Texas weakens chemical exposure guidelines, opens door for polluters

By Lisa Song and Rosalind Adams

Amid a fracking boom, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has quietly weakened air pollution guidelines for toxic chemicals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harris County":

"… a TCEQ report linked 1,3-butadiene and benzene to elevated cancer risks in Harris County. The county is home to Houston and many refineries and petrochemical plant …"

"… obs and philanthropy in the region." The TCEQ increased air monitoring in Harris County, but Houston wanted more concrete action. Honeycutt met frequently with El …"

Senate report says CIA repeatedly misled policymakers about interrogation program

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Senate report says CIA repeatedly tried to mislead policymakers about interrogation program to escape scrutiny and criticism

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… w policies for detaining and aggressively interrogating such captives. The Senate Intelligence committee chairman, Bob Graham (D-Fla.), responded by sending …"

"… nstein (D-Calif.), the committee’s current chairwoman, said in a lengthy Senate floor speech unveiling the 2012 report that the CIA’s actions were “a …"

"… attack plans, capture terrorists and save lives.” Republicans from the Senate committee said in a lengthy minority report that they agreed with the CIA, …"

"… g the continued use of EIT. Then-CIA director Michael Hayden told the Senate committee in April 2007 that interrogators did not deliberately withhold m …"

GAO takes on Medicare Advantage spending

By Fred Schulte

GAO will investigate program spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… subsidiary of New-Jersey based Aveta, Inc., denied the allegations. …"

"… ars every year. The Government Accountability Office, the watchdog arm of Congress, is conducting the probe at the request of the House Ways and Means Commit …"

"… care Advantage has grown explosively under the risk-scoring formula, which Congress put in place in 2004. Officials expect the program to cost taxpayers as mu …"

"… essive. The Medicare Advantage industry has enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress as the program has grown. In recent years, the industry has successfully l …"

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 "Bush":

"… arl Rove, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote: “Karl Rove: ‘Bush’s brain’ helped organize the super-PAC Crossroads GPS, a ‘nonprofit …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… at of federal political candidates during the 2012 election cycle. As the Center for Public Integrity previously reported, the League of Conservation Voters alone spent more th …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… escribed as “a fighter for limited government” by the president of the Club for Growth, a group dedicated to cutting federal spending. “We must also eliminate …"

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 "energy":

"… ure more plutonium than they consume, inspiring dreams of almost limitless energy. By generating fast-moving neutrons that transform the uranium mixed into …"

"… eir fuel into additional plutonium, they hold the promise of a significant energy reward: One gram of plutonium can produce more energy than a ton of oil. A …"

"… ise of a significant energy reward: One gram of plutonium can produce more energy than a ton of oil. At one time or another, breeders have been pursued by e …"

"… til his retirement in 2011. “The Russians have always looked at it as an energy source,” ideal for use in breeders. In early discussions, Nikolai Yegor …"

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 "India":

"… for the Forest Products Association of Canada in in 2009. The Republic of India hired Robert Blackwill — a Bush Administration ambassador to India — t …"

"… ic of India hired Robert Blackwill — a Bush Administration ambassador to India — to lobby Congress and federal agencies on the U.S.-India civil nuclear …"

"… ambassador to India — to lobby Congress and federal agencies on the U.S.-India civil nuclear agreements, records show. Wilkins says he has not breached …"

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 "Bush":

"… icans can “review and judge the legality of these operations.” Former Bush administration officials and others who have defended the rendition and in …"

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 "Eugene Kiely":

"… will not change at any point in the future unless changes are made.– by Eugene Kiely, Robert Farley and D’Angelo GoreSourcesCongressional Budget Office. “A …"

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 "Mother Jones":

"… ,000 has come from an obscure corporation called Corporate Land Management.Mother Jones identified Tim Horner, the president of the jewelry company Premier Design …"

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 "Athens":

"… eech. Ancient Greek politicians spoke directly to citizens in the Agora in Athens 2,500 years ago; 19th-century American politicians stood on tree stumps to …"

FACT CHECK: Romney’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How accurate is the GOP nominee?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mansfield":

"… in Orange City, Iowa, and another from a campaign event in Mansfield, Ohio, on Sept. 10.Here’s what we found:The Unemployment Promise?Romney: …"

"… pay for the health care law — as he did at a campaign event in Mansfield, Ohio, on Sept. 10:Romney: He’s cut Medicare by $716 billion to pay for …"

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 "Medicare fraud":

"… Obama administration has made a significant commitment to cracking down on Medicare fraud and abuse, officials don’t appear to have an aggressive strategy for cut …"

Dissent among Republicans over defense spending

By Aaron Mehta

Grover Norquist opposes Romney plan to increase the military budget

Excerpts from this story referencing "Paul Ryan":

"… on national defense — even more than preferred by his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. But Ryan's opposition to the Obama administration's plan to k …"

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 "BP":

"… ent: Ordered temporary moratorium on deep-water drilling after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico but has pushed for more oil and gas drilli …"

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 "Bush":

"… istine Todd Whitman, Environmental Protection Agency chief under George W. Bush, urged the EPA Tuesday to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to imp …"

"… that included representatives of labor and environmental groups.   As Bush’s EPA administrator, Whitman was prepared to unveil a pro …"

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 "House Speaker":

"… e for any future tax increase on top-bracket earners. He met for days with House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders during last year’s debt-ceilin …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… rage.”It’s certainly true that after the early 2010 Senate election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown, who represented a swing vote denying Democrats the …"

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 "state law":

"… n, the state ultimately passed a balanced budget, as required by state law.One other note: Neither Romney nor any governor of Massachusetts has absol …"

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 "Rahm Emanuel":

"… em have resumes that fall far short of being “Wall Street executives” (Rahm Emanuel and Louis Caldera); and one was not part of the White House (Jon Corzine). …"

"… addition to Geithner, the TV ad stretches the truth by including photos of:Rahm Emanuel, the president’s first chief of staff. It’s true, as the ad notes …"

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 "Eugene Kiely":

"… finitive answer” for how much the Bush tax cuts cost in lost revenue.– Eugene Kiely  …"

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 "speaker":

"… means.”As for Gingrich’s claim that he “helped reduce spending” as speaker, it’s true that he worked to slow the rate of spending growth. But as&nb …"

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 "New England":

"… ston University and a member of the Investigative News Network. …"

"… to state regulators have been ignored even though it is among a number of New England facilities labeled “high priority violators” by the U.S. Environmental …"

"… PA to identify polluters in need of close scrutiny.An investigation by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting shows that regulators in Maine and near …"

"… l facilities, with the majority located in the South and Midwest. The nine New England facilities on the list include power companies, manufacturers and a hospit …"

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 "White House":

"… ed for peaceful protests, government restraint and political reforms. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that day that the administration wou …"

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 "Josh Israel":

"… it convinces are people who are already in that political camp,” he said.Josh Israel contributed to this report. …"

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 "Ron Paul":

"… assachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santoru …"

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