Mar 14, 2017

New indictment in Navy bribery case

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The DOJ unveiled an indictment of eight current and former Navy officials on corruption and other crimes in a case known as the "Fat Leonard" bribery case, The Washington Post reports. The charges span from 2006 to 2014 and now have more than 200 people under scrutiny.

The Navy personnel are accused of taking lavish gifts, prostitutes, and luxury hotel stays from a Singapore-based defense contractor who defrauded tens of millions of dollars from the Navy. One narrative that stuck with us: five Navy officers drank their hotel's entire supply of Dom Perignon and rang up charges over $50,000 in one night that also included a "rotating carousel of prostitutes."

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Sanders requests recount of Iowa recanvass after results show shrunken margin

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a statement Tuesday night he will request a recount of the Iowa Democratic Party's recanvass results.

Where it stands: Both Buttigieg and Sanders requested partial recanvasses in Iowa last week after results were delayed and showed several errors following a software malfunction on caucus night.

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Energy deputy secretary nominee faces heat after contradicting Trump

Mark Menezes speaks at a forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 12. Photo: Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Trump administration officials are internally raising concerns about President Trump’s nominee for Energy deputy secretary, who appeared to openly contradict the president on nuclear waste storage at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain last week.

Driving the news: While speaking at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing last Wednesday, Mark Menezes told members of the panel that the Trump administration is still interested in storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and that “what we're trying to do is to put together a process that will give us a path to permanent storage at Yucca."