Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray's agency has been slammed in recent months for refusing to divulge to Congress details of its lavish spending on a new headquarters.

The CFPB has also been exposed by the Washington Examiner for running an NSA-like surveillance program that compromises the privacy of hundreds of millions of Americans' most intimate financial dealings.

Cordray's agency has even been taken to court by the Examiner in conjunction with the nonprofit group Judicial Watch for chronically refusing to make public even the most basic details of its spending of tax dollars.

Now there's this

But things are now getting even worse for Cordray because a CFPB attorney has come forward with shocking details about widespread personnel abuses in the bureau, including blatant racism, gender discrimination and illegal retaliation against whistle blowers.

Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., wanted to ensure President Obama knows that "Army Veteran and CFPB employee Angela Martin recounted an environment of racism and sexism at the CFPB: '...women were seen 'crying in their offices after suffering from abuse.'

"In fact, she claimed some employees have been clinically diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming from the hostile work environment.

"Ms. Martin also informed members [of the House Financial Services Committee] that one particular division of the agency was commonly referred to as 'The Plantation,' a derogatory reference, and that a non-white immigrant employee was referred to as ‘an F-ing foreigner.’

"What’s worse is that Ms. Martin claims Director Cordray asked her to ‘back down’ in exchange for help securing her a new position."

Obama can't say he didn't know

Duffy said he sent his April 8 letter to Obama because the president has so often claimed not to know about serious problems, including the IRS scandal, the Fast and Furious gun-running program and NSA's domestic spying.

The Wisconsin GOP representative challenged Obama to come up with "a plan of action to rectify these charges; up to and including possible removal of Director Cordray and replacing him with a professional who will not tolerate or cover up this kind of behavior."

The full text of Duffy's letter to Obama can be read here. The Examiner has asked for a response from Cordray to Duffy's letter.

On today's

Editorial: Congress should heed GAO and stop duplicative spending.

Columnist/Ron Arnold: EPA's deceitful gas-chamber experiments on human beings.

Columnist/Noemie Emery: Obamacare won't die but it won't heal, either.

Columnist/Timothy P. Carney: Export subsidy fight pits Maxine Waters against Mike Lee.

Columnist/John Stossel: Taxing away the American way of life.

Columnist/Thomas Sowell: Campaign finance laws protect incumbents.

Beltway Confidential/Philip Klein: Reversal of Medicare Advantage cuts could be ominous sign for Obamacare.

PennAve/David M. Drucker: Paul Ryan guides Republicans back to robust defense spending.

PennAve/Sean Lengell: House Oversight panel recommends Congress cite Lois Lerner for contempt.

Legal Newsline/Jessica Karmasek: Universities fear being lumped in with patent trolls.

In other news

ABC News: U.S. firm denies Russian claim its employees are in Ukraine as mercenaries.

CBS News: Toyota recalling 6.4 million vehicles worldwide.

NBC News: Secret Service reassigns staff, eyes new booze rules.

CNN: Husband says kissing congressman wrecked his family.

The Washington Post: Data reveals nation's top Medicare billers.

The New York Times: Study of early Obamacare enrollees finds mostly older, sicker people.

Righty Playbook

Washington Free Beacon: Last man standing in Nevada as rancher takes on armed feds surrounding his spread.

The Daily Caller: Texas congressman tells Eric Holder he ought to be in jail for defying congressional subpoenas.

The Weekly Standard: Who are you calling fascist?

Bonus must-read

The Federalist: How Ezra Klein's Vox makes us stupid.

Lefty Playbook

Daily Beast: U.S. won't share intel on Russian troops massing on Ukraine's border. Watch this RNC flak come up empty-handed when asked for GOP solutions to gender pay gap.

The Washington Monthly: The bizarre obsession with pay equity.

Bonus must-read

The American Prospect: When shareholder capitalism came to town.

Blog Right

Wizbang: Obama to give unions veto on where companies can locate.

Gateway Pundit: Human rights icon Ayaan Hirsi Ali disinvited from Brandeis commencement.

Powerline: The Obama administration lies about hurricanes.

Blog Left

Talking Points Memo: Geicobamacare?

Eschaton: Good public services.

The Democratic Strategist: GOP opposition to Medicaid expansion backfiring in red states.