Washington's cynical misinformation game

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: the role of distortion in health care politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… er deception-based scheme designed to influence voters. America’s Health Insurance Plans, the big lobbying and PR group for health insurers, secretly funnele …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… ral court cases. The first case, Citizens United v. FEC, reached the Supreme Court, which concluded that corporations, associations and trade unions should b …"

Shameful coverage of Obamacare's real impacts

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare coverage that doesn't inform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… sp; …"

"… d son had pre-existing conditions, the only policies available to them pre-Obamacare would not cover any medical care pertaining to those maladies. And eve …"

"… and GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin about whether the color of President Obama’s skin might explain why some people are opposed to the law.  Rock …"

Merriam-Webster makes 'super PAC' official

By Dave Levinthal

Merriam-Webster OKs shorthand term for the clunky 'independent expenditure-only committee.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… stem. But credit Roll Call reporter Eliza Newlin Carney, then writing for National Journal, for coining the term "super PAC" as we know it. She did so as shorthand f …"

OPINION: hidden influence-peddling in Washington

By Wendell Potter

Lack of media interest allows hidden influence-peddling.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… what they want in Washington. That was certainly the case last week after National Journal reporter Chris Frates disclosed how America’s Health Insurance Plans, th …"

Does the public favor defense budget cuts?

By Steve Kull

The more citizens think about the deficit, the less interested they are in keeping military spending at current levels

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bloomberg":

"… se may rise to about half.  Most recently, an October Washington Post/Bloomberg Poll asked respondents whether they supported or opposed “reducing milit …"

FACT CHECK: Foreign policy themed GOP debate full of falsehoods

By FactCheck.Org

Republican presidential candidates stretch the truth on international issues in South Carolina debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… ania. It was sponsored by CBS News, the National Journal and the South Carolina Republican Party. The first hour of the 90-minute event was carried live o …"

"… without trial at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.In a fact-check of the South Carolina debate, the National Journal — one of the debate sponsors — …"

EPA appears firm on limiting air toxics at coal power plants

By Evan Bush

Industry, Republicans aim to stall what agency considers life-saving limits on mercury and other emissions

Excerpts from this story referencing "natural gas":

"… y a seemingly unlikely ally—Thaddeus Miller—an executive at Calpine, a natural gas power company.Miller said his company had already made the changes the EPA …"

"… y enthusiastic about the EPA's plans.“The opposition has been louder,” natural gas executive Miller said. “But there has definitely not been universal oppo …"

Max Baucus — Senate Finance Committee

By Jeremy Borden

Raised on a Montana ranch, Sen. Max Baucus now wrangles tax policy as head of the powerful Finance Committee. The Big Sky State Democrat, 69

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Grassley":

"… y initiatives.Baucus has frequently collaborated with Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who was long the committee’s ranking member, and also the panel’s cha …"

Jeff Bingaman — Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

By Aaron Mehta

As chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, New Mexico Democrat Jeff Bingaman has been in the middle of the contentious debate o

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… eliably Democratic vote and was ranked as the 31st most liberal senator by National Journal.Not surprisingly, many of Bingaman’s donors are related to the energy bu …"

Chamber seeks cash from insurers, financial firms for new effort

By Peter H. Stone

Even as it plowed tens of millions of dollars into ads this year to help mostly Republicans notch Congressional victories, the U.S. Chamber

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… business priorities as fighting the regulation of greenhouse gases by the Environmental Protection Agency; curbing the power of the recently created Consumer Financial Protection B …"

"… d by Congress in the last year, as well as new regulatory threats from the Environmental Protection Agency. “There are thousands of new and questionable rulemakings in the pipelin …"

Political inaction committees: How political action committees are spending your donations

By Josh Israel, Aaron Mehta and Gabriel Debenedetti

Jay Peters is a psychology instructor at a Durham, North Carolina, community college who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to conserv

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alvin Williams":

"… ommunications to previous and prospective donors. BAMPAC President and CEO Alvin Williams is also “principal” of NADIK Consulting, LLC, a business development a …"

Blue Dogs fill their bowls with cash

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Whether the subject is health care reform, climate change, or pay-as-you-go budgeting rules, almost everyone, it seems, suddenly wants to ta

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… bloc.” This is confirmed somewhat by the Center’s analysis of the 2008 National Journal annual Congressional vote rankings: on economic issues, the average Democr …"

Tracking lobbying giant PMA’s former clients

By Nick Schwellenbach

To say that Washington is a town built on relationships is an understatement. A recent example: In the wake of the embattled lobbying firm P

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… Rich Kaelin, Brian Morgan, Joseph Spata and Thomas Veltri. According to a National Journal story in February, “Two sources say that some clients have received comm …"

"… est for comment. However, Patrick Dorton, a spokesperson for PMA, told the National Journal, "It seems like clients are making their transition decisions based on the …"

Hidden Chamber of Commerce hand behind anti-Solis ad

By Aaron Mehta

There’s a new ad floating on the “BlogAds” network, and it’s quite a doozy. In giant font, the ad warns of “Obama’s ETHICAL Problem,” which

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… in 2007. The group does not disclose its backers, but according to a 2003 National Journal article (subscription only) “500 corporate and individual members help s …"

Koch's low profile belies political power

By Kevin Bogardus

Private oil company does both business and politics with the shades drawn

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… country's most prominent conservative and libertarian voices including the Cato Institute, the Reason Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Federalist So …"

"… 's other leading right-wing and libertarian advocacy groups.Among them:The Cato Institute. Charles Koch was a co-founder of this libertarian think tank in 1977. Koc …"

Commentary: Political mugging in America

By Charles Lewis

Anatomy of an "independent" smear campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… wild west town with no sheriff and no jail. For example, according to National Journal, we have the Republican 501(c)(4) organization, Progress for America, whic …"

Commentary: Lawsuit against Clean Air Act by members of Congress

By Curtis Moore

WASHINGTON, September 5, 2000 — For nearly a quarter-century, almost since the very day of his swearing in as a U.S. senator, Utah Republica

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard":

"… ress. These notes make it clear that Gray played a pivotal leadership role.Harvard scientist labeled “enemy”Notes from the November 1, 1996, meeting, for …"

"… support the EPA’s efforts at issuing the new rules, Joel Schwartz of the Harvard University School of Public Health. The notes say:“Spent a lot of time o …"

Party machines, lobbyists and special interests: Part three

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2000 — The goal of Texas Governor George W. Bush's advisers in the early days of the campaign was to make him the man t

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… osest friends represent or work for some of the biggest names in Corporate America. That comes as no surprise. During his long business career, as an oil exe …"

"… st for Bell South Corp., Amgen, CBS Corp., Glaxo Wellcome, Charles Schwab, American Financial Services, American Trucking Association, and U S West, among ot …"

"… n, CBS Corp., Glaxo Wellcome, Charles Schwab, American Financial Services, American Trucking Association, and U S West, among others.Bill Paxon is a politica …"

"… nt list includes Citigroup Inc., the Investment Company Institute, and the Americans for Fair Taxation. In 1998, Loeffler and his firm received $340,000 to r …"