of last year.
Washington (CNN)- Not long ago, he was willing to give his life to protect President Barack Obama, as a Secret Service agent on the presidential protection detail. But last month, Daniel Bongino quit his job as an agent ready to take a bullet for the president, to become a potential political adversary.
Bongino announced last week he is running for the Republican nomination in next year's Senate race in Maryland.
Washington (CNN) - On the night before they get sworn in, a dozen incoming freshman House members celebrated their election with a fundraiser at the swanky W Hotel in Washington, drawing criticism from a watchdog organization.
"They haven't yet begun their official duties, but they already have their hands out for money," said Nancy Watzman of the Sunlight Foundation, which posted online a copy of an invitation. The invite, which she said was obtained from a lobbyist who had received it, lists country singer LeAnn Rimes as the featured entertainer.
Washington (CNN) - A number of candidates for Congress had their spouses or other family members on their campaign payrolls during the last cycle, public records show.
For example, according to Federal Election Commission filings, Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California paid his wife Rhonda Rohrabacher $73,238 over the past two years, and Democrat Bobby Rush of Illinois paid his wife $103,000.