Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election spending?

By Michael Beckel

The 60 Plus Association tells the IRS it barely spends money on politics — despite funding millions in candidate attack ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party":

"… olitical professional whose husband formerly served as the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. Iconic singer and actor Pat Boone serves as its national spok …"

Home is where the money is for Medicare Advantage plans

By Fred Schulte

Medicare Advantage home visits may not improve health, but boost risk scores and cost taxpayers billions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… posal to restrict these visits. Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington refused numerous requests for comment and declined …"

"… driving up Medicare’s costs. In February 2013, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials proposed flagging diagnoses written up from a home visi …"

New audits may recover missing millions — or not

By Fred Schulte

Secretive audits target some Medicare Advantage plans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… een completed, or what the results might be. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency that runs Medicare, has quietly conducted some …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arkansas":

"… e industrialists Charles and David Koch — was rampant. And in Arkansas, outside groups helped flip the state legislature to GOP control for the f …"

"… as 1944, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Arkansas was another Southern state victory for Republican-supporting outside group …"

"… . Judging by mailers and ads, outside groups were extremely active in the Arkansas election, though you can’t tell from official state filings. Reports ind …"

"… der is the prominent social conservative political consultant Ralph Reed. Arkansas’ lax disclosure laws allowed these groups to avoid having to disclose ho …"

Claims processors received bonuses while backlog more than doubled

By Mary Shinn, Daniel Moore and Steven Rich

Veterans Affairs processors shared millions in awards while claims piled high, News21 investigation finds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… the toxic chemical, Agent Orange. In addition, more than 830,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans returning home had filed claims as of March 2013, according t …"

"… eterans seeking disability compensation. Stephen Leon served two tours in Afghanistan and won the Army Commendation Medal for valor after a firefight with three …"

"… and PTSD. When he returned home July 2011, he couldn’t get his mind off Afghanistan, the battles and the friends he lost. “You’re used to a life of being …"

'America Votes' spent nearly $1 million on Wisconsin recall

By Adam Wollner

Progressive nonprofit, fueled by unions, targeted Wisconsin recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… al arm of the Laborers International Union of North America ($10,000); the Milwaukee, Wis., chapter of LiUNA ($10,000); the International Association of Fire F …"

Only a few states enact evidence-based care for troubled youth

Amid widespread inaction on evidence-based treatment for delinquent youth, a few states get it right.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… youth with severe emotional disturbances and achieve impressive outcomes. Milwaukee County, Wisc.: Wraparound Milwaukee, which pools funding from child w …"

"… and achieve impressive outcomes. Milwaukee County, Wisc.: Wraparound Milwaukee, which pools funding from child welfare, Medicaid, juvenile justice and me …"

"… d youth each year. With an annual budget of nearly $50 million, Wraparound Milwaukee has dramatically reduced the county’s use of psychiatric hospital and re …"

"… found that just 15 percent of delinquent teens participating in Wraparound Milwaukee — about half of the total program population — re-offended during thei …"

Wisconsin justice's spouse head of union-busting law firm

By Chris Young

Wisconsin Supreme Court justice married to head of firm that battles unions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Wisconsin":

"… where Ruder Ware is representing a party,” he said. Marsha Mansfield, a University of Wisconsin law professor who specializes in legal ethics, says the justice’s ethica …"

Jeb Bush's education nonprofit rakes in cash

By Michael Beckel

Former Florida governor, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, has raised millions to push education reform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… 3.15 million to the committee pushing for the proposal, records show. The Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation has also been a major financial b …"

Super PACs spend big for Romney in final weeks of campaign

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Super PACs and nonprofits spent $190 million in the last three weeks of the election on the presidential race

Excerpts from this story referencing "Crossroads GPS":

"… million from conservative groups and about $8 million from liberal groups.Crossroads GPS, the conservative nonprofit sister group of American Crossroads, sought to …"

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 "Medicaid":

"… n Washington. McClellan, a former director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, said the agency must send a message that it “won’t s …"

Green Party nominee rails against 'corporate rule'

By Michael Beckel

Constitutional amendment urged to invalidate Supreme Court decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… lities — from the liberal bastion of Boulder, Colo., to the conservative Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, Wis. — have passed ballot measures in a similar ve …"

Walker wins Wisconsin recall election flooded with outside spending

By Paul Abowd

Record campaign spending followed by record turnout in Wisconsin recall vote.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… Scott Walker defeated a union-led recall challenge by Democratic Mayor of Milwaukee Tom Barrett.The Wisconsin vote captured national attention, and a flood of …"

"… signaling an influx of new voters registering at the polls. In Barrett’s Milwaukee, poll workers reported running out of voter registration forms.The state …"

Wisconsin recall breaks record thanks to outside cash

By Paul Abowd

All eyes are on Wisconsin recall election as unions square off against deep-pocketed GOP donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "CEO":

"… s top seven donors are out-of-state billionaires, including former Amway CEO and former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos, and casino magnate …"

"… ginally reported the Dick DeVos was the founder of Amway. He is the former CEO and his father Dick DeVos Sr. founded the company. …"

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker grants significant access to companies, donors

By Kate Golden, Bill Lueders and Amy Karon


Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… s, who have largely been a partner in economic development.”Walker faces Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on June 5 in a nationally watched recall election.This t …"

Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s conservative media appearances pay off as he raises millions from out-of-state donors

By Kate Golden and Amy Karon

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's national conservative media appearances have helped him to raise millions from out-of-state donors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… rly twice as much as to his hometown newspaper, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which had endorsed him in 2010.Walker’s spokesman, Cul …"

"… conservative-leaning outlet Walker favors. Charlie Sykes, a radio host of Milwaukee’s WTMJ, was scheduled for more interview time with Walker than any other …"

"… 0 campaign, records show.However, Mike Gousha, a television news anchor of Milwaukee’s WISN whose work long has been respected by conservatives and liberals …"

"… times by these storytellers.”Walker faces Democrat Tom Barrett, mayor of Milwaukee, in a nationally watched election on June 5.Distant with liberal mediaDuri …"

Walker’s official work time declines as national fame grows

By Kate Golden and Amy Karon

Wisconsin governor's official work time declines as national fame grows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… etition drive that has forced Walker into a recall election June 5 against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Spending on the race is expected to hit $80 million, mu …"

"… onth, the calendars clocked just two hours for media: two TV interviews in Milwaukee, an open press call and a conference on his children’s reading initiativ …"

"… e entry. Rindfleisch, who was Walker’s deputy chief of staff when he was Milwaukee county executive, was charged in January this year with four felony counts …"

Minor offenders, major consequences

By Julie Strupp

Why Wisconsin’s justice system continues to treat 17-year-olds as adults

Excerpts from this story referencing "Campaign for Youth Justice":

"… ange transfer laws to keep more minors in juvenile court, according to the Campaign for Youth Justice, a group that favors keeping young people in the juvenile justice system.I …"

"… juvenile detention facility, according to a 2007 study from the Campaign for Youth Justice, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.There’s also a significant racial …"

A long wait yields expansive new freedoms in Wisconsin

By Bill Lueders

NRA calls state's new concealed-carry law 'one of nation's strongest'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… arrow list of exemptions would not include, for instance, a gang member in Milwaukee with multiple felony charges that were all pleaded down to misdemeanors.Co …"

"… weapons on the premises, period,” says Keith Kopplin, a lawyer with the Milwaukee law firm of Krukowski & Costello, which advises employers. Yet now any …"

"… cle absent any specific or imminent threat, but tosses the conviction of a Milwaukee shop owner in a high-crime Milwaukee neighborhood who kept a loaded gun hi …"

"… hreat, but tosses the conviction of a Milwaukee shop owner in a high-crime Milwaukee neighborhood who kept a loaded gun hidden behind a counter. Late 2003 …"

Koch-related group is reviewing financial transactions with Cain aide's charity

By Peter H. Stone

Americans for Prosperity ties to Cain aide under review

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… s for the Cain campaign, according to financial documents disclosed by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.One financial document cited by the paper shows …"

"… s not have to identify its donors or disclose how much money they gave.The Milwaukee newspaper, which relied heavily on Prosperity USA’s financial documents …"

Questions about Herman Cain's financial support from a tax-exempt charity

By Peter H. Stone

Cain hit with financial questions, in addition to sexual harassment charges

Excerpts from this story referencing "Herman Cain":

"… ns of campaign finance and tax laws is gnawing at GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain even as he fends off allegations of sexual harassment.Cain’s campaign fa …"

"… ty indicate that $37,372 is “due from FOH” which stands for Friends of Herman Cain, the campaign committee for the candidate. It is not known if the campaign …"

Back to school for the billionaires

By Rita Beamish

Business titans find reforming schools much harder than just writing checks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… ch data was available from the nationally recognized Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. iWatch News also looked at the holy grail of the educati …"

"… have been," says James Kemple, author of a study just published by Harvard Education Press that cites real gains from the Klein reforms in New York. "We are no …"

"… a 16-state sample tested better than in traditional public schools. A U.S Education Department-commissioned study last year was similarly mixed. “Putting t …"

"… to be commended." Lois Leveen, communication director for Grantmakers for Education, a nonprofit association representing 260 foundations, agrees. "The overa …"

Unproven for older women, digital mammography saps Medicare dollars

By Joe Eaton, Elizabeth Lucas and David Donald

High-tech, digital mammography may not be any better at detecting breast cancer in women over 65 than older film-based systems, but Medicare

Excerpts from this story referencing "prostate cancer":

"… profile example: the prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, screening test for prostate cancer. In December 2002, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent …"

"… doctors about whether or not they should be screened, since treatment for prostate cancer carries risks, including incontinence and impotence. In 2008, the task for …"

"… the PSA test, since it was less likely that men of that age would die from prostate cancer.The recommendations, however, did not stem the PSA tide. Medicare billing …"

Paul Ryan — Budget Committee

By Caitlin Ginley

Paul Ryan went to Congress at the age of 28, representing Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, which includes farm communities as well as

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… ongressional district, which includes farm communities as well as southern Milwaukee suburbs. Now 40, Ryan is the senior Republican on the House Budget Committ …"

Obama proposal aims at problems highlighted in Center series

By Gordon Witkin

President Barack Obama’s proposal to spur the ailing U.S. economy by investing in transportation infrastructure is an effort to restart a st

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… he Center for Public Integrity last year.In a campaign-style appearance in Milwaukee on Sunday, the president proposed $50 billion in new spending next year on …"

The not-so-dangerous zones?

By Caitlin Ginley

An independent review panel found last week that the Center’s Great Lakes Danger Zones project was based on a Centers for Disease Control an

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… ncluding such major metropolitan areas as Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee — may face elevated health risks from being exposed to dioxin, PCBs, pes …"

Great lakes: Danger zones?

By Sheila Kaplan

A report that top officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thought was too hot for the public to handle

Excerpts from this story referencing "Northern California":

"… Kaplan is a journalist who divides her time between Washington, D.C., and Northern California. Research support for this story was provided by the Nation Institute Inve …"

A poisoned prosecution

By Brooke Williams

Misconduct in sexual abuse cases damages reputations—and can ruin lives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… from Wisconsin Lutheran College, a four-year, coed liberal arts school in Milwaukee. Wasser found a handwritten note from Samantha to her boyfriend, a man she …"

"… Samantha about the note. Later, he drove her back to college.The drive to Milwaukee was tense—but still, the conflict with Samantha seemed minor to Wasser, …"

"… Before Resch filed the charges against him, he was the head director of a Milwaukee boarding school. Now he can't step foot on campus."It's a loss of professi …"

Anatomy of misconduct

By Steve Weinburg

There's much to learn when a trial goes terribly wrong

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… al politics will play a role. E. Michael McCann, the elected prosecutor in Milwaukee, Wis., since 1968, has stood for re-election several times and understands …"

"… imes filled with error for all sorts of well-intended or nefarious reasons.Milwaukee District Attorney E. Michael McCann says that decades of working closely w …"

"… Police who question eyewitnesses can exercise a huge influence. McCann in Milwaukee worries about the "overzealous officer who inappropriately suggests inform …"

Captive audience

By John Dunbar

A few big media firms dominate 4 of 5 FCC commissioners' hometownsA few big media firms dominate 4 of 5 FCC commissioners' hometowns

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internet service":

"… edia companies active in other areas. By far the largest and most dominant Internet service provider is AOL Time Warner, with 35 million customers. The huge, diversif …"