Standard and Poor's enforcement falls short

By Jared Bennett

The SEC levied fines and a one-year ban on credit rating titan S&P but did not address key issues identified in a Center report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Credit rating":

"… id major reforms despite being implicated in the financial crisis of 2008. Credit rating companies gave toxic mortgages triple-A Credit ratings, a symptom of an in …"

Lobbying disclosures leave public in the dark

By Marcelo Rochabrun and Dave Levinthal

Despite efforts to beef up laws regulating lobbyists, public is in the dark when it comes to what firms are up to in Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Department of Justice":

"… changing federal law to put lobbying enforcement in the hands of the main U.S. Department of Justice, not the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Craig Holman, a lobb …"

Credit rating industry dodges reforms, despite role in financial meltdown

By Alison Fitzgerald

Despite playing a central role in the economic collapse, firms that gave inflated ratings to toxic bonds remain untouched by reforms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Goldman Sachs Group Inc.":

"… nt by Moody’s of the risks,” the company said in its SEC filing. When Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in March wanted to sell commercial mortgage bonds, it sought ratings from …"

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 "Physician":

"… visits. Dr. Reid Blackwelder, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, said that in his experience the home visits often aren’t well coordina …"

Skyrocketing salaries for health insurance CEOs

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: soaring compensation, rising stock prices don't justify higher premiums.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… they can hike premiums high enough to satisfy shareholders. According to Health Plan Week, a trade publication, the CEOs of the 11 largest for-profit comp …"

"… y were this time last year. Of those 11 companies (Aetna, Centene, Cigna, Health Net, Humana, Molina, Triple-S Management Corp., UnitedHealth Group, Univer …"

"… ntene, Cigna, Health Net, Humana, Molina, Triple-S Management Corp., UnitedHealth Group, Universal American, Wellcare, and WellPoint) nine saw their stocks …"

"…  of big Health insurance companies make. Unless you subscribe to Health Plan Week, it’s not likely you will stumble across their salaries. Nor i …"

Health insurers have their way with regulators

By Fred Schulte

Billions in Medicare Advantage overpayments likely gone for good.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… clined to comment beyond that. Officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the HHS agency that actually runs the program, declined to …"

"… ely for the millions of seniors they sign up. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conducts its own periodic audits — separate from the HHS IG eff …"

New audits may recover missing millions — or not

By Fred Schulte

Secretive audits target some Medicare Advantage plans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid Services":

"… 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 of these …"

Feds investigating allegations that Humana Inc. overcharged Medicare Advantage program

By Fred Schulte

Whistleblower suit at center of Medicare Advantage overbilling allegations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Justice":

"… continue to investigate these matters ourselves and to cooperate with the Department of Justice, as we have all along.” Humana, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is a maj …"

"… of potential fraudulent conduct by Humana to the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in Washington,” prosecutors wrote in November 2013. “The conduct at i …"

Meet the Banking Caucus, Wall Street's secret weapon in Washington

By Daniel Wagner and Alison Fitzgerald

Industry campaign cash flows to pro-bank activists in Congress, yielding big returns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gregory Meeks":

"… -W.Va.; Sean Duffy, R-Wis.; Jim Himes, D-Conn.; Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo.; Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.; Ed Royce, R-Calif.; David Scott, D-Ga.; Steve Stivers, R-Ohio; an …"

Lauded public health researcher also worked for industry, revealing entanglements of science

By David Heath

A late UC Berkeley dean pushed public health reforms — while also working for industry, revealing the deep reach of corporate science.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jim Morris":

"… lection as I try to fathom what the hell she could have been thinking.” Jim Morris and Sam Pearson contributed to this report. …"

Facing lawsuits over deadly asbestos, paper giant launched secretive research program

By Jim Morris

Facing 60,000 asbestos claims over a product it once sold, Georgia-Pacific responded with a legal pushback — and secretive science.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minneapolis":

"… ief litigation counsel. Childs had been in private practice in Chicago and Minneapolis and decided to “repot” himself in Atlanta, he told the publication&nbs …"

Wall Street favorite Rep. Garrett flirts with default

By Alison Fitzgerald

Will investment firms that deal in U.S. Treasury securities regret their support of GOP congressmen who are flirting with default?

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Treasury":

"… itics. That includes $39,500 from the PACs sponsored by primary dealers in U.S. Treasury securities, the 21 companies that are designated to buy debt directly from …"

Majority of funds recovered in Stanford Ponzi scheme spent by receiver

By Lauren Kyger and Alison Fitzgerald

Lawyer recovering funds for victims in Stanford Ponzi scheme spends $124 million to recover $235 million.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Antigua":

"… ’s assets,” involving multiple national governments and liquidators in Antigua where Stanford International Bank was located. In March, Janvey reached a …"

Ex-SEC chief now helps companies navigate post-meltdown reforms

By Lauren Kyger, Alison Fitzgerald and John Dunbar

Former regulators profit from their experience with jobs, book deals and speaking fees.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Timothy Geithner":

"… hat the crisis spawned. Other former top regulators — like Hank Paulson, Timothy Geithner and Sheila Bair — have written books based on their experience and joine …"

"… ed into the White House and former New York Federal Reserve Bank President Timothy Geithner assumed Paulson’s job. The discussion in Washington turned from bailout …"

"… n only imagine what might have happened had we not acted so decisively.” Timothy Geithner While America’s largest financial institutions were on the brink of fal …"

"… largest financial institutions were on the brink of falling like dominos, Timothy Geithner emerged from the shadows of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to become …"

Subprime lending execs back in business five years after crash

By Daniel Wagner

Executives from all of the top 25 subprime lending firms are working in the mortgage business five years later.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… adjustable rate mortgages and down payments as low as 5 percent. A company spokeswoman said Rushmore’s loans meet government standards and that some government …"

"… eversed so that she and George can remain in the house. A Bank of America spokeswoman said the bank does not comment on open litigation. The company is negotiat …"

Ex-Wall Street chieftains living large in post-meltdown world

By Alison Fitzgerald

CEOs of banks that fueled the subprime crisis that led to the economic meltdown largely avoid consequences.

Excerpts from this story referencing "London":

"… it had lost billions because of bad bets by a rogue derivatives trader in London. Dimon came under investigation for minimizing the issue to investors — …"

"… 5 million, as a result of the derivatives loss that became known as the “London whale.” Blankfein owns about $256 million of Goldman shares, according t …"

Bear Stearns mortgage executives have plum jobs on Wall Street

By Lauren Kyger and Alison Fitzgerald

Executives from the mortgage finance division that helped sink Bear Stearns have similar jobs at major Wall Street banks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citigroup":

"… eptable to me." ResCap, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup settled for $25 billion with the Justice Department over what be …"

Canada buoyed by former U.S. ambassador

By Reity O'Brien

Former U.S. ambassador in Ottawa now representing Canadian governments, interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil":

"… ent $240,000 for Nelson Mullins to lobby Capitol Hill regarding Canada’s oil sands industry, records indicate.  Additionally, Wilkins has sat on …"

Report: Hundreds of former SEC employees representing clients before agency

By Dave Levinthal

Report: Hundreds of former agency employees representing private clients before body.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… ow employed by. POGO released a related study in 2011. …"

Investment managers top list of super PAC donors

By Rachael Marcus and Andrea Fuller

Hedge fund managers, other investors top donors by industry to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… mocratic super PACs.Romney himself was a private equity man in his days at Bain Capital, which he co-founded.“They view [Romney] as one of them,” said David K …"

Top 5 super PAC donors by industry

Investing, casinos top list thanks to billionaires' donations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Israel":

"… w on overseas profits that are repatriated to the U.S., strong support for Israel.Industry’s interests: Removing online gaming restrictions and expanding …"

Growth of electronic medical records eases path to inflated bills

By Fred Schulte

Billing software helps medical professionals document higher fees.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… er Trussell, who directs the investigations unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. “We are all excited abo …"

"… e more diligently would justify higher codes and fees. The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an advocate for pressing ahead with electronic h …"

"… he administration of President George W. Bush. In July 2005, the American Health Information Management Association identified an “unintended incentive f …"

"… ch was commissioned by HHS officials. Two months later, a second American Health Information Management Association panel stated that “without a delibera …"

FACT CHECK: Is Romney to blame for cancer death?

By FactCheck.Org

Factcheck.org takes on a controversial new ad from the a pro-Obama super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… id it certainly didn’t help. Others blamed the union or competition from Asia. In a 1999 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, t …"

"… stated, “Distressed economic conditions in other countries, particularly Asia, have resulted in record levels of imported steel products into the domest …"

AdWatch: Romney ad accuses Obama campaign of lies

By The Associated Press

AdWatch: Romney ad accuses Obama campaign of dishonest attacks on outsourcing

Excerpts from this story referencing "manufacturing":

"… olson Burnes Group Inc. specifically told federal regulators it outsourced manufacturing of 75 percent of its photo frames to "Far Eastern countries," including Ch …"

Report: Countrywide won influence with discounts

By The Associated Press

Subprime lender Countrywide bought influence of Washington elite with mortgage discounts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Angelo Mozilo":

"… he discounts were ordered personally by former Countrywide chief executive Angelo Mozilo. Those recipients were known as "Friends of Angelo."The Justice Department …"

OSHA rules on workplace toxics stalled

By Jim Morris

Rules that would reduce worker exposures to two well-known lung hazards, beryllium and silica, are stuck in the regulatory pipeline.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions":

"… ess at OSHA is broken,” Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, said at a hearing on the GAO audit.It takes OSHA twice as long as the Dep …"

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Shelley Faye Adelson":

"… e Miriam Adelson, stepdaughters Yasmin Lukatz and Sivan Ochshorn, daughter Shelley Faye Adelson, four other children (one deceased). Biography: After bankrolling the ma …"

Government can't keep up with information requests

By The Associated Press

Obama administration responded to more requests than ever in 2011, but still lags behind

Excerpts from this story referencing "Social Security Administration":

"… ce, Securities and Exchange Commission, Small Business Administration, the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Postal Service.By Associated Press writers Richard Lardner an …"

Energy-backed firms award bonuses, file bankruptcy

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

The DOE financed green energy companies that later fell into bankruptcy — but not before the firms awarded big executive bonuses

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles Gassenheimer":

"… $725,000 in bonuses to three executives — including $450,000 to then-CEO Charles Gassenheimer, who led Biden on the tour. This January, Ener1 filed for Chapter 11 bankr …"

FACT CHECK: Obama White House ‘full of Wall Street executives’?

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative super PAC runs ad on 'Obama's Wall Street Inner Circle'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gregory Craig":

"… list — but not a Wall Street executive — is former White House counsel Gregory Craig. After leaving the administration, Craig joined the law firm of Skadden, A …"

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