Visa, MasterCard in $6B settlement over card fees

By The Associated Press

Visa, MasterCard and banks reach $6B settlement over card fees

2 plead guilty in Miss. chemotherapy fraud case

By The Associated Press

Doctor, billing agent plead guilty to charges related to diluted chemotherapy case in Miss.

Auditors say billions likely wasted in Iraq work

By The Associated Press

Final US audit of reconstruction effort in Iraq says billions of dollars likely wasted

Wells Fargo to pay $175M in lending settlement

By The Associated Press

Justice Dept: Wells Fargo to pay $175M to settle allegations of bias against blacks, Hispanics

Fewer auto closings reduce US unemployment claims

By The Associated Press

US unemployment benefit applications fall to 350,000, lowest in 4 years; drop may be temporary

FACT CHECK: Truth about tax rate talking points

By FactCheck.Org

Despite common talking points, tax rates were actually at a 30-year low in 2008-2009 period.

Gov't auditors doubt legality of Medicare bonuses

By The Associated Press

Gov't auditors question legality of Obama administration bonus program for Medicare insurers

Obama calls for rise in small business write-offs

By The Associated Press

Obama calls on Congress to increase write-offs for small businesses
Barack Obama

Obama to mix policy with politics

By The Associated Press

Obama to meet with Democratic congressional leaders on tax cuts, job initiatives
Aung San Suu Kyi

US eases sanctions, allowing investment in Myanmar

By The Associated Press

US allows investment in Myanmar, including oil and gas, in biggest rollback yet of sanctions

Report: Some lose homes over as little as $400

By The Associated Press

Some homeowners lose houses for a little as $400 in overdue taxes, consumer group says

Surveillance requests to cellphone carriers surge

By The Associated Press

Police agencies made 1.3 million surveillance requests to US cellphone carriers in 2011
Barack Obama

New law gives US companies a break on pensions

By The Associated Press

Companies win cut in pension contributions; critics say saving pensions is even bigger concern

Report: Countrywide won influence with discounts

By The Associated Press

Subprime lender Countrywide bought influence of Washington elite with mortgage discounts

Campaign finance loophole comes back to bite South Carolina senator

By Corey Hutchins

State Sen. Lee Bright fought proposed legislative fix.

Accounting for limousines: A moving target

By Joe Eaton

Change in definition brought the government's limousine count down.

A campaign finance free-for-all in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

Judges's ruling allows campaign spending with no disclosure.

As budget vote looms, California GOP demands transparency

By Caitlin Ginley

State Integrity Investigation 'bolstered' calls for budget transparency.

Ethics champion Mike Rose loses big in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

Sen. Mike Rose had proposed reforms based on State Integrity Investigation.

State Integrity Investigation provides 'roadmap' for ethics reform

By Caitlin Ginley

Florida group cites State Integrity Investigation in pushing for change.

The state of open records laws: Access denied

By Caitlin Ginley

State statutes promise access to information, but are riddled with exemptions.

Leadership Forum brings lawmakers, private sector together

By Marko Tomicic

Center, Global Integrity present results from State Integrity Investigation at 2012 Leadership Forum.

Package from Yemen leads to worker illness, government stonewalling

By J.J. Barrow and Trevor Aaronson

U.S. Postal Service refuses to investigate an employee’s debilitating illness and a suspicious package that spilled chemicals.

Iowa governor cites State Integrity Investigation at bill signing

By Caitlin Ginley

Branstad says new enforcement body could improve Hawkeye State's grade.

GOP plan boosts Pentagon, cuts social programs

By The Associated Press

House Republicans propose social programs cuts to avoid a $55 billion cut in defense spending.

State Integrity Investigation cited in Rhode Island flap

By Caitlin Ginley

Auditor resigns over governor's plan to eliminate auditing agency rated highly by State Integrity Investigation

Justice Department launches probe into sexual assault at the University of Montana

By Gordon Witkin

Inquiry will look at handling of sexual assault cases at University of Montana.

Violating the public trust?

By Maggie Mulvihill and Julia Waterhous

A five-year look at Massachusetts public servants charged with crimes and ethics violations.

State Integrity Investigation cited in New York redistricting spat

By Caitlin Ginley

Common Cause brief cites an Empire State F in calling for transparency.

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