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  • Unaccountable

    Reuters’ “Unaccountable” series discloses that the Defense Department, which receives by far the largest share of the annually appropriated federal budget, has no functioning accounting system.
  • Unnecessary epidemic

    This extensive investigation showed that Congress and the Drug Enforcement Administration could have stopped methamphetamine growth across the West during the 1990s and still can. The newspaper explained how the drug is able to be controlled because it relies on chemical ingredients produced by only a handful of factories worldwide. Two clampdowns on the legal trade of the chemicals caused meth shortages, prompting users to quit and meth-related property crime to fall. But the drug trade survived because of loopholes and lax enforcement. The scope of this story includes examinations of DEA drug seizures, DEA-registered sellers of the drug, ephedrine drug shipments, ephedrine seizures, congressional records, the federal budget, federal audits, property tax records, patents, academic studies and public policy.
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    U.S. News & World Report investigates the factors behind the nation's acute shortage of affordable housing. Market forces have combined with federal budget pressures and a history of government mismanagement to create an unparalleled shortage of affordable housing. (Nov. 11, 1996)
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    The Washington Post details the reasons for the unprecedented growth of the government's health program for the poor; the series attributes the rising costs to the manipulation of the federal cost-sharing mechanism by state governments, lawsuits by nursing home organizations, and a secretive effort by Washington lawmakers to expand Medicaid by exploiting the federal budget process between 1984-1990, January - February 1994.
  • Pork in the sky

    Washington Post Magazine recounts how U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R. - Alaska) secured over $57 million for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for the study of the aurora borealis and its possible energy potential; makes the case that academia is the latest area of pork-barrel politics.
  • Inequality & The Federal Budget Deficit

    Citizens for Tax Justice (Washington, D.C.) issues a guide that shows the inequitable tax structures of most states and argues how to create a more equitable state tax system; overviews individually all 50 state tax systems and shows how each uses sales, property and income taxes, April 1991.
  • A far city from fair

    Citizens for Tax Justice (Washington, D.C.) outlines the history of the federal budget deficit and its impact on the U.S. economy; shows how the tax system favors the wealthy and places an undue burden on middle and lower income people; makes an argument for tax reform that would increase the taxes of the wealthy and ease the burden on the rest of America.
  • "Budget Breakdown"

    Nightly Business Report series looks at the federal budget process; investigation finds slush funds in the budget, and efforts to clean up the process are mired in political bickering, Feb. 5 and Sept. 1-3, 1987.