'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 "America":

"… tion. If you are sentenced to jail, there should be no amenities. This is America. I'm not advocating no toothpaste for everyone: just the opposite. Our law …"

Health insurers turning into who knows what?

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Aetna":

"… t was enacted. We tend to think that insurers with well-known brands like Aetna, Blue Cross, Cigna and UnitedHealthcare have been around forever and likel …"

"… ne of the world’s largest multi-line insurance companies. Its peers were Aetna — which initially was just a life insurer — MetLife, Prudential and Tr …"

"… MetLife, Prudential and Travelers all sold their health care business and Aetna and Cigna decided to get out of the property and casualty business to focu …"

"… Humana says its primary focus “is on the well-being of its members.” Aetna says it is “transforming health care to create healthier communities, a …"

'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 "Tennessee":

"… andoned properties for which they hold a mortgage. Baltimore and Memphis, Tennessee, succeeded in obtaining settlements from Wells Fargo for alleged pred …"

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 "Fannie Mae":

"… of policy changes from the Federal Housing Finance Administration and from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac provided some motivation to speed the process. FHFA overs …"

"… for the agency because it’s operating under government conservatorship. Fannie Mae has similar fees for delays beyond 660 days to foreclose and sell a home i …"

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 "Tampa":

"… overnment is in,” Deal said during the Republican National Convention in Tampa in 2012. Sullivan told the journalists Thursday that, in his view, Georgi …"

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 …"

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 …"

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 …"

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 "sheriff":

"… . So late last month he went to Congressman Dave Reichert, R-Wa., a former sheriff in Seattle where Humphries had been stationed. News that Humphries went to …"

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 "North Dakota":

"… illion on advertisements in five hotly contested Senate races — Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.Conservative groups account for 62 percent o …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… e funders but top Democratic leaders — including President Barack Obama, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, …"

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 "Tampa":

"… on’s health care reform legislation 18 years ago.Like the politicians in Tampa, we insisted then that a big government program not only wasn’t needed, …"

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 "Tampa":

"… America Facebook Page. …"

"… make stops in Atlanta and Columbia, S.C. and several other cities between Tampa and Charlotte, will feature press events, town hall-type forums, and preve …"

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 "Fannie Mae":

"… the close of the Republican event, the government took it over along with Fannie Mae. Taxpayers ultimately sank $70 billion into the floundering institution.In …"

Romney, Santorum share Super Tuesday momentum

By The Associated Press

Romney, Santorum and even Gingrich share Super Tuesday momentum

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… hief."Gingrich's win in Georgia, which he represented for several terms in Congress, was his first victory since he captured the South Carolina primary on Jan …"

FACT CHECK: Flubs in Florida

By FactCheck.Org

Facts took a beating in Monday's GOP candidate debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Hampshire":

"… he 2012-2019 period — not add to them. Earlier this month at a debate in New Hampshire, Romney phrased this claim differently, saying that repealing the hea …"

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 "Texas":

"… ut a post-debate encounter with a woman who told her a vaccine promoted by Texas Gov. Rick Perry has left her daughter mentally retarded. In fact, federal …"

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 "Obama":

"… as high as 1,000. A third said the number was “multiples” of President Obama’s bundlers.The Obama campaign listed 271 bundlers who had raised $50,000 …"

"… rd said the number was “multiples” of President Obama’s bundlers.The Obama campaign listed 271 bundlers who had raised $50,000 or more at the end of …"

"… ision has been made about publicly releasing the names of bundlers, as the Obama campaign has done but no Republican campaigns thus far.Since mid- August w …"

"… ign. The Romney campaign has declined to disclose names of bundlers as the Obama campaign has. …"

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 "Diane Thompson":

"… defendants were allegedly responsible for more than $2.3 billion in losses.Diane Thompson, an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, a nonprofit based in B …"

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 "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 "Investigative Fund":

"… rd K. Delmar, speaking for the inspector general, told The Huffington Post Investigative Fund.The inspector general’s reviews repeatedly found lapses at Ocala Nationa …"

"… ly.”OCC examiners and a supervisor responsible for the bank declined the Investigative Fund’s requests for an interview. In their formal response to the Treasury, O …"

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 "National Mining Association":

"… up with other energy interests, like the Edison Electric Institute and the National Mining Association, to throw a “Texas Honky-Tonk Salute” for Representative Joe Barton (R …"

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 "New York City":

"… mediately following his speech. …"

"… least $64 million of the cost. That’s a far cry from the last time New York City hosted a national nominating convention. In 1992, then-Arkansas Governor B …"

"… in Gotham. Back then, the entire convention cost only $38.3 million, with New York City and New York State paying for $21.1 million of the tab, according to the C …"

"… an extremely positive development. “This is an incredible boost for New York City and the Republican National Committee’s decision shows that if you w …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… Republican convention, they knew how to put on the big show. According to Louisiana Weekly, Police Chief Eddie Compass told organizers, “We are the only cit …"

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 "Republican Party":

"… dollars needed to be used for the expenditure. For example, the Tennessee Republican Party aired a television spot attacking U.S. Senate candidate Bob Clement's reco …"

"… n Senatorial Committee sent nearly $5.6 million in soft money to Florida's Republican Party—despite the lack of a Senate race in Florida in 2002. In turn, Florida's …"

"… (See National GOP Exchanges Soft Money for Hard in Florida.)Florida's Republican Party also was able to send money to state party committees in California, Georg …"

"… candidate can bring into a small state can transform a race, said Vermont Republican Party Chairman Jim Barnett."In a tiny state like this, it doesn't take much to c …"