'These families are not victims:' readers react to our prison bankers investigation

By Sarah Whitmire

While some readers were grateful for our reporting on prison bankers, others were far from sympathetic.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… to you for calling JPay and other companies out in your article! I live in Florida and my husband is incarcerated in the Florida Department of Corrections. I …"

"… t in your article! I live in Florida and my husband is incarcerated in the Florida Department of Corrections. It is very expensive to have a loved one in pri …"

Health insurers turning into who knows what?

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: health insurers are transforming themselves — but into what?

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… roup’s website, it is “the most diversified health care company in the United States and a leader worldwide in helping people live healthier lives…” WellP …"

"… ida. We’re here to be the best health solutions company in the United States.” What all of those companies’ executives understand is that if profi …"

'Zombie' homes haunt Florida neighborhoods

By Alison Fitzgerald and Jared Bennett

Neighborhoods devastated by thousands of abandoned homes as banks fail to follow through on foreclosures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Social Security Administration":

"… those of her daughter, and their Medicare benefits were being cut off. The Social Security Administration said she lied on her application when she failed to disclose she  …"

Homeowners steamrolled as Florida courts clear foreclosure backlog

By Alison Fitzgerald

Why are Florida's courts rushing to clear more than 700 foreclosure cases per day?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citigroup":

"… ervicers, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Ally Financial (formerly GMAC), Citigroup, and Wells Fargo. That was the case that led to the massive settlement th …"

GOP opposition to Obamacare baffles Dr. Sullivan

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: former HHS Secretary Sullivan says Obamacare resembles plan crafted by Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican National Committee":

"… s and reduce health care disparities among people of color. Honored by the Republican National Committee in February — Black History Month — as one of three GOP “trailblazer …"

EPA abandons major radiation cleanup in Florida, despite cancer concerns

By Douglas P. Guarino

Federal agency abandons phosphate-mining clean-up, leaving more than 100,000 residents at risk of exposure to cancer-causing radiation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… nmental Protection Agency is walking away after a decades-long battle with Florida politicians and industry officials over cleaning up phosphate-mining waste …"

"… 0-square-mile residential area midway between Orlando and Tampa. However, Florida officials have long argued that the affected area need not be cleaned up i …"

"… , critics say. In a joint statement to Global Security Newswire, the Florida health and environment departments say they have no plans to examine the s …"

"… monitoring is not necessary. The statement, provided to GSN by Florida environmental protection spokeswoman Mara Burger, suggests the EPA decisio …"

Tampa and Miami in cold war over Cuban trade

As hardline politics in Miami dominate debate about Cuba, Tampa looks to capitalize on Florida’s communist neighbor.

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"… er the Tampa chamber returned from Cuba, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Chairman Alberto Dosal declined to speak about the issue, instead issuing an emaile …"

Potential benefits of Cuban trade

Florida businesses have been planning for the lifting of the U.S. embargo for decades. Here are some of the potential opportunities.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Port":

"… he U.S. embargo for decades. Among the potential opPortunities: A Boon to Ports Cuba lacks warehouses that could accommodate widespread shipping. That m …"

More on Fred Humphries, FBI friend of Jill Kelley

By David Heath

Fred Humphries, who helped initiatiate the invetigation of Patraeus, praised for his interrogations of suspected terroists

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… cialite who along with her husband hosted events for top military brass in Tampa. Kelley went to Humphries last May when she received suspicious anonymous …"

"… Kelley and Gen. John Allen, top commander in Afghanistan. Other agents in Tampa reportedly kept Humphries out of the investigation because of his intense …"

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 "Senate":

"… e designed to aid.The advertising surge included several high-profile U.S. Senate races.Republicans need a net gain of four seats to wrest control of the Se …"

"… te races.Republicans need a net gain of four seats to wrest control of the Senate away from Democrats.In Indiana, allies of Richard Mourdock have poured at …"

"… ervative groups sunk at least $1.8 million into the Missouri race for U.S. Senate, where they hoped to defeat incumbent Democrat, Sen. Claire McCaskill.McCa …"

"… ps have spent nearly $70 million on advertisements in five hotly contested Senate races — Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.Conservative …"

Daily Disclosure: It's labor versus tea party in PA House race

By Rachael Marcus

Unions pumping money into redrawn House district in Pennsylvania.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… from the NRCC and a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, the Republican Party is fighting hard for him.An endorsement from the Tea …"

Corporate cash helps fuel Democratic convention despite pledges

By Michael Beckel

Democrats kick off their convention in Charlotte Tuesday with plenty of corporate support despite grass roots pledge.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… cy Bailey.For John Sebree, the senior vice president of public policy with Florida REALTORS, which had a role in supporting events at both conventions, the a …"

OPINION: The illusory promise of free-market health care miracles

By Wendell Potter

Republicans keep touting free-market health care, but there's no evidence it works.

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance executives":

"… n just because, well, they can, thanks to the free market.The story quoted insurance executives saying that one of the reasons insurers are raising premiums is because th …"

OPINION: Physicians' group will barnstorm conventions with truth-telling on ObamaCare

By Wendell Potter

Doctors for America will provide reality check, dispense free care.

Excerpts from this story referencing "health insurance":

"… ier this month, the Affordable Care Act made lifetime and annual limits on health insurance policies, including student policies, a thing of the past.One of the goals …"

Bailed-out banks, Freddie Mac, AIG gave $6 million to 2008 conventions

By John Dunbar and Michael Beckel

Corporate donors to 2008 party conventions included financial institutions bailed out by government.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank of America":

"… oldman Sachs and Citigroup; $150,000 from Morgan Stanley and $100,000 from Bank of America.Most of the banks and other institutions that made contributions to the co …"

Romney, Santorum share Super Tuesday momentum

By The Associated Press

Romney, Santorum and even Gingrich share Super Tuesday momentum

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… 4 delegates to win the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., this summer.In interviews across all of the primary states, Republi …"

FACT CHECK: Flubs in Florida

By FactCheck.Org

Facts took a beating in Monday's GOP candidate debate

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"… ri Robertson …"

FACT CHECK: An antidote for Bachmann’s anecdote

By FactCheck.Org

Republican's story of HPV vaccine leading to mental retardation is backed up by no scientific evidence, medical precedent

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… ficient evidence to establish that the vaccine caused those.The Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly related an anecdote about a post-debate encoun …"

"… neurological systems that would affect brain function," Bocchini said.The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, O. Marion Burton, also released ast …"

"… f Pediatrics would like to correct false statements made in the Republican presidential campaign that HPV vaccine is dangerous and can cause mental retardation …"

FACT CHECK: Bachmann, Perry butt heads on STD vaccine

By FactCheck.Org

Republican candidates disagree on a wide range of topics: STD vaccines to Social Security

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… ebate was held Sept. 12 at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, and was sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express. The audience was made …"

Perry assembles extraordinary bundler ranks in early weeks of campaign

By Peter H. Stone

Rick Perry recruits hundreds of bundlers to jumpstart his fledgling campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "Henry Barbour":

"… erry campaign is off to a fast start on the finance side,” Mississippian Henry Barbour, who has pledged to raise $500,000, told iWatch News. At this early stage, …"

FBI brags about chasing down mortgage fraudsters but big banks are left untouched

By Michael Hudson

FBI report identifies mortgage fraudsters of all stripes – except banks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… ive in investigating mortgage fraud were Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Tampa, Detroit, Washington, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, and Salt Lake City, t …"

Federal red tape traps disabled borrowers with student loan debt

Borrowers who become severely disabled can get federal student loans forgiven, but the program for deciding whether they qualify is a dysfun

Excerpts from this story referencing "department spokesman":

"… and shortcomings with the system and the process for some time,” says a department spokesman, Justin Hamilton. “We have been working to remedy those, including the d …"

What’s the cost of fixing BP’s image?

By Aaron Mehta

BP tripled its spending on corporate advertising after its devastating crude oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico in April, paying more than $93.4

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… ormation at the suggestion of fellow Democrat Kathy Castor, who represents Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast. In July, Castor criticized BP for what she desc …"

State of the Union address highlights issues examined by Center for Public Integrity

By Josh Israel

A series of recent Center for Public Integrity stories provide an illuminating reality check on some of the points made by President Barack

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… w factories that manufacture clean energy products. Tomorrow, I’ll visit Tampa, Florida, where workers will soon break ground on a new high-speed railroa …"

Winter ends for the high-speed rail lobby

By Matthew Lewis

The transportation world is buzzing over the President’s visit to Florida Thursday, reportedly to announce the lucky recipients of $8 billio

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… e microchip manufacturer Intel and Jacksonville-based freight railway CSX. Tampa’s Hillsborough County was among other new entrants. Florida’s state go …"

How one bank failure illustrates lapses by regulators

By Keith Epstein

Overseers of Florida Bank noted risky lending, but failed to act

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oakland":

"… are scrambling to find ways to shore it up. Matthew Anderson, a partner at Oakland-based banking research firm Foresight Analytics, estimates that 3,000 fina …"

The Republican convention: The party begins in New York City, paid for by special interests

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2004 — President Bush will accept his party's nomination in New York City at the Republican National Convention, an e

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… balloons drop from the Madison Square Garden ceiling. Kimberly Hippler, a spokeswoman for GM, told the Center that donating the vehicles is “good for the poli …"

Counting the costs: Convention boosters promise a windfall that rarely materializes

By Meredith O'Brien

This year's Republican convention in New York City is expected to cost by some estimates up to $166 million. Federal taxpayers will pay near

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… ame year, Florida officials, who were trying to lure the GOP convention to Tampa-St. Petersburg, publicly debated whether they wanted to commit anywhere fr …"

Wining and dining the GOP

By Meredith O'Brien

While shopping for a host city for the Republican National Convention, nearly two dozen GOP officials were wined, dined, entertained and fet

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… , Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and, of course, the home of the hanging chad, Tampa-St. Petersburg made a hard sell. Among the features of its whirlwind tour, …"

"… versity Club on the 38th floor, with a view of the sunset and skyline with Tampa Mayor Dick Greco and U.S. Representative Adam Putnam.Dinner at the landmar …"

"… , followed by Paella a la Valenciana and flan dessert,” according to The Tampa Tribune.Three-hour bus tour of hotels in Tampa.Lunch at the Ice Palace (fr …"

"… essert,” according to The Tampa Tribune.Three-hour bus tour of hotels in Tampa.Lunch at the Ice Palace (freshly scrubbed after the previous night’s Tom …"

The state money race

By Derek Willis

Democrats outraised GOP in the states, but have little to show for it

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… e, had a primary fight between former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and Tampa attorney Bill McBride, with McBride eventually winning the nomination.Unde …"