Obama administration to open Atlantic coast to drilling, handing victory to governors group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Administration action a victory for governors group that was subject of Center investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pat McCrory":

"… the Center reported in November, the three governors — Terry McAuliffe, Pat McCrory and Nikki Haley — have been working behind the scenes with an energ …"

Obama's EPA breaks pledge to divorce politics from science on toxic chemicals

By David Heath

To the delight of industry, the EPA is completing fewer chemical assessments than ever before.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… lawmakers still found ways to delay science at the EPA. For example, the Senate has a gentleman’s agreement that a single lawmaker can stall a president …"

Romney's top fundraisers consider bailing

By Carrie Levine

As the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee considers another bid, Jeb Bush and other 2016 hopefuls try to poach top fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George H.W. Bush":

"… ington, D.C. He originally met Jeb Bush while working on former President George H.W. Bush’s 1980 campaign, which Graves describes as his “first political endeav …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… director of the SEC Enforcement Division said in a statement. But as the Center for Public Integrity reported last year, the credit rating industry has managed to avoid major …"

Yellowstone spill contaminates drinking water with carcinogen benzene

By Jim Morris

Authorities found the chemical, a component of crude oil, in drinking water downstream of an oil spill in Montana's Yellowstone River.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… that has killed countless workers and contaminated communities around the United States, is back in the news. Authorities found the chemical at elevated levels i …"

IRS rarely audits nonprofits for politicking

By Julie Patel

New documents show the federal tax agency almost never audits nonprofit groups for illegal politicking.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… nonprofits. The rules may not be finalized until after the 2016 presidential election. Until there are new rules, Streckfus said, it’s unlikely t …"

"… iven,” said Larry Gibbs, a former IRS commissioner who served under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Friedlander said other potenti …"

12 ways 'Citizens United' has changed politics

By Michael Beckel and Jared Bennett

Here are 12 stories that illuminate the ways 'Citizens United' has changed the political landscape.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ame candidate-specific super PACs, like those in 2012 that aided President Barack Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney. The 2014 election cycle brought on the new …"

‘Dual-status’ kids endure another kind of double jeopardy

Youth involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems have higher detention rates, behavioral health problems.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… ical bureaucratic divides between the two systems. Juvenile courts in the United States handled an estimated 1.2 million cases in which the youth was charged with …"

Why industry is trying to tell you how to think

By Erin Quinn, Chris Young and Kimberley Porteous

How we investigated the top message peddlers influencing public policy — and why you should care.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… r member companies. They play a major role in shaping public policy in the United States.  Chris Young: But when most Americans think about the power trade g …"

There are 153 presidential candidates running

By Dave Levinthal

Amid the 'undecided' Romneys and Bushes, a gaggle of unknowns has formally filed paperwork to run for president.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… Rubio, R-Fla. and Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis.  But, according to Federal Election Commission records, there are no fewer than 153 people who've filed paperwork to beco …"

"… andidates with any semblance of support have, in a post-Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission political environment, discarded the traditional playbook for ea …"

Liberal ‘dark money’ group could face IRS fine

By Michael Beckel

Union-backed Pennsylvanians for Accountability could face IRS fine after failing to file a mandatory tax return.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ections, thanks, in part, to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010, which allowed corporations, including certain nonprofit co …"

National security findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

Investigations into nuclear proliferation, the war against terror and the conduct of U.S. officials.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… tured by at least 21 different countries, including China, Russia, and the United States. This is just the latest finding to document the missteps and unintended c …"

Juvenile justice findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

The Center for Public Integrity's best juvenile justice reporting from 2014.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… of the legal system, often with life and death consequences. In 2014, the Center for Public Integrity told some of their stories. This week we're highlighting our major i …"

Federal politics findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

Were you paying attention? Here are some of the major money-in-politics stories the Center helped bring to light in 2014.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ce of "dark money" on elections, we knew 2014 would be a busy year for the Center for Public Integrity's federal money-in-politics team. We launched a major project tracking sp …"

Good news on health care in 2014, but we're still spending too much

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: fewer uninsured, but debt, mental health coverage and dental care are on the agenda for 2015.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… level it’s been in years. That’s according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which released data last Thursday showing that the percentage …"

"… ions of Americans with their premiums and out-of-pocket spending.   Health care inflation has been tamed—at least for the foreseeable future. The b …"

"… in: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for M …"

American Future Fund: No election, little cash

By Carrie Levine

American Future Fund's income plummeted in 2013 — a non-election year — after massive haul in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… arrow (D-Ga.), who lost, according to campaign finance data tracked by the Center for Responsive Politics. The group also spent more than $360,000 on broadcast TV ads to boost Rep …"

One-stop science shop has become a favorite of industry—and Texas

By Rosalind Adams and Lisa Song

The EPA's sluggishness in assessing chemicals has created opportunities for a consulting firm with ties to chemical and tobacco interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… er, including arsenic, formaldehyde and hexavalent chromium. In 2008, the Government Accountability Office said IRIS was in danger of becoming obsolete because the EPA was completin …"

Urban League parrots telecom donors' net-neutrality stance

By Allan Holmes and John Dunbar

Civil rights group calls for lighter Internet regulation that would benefit telecommunications donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… ore rural residents having broadband connections in the U.S. compared with Europe, where Internet regulations are stiffer, and has “created 945,000 jobs f …"

Texas weakens chemical exposure guidelines, opens door for polluters

By Lisa Song and Rosalind Adams

Amid a fracking boom, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has quietly weakened air pollution guidelines for toxic chemicals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… te, a year into his first term as Houston’s mayor. A deputy secretary of energy during the Clinton administration, White made air quality a priority durin …"

Advisory panel tells Congress the nuclear weapons complex is too big and too old

By Douglas Birch

A congressional advisory panel says the nuclear weapons complex can be scaled down and modernized with less regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "inspector":

"… supervision — an idea long urged by the Energy Department’s office of inspector general — the study recommended the Energy Department reduce regula …"

Koch group's income plummeted in non-election year

By Carrie Levine

Nonprofit Center to Protect Patient Rights raised in 2013 a tiny fraction of what it did during 2012, when federal political campaigns raged

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… . Prosper Inc. was founded in 2013 by Kirk Adams, a former speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, who this month was appointed as the new chief of …"

"… Representatives, who this month was appointed as the new chief of staff to Arizona Gov.-elect Doug Ducey, a Republican. The Center to Protect Patient Rights …"

"… ation. Both Prosper Inc. and the 60 Plus Association poured money into an Arizona campaign aimed at making customers who use solar power pay more. In Octob …"

"… aimed at making customers who use solar power pay more. In October 2013, Arizona Public Service Co., the state’s largest utility, publicly acknowledged f …"

Who's responsible for the CIA's torture policy?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Who's who in authorizing the CIA's brutal treatment of detainees.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… News Bruce Jessen screengrab from ABC News …"

"… ton believed they were withholding information about future attacks on the United States. As it turned out, some of those who were harshly treated had no such info …"

'Revolving door' spins between AT&T, GSA

By Dave Levinthal

AT&T hires a top GSA official, then and scores a lucrative service contract with the agency.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… not involve a communication to or an appearance before an employee of the United States.” Coleman, whose official title is client executive vice president of A …"

A long-term blank check for 'war' spending

By Julia Harte

In the federal budget, emergency spending for combat operations is the new normal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… s Contingency Operations (OCO) fund – is supposed to work. The White House in 2011 reaffirmed that the OCO, originally established in 2001 under …"

"… ll -- a slush fund used by the military services, by lawmakers, and by the White House to escape budgetary constraints, officials and independent experts say. Al …"

"… m for some stuff the Pentagon didn’t ask for.’ And then this year, the White House discovered it, with programs like the European Reassurance Initiative.” …"

Health worries pervade North Texas fracking zone

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

Some residents of the heavily fracked Barnett Shale in North Texas blame their health problems on toxic oil and gas emissions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… nothing to worry about,’” said Eduardo “Jay” Olaguer, program director for air quality science at the Houston Advanced Research Center, a nonprof …"

"… micals, including ones used in fracking, said Carol Kwiatkowski, executive director of the nonprofit Endocrine Disruption Exchange. Kwiatkowski said her …"

"… testing once they hit the dose where they observed no effects. In 2012 the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences called for …"

"… re hard to prove, said Ilan Levin, a Texas-based attorney who is associate director of the Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit research and advo …"

Plant expansions fueled by shale gas boom to boost greenhouse gas, toxic air emissions

By Talia Buford

At least 120 planned plant expansions driven by the fracking boom collectively could release 130 million tons per year of greenhouse gases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… p; The Sasol project is among at least 120 of its type planned around the United States, according to data compiled and analyzed by the Environmental Integrity Pr …"

"… to the White House’s pledge  to slash  carbon emissions in the United States.  “The President made it very clear from the beginning of his Admi …"

"… ; Sasol also wants to build the first gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility in the United States, which would  transform natural gas into diesel fuel and products suc …"

Senate report says CIA repeatedly misled policymakers about interrogation program

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Senate report says CIA repeatedly tried to mislead policymakers about interrogation program to escape scrutiny and criticism

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central Intelligence Agency":

"… r Cohen, and Julia Harte contributed to this article. …"

Luxembourg tax deals for Disney, Koch brothers empires revealed

By Alison Fitzgerald and Marina Walker Guevara

New leak discloses secret tax agreements between major American companies and Luxembourg.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… publicans’ successful bid to gain control of the U.S. Senate.  The Center for Responsive Politics calculated that David Koch and his wife Julia contributed at lea …"

Benzene and worker cancers: 'An American tragedy'

By Kristen Lombardi

Previously secret documents illuminate a 10-year effort by petrochemical titans to counteract damning science on the carcinogen benzene.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… amily and friends in Deweyville, Texas, a pine-shaded  town along the Louisiana border, John Thompson was “John” — a life-long resident, church deac …"

Peter Bale named new head of the Center for Public Integrity

By William Gray

Peter Bale, former Vice President and General Manager of Digital operations at CNN International, named Center's CEO.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… International, where he ran CNN.com and other digital products outside the United States. The International edition of the CNN site recorded double-digit growth in …"

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