Afghans don’t like soybeans, despite a big U.S. push

By Alexander Cohen and James Arkin

Washington ignored warnings that Afghans were unlikely to embrace protein-rich soy products.

Excerpts from this story referencing "analyst":

"… ony H. Cordesman, a Middle East specialist and former defense intelligence analyst who is now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpro …"

EPA: No comment on fracking air pollution

By Jim Morris and Lisa Song

No one at the Environmental Protection Agency has been willing to talk on the record about air pollution associated with fracking in Texas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… ta, the Upper Green River Basin of Wyoming and the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania. Our first attempt at an on-the-record interview was with Ron Curry, the …"

Lobbying activity declines among top special interests

By Dave Levinthal

Three-fifths of nation's top 100 lobbying entities spent less on influence in the second quarter compared to a year ago.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… per PAC — Cochran, and Reps. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and Pete Sessions, R-Texas, are favored politicos — and counts that money toward its lobbying outpu …"

Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have been wrongly denied

By Chris Hamby

Black lung opinions by Dr. Paul Wheeler of Johns Hopkins should be assumed to lack credibility, senators are told at a hearing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lawyer":

"… more resources to develop medical evidence, and miners often can't find a lawyer willing to take a black lung case.   This February, the department …"

"… edical reports provided by government-paid doctors and to allow department lawyers to intervene in unrepresented miners' cases.   In May, the departm …"

"… it was developing a rule that would address the withholding of evidence by lawyers. Lu said this was motivated in part by the story of miner Gary Fox, who w …"

"… though, both found the samples consistent with complicated black lung. The lawyers did not disclose these reports and instead led their other experts and th …"

Federal complaint challenges Texas town's new ban on housing any border kids

By Susan Ferriss

Civil rights groups are challenging ordinances that prohibit cooperation with federal officials if they ask to shelter kids in towns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "League City":

"… es in at the border. The complaint against an ordinance adopted July 8 by League City, a Houston suburb, was filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Edu …"

"… of 1964. “There is particularly ugly language about Muslims in this League City ordinance also,” said Maddie Sloan, an Appleseed attorney. The number o …"

"… ng at home.” Marisa Bono, a MALDEF attorney, said the complaint against League City “is a warning to other municipalities that are considering similar resol …"

"… e and halt ordinances aimed at “vulnerable children.”   The League City ordinance, approved in a 6-2 vote, lists a number of allegations that elec …"

Lawmakers issue dueling Dodd-Frank reports

By Jared Bennett

Republicans say the financial reform law creates a bailout fund. Democrats says the 4-year-old law makes banks safer.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jeb Hensarling":

"… Republican report, written by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., denounced the financial reform law …"

Politicos souring on FEC advice?

By Dave Levinthal

Requests for election law rulings plummet as ideological gridlock envelops commission.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… ot certain whether your brainstorm, put into action, would violate federal law and expose you to penalties. Used to be that you'd file what's called an …"

"… sponses to questions regarding the application of federal campaign finance law to specific factual situations."  These days, however, an historical …"

"… hnical matter: whether it should state, straight up, that federal election law would trump New York state election law in the event that New York, one da …"

"… straight up, that federal election law would trump New York state election law in the event that New York, one day, would chose to regulate the matter. S …"

Is this U.S. coal giant funding violent union intimidation in Colombia?

By Rosalind Adams

Lawsuits allege Alabama-based Drummond Co., which mines coal in Colombia, has financial ties to groups that have threatened union leaders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chiquita Brands International":

"… ry Collingsworth, who also has taken on companies like Dole Foods Inc. and Chiquita Brands International. One alleges that Drummond is responsible for the deaths of the three Colo …"

Four years after passage, House keeps trying to kill Dodd-Frank

By Jared Bennett

On the fourth anniversary of the passage of landmark financial reform law, opponents still trying to kill it.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jeb Hensarling":

"… n the clock to undermine key provisions in the financial reform law. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, named by the Center’s April report as the captain of the banki …"

Tea party scandal brews FOIA backlog at FEC

By Dave Levinthal

Media and public wait for information from election agency as Congress seeks IRS-related information.

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Missouri":

"… nator for the nonpartisan National Freedom of Information Coalition at the University of Missouri, urged the FEC not prioritize congressional requests over those from the p …"

Trains, amputations and the roots of why kids are on the run

By Susan Ferriss

Reports have long warned of chaos in Central America many minors say they want to escape.

Excerpts from this story referencing "analyst":

"… ush and pull” factors that help explain why children migrate, as an analyst with the Brookings Institution wrote. The nonpartisan Migr …"

Congressman defends payday lending industry

By Daniel Wagner

Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., featured in Center investigation on the 'banking caucus.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "MasterCard":

"… ke to a breakfast meeting at the National Press Club for Master Your Card, MasterCard’s “public education” effort to show consumers, small businesses and …"

"… nancial inclusion.” The event marked the rollout of a paper written for MasterCard by an MIT professor and subtitled “How emerging electronic payment techn …"

"… the financial industry since the 2010 election cycle including $6,500 from MasterCard. Stivers has raised $2.6 million including $2,000 from MasterCard. …"

"… 500 from MasterCard. Stivers has raised $2.6 million including $2,000 from MasterCard. …"

How to fix the IRS nonprofit division

By Julie Patel

Employees, reformers offer three recommendations for improving the agency's flagging nonprofit division.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fred Wertheimer":

"… s this kind of work into account as they come up with new rules.”  Fred Wertheimer, president of reform group Democracy 21, added in an email to support …"

Most senators wait to take e-filing leap

By Michael Beckel

Only a slice of the Senate has opted to e-file campaign finance documents as members debate mandating the practice.

Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign finance reports":

"… …"

"… D-Mass. — voluntarily e-filed unofficial copies of their second-quarter campaign finance reports to the FEC by Tuesday's deadline. The reports covered funds raised and spe …"

"… pefuls, U.S. House candidates and political groups, Senate candidates file campaign finance reports on paper with the Secretary of the Senate. That office, in turn, scans the …"

"… rom mid-2011, when only nine senators electronically filed copies of their campaign finance reports.     …"

New scrutiny on campus sexual violence highlights Center findings

By Gordon Witkin

New efforts are aimed at both assisting schools and putting pressure on them to assist victims of sexual violence.

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

"… Capitol Hill and the Obama administration is drawing new attention to the Center for Public Integrity’s landmark investigation of campus sexual assault. Published in a six-p …"

Hobbled IRS can't stem 'dark money' flow

By Julie Patel

Budget and staffing cuts, endless congressional investigations keep IRS from investigating activities of political nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… the donors to these groups still largely a mystery. …"

"… s were certain the Internal Revenue Service would take action. After all, lawyers for the Federal Election Commission argued that Crossroads GPS, c …"

"… s entirely different — and unassuming — kinds of creatures. A federal law passed in 1913 created them as a "catch all" for nonprofit groups that wer …"

"… ng to business complaints about the arrangement, Congress in 1950 passed a law levying taxes on nonprofits’ “unrelated business income.” If nonprof …"

Is this super PAC subverting disclosure rules?

By Michael Beckel

Georgia's GOP Senate primary has attracted big money from a super PAC funded by two nonprofit groups tied to an Ohio lobbyist.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arkansas":

"… y to a super PAC supporting Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Not only do the Jobs and Progress Fund and the Government Integrity Fund …"

Bush bundlers boost pro-Gillespie super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Co-chairman of U.S. Senate candidate's finance committee also helps bankroll supportive super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "France":

"… ans for Public Justice. In 2001, Bush selected Leach as U.S. ambassador to France, where he served until April 2005. Meanwhile, Taubman, the former preside …"

Chattanooga wants feds to pre-empt broadband ban

By Allan Holmes

Tennessee city seeks to expand municipal broadband service, pre-empting industry-backed state ban.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internet service":

"… ls plan to ask the federal government to allow it to expand the super-fast Internet service it offers city residents, a move that will likely unleash a torrent of lob …"

"… networks. The city’s Electric Power Board, which operates a fiber-optic Internet service that competes with companies such as Comcast Corp. and Charter Communicati …"

"… in 20 states that ban or severely restrict local governments from offering Internet service to residents. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said numerous times since he t …"

Feds seek new authority to recoup Medicare Advantage overcharges

By Fred Schulte

Impact: Feds act to recoup overcharges following Center investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… om line costs,” said Geruso, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.  Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said that refining the pa …"

Even low doses of arsenic trigger cancer in mice, study finds

By David Heath

Study by the National Institutes of Health found levels of arsenic similar to what some people consume caused cancer in mice.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chile":

"… certainly give cause for concern.” Studies in countries such as Taiwan, Chile and Bangladesh have shown that people who drink high doses of arsenic get …"

New bank leak shows how rich exploit tax haven loopholes

Leaked list of offshore account holders reveals how tax loopholes are exploited, and which lawmakers and celebrities use them.

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

"… ved from the trust, nor was any tax avoided. -- ICIJ is a project of the Center for Public Integrity founded in 1997 to extend the Center’s style of watchdog journalism, foc …"

Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare and legal specialists in rush to deport?

By Susan Ferriss

Child advocates are worried possible legal changes could cut off migrant kids' access to social workers, asylum lawyers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Jersey":

"… ter police broke up a sex-trafficking ring in North Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey in 2007. Some of the girls were caught at the border prior to 2007, P …"

Saving the penny makes cents for zinc-backed front group

By Erin Quinn

'Broad-based' group created to save the penny from extinction turns out to be backed by a company that supplies metal to make the coins.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… is actually a lobbyist and head of strategic communications for Dentons, a law firm representing the interests of zinc producer Jarden Zinc Products, a m …"

"… he Washington, D.C., address for Americans for Common Cents is the Dentons law firm. And the phone number listed for contacting the group is not in servi …"

Republicans continue to capitalize on 'McCutcheon' ruling

By Michael Beckel

NRCC creates second 'jumbo' joint fundraising committee in wake of Supreme Court 'McCutcheon' ruling.

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

"… med to the top tier party's "Young Guns" program, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of documents filed with the Federal Election Commission. Thes …"

How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic, endangering public health

By David Heath

A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pesticide":

"… contaminating drinking water. In 2006, the EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances announced plans to ban all uses of herbicides contai …"

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 "law":

"… per PAC. On its website, the section on “recent developments in campaign law” began employing the term around October 2011, according to the Way …"

"… dependent expenditure-only committees,” said Michael Toner, a partner at law firm Wiley Rein LLP and a former FEC chairman. In fact, the technical ter …"

"… opular first and foremost because it is so accurate,” said Rick Hasen, a law professor who is an expert in election law. “It also connotes the idea o …"

"… accurate,” said Rick Hasen, a law professor who is an expert in election law. “It also connotes the idea of something with extraordinary strength — …"

Medicare Advantage plans require more scrutiny

By Fred Schulte

Government inspector says private Medicare plans difficult to investigate due to lack of access to data.

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

"… s paid improperly, including $11.8 billion to Medicare Advantage plans. A Center for Public Integrity investigation published earlier this month found as much as $70 billion of …"

"… government overpays the health plans— and that some plans overbill. The Center for Public Integrity last month sued HHS under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain a wide …"

Kochs put a happy face on free enterprise

By Chris Young

Initiative spearheaded by billionaire brothers paints positive portrait of free-market system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… y William Inboden, a professor of public affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, and Chris Rufer, the president and founder of the Morning Star Com …"

The beautification of Thad Cochran

By Dave Levinthal

Senator's supporters suddenly turn cheery in final bid to save Mississippi mainstay's job.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Association of Realtors":

"… is indicates. During the runoff period, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Realtors Congressional Fund, social welfare nonprofit Main Street Advocacy and the …"