GAO takes on Medicare Advantage spending

By Fred Schulte

GAO will investigate program spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Humana":

"… federal courts. In one case, Miami physician Olivia Graves alleged that a Humana-affiliated clinic had diagnosed an abnormally high number of patients with …"

"… not supported by the medical records.” The suit alleges that Humana knew about the practices and did nothing to stop the overcharging. The sui …"

"… care paid thousands of dollars for each patient who was wrongly diagnosed. Humana has denied the allegations. In a separate civil case, Josh Valdez, a …"

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 "GPS":

"… Karl Rove: ‘Bush’s brain’ helped organize the super-PAC Crossroads GPS, a ‘nonprofit’ that hides the identity of its donors.” The distinct …"

"… cky since American Crossroads is a super PAC and Crossroads GPS is an affiliated 501(c)(4) nonprofit group. Perhaps by the super PAC …"

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 "GPS":

"… for politically engaged nonprofits from the Republican-aligned Crossroads GPS, which was co-founded by former Bush strategist Karl Rove, to the pro-Demo …"

"… hedule.” Representatives of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Crossroads GPS and Patriot Majority USA did not immediately respond to requests for comme …"

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 "National Nuclear Security Administration":

"… rrington, deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration, tried to defend what she called the White House's “assessment pause” …"

"… time to get on, and getting it built.” Graham’s view resonates at the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees the plant and remains wedded to it. NNSA officials sought …"

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 "Congress":

"… Since then, work on the MOX plants in both countries has proceeded. But Congress so far has refused to approve any U.S. funding for the Russian reactor and …"

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 "lobbyist":

"… e, S.C., office, said was not present for those meetings and said that the lobbyist registration form filed on behalf of IIAC  was submitted in “an abu …"

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 "Syria":

"… gimes with at least a history of hostility to the United States, including Syria, Iran and Libya, were also enlisted . At least eight militants were handed …"

"… d Libya, were also enlisted . At least eight militants were handed over to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, the report says. One detainee spent  1 …"

"… rman national, he was captured in Morocco in December of 2001 and taken to Syria’s notorious Far’ Falestin prison. According to the report, citing Euro …"

"… were allowed to question Zammar after charges were dropped against several Syrians in Germany. In March 2002 Iran handed over 15 suspects to the governmen …"

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 "Bush":

"… ted by a series of actions by Congress, beginning with the approval of the Bush-era tax cuts in 2001 and 2003.The Bush tax cuts were extended by the Tax R …"

"… beginning with the approval of the Bush-era tax cuts in 2001 and 2003.The Bush tax cuts were extended by the Tax Relief Unemployment Insurance Reauthoriz …"

"… g in January. At the same time, the temporary tax cuts approved under both Bush and Obama are due to expire.Tax Increases LoomingIn an Oct. 1 report on th …"

"… , TPC lists six reasons why taxes are scheduled to increase by so much:The Bush-era tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 and extended for two years at the en …"

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 "Vladimir Putin":

"… uotes from Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, expressing their admiration for the president.“Obama secured the dictat …"

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 "Department of Homeland Security":

"… will help keep our country safe."  …"

FACT CHECK: Obama’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How honest has the president been on the campaign trail?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Labor Statistics":

"… is inauguration in January 2009, according to August figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.But that’s still 582,000 shortof where the total stood when Obama took o …"

"… a Campaign Event — Columbus, Ohio.” The White House. 17 Sep 2012.U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics survey (National). “Manufacturing, Season …"

FACT CHECK: Romney’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How accurate is the GOP nominee?

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… claim that Obama has lived up to a “promise” about “skyrocketing” energy costs. And, of course, no Romney speech is complete without a reference to …"

"… City, Iowa, Romney added this frequently cited distortion to his attack on energy prices:Romney: One promise [Obama] kept, though, he said if his energy pol …"

"… on energy prices:Romney: One promise [Obama] kept, though, he said if his energy policies got put in place, the cost of energy would skyrocket. And that’ …"

"… kept, though, he said if his energy policies got put in place, the cost of energy would skyrocket. And that’s happened.As we have noted previously, O …"

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 "Bush":

"… Medicare pay scales during his White House days under the first President Bush, is now critical of the system. He said it was put in place in order to cu …"

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 "Bush":

"… of spending cuts and revenue increases. Central to Obama's plan is to let Bush-era tax cuts expire for couples making more than $250,000. That would gene …"

"… ementation of Wall Street and auto industry bailouts begun under George W. Bush. Proposes tax breaks for U.S. manufacturers producing domestically or repa …"

"… approved waivers freeing states from the most onerous requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law with their agreement to improve how they prep …"

"… ensure they pay 30 percent of their income at minimum. Supports extending Bush-era tax cuts for everyone making under $200,000, or $250,000 for couples. …"

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 "Environment":

"… The majority of the industry is escaping.”   …"

"… and others are pressing the EPA to act on its own. In March, the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council wrote a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackso …"

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 "Bureau of Labor Statistics":

"… ate was 10.3 percent last year, and 8.2 percent in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s higher than usual but still leaves only about a 1 in 10 chance t …"

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 "Bush":

"… the hook for half of the $80 billion in federal aid. It also suggests that Bush gave away $13 billion to auto companies without demanding action on their …"

"… n to auto companies without demanding action on their part, when, in fact, Bush required them to come up with the so-called economic viability plans by Ma …"

"… d economist Gail Wilensky, who was head of Medicare during the George H.W. Bush administration and is now a senior fellow at Project HOPE, a health traini …"

"… acks important context:The film leaves the false impression that President Bush had “given” away $13 billion to automakers without demanding anything …"

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 "Nigeria":

"… nt.In fact, five countries — Canada, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela and Nigeria, in that order — accounted for 69 percent of U.S. imports in Septem …"

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 "Jon Corzine":

"… (Rahm Emanuel and Louis Caldera); and one was not part of the White House (Jon Corzine).The most blatantly false example is Geithner, who is pictured along with …"

"… now vice president of programs at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.Jon Corzine, an ex-chief executive at Goldman Sachs and former New Jersey governor. Co …"

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 "Bush":

"… taxes” in Massachusetts.The ad says Romney “refused to support” the Bush tax cuts when he was governor, and that’s true. As we’ve reported …"

"… . As we’ve reported before, Romney pointedly refused to endorse the Bush tax cuts in 2003, although he never publicly opposed them, either. The&nbs …"

"… ee with. According to this account, Romney added that he wouldn’t oppose Bush’s cuts either, because he “has to keep a solid relationship with the W …"

"… ouse.” Romneynow advocates maintaining the current rates set by the Bush cuts, and an overhaul of the tax system to bring about even lower rates an …"

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 "Bush":

"… ntrol in amendments to the federal law more than two decades ago.The first Bush administration promised that reductions in airborne emissions of nearly 20 …"

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 "National Journal":

"… Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. It was sponsored by CBS News, the National Journal and the South Carolina Republican Party. The first hour of the 90-min …"

"… Base in Afghanistan.In a fact-check of the South Carolina debate, the National Journal — one of the debate sponsors — wrote that Bachmann’s claim that …"

"… nce operatives have no place to detain captured terrorists is simply false.National Journal: The Bush administration operated a network of secret prisons in Afghanist …"

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 "Bush":

"… nization that “trains conservatives” and was chief of staff for former Bush Labor Secretary and current Heritage employee Elaine Chao.Kellyanne Elizab …"

"… among others. The Times noted Paul Conway’s former employment within the Bush administration.The Journal described it as a “nonpartisan, nonprofit you …"

"… as a “nonpartisan, nonprofit youth-outreach group” headed by a former Bush administration official. The Star-Telegram referred to a poll by the group …"

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 "Thomas Jefferson":

"… up more exaggerations and falsehoods — about Obama, each other, and even Thomas Jefferson.Perry claimed Romney supports Obama’s Race to the Top education initiati …"

"… s law might work “better in some states than others.”Bachmann quoted Thomas Jefferson in defense of her previous assertion that separation of church and state i …"

"… ation of church and state,” Bachmann gave a misleading interpretation of Thomas Jefferson’s words. “I think that Thomas Jefferson stated it best,” Bachmann sa …"

"… a misleading interpretation of Thomas Jefferson’s words. “I think that Thomas Jefferson stated it best,” Bachmann said.Bachmann: "And when Jefferson wrote a let …"

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 "Herman Cain":

"… come to be known as the "Republican Revolution."  Galveston PlanHerman Cain was somewhat off base when he touted a privatized alternative to Social Se …"

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