Published November 09, 2009
Whether it's gun running, drug smuggling or human trafficking, crime has one common currency: cold, hard cash. Federal agents just conducted the largest cash-smuggling sting in history, uncovering more than $27 million in undeclared cash.
Published November 04, 2009
While closing Yucca Mountain made for good campaign politics in Nevada, it leaves the U.S. with nowhere to store a growing stockpile of radioactive waste. Roughly 70,000 tons of waste sits in temporary pools and dry storage canisters in 100 reactor sites around the U.S. -- each one requiring an army of guards and millions in electronic surveillance.
Published October 29, 2009
A study by the Republican staff of the House Appropriations Committee shows the rate of spending growth from fiscal year 2007 to 2009 in some agencies more than doubled.
Published October 13, 2009
The Essential Air Service program -- created to last 10 years and guarantee air service to small towns -- is now 31 years old and shows no signs of dying.
Published October 05, 2009
As the single largest buyer of medical products, you'd think Medicare would at least get a volume discount. But it doesn't even get the best price.
Published September 22, 2009
The U.S. spends billions in taxpayer money on foreign assistance each year, but large pieces of the $36.7 billion aid budget will be going to countries whose leaders attack the U.S. -- and to others that are already rolling in dough.
Published September 11, 2009
Like "national defense" during the Cold War, projects with the "homeland security" label that seek congressional funding get through with little scrutiny.
Published September 09, 2009
With Washington bleeding green, Congress' princes of pork are treating taxpayers like a giant ATM and racking up billions in earmarks for pet projects like a supercomputer that studies fruit flies, a trolley museum in Pennsylvania and a biotech association that doesn't even exist.
Published July 29, 2009
A bill that would save wild horses and burros in the western United States from controlled killings and set aside millions of acres for them is heading to the Senate after being passed in the House of Representatives this month.
Published June 19, 2009
The Food and Drug Administration is going after exaggerated labeling in the food industry, targeting America's most popular cereal with an enforcement action over its health claims that the government says "cause it to be a drug."