Policing the politicians; state ethics commissions lack muscle

By Caitlin Ginley

Underfunded, politically crippled commissions frequently do little more than slap wrists

Transparency missing in Arizona's legislature

By Kathleen Ingley and Maureen West

Mystery budgeting and 'striker' bills cut public from the process.

Florida reforms targeted by 'good government' group

By Caitlin Ginley

'Good government' group wants more light to shine on lawmakers in the Sunshine State

Michigan Dems cite Integrity Investigation in calling for probe

By Caitlin Ginley

Calls for action cite prosecutor's report and State Integrity Investigation.

Traceability elusive in global trade of human parts

By Kate Willson and Mar Cabra

The paper trail following human remains is not foolproof — in some cases, infected tissue can be impossible to track down.

State Integrity supporter back on ballot in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

Ethics champion in South Carolina Senate will stay on re-election ballot after controversial mix-up.

Body brokers leave trail of questions, corruption

Human tissue trafficking ring covers up unauthorized use of a person killed in a murder-suicide.

Federal produce-testing program spared — for now

By The Associated Press

Federal food program that screens produce for contamination spared until end of 2012

Human corpses are prize in global drive for profits

The ICIJ investigates the growing industry of turning mortal remains into everything from dental implants to bladder slings.

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.

As budget vote looms, California GOP demands transparency

By Caitlin Ginley

State Integrity Investigation 'bolstered' calls for budget transparency.

A campaign finance free-for-all in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

Judges's ruling allows campaign spending with no disclosure.

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.

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