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 "spokesman":

"… “tears and choking up” after viewing waterboarding. Anna Lusthoff, a spokesman for Hayden, said “we do not have a statement to share” from the former …"

The 47-year-old nuclear elephant in the room

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

A growing number of U.S. experts say that feigning ignorance about Israel’s nuclear arsenal creates more trouble than it averts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lawyer":

"… d search — was not related to the article’s content, but Doyle and his lawyer have said they are convinced it was pure punishment for his skepticism abo …"

Activists say gun debate overlooks gun-related deaths of children

By Kate Murphy and Jordan Rubio

An investigation found that at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns in America over 10 years

Excerpts from this story referencing "executive director":

"… a gun that accidentally discharged. An Epidemic of Violence Zeke Cohen, executive director of The Intersection, a Baltimore youth advocacy group, said the dialogue o …"

"… itself it becomes something that you don’t fear.” Jennifer Rauhouse, executive director of Peer Solutions, an Arizona-based organization that looks to prevent vio …"

Firearms more likely to be used in suicides than in homicides

By Carmen Forman and Jacob Byk

At least 50 people died per day from firearm suicide; 26 died from firearm homicides.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Stephen Johnson":

"… e, Barber said. Any means necessary After his son killed himself in 2003, Stephen Johnson, of Las Vegas, installed a gun safe in his garage. Now, Johnson encourages …"

"… or something else. “Why? You ask that question, oh, a billion times,” Stephen Johnson said. “I still don’t have the answers of why, but I have been able to …"

Firearms used in homicides often purchased illegally

By Kelsey Jukam, Aaron Maybin and Jordan Rubio

A News21 analysis of the FBI’s national database of supplementary homicide reports found that across the country, 17,422 black men between a

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Jersey":

"… ced with police. Amid the crumbling row houses in once-industrial Camden, New Jersey, murals are dedicated to the fallen, hundreds more lost in one of America …"

"… m Pennsylvania and Maryland, both of which have more relaxed gun laws than New Jersey. Frequently, they end up in the hands of Camden’s youth. Former Camden …"

"… esis on juvenile gun acquisition, interviewed many jailed youth from south New Jersey. In an environment of acute economic deprivation,  a gun was "a key t …"

Growing number of biosafety labs raises public health concern

By James Arkin

Construction of new biosafety labs a waste of money, possible threat to public health, say reports and experts.

An ethical mess in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

A brutal political brawl even by Palmetto State standards.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… ge ordered Wilson to shut down his probe. Wilson has appealed to the state Supreme Court, calling the judge’s order “unprecedented in American law and unsuppor …"

"… ing the power of the attorney general's office. In his appeal to the state Supreme Court, the AG called it “unimaginable that the Legislature intended to grant i …"

"… h state lawmakers alone elect state court judges, including members of the Supreme Court. The way Crangle sees it, perhaps never has there been as glaring an insta …"

"… licts in that system are so apparent. This winter in fact, a rare race for Supreme Court chief justice took place under the dome of the Statehouse, and Speaker Har …"

Abuse in court? Deputy strikes boy in court, boy charged with assault

By Susan Ferriss

A court and sheriff's department with a checkered past are accused in a suit of tolerating abuse of a boy in court.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… handle a kid in court who’s accused of an offense.  But in eastern Tennessee, a lawsuit filed on April 24 alleges that it was a court bailiff — a she …"

"… orneys’ fees and other relief the court finds appropriate. In 2011, the Tennessee State Supreme Court upheld a disciplinary 90-day misconduct suspension of …"

"… laint against Bell.   In 2008, the disciplinary council for the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary accused Bell of misconduct for contracting his brot …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… idates and state ballot initiative efforts and the rest to groups like the Republican Governors Association, which can send the money to states where casinos are barred by law from m …"

"… several of which operate in New Jersey, gave at least $1.5 million to the Republican Governors Association, with $1 million coming from Adelson, the casino mogul. The RGA, in turn, …"

"… xecutives and executives’ families have given at least $6 million to the Republican Governors Association. That cash cannot be traced to particular expenditures by the RGA, but the …"

Japan could be building an irresistible terrorist target, experts say

Japan has balked at U.S. security advice for its nuclear plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… grew by 60 percent, to about 9,000 officers, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. Washington also pressed others, including France, Britain, Russ …"

"… ch. But in Japan, at least, there was resistance. Paul Dickman, a former Energy Department official and chief of staff to the chairman of the Nuclear Regu …"

"… Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a delegation from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2008 the government worried that “if, for example, the information sh …"

"… equipment is replaced. That’s why experts say the International Atomic Energy Agency will be able to track only 99 percent of the plutonium as it moves …"

Closing a troubled symbol of Texas juvenile justice

By Maurice Chammah

Closure of Corsicana juvenile facility brings curtain down on a troubling history.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dallas":

"… onged to a pristine set of buildings in this county seat 55 miles south if Dallas, where for decades the state’s orphans had received a free education and …"

A modern understanding of a long ago confession and a boy’s execution

By Corey Hutchins

Nearly seventy years after his execution, George Stinney Jr.'s involvment in a 1944 double-murder comes into question.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… That summer, fewer than 90 days after the girls were killed, the State of South Carolina shocked George Stinney Jr. to death in an electric chair that could barely …"

"… tunately can lead to false confessions,” says Joe McCulloch, a lawyer in South Carolina's capital city of Columbia who directs the state chapter of the anti-death …"

"… level, Kassin says hundreds of jurisdictions are doing it voluntarily. In South Carolina, police can use oral confessions in court just as they did in 1944, says M …"

FEC: Prison is no excuse for campaign filing failures

By Dave Levinthal

Jailed ex-congressmen Jesse Jackson Jr., William Jefferson must still file disclosure reports, agency says.

Report urges new approach to child prostitution

By Susan Ferriss

New report says teens involved in prostitution should be treated as victims.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Civil Liberties Union":

"… ials for disposition.    The data was initially obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono …"

Child sex trafficking: schools could help stop it

By Susan Ferriss

This week's news about teen prostitution rings are a reminder that educators can help keep teens from predators.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mexico":

"… 1, a Center for Public Integrity report about minors caught along the U.S.-Mexico border highlighted cases of girls smuggled into the United States from Mex …"

"… ico border highlighted cases of girls smuggled into the United States from Mexico and later forced into prostitution. This week, when FBI officials announc …"

Throwaway kids: disciplined California teens struggle to school themselves

By Susan Ferriss

Strict district policies, distance from alternatives leave some disciplined teens no option but to school themselves.

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

"… d to an “involuntary transfer.” County school administrators told the Center for Public Integrity that two-thirds of these Kern students — more than 3,000 — were put on …"

Clinton supporter suspected of illegal donations

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Clinton's 2008 campaign received $50,000 from "assembly line of illegal campaign contributions."

Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign finance":

"… n” that federal prosecutors say helped get Gray elected. An analysis of campaign finance records provided by the Center for Responsive Politics found that Tho …"

"… campaign records do not indicate the donor’s employer. Federal and D.C. campaign finance laws limit how much an individual can contribute to a candidate’s campai …"

"… hose donations, Norman Hsu and William Danielczyk, were later convicted of campaign finance violations. Most of the donations from employees of Thompson’s accounti …"

"… ontrolled by Thompson at the time, gave $13,500 to Clinton on those dates, campaign finance records show. And several others with financial ties to Thompson — his h …"

New protections coming for disgruntled intelligence workers

By Douglas Birch

Compliance with a demand for government-wide anti-retaliatory measures is “on track,” officials say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Meet the Press":

"… nd emails requesting comment. But this week, Rogers told the TV program “Meet the Press” that Snowden “went outside all of the whistleblower avenues that were …"

State legislators' ties to nonprofit groups prove fertile ground for corruption

By Nicholas Kusnetz

New York scandals reveal corrupt ties between lawmakers, nonprofit groups

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… rporate contributions. It’s become common practice in many states and in Congress for corporate donors and lobbyists to contribute money to specific chariti …"

Controversy ensnaring governor raises new questions about Virginia laws

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Updated: Transparency laws at issue as governor deals with indictment stemming from gifts scandal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secretary":

"… s own disclosure forms to include gifts from Williams dating back to 2009. Secretary of the Commonwealth Janet Vestal Kelly amended her disclosure reports to i …"

JPMorgan Chase’s record highlights doubts about big banks’ devotion to fighting flow of dirty money

By Michael Hudson

JPMorgan Chase’s record highlights doubts about devotion to fighting flow of dirty money

Excerpts from this story referencing "food":

"… ed Carnival French Ice Cream, a convenience store with a limited supply of food and sundries and two soft-serve ice cream machines. During their search, i …"

From homemaker to hell-raiser in Love Canal

By Ronnie Greene

In 1978, Lois Gibbs was a mom with sick kids. Her fight prompted a president to free 900 families -- and paved the way for U.S. buyouts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… ar-old boy wearing a T-shirt announcing: “Love Canal Guinea Pig. Used by New York State and federal government.” Another picture — published by Today’ …"

"… you Lois Gibbs? Are you Lois Gibbs?” reporters asked. Serendipitously, New York health officials were holding a press conference, declaring a state of eme …"

"… ts with children under two living on the two streets nearest the landfill. New York directed Niagara County to clean the site. The state said it would help re …"

"… community. One of the very first things she told me was that the state of New York was lying to the public and they were hiding information and I couldn’t …"

Corruption case further sullies Albany's reputation

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Alleged bribery scheme reinforces low marks from State Integrity Investigation

Energy Department auto loan program sputters

By Ronnie Greene

A $25 billion Department of Energy loan program has not closed a loan in two years amid the specter of Solyndra.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… ave been filed. “It’s still an ongoing, joint investigation,” an FBI spokeswoman told the Center January 31. “Most applicants and manufacturers noted th …"

Current gun debate may not help beleaguered ATF

By Alan Berlow

Federal gun cops handicapped by weak laws, stagnant budgets and Congressional restrictions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… New York College at Cortland, says the ATF’s critics, in particular the National Rifle Association (NRA), have been “extremely successful at demonizing, belittling and hem …"

"… ame a lightning rod for controversy in the late 1970s, around the time the National Rifle Association was taken over by a contingent set on transforming what had historically b …"

Marijuana decriminalization law brings down juvenile arrests in California

By Susan Ferriss

Study says marijuana decriminalization measure affected juvenile justice in California.

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Francisco":

"… one year, between 2010 and 2011, according to provocative new research.The San Francisco-based Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice (CJCJ) recently released a …"

More on Fred Humphries, FBI friend of Jill Kelley

By David Heath

Fred Humphries, who helped initiatiate the invetigation of Patraeus, praised for his interrogations of suspected terroists

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 …"

IMPACT: Cabinet officials signal crackdown on Medicare billing abuse

By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton

Sebelius, Holder signal new scrutiny in wake of Center series

Contribution limits at risk in states thanks to Supreme Court

By Amy Myers

Illinois and other states may eliminate contribution limits to candidates to offset unlimited outside spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kentucky":

"… , the director of Harvard University’s Institute for Politics and former Kentucky secretary of state.Super PAC spending in upcoming local elections, accordi …"

"… and local races, he said.Super PAC Liberty for All played a huge role in a Kentucky GOP primary in May, spending about twice as much as any candidate for the …"