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Drilling Down: Big Oil's Bidding

February 22, 2018
For decades, there has been a virtual giveaway of offshore drilling rights. And the Trump Administration is planning to put much more on the auction block.


Impunity for U.S.-Funded Warlords in Afghanistan

February 16, 2018

A report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) last month revealed that the United States is unable or unwilling to stop funding units that engage in torture, summary execution, and other serious human rights violations, despite Congress’s efforts to restrict that aid.


Propaganda by Proxy: How High-Powered Lobbying and PR Firms Launder Influence for Foreign Governments

January 29, 2018

Lax enforcement of a key lobbying disclosure law and the use of middlemen makes it hard to track foreign propaganda in the United States.


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Drilling Down: Big Oil's Bidding

February 22, 2018 | David S. Hilzenrath, Nicholas Pacifico

The Interior Department’s flawed system for auctioning offshore leases has allowed oil and gas companies to secure drilling rights for a pittance at the expense of the American people, to whom the resources belong, a POGO investigation found.

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Impunity for U.S.-Funded Warlords in Afghanistan

February 16, 2018 | Katherine Hawkins

The Defense Department has continued to fund Afghan security forces that violate human rights, without informing Congress.

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Propaganda by Proxy

January 29, 2018 | Andrea Peterson

Lax enforcement of a key lobbying disclosure law and the use of middlemen makes it hard to track foreign propaganda in the United States.

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What the Menendez Case Tells Us About the State of U.S. Public Corruption Law

November 16, 2017 | Nick Schwellenbach

It is relatively rare for politicians to face criminal prosecution despite the perception that they work for big campaign donors rather than for their own constituents. A number of Supreme Court decisions partly explain why so few cases are brought.

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The New Normal—America Needs to Up Its Game When Responding to Natural Disasters

October 31, 2017 | Peter Tyler

The United States must improve how it responds to major natural disasters, including how it budgets before disasters occur.

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Luther Strange's Chief Fundraiser Tied to Ongoing Bribery Investigation, New Documents Show

September 20, 2017 | Nick Schwellenbach

Previously unreported documents obtained by the Project On Government Oversight shows the lead fundraiser for Senator Luther Strange’s reelection campaign is connected to an ongoing federal public corruption investigation.

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Whistleblower Lawsuit Charges Illegal Retaliation, Dangerous Practices at CIA’s Elite Directorate of Operations

August 24, 2017 | Adam Zagorin

Exclusive: Federal lawsuit alleges dangerous practices at a CIA base in war zone, whistleblower retaliation by top Agency spymaster and failure of CIA Inspector General to investigate the case in a timely manner.

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Key Government Privacy Watchdog Muzzled During Surveillance Debate

June 26, 2017 | Andrea Peterson

The independent government agency that’s supposed to ensure your privacy and civil liberties are respected by surveillance programs is practically paralyzed as Congress is debating key spying powers.

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The US Military's Iran Connection?

June 7, 2017 | Adam Zagorin

KGL Chairman Saed Dashti charged in criminal fraud and money laundering case. Estimated losses to investors: more than $160 million.

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Trump's Ethics Pledge Is Paper-Thin

June 6, 2017 | Daniel Van Schooten, Laura Peterson

Federal agencies provided few details on how they are addressing political appointees' potential conflicts of interest during the Trump administration.

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