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 "United States":

"… individuals located both within and beyond the territorial borders of the United States.” In 2009, when Brennan first met with Lesniak, his organization collect …"

Japan reaffirms its plan to produce plutonium

By Douglas Birch and Jake Adelstein

The Abe government’s new energy plan calls for completing the Rokkasho plutonium fuel factory despite U.S. concern it poses terrorism risks

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"… weeks after Japan pledged to return hundreds of pounds of plutonium to the United States for disposal, the Japanese government on April 11 formally endor …"

What's the point, WellPoint?

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… dly be remarkable price increases” for health insurance sold through the Obamacare-created exchanges, I remembered the outrage his firm provoked four yea …"

"… its for 2009, almost twice as much as the year before, also gave President Obama what might have been his most effective talking point for reform. “If we …"

"… form. “If we don't act, this is just a preview of coming attractions,” Obama said. “Premiums will continue to rise for folks with insurance. Millions …"

"… her (and) our deficits will continue to grow larger.” Within six weeks, Obama was able to sign into law the bill that undoubtedly will be his most impor …"

Japan confirms it will return some nuclear explosive materials to U.S.

By Douglas Birch

The amount of plutonium is a small fraction of what the country could soon begin making annually.

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"… it will ship hundreds of pounds of nuclear explosive materials back to the United States, after using it for decades to conduct research on nuclear reactor fuels. …"

"… sotopes, that aren’t explosives but could be used to sicken or kill, the United States also pledged with 22 other nations attending the summit to try to secure a …"

"… here. According to the White House, once the Tokai uranium arrives in the United States, it will be diluted or “down-blended” into low-enriched uranium for us …"

"… other civilian purposes. The plutonium meanwhile will be stored pending a United States decision on how to get rid of its excess plutonium. The statement also sa …"

Improving security for nuclear explosives remains a diplomatic struggle

By Douglas Birch

A two-day international summit attended by President Obama next week is unlikely to move beyond stopgap measures and vague promises.

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"… al advisor to Vice President Joe Biden for nuclear security, said that the United States has been trying for years to persuade countries with large stocks to agree …"

"… y and civilian sites in 25 countries. The majority of this total is in the United States and Russia, but large stocks also exist in the United Kingdom, France, Ind …"

"… y one of them is Japan, which will announce its intention to return to the United States 330 kilograms (730 pounds) of U.S.- and United Kingdom-origin high-quality …"

"… m in the National Security Council, said in an interview with CPI that the United States “makes no assumptions” about the relative security of military stores. …"

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 "United States":

"… to provide the building blocks for a huge nuclear arsenal. Publicly, the United States has said little about Japan’s plans to enlarge its already substantial h …"

"… two countries’ security cultures. Japan has been far less ready than the United States to imagine and prepare for nuclear-related disasters; its federal agencies …"

"… eactors. (Breeder reactors — a technology considered and rejected in the United States more than 30 years ago — are so named because they can produce more plut …"

"… kind preferred by weapons designers, that Japan has agreed to send to the United States. It was sent there by the United States and Britain in the 1960s and 1970s …"

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 "United States":

"… to babbling as he tries to justify his claim that Obamacare is leading the United States to third world status, you must watch Daily Show “correspondent” Aasif …"

"… Brock told Mandvi that 90 percent of RAM’s work is actually now in the United States. You can say, and even believe, that the U.S. has the best health care sy …"

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.

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"… llion for the coming fiscal year to hire 10 employees in the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ). The final installment of …"

"… enter’s “Breathless and Burdened” series revealed that the number of Labor Department judges, who hear a wide range of workers’ compensation, immig …"

"… made public by the Center, from Chief Judge Stephen Purcell to then-Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris. Purcell wrote that “we are fast reaching a point …"

"… we will not likely recover for years to come.” In a statement Thursday, Labor Department spokesman Jesse Lawder wrote that if the agency gets the reques …"

Obama announces foundation-funded project to help black, Latino youth

By Susan Ferriss

'My Brother's Keeper' is a $200 million program aimed at keeping minority youth out of the criminal justice system.

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"… t work together to create more pathways for them to flourish.” …"

"… d fall victim to violence. “This is an issue of national importance,” Obama said at the White House. “It is an issue that goes to the heart of why I …"

"… When people hear a range of grim statistics about men and boys of color, Obama said, “We just assume this is an inevitable part of American life instea …"

"… young men from dropping out, getting arrested and getting “profiled,” Obama said, isn’t “some big government program.” The projects range from …"

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 "Obama":

"… lyzed the membership of three advisory committees established by President Obama and the governors of Maryland and Pennsylvania. All three groups were task …"

Labor Department unveils changes to aid miners in black lung benefits cases

By Chris Hamby

Following the series Breathless and Burdened, U.S. officials unveil a series of initiatives to create a level playing field for coal miners.

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"… s following a series of reforms announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor. The initiatives, effective immediately, represent an attempt by the Labo …"

"… abor. The initiatives, effective immediately, represent an attempt by the Labor Department to create a more level playing field for coal miners navigating …"

"… nd quality in the decisions.” Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., called the Labor Department’s initiatives “a step in the right direction,” and Rep. G …"

"… their families receive justice. I’ll continue to push the Department of Labor to make the necessary reforms to get this right.” A spokesman for the N …"

Comcast, Time Warner rivals may see opportunity in mega-merger

By Allan Holmes

The Comcast-Time Warner merger may be embraced by industry rivals who see an opportunity for their own deals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… al gain. That’s the guarantee of a free and open Internet that President Obama has pursued since being first elected in 2008. Charter Communications Inc …"

Obama to lament DeVry grad's student debt

By Daniel Wagner

Graduates of for-profit company’s schools default at much higher rates than national average.

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"… ion and called on colleges to slow tuition hikes.     …"

"… ling debt and scant job prospects. During his State of the Union address, Obama is expected to identify an audience member who carries a massive debt burd …"

"… f anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the speech publicly. Obama will use the woman, a single mother, to illustrate the challenge faced by …"

"… nd strike out on their own, agency officials have said. Tonight will mark Obama’s most direct reference in a State of the Union address to how he believ …"

Pay no attention to those insurance lobbyists behind the Medicare curtain!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: 'grass-roots' campaign actually comes from health insurers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… er costs, fewer benefits and a loss of provider choice if Congress and the Obama Administration don’t take action to keep planned rate cuts from going in …"

"… and want to keep” is, of course, a not-so-subtle reference to President Obama’s ill-advised assurance that “if you like your health care plan, you c …"

Afghanistan's narcotics problems grow worse

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Mattie Quinn

A costly and ambitious U.S. effort to curtail Afghanistan's poppy production falters as U.S. forces draw down.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… hed with Foreign Policy. …"

"… attering light on the costly U.S. effort, which is now winding down as the Obama administration prepares to pull additional troops from the country. From …"

"… d Province, the principal locus of the U.S. miltary’s “surge” during Obama’s first term. This grim news is a boon to the Taliban, which is now dra …"

"… fghanistan now produces more than 80 percent of the world's opium. But the Obama administration seems uninterested in shifting course. Its spending on the …"

Hacking attempt draws congressional investigation of FEC

By Dave Levinthal

Reps. from both parties seek answers about security meltdowns and operational woes at Federal Election Commission.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… e, too, has repeatedly refused to comment on the FEC's problems. Obama spokesman Eric Schultz told the Center this month it will "get a response …"

Global progress seen in securing nuclear materials

By Douglas Birch

Ranking given to the United States for its security of nuclear materials slips over the past two years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… n the Netherlands in March. The summits were launched in 2010 by President Obama to highlight the dangers from fissile materials and the need to secure the …"

"… ior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the Obama administration failed to push hard enough for passage of the implementing …"

Obamacare and emergency rooms: a bit of perspective needed

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Oregon study cited by critics requires perspective.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… isits by a few thousand Oregon Medicaid beneficiaries undoubtedly gave the Obama administration heartburn last week. Although the study predated the M …"

"… es were not drawn. Headline writers were quick to draw their conclusions: Obamacare would not reduce unnecessary ER visits. “Emergency Visits Seen Incr …"

"… aw,” read the headline above the New York Times story last Thursday. “Obamacare Medicaid Expansion to Worsen Hospital ER Burden,” said Bloomberg. A …"

"… icaid Increases Usage of Emergency Rooms, Undermining Central Rational for Obamacare.” “For years,” wrote Forbes columnist Avik Roy, “it has been …"

Top environment investigations from 2013

By The Center for Public Integrity

In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite environment and workers' rights investigations from 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… tion, health fears. Keep reading Climate plan, coal pushback President Obama's climate plan, vital to his green agenda, is drawing close scrutiny — a …"

Top politics investigations from 2013

By The Center for Public Integrity

In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite politics investigations from 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… ambassadorships big money can bring So far in his second term, President Obama has nominated 23 elite fundraisers, or bundlers, to top diplomatic posts. …"

Obamacare: yes, there's plenty in it for you

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: polling shows public doesn't understand the law.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… ther places soon. …"

"… of decades.  The reality is that the rate of premium increases since Obama signed the Affordable Care Act has been lower than in many previous years. …"

"… first three days of last week, including 20,000 in one day. And President Obama said Friday that another 1 million had signed up for coverage nationwide d …"

"… ore about how the reform law is affecting us, check out my new eBook, Obamacare: What’s in It for Me? What Everyone Needs to Know About the Affordab …"

Fighting over Aetna's disclosure

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: good government group alleges insurer isn't coming clean on political spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… ellation notices to renew their cancelled policies next year, as President Obama had requested, the company was accused in a lawsuit of sending out false a …"

"… House facing tough reelection fights to continue pushing for the repeal of Obamacare. The Chamber has also spent millions of dollars on anti-Obamacare ads. …"

"… epeal of Obamacare. The Chamber has also spent millions of dollars on anti-Obamacare ads. More than $100 million spent by the Chamber in 2009 and 2010 on s …"

A year after Newtown, searching for answers in the nation’s schools

By Nicholas Kusnetz

A year after Newtown, communities searching for answers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… tops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said. President Obama announced a broad plan in January encompassing both gun control and s …"

Sorting out why insurers cancel policies

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: blaming Obamacare masks real motives.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… e at a better price. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act. …"

"… the industry’s big PR and lobbying group, had nothing good to say about Obama’s proposal, keep in mind that she doesn’t run an insurance company.&nb …"

"… th plans next year. Many of them are having to switch plans not because of Obamacare but because their insurance companies want to move them into policies …"

"… silver bullet from the insurance industry: high-deductible plans. Before Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies already were making ra …"

'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 "Obama":

"… Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, gave heavily to help re-elect President Obama last year. ‘Dwarfed’ In Minnesota, liberal donor Alida Messinger (a …"

"… time for the general election. The ads praised Fox for opposing Obamacare. Fox and Bucy raised a combined $750,000 for their own campaigns, acc …" disaster symptom of larger problem

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: website's problems speak to broader issue.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… ealth care reform another opportunity to persuade the American public that Obamacare is a failure and should be scuttled. The House Energy and Commerce co …"

"… he pithiest sound bites their staffers could come up with to embarrass the Obama administration. Let’s suspend disbelief for a moment and pretend that m …"

"… unded it, just as the current GOP-led House has tried repeatedly to defund Obamacare. The fact that there is no OTA helps explain the embarrassing questio …"

"… projects. As Johnson and Harper Reed, former chief technology officer of Obama for America, wrote in a New York Times op-ed Friday, “Much of the proble …"

Lobbying dips overall, but the beat goes on for guns, drugs and agriculture

By Dave Levinthal

But third-quarter expenditures are down for many special interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… esentative for the association could not be reached for comment. Ahead of Obamacare implementation on Oct. 1, drug makers Amgen Inc. ($2.52 million) and G …"

"… r spent a healthy $820,000 during the third quarter. “We know President Obama and Harry Reid are counting votes and will move to pass any gun control bi …"

Opponents' missteps locked in Obamacare's future

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: Republicans overplayed their hand, just as WellPoint did in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… re Act would not go forward. Their victory did not come about because the Obama administration or Democrats in Congress has successfully carried out a win …"

"… ns’ strategy of intimidation had backfired badly and even served to make Obamacare more popular with the public. This despite the fact that the federally …"

"… gle Wendell Potter column, or Center for Public Integrity investigation on ObamaCare, Medicare, and public health.  Sign up now to receive our Health …"

"… making them some of the highest paid executives in the country. President Obama promptly used the proposed rate increase as a reason why reform was so urg …"

Reader-approved analysis from Wendell Potter

By Sarah Whitmire

Revisit some of the best analysis from former health insurance exec-turned-whistleblower, Wendell Potter.

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"… e hope you find value in some of his best analysis and explanation of Obamacare.   Guess which Obamacare provisions were actually thought up by …"

"… his best analysis and explanation of Obamacare.   Guess which Obamacare provisions were actually thought up by Republicans? From May 13, 2013 …"

"… s compete online for customers.” Read the rest   The fiction of Obamacare 'rate shock', from Sept. 3, 2013 “I predict that beginning Oct. 1, …"

"… nstituents who believe their policies have grown more expensive because of Obamacare.” Read the rest   Drug companies have armies of lobbyists, …"

EPA proposes crackdown on emissions from new gas, coal-fired power plants

By Kristen Lombardi

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… brings the agency one step closer to fulfilling a key pillar of President Obama’s sweeping climate plan — cutting carbon pollution from both new and e …"