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Record U.S. tax money spent in Afghanistan: Record waste, fraud and abuse?

We’ve spent more of our tax money trying to help rebuild Afghanistan than we’ve spent on any other single country in history: $120 billion and counting. Unfortunately, that includes billions of dollars in waste, fraud and abuse according to Inspector General John Sopko, an Obama appointee. And now he’s facing a new obstacle in tracking […]

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What is “infrastructure” & how much will improving it cost?

You’re about to begin hearing a lot about our “infrastructure” and the need to update it. Sunday on Full Measure, we’ll explain what all the talk is about and examine ways to pay the costly bill when we’re already so far in debt. President Trump proposed expanding unique public-private partnerships that would put private money […]

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Newsgate 2016 & Beyond

Note: This story was updated with additional information on Dec. 30, 2017 The following is a news media analysis and commentary Regardless of who is your chosen – or least favorite – presidential candidate, independent minds should be concerned about the latest revelations in the news media’s unseemly relationships with government and political actors. While there […]

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Investigating the Investigators at DOJ and FBI

Why do heads seem to be rolling—or at least tilting—at the Department of Justice and FBI? There’s been a great deal of news coverage about allegations of collusion between President Trump and Russia; much of the reporting apparently accurate and some of it not. Less attention has been given to concurrent investigations that seem to be […]

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Politico’s Hezbollah Article (the abridged version)

The following is a news analysis Politico recently published a lengthy investigative report by Josh Meyer about the terrorist group Hezbollah, its criminal fundraising activities in the U.S., and alleged Obama administration efforts to slow or block law enforcement actions against Hezbollah. For those who don’t have time to read the entire article, here’s a summary: Upshot: The […]

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Is govt. unaware of its own surveillance abuses?

I caught my breath when I heard FBI Director Christopher Wray testify to Congress that there’s been no abuse of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the law under which our intelligence communities electronically spy on possible terrorists and sometimes capture private communications of innocent U.S. citizens. It was an incredible claim. […]

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Congress: Ethically Challenged?

Ethics allegations are flying inside Hollywood, the news media and Congress. This week on Full Measure, we look into the system Congress has set up to police itself when it comes to ethics. We found that system is as dysfunctional as anything in Washington D.C.  Sunday on Full Measure, we’ll have some stats and examples. […]

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What happened to the Zika “crisis” (and all your tax dollars)?

(Above image: Full Measure investigates the Zika “crisis” in Puerto Rico) Projections were dire. In July of last year, CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden called Puerto Rico’s Zika epidemic “horrifying.” He warned it could sicken 10,000 pregnant Puerto Rican women in 2016 alone, causing catastrophic birth defects in hundreds of babies. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. […]

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Obama-era Surveillance Timeline

You can find many timelines that follow allegations of Russia tampering in the U.S. election and alleged involvement of Trump officials. But I couldn’t find any comprehensive timelines cross-referencing Obama-era surveillance of whistleblowers, journalists and other U.S. citizens with Russia surveillance allegations. So I built one. Please note: temporal proximity of events doesn’t necessarily imply a connection. January 21, […]

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