Chief Afghan War Auditor: Wasteful Spending and Fraud ‘Kills’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wasteful spending and fraud involving the billions in American taxpayer funds devoted to the nearly 16-year-old war in Afghanistan can be fatal, warned the chief of the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a watchdog agency.

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Rahm Emanuel Withholds Records on Possible Involvement in Chicago School Contract Scandal

Last week, a former Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO was indicted on charges that she took bribes while steering up to $23 million in no-bid contracts to a consulting firm she once worked for, and some wonder if Emanuel’s office had a hand in that scandal. But the mayor’s office is blocking the release of records that could shed light on that relationship.

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‘Spoiler Alert’ App to Eliminate $1 Trillion in Food Waste

Given that the world is full of hunger, volatile food prices, and social unrest, a pair of recent MIT Sloan Business School graduates have launched a mobile application called Spoiler Alert to make it quick and easy for companies to sell or donate millions of tons of surplus food.


UK National Health Service Spends Whopping £26m on Gardening

Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) spent more than £26 million on maintaining grounds and gardening services in 2013-14 despite a huge budgetary black hole. The figures were calculated by the Tax Payers’ Alliance (TPA) who said that 43 hospital trusts in

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California Democrats Disagree: How Much Surplus to Waste?

California is enjoying another year of budget surplus–and the state’s Democrats cannot wait to spend the spoils. Though Gov. Jerry Brown’s new plans call for spending an additional $7.5 billion more than originally budgeted–an increase that is larger than the entire budgets of some states–Democrats in the state legislature are predicting a $2.5 billion surplus in the year to come, and bickering over which of the state’s generous social welfare programs will benefit from the new cash.

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Rep. Aaron Schock’s Associates Contacted in Spending Investigation

The investigation into what many feel is questionable spending by Illinois Representative Aaron Schock is growing. The inquiry has now grown to the point where some of the Republican’s associates are being contacted by congressional investigators.