GAO takes on Medicare Advantage spending

By Fred Schulte

GAO will investigate program spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Josh Valdez":

"… gnosed. Humana has denied the allegations. In a separate civil case, Josh Valdez, a former Bush administration health official, alleges that two Puerto Ric …"

Happy birthday, super PAC!

By Marcelo Rochabrun

Name for 'independent expenditure-only committee' turns 4 years old, but still not fully integrated into common language.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Roll Call":

"… ral Election Commission has adopted the term and uses it widely. Credit a Roll Call reporter for coining “super PAC” as it’s known today. Then writing …"

IRS sets its sights on political 'dark money'

By Michael Beckel

The Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curb the ability of social welfare nonprofits to influence elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ve." …"

Nuclear Waste: Extremism in defense of federally-paid jobs is no vice in South Carolina

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART THREE IN A SERIES: Lawmakers shed their fiscal conservatism to keep a troubled nuclear plant alive at Washington’s expense.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… data reporter Alex Cohen contributed to this article. …"

"… handful of powerful public officials in South Carolina and their allies in Congress, including some leading deficit hawks who publicly scorn earmarks. Many i …"

"… leading deficit hawks who publicly scorn earmarks. Many in the state’s Congressional delegation have benefited from a stream of campaign donations by majo …"

"… sident to face up to the need to control federal spending.” For many in Congress,however, such sentiments apply to spending in other states, not at home. F …"

Nuclear Waste: How a huge U.S. nonproliferation program became a major proliferation concern

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART ONE OF A SERIES: More than a decade of negotiations with Russia produced a clear winner, and it was not the United States.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Reagan":

"… Sokolski, who served as a senior nonproliferation official under President Reagan. The U.S. breeder revival got a more concerted push in 2001, when an indu …"

OPINION: the peril of Obamacare's promise

By Wendell Potter

President's pledge may not be kept, but consumers could still benefit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… e of the words speechwriters put in their mouths. The first President Bush paid a steep price for his ill-advised “Read my lips. No new taxes!” p …"

Canada buoyed by former U.S. ambassador

By Reity O'Brien

Former U.S. ambassador in Ottawa now representing Canadian governments, interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… etween the U.S. and its northern neighbor. But this time, Wilkins — the Bush Administration’s top diplomat in Canada from 2005 to 2009 — is working …"

"… of Canada in in 2009. The Republic of India hired Robert Blackwill — a Bush Administration ambassador to India — to lobby Congress and federal agenc …"

Secret US detention program had many foreign collaborators

By Douglas Birch

A new report details the involvement of dozens of countries in rough treatment, without accountability

Excerpts from this story referencing "Canada":

"… he detention and interrogation program are staunch U.S. allies, among them Canada, Germany, Britain, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Afghanistan, Lithuania, …"

"… says. Only Italian officials been convicted for their involvement and only Canada has issued an apology to former detainees. Polish prosecutors are investi …"

FACT CHECK: Facing facts on fiscal cliff

By FactCheck.Org

How did the U.S. reach a 'fiscal cliff' and what does it mean?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… into law in the Budget Control Act; savings from drawing down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and $580 billion in “cuts and reforms” to an array of …"

Daily Disclosure: Bauer-backed super PAC assails president

By Rachael Marcus

Evangelical activist Gary Bauer back in the political limelight.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… cally pro-family [and] pro-life” and a “staunch supporter of President Bush’s war on terrorism.” He ran for president in 2000 before dropping out …"

Senate report says national intelligence fusion centers have been useless

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Data gleaned from counter-terrorism centers has been mostly useless, says Senate report

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… ely scrutinized work produced by the centers in 2009 and 2010 and examined Bush and Obama administration policies through August of this year, had failed …"

FACT CHECK: Obama’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How honest has the president been on the campaign trail?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… on in savings over the next 10 years from our drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq.” That’s been criticized by Maya MacGuineas, president of th …"

FACT CHECK: Romney’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How accurate is the GOP nominee?

Excerpts from this story referencing "TransCanada Corporation":

"… ate’s political leaders. The company that wants to build the pipeline– TransCanada Corporation — filed a new proposed route with the Nebraska Department of E …"

How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees

By Fred Schulte and David Donald

Center investigation suggests cost from upcoding and other abuses likely tops $11 billion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "inspector":

"… fe,” he said. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general in a May report stated that payments made under the doctor-visit c …"

"… ,” said Jennifer Trussell, who heads the investigations unit for the HHS inspector general’s office. “They don’t see it as a crime.” AMA president J …"

"… ose are codes we see abused quite frequently,” said Trussell, of the HHS inspector general’s office. In 2010 alone, Medicare paid for more than six millio …"

"… were essentially unchanged over the decade. And the May report by the HHS inspector general said its review of 2010 Medicare claims found that many high-end b …"

Dissent among Republicans over defense spending

By Aaron Mehta

Grover Norquist opposes Romney plan to increase the military budget

Excerpts from this story referencing "M1 Abrams":

"… t changes to Congress — including a proposed cut in spending on the M1 Abrams Tank. Many lawmakers predict that the military budget debate will not be e …"

Obama and Romney: Where they stand on the issues

By The Associated Press

Where Obama and Romney stand on the issues, from economy and education to taxes and terrorism

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal health care law":

"… ___ Health care: Promises to work for the repeal of the federal health care law modeled largely after his universal health care achievement in Massachuset …"

Bush EPA chief urges action on chemical hazards

By Alice Su

Former EPA administrator says agency should use Clean Air Act to impose stricter safety standards on chemical facilities.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… tt Jensen, a spokesman for the chemical industry’s main trade group, the American Chemistry Council, said in a statement that CFATS has “improved security for thousands of …"

FACT CHECK: Soft glove, same GPS fist in attack ad

By FactCheck.Org

Crossroads GPS continues with false representation in ads attacking President Obama.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… ado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.An Unlikely ScenarioTitled “Basketball,” the ad shows a m …"

FACT CHECK: Obama ‘Road’ film takes some detours

By FactCheck.Org

The president's 17-min. campaign film avoids truths on health care, auto bailout

Excerpts from this story referencing "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act":

"… on.Let’s start with the president’s signature accomplishment: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which he signed into law on March 23, 2010. The film makes the …"

"… 011.A Jump in Health Care Premiums. New York Times, chart. 27 Sep 2011.The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Thomas.gov, Government Printing Office. 2010.Stolberg, Sheryl Gay, Zeleny …"

FACT CHECK: Santorum-boosting PAC slams Romney, Obama

By FactCheck.Org

Red, White and Blue PAC launches misleading TV ads in Illinois and Louisiana attacking Romney and Obama on debt, taxes and oil

Excerpts from this story referencing "fuel oil":

"… however, include other petroleum products, such as jet fuel, kerosene and fuel oil.And the staggering $332 billion spent on crude oil last year is not even a …"

FACT CHECK: Obama White House ‘full of Wall Street executives’?

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative super PAC runs ad on 'Obama's Wall Street Inner Circle'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… ve 501(c)(4) exaggerates the number of “Wall Street executives” in the Obama White House. In a major TV ad buy, the American Future Fund lists 27 peopl …"

"… ad buy, the American Future Fund lists 27 people it claims are part of “Obama’s Wall Street Inner Circle.” But the ad is either flat wrong or greatl …"

"… ng the most laughable examples we found of “Wall Street executives” in Obama’s “inner circle”:A “White House fellow,” class of 2009-2010, who …"

"… ho were appointed by President George W. Bush, and who left not long after Obama took office.Two men who never worked in the administration — including t …"

FACT CHECK: Obama’s trillion-dollar exaggeration

By FactCheck.Org

President Obama throws around a big number calling for an end to Bush tax cuts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… the “wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.” That’s simply not true. The Bush tax cuts — which Obama and Congress extended for two years — expire at …"

"… rring to the $968 billion that “we save” over 10 years by allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire as scheduled for high-income wage earners and returning …"

"… ked about “shared responsibility” — referring to his belief that the Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire, as planned, at the end of 2012 for t …"

"… nbsp;months of 2010, when he failed to convince Congress to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire as scheduled on Dec. 31, 2010, for “the wealthiest 2 …"

FACT CHECK: The Gingrich counterattack in Florida

By FactCheck.Org

The Gingrich side has finally begun to fight back with TV attack ads of its own in Florida

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of Management and Budget":

"… rowth. But as we’ve reported, spending still went up, not down. The Office of Management and Budget’s historical tables show total outlays (table 1.1) continued t …"

States slow to act against New England polluters

By Maggie Mulvihill, Alex Burris and James Robinson

Regulators in Maine and nearby states have taken months and even years to sanction facilities violating the Clean Air Act

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clean Air Act":

"… ates have taken months and even years to sanction facilities violating the Clean Air Act — even those the government itself has called HPVs, such as the Old Town …"

"… ease was part of a joint CPI/NPR investigation into lax enforcement of the Clean Air Act in hundreds of communities nationwide. Following last year’s investigati …"

"… ’s investigation, the EPA, for the first time, made the lists of alleged Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act violators avai …"

"… Recovery Act violators available on its website.The most recent available Clean Air Act list, from November 2011, includes nearly 250 government and industrial fa …"

FACT CHECK: Foreign policy themed GOP debate full of falsehoods

By FactCheck.Org

Republican presidential candidates stretch the truth on international issues in South Carolina debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "China":

"… an presidential candidates’ debate.Romney issued a hollow threat to take China’s currency manipulation to a world body that doesn’t actually deal wit …"

"… estions were focused on foreign policy.Romney’s Hollow Threat on WTO and ChinaRomney threatened to haul China before the World Trade Organization to addr …"

"… policy.Romney’s Hollow Threat on WTO and ChinaRomney threatened to haul China before the World Trade Organization to address currency manipulation. But …"

"… ainst them as a currency manipulator. … We can’t just sit back and let China run all over us."Huntsman: "… First of all, I don’t think, Mitt, …"

FACT CHECK: Rick Perry’s dubious tax promise

By FactCheck.Org

Texas Gov. and presidential contender's flat tax plan isn't quite flat for lower-income taxpayers

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… ” And compared with “current law,” under which all the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts would expire, the loss in revenue would be close to $1 trillion i …"

"… or those who prefer it, the TPC said Perry’s plan seems to allow all the Bush cuts to expire on schedule, including lower marginal rates at the bottom.T …"

"… em or opt into the alternative system. And “current law” calls for the Bush cuts to expire before 2015.As a result, either the new Perry flat tax or t …"

"… t, either the new Perry flat tax or the “current” tax system (once the Bush cuts expire) would mean higher taxes for many, compared with what they wou …"

‘Nonpartisan’ youth movement has deep GOP roots

By John Dunbar

'Nonpartisan' grass roots youth group staffed by GOP partisans

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… 0 from a now-defunct Newt Gingrich nonprofit.Matthew Faraci, the group’s spokesman, worked for Chao, was a spokesman for anti-abortion group Americans United …"

"… nonprofit.Matthew Faraci, the group’s spokesman, worked for Chao, was a spokesman for anti-abortion group Americans United for Life and also worked for form …"

"… ‘I hate Obama’ or being american? (sic)”Faraci, the organization’s spokesman, did not respond to calls and emails requesting comment about its partisan …"

FACT CHECK: Fanciful ‘facts’ at Fox News debate

By FactCheck.Org

Candidates play fast and loose with facts about each other, history

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… id during a Republican debate on May 15, 2007, that he supported President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind.”Asked for an instance in which “learning …"

"… plan to expand settlements in June 2008 also received criticisms from the Bush White House and the United Nations.Perry vs. ‘Romneycare’Perry exagger …"

"… steady rise in the number of border security agents spanning the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.Congressional Research Service, March 3, 2010: B …"

"… edings in immigration court went from an average of 219,941 per year under Bush to 246,572 per year under Obama. Criminal prosecutions initiated by t …"

ANALYSIS: Don't turn your back on Ryan's Medicare plan

By Wendell Potter

Rep. Ryan's plan is shelved for the moment, but health insurers are sure to bring it back

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… ame into existence during the last part of the administration of the first Bush in the White House. The CEOs that formed the leadership council  were …"

FACT CHECK: Bachmann, Perry butt heads on STD vaccine

By FactCheck.Org

Republican candidates disagree on a wide range of topics: STD vaccines to Social Security

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… Under Ann Richards, job growth was under 2.5 percent a year, under George Bush was 3 percent a year, under Rick Perry it's been 1 percent a year."True. T …"

"… lated as an average of yearly job growth, it's 2.6 percent per year. Under Bush, job growth was 20.3 percent over nearly six years, and 3 percent per year …"

"… ta from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, as we pointed out before, Bush’s tenure came during more prosperous times, so he, too, benefited from f …"

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