Four years after passage, House keeps trying to kill Dodd-Frank

By Jared Bennett

On the fourth anniversary of the passage of landmark financial reform law, opponents still trying to kill it.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… 2010 to “halftime.” Even now, on the fourth anniversary of President Obama’s signing of Dodd-Frank into law, bank lobbyists and a core group of law …"

Class-action suit: Wrong to put kids into immigration court with no lawyers to help

By Susan Ferriss

Kids whose dad was killed by gangsters are among the plaintiffs in a suit arguing that children should have lawyers in immigration court.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… s, lawyers who work with immigrant kids have argued. This week, President Obama asked Congress to allocate $3.7 billion in emergency funds to finance a ra …"

Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare and legal specialists in rush to deport?

By Susan Ferriss

Child advocates are worried possible legal changes could cut off migrant kids' access to social workers, asylum lawyers.

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"… nd fully understand that they have a right to appear before an immigration judge.   Agents could assume a decisive role in assessing if kids are trul …"

"… If kids can’t talk to official government asylum officers or immigration judges, “they’re not going to get access to even ask for asylum,” said Jen …"

"… be transferred to a shelter and the right to appear before an immigration judge. Agents are also supposed to ask questions designed to help them decide if …"

"… ned at the nearest port of entry and give up that right to appear before a judge. However, as violence in Mexico has increased, more kids—like the boy in …"

Saving the penny makes cents for zinc-backed front group

By Erin Quinn

'Broad-based' group created to save the penny from extinction turns out to be backed by a company that supplies metal to make the coins.

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 into …"

"… y language, such as in the banner on its homepage that reads, “President Obama’s hit list — taking away your guns, closing down charities and destroy …"

How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic, endangering public health

By David Heath

A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… y paralyze EPA scientists who evaluate toxic chemicals. In 2009, President Obama signed an executive memorandum to try to stop political interfer …"

"… of Congress. The story of arsenic shows how easily industry thwarted the Obama’s administration’s effort to prevent interference with science. A ubiq …"

"… he agency managed to complete only two assessments. Within five months of Obama taking office, the EPA wrested back control of the process. The agency als …"

Leadership at Chemical Safety Board questioned amid investigation backlog

By Rosalind Adams

Evidence of ongoing management failures and a toxic work environment at the Chemical Safety Board was presented at a hearing Thursday.

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"… eadership by Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso, appointed by President Obama in 2010. Former board member Beth Rosenberg resigned from her positi …"

EPA plan would slash climate-damaging carbon emissions from 1,000 existing power plants

The EPA on Monday proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… released far-reaching rules aimed at fulfilling a key pillar of President Obama’s sweeping climate plan — to cut carbon pollution from both existing a …"

"… y presented the groundbreaking regulation as a “vital piece of President Obama’s climate plan” and “critical step forward” in the global fight ag …"

Shameful coverage of Obamacare's real impacts

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare coverage that doesn't inform.

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"… 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 …"

U.S. military describes its mistakes in Afghanistan

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A report by the Joint Chiefs of Staff says that both military and civilian officials failed to tackle corrosive corruption.

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"… co-published with Slate, Business Insider, and Globalpost. …"

"… no oversight or alignment with other … [U.S. government] efforts.” Obama heard some of this bad news directly in an exit briefing a year ago from t …"

"… o Afghanistan.” Allen’s assessment was in some ways unsurprising: The Obama administration is considering an accelerated drawdown of forces there — …"

"… Western authority assuming overarching responsibility for the problem. As Obama administration officials flirted with taking a more aggressive stance, Afg …"

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 "Obama":

"… veral new staff members and also hired Jim Messina, who led President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, to help with “grassroots initiatives,” i …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… te…the completion of Rokkasho,” the energy plan states. Publicly, the Obama administration has said little about Rokkasho, located on the Pacific Coas …"

"… n to proceed follows a joint announcement on March 24 by Abe and President Obama and Abe, at the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands, that Japan wou …"

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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"… uclear programs. The joint U.S.-Japanese statement, released by President Obama and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, said: “This effort involves the …"

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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"… t the March 24-25 summit in the Netherlands — convened at President Obama’s initiative — for the first time includes a suggestion that nati …"

"… y. At a speech in Seoul during the 2012 nuclear security summit, President Obama summarized U.S. concerns about plutonium stockpiles. “We simply can’t …"

"… ect or consolidate their stocks of weapons-grade uranium. Since President Obama took office in 2009, the number of countries with at least one kilogram of …"

Japan could be building an irresistible terrorist target, experts say

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

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"… out the spread of nuclear weapons technology — including some inside the Obama administration. Once it is running, the plant will produce thousands of g …"

"… that can be used as explosives. It all sounds calm and cordial. But since Obama was first elected, Washington has been lobbying furiously behind the scene …"

"… ation that everyone will do what they are expected to do,” said a senior Obama administration official, who asked not to be named while speaking about a …"

"… unofficially.” The situation has hardly improved since then, the senior Obama administration official said in a recent interview, speaking on condition …"

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 "Obama":

"… erly speechless, reduced to babbling as he tries to justify his claim that Obamacare is leading the United States to third world status, you must watch Dai …"

"… dly have heard a steady steam of politicians who are not fans of President Obama or his health care law insist that the U.S. has the best health care syste …"

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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"… thless and Burdened” series revealed that the number of Labor Department judges, who hear a wide range of workers’ compensation, immigration, wage and …"

"… t would add 10 people to the OALJ, though it’s unclear how many would be judges and how many would be support staff. The proposal comes on the heels of a …"

"… d that includes alleviating the backlog of cases before administrative law judges.” Paul Mapes, a retired judge in California, speculated by email …"

"… of cases before administrative law judges.” Paul Mapes, a retired judge in California, speculated by email that if 10 positions are added to the O …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… kyrocketed. Last week, six Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to President Obama imploring him to provide resources in the coming budget to ease the logjam …"

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.

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"… 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 …"

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