'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 "Tampa":

"… om Spencer: “My son was recently placed in Hillsborough County jail in Tampa. He is 28 going on 12 from a physical and mental state and he make many po …"

Health insurers turning into who knows what?

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Prudential":

"… peers were Aetna — which initially was just a life insurer — MetLife, Prudential and Travelers. All were selling health insurance by this time. But within …"

"… some of their businesses so they could focus on just one or two. MetLife, Prudential and Travelers all sold their health care business and Aetna and Cigna deci …"

'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 "lawyer":

"… s,” Lee said. Driving around north Jacksonville, Allison Albert, a lawyer at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid who is representing Young, guides a to …"

"… de that before they file a foreclosure,” said Albert, the legal services lawyer who has several clients living in rentals while the houses they once calle …"

"… use and forgive the loan if a borrower defaults, said Andrew Pizor, a lawyer at the National Consumer Law Center in Washington. “They can say, ‘We …"

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 "Wells Fargo":

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

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 "Nathan Deal":

"… n is especially dismayed that so many Republican governors, including Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, where Sullivan was born and still lives, have refused to expan …"

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 "Environment":

"… ent if I was on that side," said the source. "You'd be stupid not to." …"

"… but the agency took no action and residential development continued. The Environmental Protection Agency paid little attention to the Lakeland area sites until …"

"… conduct the survey. The agreement Last March, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection proposed that the state — rather than the federal governmen …"

"… ent by Jorge Caspary, waste management director at Florida's Department of Environmental Protection, to Franklin Hill, EPA Region 4 Superfund director. Hill agr …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tampa":

"… cinsightnetwork.org. …"

"… d Cuba in hopes of becoming its future trading partner. Business owners in Tampa talk of how they’ll capitalize when the island opens up, and politicians …"

"… eople of Cuban ancestry in the Miami metro area, compared to 81,542 in the Tampa Bay area. But Tampa has spent the past decade on a careful plan to build …"

"… ry in the Miami metro area, compared to 81,542 in the Tampa Bay area. But Tampa has spent the past decade on a careful plan to build relationships with Cu …"

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 "Tampa":

"… ts. Miami would seem to be the best fit for proximity, but larger ports in Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville will offer competition, as well as the n …"

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 "Virginia":

"… ents in five hotly contested Senate races — Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.Conservative groups account for 62 percent of the spending, …"

"… n up spending” and endorsed “defense cuts that could kill over 200,000 Virginia jobs,” according to one attack ad.Meanwhile, VoteVets Action Fund, a Dem …"

"… len has repeatedly “turned his back” on veterans, a key voting bloc in Virginia.“If George Allen thinks veterans’ programs are a waste, maybe voting f …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… r. Rothfus also has financial support from the tea party-aligned super PAC FreedomWorks for America, headed up by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and Clu …"

"… Party is fighting hard for him.An endorsement from the Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks for America and Club for Growth has earned Rothfus a badge of acceptance f …"

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 "UnitedHealth Group":

"… , Bank of America, Duke Energy, Time Warner Cable, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, UnitedHealth Group, Piedmont Natural Gas, US Airways and law and lobbying firm McGuireWoods.T …"

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 "Medicare":

"… round. And that we should reward insurers for their failure by turning the Medicare program over to them.In many respects, the free market approach to health …"

"… that Americans younger than 65 (and not yet eligible for our single-payer Medicare program) are more likely to die because of a lack of timely access to affo …"

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 "Medicare":

"… ch after speech telling us that Obamacare will “cut” $716 billion from Medicare and cost small businesses a bundle.In anticipation of these sorts of misre …"

"… seniors who come in for preventive care, now covered for the first time by Medicare, and young people who are able to stay on their parents’ policies until …"

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 "American International Group":

"… big donors from the 2008 event that won’t be giving this time around — American International Group and Freddie Mac.The two institutions together gave $1 million to the Repub …"

Romney, Santorum share Super Tuesday momentum

By The Associated Press

Romney, Santorum and even Gingrich share Super Tuesday momentum

Excerpts from this story referencing "Associated Press":

"… co, Illinois and Louisiana rounds out the nomination schedule for March.By Associated Press writer Laurie Kellman. …"

FACT CHECK: Flubs in Florida

By FactCheck.Org

Facts took a beating in Monday's GOP candidate debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eugene Kiely":

"… tomorrow’s explorers will now dream of one day walking on Mars.”– by Eugene Kiely, Brooks Jackson, D’Angelo Gore and Lori 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 "Robert Farley":

"… ly dangerous. And there is no scientific evidence to back that up.– Robert Farley …"

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 "trustee":

"… thing. Suppose two grandparents created a trust fund, appointed a bank as trustee, and instructed the bank to invest the proceeds of the trust fund so as to …"

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 "fundraiser":

"… ch signed up to bring in sums ranging from $50,000 to $500,000.Two veteran fundraisers for the Perry campaign, in interviews with iWatch News, put the number of …"

"… eral slated for this week in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. On Monday, two fundraisers were held in Oklahoma including one in Oklahoma City where the legendary …"

"… to quickly raise $10 million, mostly out of the Lone Star state, say Perry fundraisers. To achieve that goal the bundlers will be crucial since individual donat …"

"… to help Perry. Further, insurance executive A.K. Desai, a leading Florida fundraiser for Romney in 2008, has agreed to host an event for Perry on Sept. 13 in t …"

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 "Fraud":

"… hers got under way before President Obama created . . . the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force in November 2009, and many of them were well on the …"

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 "Tampa":

"… student loans.Scott Creighton, a former carpenter and draftsman living in Tampa, Fla., was declared disabled by Social Security in September 2009. Three y …"

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 "General Electric":

"… if they receive funding from the states, from upstart US Railcar to mighty General Electric. And a pair of congressionally enacted committees have taken shape to addr …"

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 "Matthew Anderson":

"… red, and federal officials now are scrambling to find ways to shore it up. Matthew Anderson, a partner at Oakland-based banking research firm Foresight Analytics, est …"

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 "Republican Party":

"… n to its televisions after the convention has concluded.Officials from the Republican Party, the host committee and the New York City mayor’s office refused to fiel …"

"… tel staff parties ($2.4 million).Hospitality lounges for media, diplomats, Republican Party officials ($1 million).Welcoming and information booths ($250,000).Special …"

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 "Boston Globe":

"… y, leaving restaurants virtually empty. Of the 572 Democratic delegates Boston Globe reporters polled about their experiences in Boston during the July convent …"

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 "Lawyer":

"… ith real estate interests alone accounting for $22 million of that figure. Lawyers and lobbyists contributed $39.7 million.Lawyers accounted for nearly $20 …"

"… 22 million of that figure. Lawyers and lobbyists contributed $39.7 million.Lawyers accounted for nearly $20 million in contributions to Democratic committee …"