Associate Editor Paul Singer reported on Rep. John Murtha for years, but he got one last scoop in October — more than a year and a half after the Pennsylvania Democrat's death. According to Murtha's FBI file, released posthumously, federal investigators suspected he was running a scheme "to funnel earmarks to sham companies and nonprofits" set up by his friends and former staffers. Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.), Murtha's former district director, now holds the seat.
President Barack Obama headed to Florida in March to jump-start his 2012 re-election campaign, raising fears among some in Congress that he would not be around to help them on Capitol Hill. At the time, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was working to avoid a government shutdown over a budget fight — a battle that was seemingly fought all year.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is known for her fiery words. In an appearance on "Meet the Press" in early March, she refused to back down from them. Asked about her statement at a tea party rally that the Obama administration is a "gangster government," she stood by her words: "I think that there have been actions that have been taken by this government that I think are corrupt," she said.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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