The Obama administration and its Energy Department are under fire over controversial “green energy” schemes yet again, with Republican lawmakers alleging on August 15 that senior officials may have violated federal law by attempting to conceal relevant records using private e-mail accounts. Last week, the House Oversight Committee also requested more information from President Obama about his personal involvement in funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to politically connected companies such as Solyndra that later failed.

A four-star general and former head of the U.S. Africa Command is under investigation for allegedly misspending hundreds of thousands of dollars on hotels, travel, and a host of lavish amenities. Gen. William “Kip” Ward, who has been under investigation for about 17 months, retired but was retained on active duty in Virginia to serve as an assistant to the vice chief of the Army.

An article in The Washington Times (WT) Aug. 10, 2012 reminded readers that U.S. bureaucrats viewing porn on government computers were compromising U.S. security. The article continued by noting that the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) warned its staff not to view porn on U.S. government computers and that “President Obama, notified of the problem after a previous scandal, failed to address the problem.”

After announcing last week that George Zimmerman would seek a “Stand Your Ground” hearing to get the murder charges dismissed in the February shooting death of Trayvon Martin, defense attorney Mark O’Mara said August 13 that his client would now be relying on a traditional self-defense argument instead. The lawyer argued that Zimmerman had no way to flee as Martin had him pinned to the ground, making “Stand Your Ground” protections unnecessary to win the case.

According to Jesus Vicente Zambada-Neibla, known as the “logistics coordinator” for the Sinaloa cartel and a close associate of Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the U.S. government used Operation Fast and Furious to “divide and conquer” rival drug cartels in Mexico.