‘Dr. Evil’ fuels dogfight between AKC, Humane Society

By John Dunbar and Erin Quinn

Public relations pro, food industry behind website, ads blasting Humane Society.

Center journalists to be honored at White House Correspondents’ dinner

'Hard Labor' series earns Edgar A. Poe award.

Koch brothers pour more cash into think tanks, ALEC

By Paul Abowd

Billionaire Koch brothers continue to shower free-market causes with tax-exempt gifts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… cipal owners of the second-largest privately held company in the United States, combined in 2011 to donate $24 million through those foundations&nbs …"

Daily Disclosure: Bloomberg’s super PAC backs candidates in both parties

By Rachael Marcus

A super PAC created by the mayor of New York spends big in three states.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. House":

"… so far this election.The super PAC spent $2.5 million supporting the U.S. House run of California state Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod, a Democrat; $1.8 milli …"

"… mocrats, reported spending $4.2 million opposing Republican candidates for U.S. House in numerous races. It released “Little Bit” opposing Saratoga Springs, …"

"… “Listening” in support of Jonathan Paton, the Republican candidate for U.S. House in Arizona’s 1st District. A half-million dollars of that expenditure pa …"

"… activist Grover Norquist, released six ads opposing Democrats running for U.S. House:“Never Ending Spending” opposes Rep. Mark Critz in Pennsylvania’s 12 …"

Donor profile: Service Employees International Union

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… 013 *2011-2012 election cycle. Source: Center for Responsive Politics and Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission records. Totals include contributi …"

Voters in both parties favor defense spending cuts

By R. Jeffrey Smith

It doesn't matter if the district is blue or red, or has a defense manufacturing plant.

Public radio's 'To the Point' spotlights Stand Your Ground laws

By iWatch News

Discussion on 'To the Point' features gun-rights and gun-control advocates, attorneys' views and details on NRA donations and strategy.

About 46,400 immigrants claiming U.S. children deported in six months

By Susan Ferriss

Obama administration clashes with immigrant advocates over deportations of parents, and the definition of criminal immigrants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… citizens.  Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Charles Gonzalez, a Texas congressman, said in a statement that many deportees are members of “mix …"

Pro-Gingrich super PAC reports $2.1 million in contributions

By Aaron Mehta

A super PAC favoring Newt Gingrich collected big donations from casino owner's family

Excerpts from this story referencing "tech startup":

"… 500,000. Yasmin Lukatz, Adelson’s niece, who is now head of marketing at tech startup Evo and a former “Special Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas …"

Super PAC roundup

By iWatch News

iWatch News sorts through the most surprising — and the most predicted — details from the Jan. 31st disclosure deadline

FACT CHECK: Did Gingrich ‘slash’ federal spending?

By FactCheck.Org

Gingrich super PAC ad claims the former speaker slashed federal spending, but the ad exaggerates

Failed DCCC head Van Hollen will take liberal line in SuperCongress

By Fred Schulte, Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

Chris Van Hollen, loyal opposition on Paul Ryan's budget committee

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. government":

"… strained reaction to the Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade the U.S. government’s credit rating."The most important thing we can do to restore confidenc …"

Scores of union leaders earn six-figure salaries

By John C. Henry

The Standoff in Wisconsin Between Gov. Walker and unions could “trickle up” to jeopardize fat compensation packages of labor leaders....

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… e trade.”Union compensation is still a fraction of that paid to heads of Washington’s big trade associations. John Castellani of the Business Roundtable had …"

"… es, was founded in Wisconsin almost 80 years ago. At union headquarters in Washington, 10 officers and employees receive more than $200,000 a year. Gerald McEnt …"

"… mostly construction workers in 500 locals in the U.S. The headquarters in Washington has 18 officers and employees who earn more than $200,000 a year, includin …"

"… rofessionals and state and municipal employees. At AFT’s headquarters in Washington, nine officers and employees earn more than $200,000 a year. Randi Weingar …"

Gerry McEntee

By Peter H. Stone

Gerry McEntee. Photo used under Creative Commons from aflcio.Labor unions face an extremely daunting political landscape in this year’s elec

Excerpts from this story referencing "Philadelphia":

"… e said.McEntee began his labor career in the late 1950s as an organizer in Philadelphia. His affinity for the labor movement comes naturally: His father was an AF …"

The hidden costs of clean coal

By The Center for Public Integrity

The environmental and human disaster of longwall mining

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pittsburgh":

"… bove it. …"

Undermined

By Kristen Lombardi

In northern Appalachia, longwall mines burrow beneath people’s land, water wells and houses.

Politicking pastors

By Sarah Laskow

Everyone else is talking politics these days, and now a group of conservative pastors is challenging a tax law that says they can’t join in.

Cloud of corruption around Democrats' union patron

By Charles Lewis

WASHINGTON, August 9, 2000 — As the Democratic National Convention gets under way in Los Angeles, the American Federation of State, County a

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… ntee spends more than $100,000 a year in AFSCME funds to travel around the United States on charter jets and stay in the finest hotel suites, and he is a fixture a …"