GAO takes on Medicare Advantage spending

By Fred Schulte

GAO will investigate program spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy in Washington. America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s trade group, wouldn’t comment on the G …"

"… y lobbied to scale back planned pay cuts to the Health plans. America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade group, spent nearly $5 million lobbyin …"

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 "National Journal":

"… orter for coining “super PAC” as it’s known today. Then writing for National Journal, Eliza Newlin Carney first used the term in a column published on June 26, …"

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 Competitive Politics":

"… om campaign finance reform opponents. David Keating, the president of the Center for Competitive Politics, said the proposal went “seriously off track” by including “election …"

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 "John Breaux":

"… project’s lobbying team has included several heavy hitters: former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), who left Congress in 2005; Leonard Bickwit Jr., general counsel t …"

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 "Moscow":

"… l diplomacy. Officials in Washington thought they had clinched a deal with Moscow to ensure that the Russian plutonium stockpile would shrink, only to disco …"

"… s, called for both sides to use the plutonium mostly as a reactor fuel, as Moscow sought. But the deal also demanded that almost all of the fuel be burned …"

"… several decades, a significant nonproliferation achievement. To encourage Moscow to proceed, Washington agreed to forego the burial option for all but 9 to …"

"… in the discussions said the spat could have been resolved sooner but that Moscow wanted an excuse to delay producing the fuel to be burned in standard reac …"

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 "first President":

"… ve to regret some 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! …"

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 "Romania":

"… , Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Afghanistan, Lithuania, Morocco, Poland, Romania and Thailand all hosted CIA “black sites,” or secret prisons, it state …"

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 "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 "Barack Obama":

"… ns are still at it.Day after day, sometimes several times a day, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney make their case directly to voters. Most of what they say …"

FACT CHECK: Romney’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How accurate is the GOP nominee?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… made by both major candidates. We posted our findings about President Barack Obama’s stump-speech claimsin a previous Featured Article.AnalysisFor the purp …"

"… .Released 17 Sep 2012.San Francisco Chronicle. An interview with Sen. Barack Obama. 17 Jan 2008.Open Congress. H.R.2454 – American Clean Energy And Se …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… tor Lynne Lewis helped trigger such a case after concluding that her boss, Massachusetts pain specialist Dr. Anil Kumar, was “upcoding” some bills. When she c …"

Dissent among Republicans over defense spending

By Aaron Mehta

Grover Norquist opposes Romney plan to increase the military budget

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… epublicans, decried foreign interventions such as Iraq and Afghanistan. “Bush decided to be the mayor of Baghdad rather than the president of the United …"

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 "natural gas":

"… rts exploitation of shale oil deposits. Wants to reduce obstacles to coal, natural gas and nuclear energy development, and accelerate drilling permits in areas w …"

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 "catastrophic chemical releases":

"… EPA had the authority to require hazard reduction at facilities at risk of catastrophic chemical releases. But the plan was scuttled by the White House, which maintained that chemi …"

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 "Bush":

"… ly has increased far more slowly under Obama’s budgets that it did under Bush’s, and more slowly than under any president in half a century. An a …"

"… ama rising at an average rate of just 1.4 percent per year. Spending under Bush rose 7.3 percent per year during his first term, and 8.1 percent per year …"

"… ue. But the bailout legislation was sought and signed in 2008 by President Bush, and 82 percent of all disbursed funds under that program have now been re …"

"… olinehasn’t been as high at any time under Obama as it was briefly under Bush, when it topped $4 a gallon for six weeks in the summer of 2008. That’s …"

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 "Scott Brown":

"… true that after the early 2010 Senate election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown, who represented a swing vote denying Democrats the ability to squash a fi …"

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 "Bloomberg":

"… ll Street bailouts extended well beyond TARP. It points to reports by Bloomberg News and the Center for Media and Deomcracy about federal a …"

"… dia and Deomcracy about federal assistance to banks beyond TARP. Bloomberg detailed more than $1.2 trillion in emergency loans by the …"

"… ential, but not actual lending) and the figure rose to $7.7 trillion, Bloomberg reported. The Center for Media and Democracy also concluded  …"

"… tion on Fed loans. You can read the full transcript here.As Bloomberg noted, outside the Fed, few knew the details of the specific recipien …"

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 "deputy chairman":

"… ministration, had this comical exchange with Damon Silvers, deputy chairman of the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP, at an April 21, 2009, heari …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… uture: ‘Think You Know Mitt?’An ad from Winning Our Future, a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC, claims that Romney “thinks judges can overrule parents on abo …"

"… ectors are supposed to oversee management’s actions.Newt2012: ‘Trust’Newt Gingrich’s campaign ad goes after Romney for raising “fees and taxes” in Mass …"

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 "head":

"… s since December 2010 but the issue is still not resolved. Melanie Loyzim, head of Maine’s Bureau of Air Quality, said regulators are in negotiations wi …"

"… he said.Messages left at Solutia’s Indian Orchard plant and its Missouri headquarters were not returned.Being labeled a high priority violator may earn …"

"… rly 2010.Nancy Alderman, an environmental law and public health expert who heads up the non-profit watchdog group Environmental and Human Health Inc., in …"

"… s of these combine together,” Alderman said.Company officials for CYTEC, headquartered in New Jersey, did not respond to several requests for comment.Si …"

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 "Bush":

"… y the Supreme Court, appears to the give the Obama administration what the Bush administration had long sought: a place where foreign prisoners can be hel …"

"… place to detain captured terrorists is simply false.National Journal: The Bush administration operated a network of secret prisons in Afghanistan and eas …"

"… eak publicly.Several factors are behind the change.Widespread criticism of Bush administration interrogation and detention policies as brutal and degradin …"

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 "South Carolina":

"… ed lower- and middle-class residents would see a tax break.Perry, Oct. 25, South Carolina: "We will increase the standard exemption for individuals and dependents t …"

‘Nonpartisan’ youth movement has deep GOP roots

By John Dunbar

'Nonpartisan' grass roots youth group staffed by GOP partisans

Excerpts from this story referencing "the Heritage":

"… e stalwart and Education Secretary William Bennett in 1988. He then joined the Heritage Foundation as the deputy director of the “citizenship project.” He joi …"

"… r, is a member of the foundation’s board of trustees.iWatch News reached the Heritage Foundation and sent an email asking if it funded the organization, but did …"

"… Election Commission records.Ms. Conway’s company has also done work for the Heritage Foundation.Not all polls are created equal in terms of reliability, accord …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… ine candidates took part: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former House Speake …"

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 …"