The mysterious online war against a payday lending crackdown

By Daniel Wagner

Anonymous group called "Stop the Choke" says Obama crackdown on illegal online payments is "destroying the free market."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Facebook":

"… n, called “Stop the Choke,” takes a less public approach. Its website, Facebook and Twitter accounts accuse the government of threatening a vast range of …"

"… type sales.” Puppies, kittens and the elderly are deployed in shareable Facebook art to illustrate the kinds of unassailable American icons that allegedly …"

"… re is no “about” section on the website. The site, Twitter account and Facebook page include no names, addresses or phone numbers. The Web address was reg …"

"… publicly in a presentation by a Justice Department lawyer. The Facebook page says the group is a nonprofit. It features the sort of anti-regulator …"

New immigration bill provides ray of hope for separated families

By Susan Ferriss

New immigration bill may ease years-long 'bars' that have split spouses and children

Witnesses tell Congress that Americans, legal residents’ families suffer due to immigration laws

By Susan Ferriss

Representatives from American Families United testified before House Judiciary subcommittee on hardships of immigration bars

Excerpts from this story referencing "Immigration":

"… president of American Families United, told members of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, which is under the Judiciary Committee.  Americ …"

Rep. Gutierrez meets on Capitol Hill with families torn apart by 1996 immigration law

By Susan Ferriss

Separated families meet with Rep. Gutierrez, hoping to be included in proposed reforms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chicago":

"… scussed the situation with Ryan.  Kathy McGroarty, 36, a resident of Chicago, read an emotional statement Thursday while at the Capitol, recounting how …"

GOP immigration hardliner told constituent to take family to Mexico

By Susan Ferriss

The record of some GOP members of Congress shows it will take work to persuade them to embrace immigration reform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… g  the pursuit of comprehensive immigration reform.Rep. Steve King of Iowa, for example — one of Capitol Hill’s  immigration hawks — made …"

"… an interaction with one of his constituents, Bethany Gonzalez of Denison, Iowa, King believes in maintaining a hard line, even if U.S. citizens say some …"

"… xican national, in 2004 and married him in 2006.  Jimi had arrived in Iowa in 1996, and found work in meatpacking and construction.The couple wanted …"

"… e. Jimi stepped up and became the main father figure for her older son. An Iowa court, aware that Jimi was undocumented but married to Bethany, named Jimi …"

Separated by law: Families torn apart by 1996 immigration measure

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Immigration measure has split husbands from wives, children from parents.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oklahoma":

"… y. And that’s that. The bar has begun, and the applicant cannot return. Oklahoma lawyer Douglas Stump, president-elect of the American Immigration Lawyers …"

A dizzying series of legal twists and turns

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Immigrant spouses struggling to understand changing laws, partisan politics

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… tion hawks in Congress also declined comment, including Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and California Republican Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, Brian Bilbray and Elton …"

Most eligible for Obama undocumented program already working

By Susan Ferriss

Aug. 15 start date for undocumented youths ages 15 to 30 to apply for deportation reprieve

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kris Kobach":

"… mmigration adviser, however, did issue a strong attack on the DACA program.Kris Kobach, Kansas’ Republican Secretary of State, called the program “illegal” …"

Facts American adults can learn from undocumented kids

By Susan Ferriss

With young illegal immigrants an election-year football, politicians often leave out why there's no 'right way' to attempt to immigrate.

Medicare fraud: What you need to know

By Sarah Whitmire

Last week's biggest-ever Medicare fraud bust nabbed 107 care providers, but how does this effort stack up?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare fraud":

"… that directs Medicare spending in often-inefficient ways.The big story in Medicare fraud last week was an unprecedented bust of 107 doctors, nurses and social work …"

"… , as reported by the Associated Press. Though the crackdown was huge, Medicare fraud is believed to cost up to $90 billion annually, the scams associated with …"

"… 011 alone) in medical services that never happened.Places to learn more:“Medicare fraud rampant in South Florida”, by The Miami Herald, August 3, 2008“11 …"

"… th Florida”, by The Miami Herald, August 3, 2008“111 charged with Medicare fraud in 9 cities” by The Washington Times, February 17, 2011“Feds Figh …"

About 46,400 immigrants claiming U.S. children deported in six months

By Susan Ferriss

Obama administration clashes with immigrant advocates over deportations of parents, and the definition of criminal immigrants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Southwest":

"… that figure separately, caucus press secretary Lesley Lopez said.While the U.S. Southwest is thought to have the greatest concentration of illegal immigrants, the A …"

IMPACT: Fishing industry rep calls ICIJ investigation an 'explosive cocktail that damages the Spaniards'

By Mar Cabra

Spanish fishing industry officials wrote letter to prime minister to complain about ICIJ's 'Looting the Seas II' investigation

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

"… tion in Switzerland. ICIJ is the international arm of the Washington-based Center for Public Integrity, an independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization. CPI and …"

FACT CHECK: Romney’s ‘magnet’ charge attracts scrutiny

By FactCheck.Org

Republican presidential front-runner referred to a number of U.S. policies as 'magnets' for illegal immigration

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… immigration.– Robert Farley …"

Book Review: A rising tide of white-collar lies

By Michael Hudson

New book examines dissembling by Bernie Madoff, Martha Stewart, Barry Bonds

Portland college students demand changes in sexual assault process

By Lee van der Voo

Students at Portland's Reed College demand changes to the school's approach to sexual assault allegations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "media attention":

"… school’s annual three-day spring festival Renn Fayre, prompting national media attention.Some survivors of sexual assault who are unsatisfied with the current syst …"

NOAA moves to police seas

By Traver Riggins

As part of their continuing effort to take a lead in managing global fisheries, officials with the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospher

Excerpts from this story referencing "China":

"… ssels two years ago in its first report to Congress. Italy, Libya, Panama, China, France, and Tunisia were all cleared of prior claims of fishing-rule viol …"

Health care fraud cases drop despite bigger budget

By Joe Eaton

The official line at the Department of Justice is that investigators are battling Medicare and Medicaid fraud like never before. But the mos

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Department of Health and Human Services":

"… ter from Iowa Senator Charles Grassley to Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. According to the letter, criminal prosecution …"

Center's campus assault series part of Congressional hearing record

By Caitlin Ginley

The Center for Public Integrity’s Sexual Assault on Campus became part of the official record of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing tod

Excerpts from this story referencing "Violence":

"… authorities.Susan Carbon, director of the Justice Department’s Office of Violence Against Women, told the hearing about the pervasive underreporting of sexu …"

'Undetected rapists' on campus: A troubling plague of repeat offenders

By Jennifer Peebles and Kristen Lombardi

A chilling case of sexual assault at Texas A&M

Excerpts from this story referencing "lead investigator":

"… ether he’d be at a bar or at a party,” recalled Lt. Brandy Norris, the lead investigator on the case for College Station police. “He’s a serial rapist. He was …"

"… s office in Bryan, just minutes from the Texas A&M campus, Norris, the lead investigator, and Smith, the assistant DA, were asked why they pursued criminal charges …"