U.S. announces sweeping reforms to protect coal miners from black lung disease

By Chris Hamby

Surrounded by coal miners, U.S. Labor officials announce reforms including a new rule limiting the disease-causing dust allowed in mines.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… , and we didn’t give up. … This rule finally makes good on the promise Congress made 40 years ago.” …"

FEC sends senators erroneous warnings

By Dave Levinthal

Politicians received notices they violated election laws due to a communications mix-up.

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

"… er for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn of Georgia, told the Center for Public Integrity. "We definitely filed the report — no question," said Chris Crawford, s …"

Dozens of intelligence contractors have submitted false claims for federal funds

By Douglas Birch

Pentagon report reveals that those implicated typically kept their security clearances.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… tion,’” some details were beyond its scope. An October 2011 report to Congress by the Pentagon’s Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition said contrac …"

Chemical industry among big spenders on lobbying this quarter

By Dave Levinthal

New numbers indicate it's still good to be a lobbyist in America.

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

"… year’s first quarter than they did the year before, according to a Center for Public Integrity of analysis of new congressional disclosure reports and Center f …"

The 'McCutcheon' decision explained — more money to pour into political process

By Michael Beckel

The Supreme Court recently decided to eliminate 'aggregate limits' on contributions. We tell you what that means.

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

"… hat is pretty well saturated with it. So what does it all mean? We at the Center for Public Integrity shall try to provide some answers. What did the Supreme Court do? In ess …"

'Jumbo joints': How big will the newest political animals get?

By Michael Beckel

Supreme Court ruling has emboldened political groups designed to serve as collective fundraising operations.

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

"… irk Jowers, a campaign finance attorney at Caplin & Drysdale, told the Center for Public Integrity that the use of joint fundraising committees will "absolutely proliferate" …"

Be the 'squeaky wheel' if health claim denied

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare may squeeze insurance industry profits, subscribers should know their rights when it comes to claim denials.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ions off of us every year. Obamacare won’t change that. In fact, because Congress succumbed to pressure from the industry’s lobbyists and ditched plans to …"

"… their state insurance departments or their state legislators or members of Congress — or even the media. That enhances the chances their insurers will agree …"

GOP official forms Montana-focused super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Republican accountant registers a new Montana-based super PAC as the state prepares for a heated Senate contest.

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

"… reenwood, the executive director of the Montana Republican Party, told the Center for Public Integrity that he was unaware of the new super PAC. “I’m afraid I don’t have …"

Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

By Julie Patel

Super PAC founders enjoy fine dining, big salaries and a steady business for their consulting firms.

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

"… alling for the election or defeat of a federal candidate, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis of recent FEC filings. Given that 2013 was not a regula …"

"… more like political party committees than independent outfits. Among the Center for Public Integrity’s findings about super PAC spending in 2013: Less than a sixth of the …"

Center wins first Pulitzer Prize

Winning investigation exposed the systematic denial of benefits to sufferers of black lung disease by lawyers and doctors.

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

"… gratulations to all of this year's Pulitzer Prize winners. …"

"… ournalism. The award, announced this afternoon, marks a first for the Center for Public Integrity. “The Center for Public Integrity could not be prouder of this incredib …"

"… this afternoon, marks a first for the Center for Public Integrity. “The Center for Public Integrity could not be prouder of this incredible honor — our first Pulitzer Prize …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… online gambling bills in seven others right now. In Washington, meanwhile, Congress is facing increasing pressure to either bar or regulate the fledgling indu …"

"… tive political causes, has pledged to spend “whatever it takes” to get Congress to ban Internet gambling outright, while industry giants like Ca …"

"… gambling industry was essentially relegated to just a few cities. But when Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988, which allowed tribes to r …"

"… d none tried to license the practice. It all came to a head in 2006, when Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, or UIGEA, which pre …"

Mudslinging at the FEC over disclosure

By Julie Patel

Controversy brews at elections agency over whether a conservative group should reveal its donors.

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

"… the public and to fulfill the purposes of the FEC,” Ravel told the Center for Public Integrity. “It’s about disclosure.” The criticism from her peers also follows …"

"… voted against allowing the agency to fight litigation, Weintraub told the Center for Public Integrity. FEC spokeswoman Judy Ingram said votes on litigation are made behind clos …"

"… chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, told the Center for Public Integrity last year that fighting for expanded disclosure at the federal level was a …"

GAO report again finds black lung proposal supported by science

By Chris Hamby

A new government study supports reducing the dust limit workers encounter in mines; the industry is pushing back against stronger rules.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ment auditors reached in 2012, answering demands for a study by members of Congress concerned about the rule. And it’s the conclusion the auditors reached a …"

"… d to a request for comment about the study released this week. Members of Congress also have raised concerns about the rule, echoing industry complaints. In …"

"… laims of miners sick and dying of black lung. Since the report, members of Congress and the Labor Department have pushed for reforms to better protect workers …"

Center black lung series earns White House Correspondents’ Award

Center reporter Chris Hamby earned the Edgar A. Poe Award for 'Breathless and Burdened'; series also honored with James Aronson Award.

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

"… Times and Chattanooga Times Free Press. …"

What's the point, WellPoint?

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: insurer's talk of rate increases may boomerang.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… t. When many of those policyholders complained to the media and members of Congress, it all but assured the passage a few weeks later of the Affordable Care A …"

McCutcheon ruling leaves room for legislative action

By Julie Patel

Court suggests regulatory moves in campaign finance decision that could mitigate potential corruption.

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

"… eagues” to do so, FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat, told the Center for Public Integrity Thursday after an agency meeting. But given the deep partisan divide in C …"

States target toxic chemicals as Washington fails to act

By Ronnie Greene

In state capitols from Maine to Oregon, environmental advocates are filing bills to identify and ban noxious chemicals.

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

"… tle more than 200 existing chemicals,” and banned five, the EPA told The Center for Public Integrity. Everyone wants to revamp TSCA — from the industry’s $100 million lob …"

"… son, deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency for Natural Resources. As the Center for Public Integrity reported last year, the American Chemistry Council and other industry grou …"

Wireless companies fight for their futures

By Allan Holmes

A rare auction of wireless spectrum may determine who controls your cell phone.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ket, respectively, according to the report. Competition or revenue? When Congress ordered the FCC in 2012 to hold the spectrum auction, the goals were to in …"

"… $2.8 million in 2013. The spending pays for lobbyists to visit members of Congress, or to urge them to call or write the agency. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., …"

"… bert Latta from Ohio, received among the largest campaign contributions in Congress from AT&T’s and Verizon’s PACs for the 2012 elections — a total …"

"… ary of commerce in the Clinton administration and a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, Congress’ economic research arm — published a  …"

Pro-transparency tea party activist trounced

By Michael Beckel

In primary, Rep. Adam Kinzinger defeats tea party foe who wants congressmen to display donors' corporate logos.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… s, he planned to introduce legislation that would have required members of Congress to clearly display on their websites the corporate logos of the political …"

"… paigns — like NASCAR drivers display sponsor logos on their cars. “If Congress truly wants to be transparent, they will readily pass such an act and put …"

Congressional investigations of FEC stalled

By Dave Levinthal

Congressional committees that promised to probe agency's security, staffing woes slow are to act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ck of action comes at a critical time for the FEC, which this month warned Congress of threats to its computer networks that have "increased dramatically," an …"

"… s computer and IT needs. On Friday, the FEC submitted a budget request to Congress that mirrored the White House's proposed funding level, with Ravel, the vi …"

A world awash in a nuclear explosive?

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by a nuclear explosive, Thomas Cochran and other experts say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ied in 2001, but Cochran has fought on for four decades, testifying before Congress, lecturing at universities, and appearing at debates nationwide. He often …"

"… s budget called for eliminating the $133 million program in fiscal 2014. Congress in January also capped spending on the Megaports program, providing enough …"

Exposing tragic myths of the world's 'greatest' health care system

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: world's 'best' health care system is failing many right here.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… y mess with it? Mandvi’s segment began with clips of several members of Congress warning that the Affordable Care Act most certainly will bring an end to o …"

CPAC activists urged to fight IRS

By Michael Beckel and Julie Patel

Tax agency called a 'cancer' and 'criminal enterprise' at conservative convention.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ng audits on its website. Last month, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress that anyone currently dealing with the IRS “should “be comfortable” …"

"… on, resigned in the wake of the scandal, and she has twice appeared before Congress, including once earlier this week, where she has invoked the Fifth Amendme …"

FEC wants millions in new cash to fix security woes

By Dave Levinthal

Elections agency tells Congress new staffing and hardware vital to prevent hacking as well as attacks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… has been updated to reflect that the Federal Election Commission requested Congress allocate $1.51 million, not "more than $3 million" as originally reported, …"

"… T security enhancements.)  The Federal Election Commission is asking Congress for $1.51 million to address what it says are serious security breaches an …"

"… closures for political candidates and committees. The FEC acknowledges to Congress in a 41-page budget request it today submitted to Capitol Hill&n …"

"… deliver the FEC’s mission efficiently and effectively,” the FEC tells Congress. At the moment, it has no general counsel, associate general counsel for …"

White House seeks to chip away at severe Labor Department judge shortage, case backlog

By Jim Morris

The White House is requesting an additional $2 million from Congress for its overworked, understaffed Office of Administrative Law Judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… es on the heels of a Feb. 18 letter to the White House from six members of Congress, who complained of “untenable delays in adjudicating claims, such as cla …"

"… r to process cases and will make that decision once funding is provided by Congress. The Labor Department is committed to resolving compensation claims for wo …"

"… l techs and law clerks. Also, this is just the Administration's request to Congress, and already some are saying the entire Obama Administration budget is ‘ …"

Center's report on black lung wins prestigious Goldsmith Prize

Investigation detailed denials of black lung benefits to coal miners.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ng program, U.S. senators began crafting reform legislation and members of Congress asked for a federal investigation. In addition, the Department of Labor re …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… idates put forward, and we back candidates based on that." Super PAC Club for Growth Action, meanwhile, spent more than $317,000 in January and February campai …"

"… ening the Republican Party’s odds of a successful 2014 midterm election, Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller simply said, "no." But he indicated his group's ad …"

"… he Mississippi Conservatives super PAC, which has pushed against Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America by spending $342,000 to skewer McDanie …"

Nuclear Waste: Energy Department proposes to kill multi-billion dollar nuclear fuel plant

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

The costliest U.S. nonproliferation program has been undone by huge cost overruns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ar 2015 that the plant is no longer affordable within budget limits set by Congress. Initially advertised as a $1 billion program, the plant has already cons …"

Obama budget no windfall for beleaguered FEC

By Dave Levinthal

President's proposal provides the beleaguered agency with less money than it asked for.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… he first step in the protracted process of funding the federal government. Congress could yet increase — or decrease — the FEC's allotment for fiscal year …"

Natural gas boom advances with little study of public health effects, report finds

By Lisa Song and Jim Morris

As a drilling boom continues in Texas and beyond, a new study spotlights a missing ingredient: A full assessment of public health impact.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… In 2012, the Government Accountability Office — an investigative arm of Congress — reviewed more than 90 studies from government agencies, the industry a …"

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