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The enormity of the U.S. Intelligence Community

By Laurie Bennett

February 16, 2017 at 8:58am

As it struggles to assemble a cabinet and to replace a national security adviser who has resigned and a labor secretary nominee who has withdrawn, the Trump administration takes on a new challenge: stanching leaks from U.S. intelligence.

Pence breaks tie in vote to confirm DeVos

By Muckety

February 7, 2017 at 1:37pm

Donald Trump’s controversial nomination of Republican contributor Betsy DeVos to head the Education Department received Senate confirmation Tuesday, with the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence.

Muckety winners and losers of 2016

By Laurie Bennett

January 6, 2017 at 11:22am

No one in our database lost more potential Muckety in 2016 than Hillary Clinton.

Debbie Reynolds dies a day after daughter’s death

By Muckety

December 29, 2016 at 7:03am

Actress Debbie Reynolds has died at age 84, just a day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher.

Carrie Fisher dies

By Muckety

December 27, 2016 at 1:27pm

Actress/author Carrie Fisher has died at age 60.

Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at 99

By Muckety

December 19, 2016 at 8:06am

Actress and serial bride Zsa Zsa Gabor died Sunday. She was 99.

Trump picks climate-change denier to head EPA

By Laurie Bennett

December 8, 2016 at 11:22am

One can only imagine who the nominee might have been if Donald Trump had not met with Al Gore on Monday.

The moneyed, conservative universe of Betsy DeVos

By Laurie Bennett

November 19, 2016 at 8:49am

Betsy DeVos, former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a vocal advocate of charter schools, reportedly is under consideration for education secretary.

Aetna answers the Obama administration

By Laurie Bennett

August 17, 2016 at 1:33pm

Oh, how the lowly voter can be buffeted by political whirlwinds when insurers battle with the federal government.

Brain study goes forward without NFL support

By Laurie Bennett

December 23, 2015 at 5:31am

The funding arm of the National Institutes of Health has come under unusual scrutiny for its role, still vague, in the decision to exclude National Football League money from a grant to study the impact of head injuries in contact sports.

Terrorist network in Paris attacks

By Laurie Bennett

November 17, 2015 at 11:08am

While much is still unknown about those who planned and carried out Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris, authorities have released enough information to begin tracing their connections.

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. dies

By Muckety

January 10, 2015 at 8:38am

Samuel Goldwyn Jr., the second generation of a Hollywood family dynasty, died Friday at age 88.

Possible al-Qaeda ties emerge in Charlie Hebdo murders

By Laurie Bennett

January 9, 2015 at 7:26am

One of the two suspects in the slaughter at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo met with a top leader of al-Qaeda in Yemen, Reuters reports.

Pharma and medical centers

By Laurie Bennett

January 4, 2015 at 12:02pm

In addition to spending millions to maintain a high profile in Washington, the pharmaceutical industry has a strong presence on the boards of hospitals and research centers around the country.

John Yoo and the torture memos

By Laurie Bennett

December 11, 2014 at 3:46pm

Before the current agency pushback and the growing Republican outrage, there was John Yoo, whose “torture memos” provided justification for U.S. actions outlined in the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation tactics.

Cosby resigns from Temple board

By Laurie Bennett

December 1, 2014 at 4:42pm

Buffeted by allegations of rape and sexual assault, comedian Bill Cosby has resigned from the Temple University board.

Klain named Ebola czar

By Laurie Bennett

October 18, 2014 at 3:16am

Ronald Klain, President Obama’s choice as the new Ebola czar, brings a broad mix of private and government service to the job.

Thomas Boggs Jr. dies

By Muckety

September 15, 2014 at 11:37am

Lobbyist Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a member of one of the best-known families in American politics, has died at age 73, the Washington Post reports.

The Education Department & its ties to the learning industry

By Laurie Bennett

August 13, 2014 at 9:34am

For many, the recent collapse of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., demonstrated the pitfalls of moving America’s education system to the for-profit sector.

James Brady dies

By Muckety

August 4, 2014 at 2:16pm

James Brady, who became a prominent advocate for gun control after being seriously wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has died at age 73.


  • The enormity of the U.S. Intelligence Community
    February 16, 2017 at 8:58am

    As it struggles to assemble a cabinet and to replace a national security adviser who has resigned and a labor secretary nominee who has withdrawn, the Trump administration takes on a new challenge: stanching leaks from U.S. intelligence.

    Immigration ban strains Trump relations with Silicon Valley
    January 30, 2017 at 9:06am

    Seven weeks ago, the president-elect made nice with the titans of tech, sitting down with them at Trump Tower and pledging government support.

    Coming together
    January 22, 2017 at 1:25pm

    From above, from the bird’s eye view of helicopters or satellites, the crowd was massive.

    The Davos elite
    January 19, 2017 at 8:22am

    The annual meeting in Davos brings together the elite of business and foreign relations - the supposed antithesis of Donald Trump’s views on governance.

    In a typical cabinet, Elaine Chao would be one of the richest
    January 12, 2017 at 8:37am

    When critics complain about the big-money nominees in Donald Trump’s cabinet, they focus on billionaire investor Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Amway in-law Betsy DeVos (Education), former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson (State) and Goldman Sachs alum Steve Mnuchin (Treasury).

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