Medicare Advantage patients find themselves in regulatory limbo

By Fred Schulte

States lack oversight but feds are struggling to keep with fast-growing health plans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Walmart":

"… ing and the mail. It also has set up booths at some retail stores, such as Walmart, and sends sales agents to peoples’ homes — typically telling seniors …"

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

By Rachel Baye

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… named billionaire New Jersey hedge fund manager David Tepper, a major Mitt Romney supporter, among StudentsFirst’s funders. The article also named the Bro …"

Shining a light on ALEC's power to shape policy

By Wendell Potter

Conservative group's power has been under-covered.

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Guardian":

"… ter transparency and accountability. It’s also amazing how the U.K.’s The Guardian is covering this changed behavior — and its potential consequences for e …"

"… t has led to dozens of corporations severing their ties with ALEC, as The Guardian reported. Soon after the NRA succeeded in pushing a stand-your-groun …"

"… ny of ALEC’s longtime corporate members to abandon it, according to The Guardian. Documents obtained by the British newspaper indicate that since 2011, AL …"

Women veterans face stereotypes on and off the battlefield

By Asha Anchan, Kelsey Hightower and Caitlin Cruz

News21 investigation finds that more than a quarter-million post-9/11 veterans are women, but fair treatment is lacking.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Walmart":

"… f. She walks everywhere because she doesn’t have a car — to school, to Walmart, to the Kent Church of Christ. On one Sunday, she leaves at least 45 minu …"

ATF's struggle to close down firearms dealers

By Fred Schulte

Agency's crippled oversight of the industry means troubled gun dealers can stay open for years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… ught or sold during the previous three years, according to agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. These and other violations led ATF to revoke his license to sell guns in …"

Walmart added to lawsuit alleging wage theft at California warehouse

By Jim Morris

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Walmart can be added to a lawsuit alleging widespread wage theft at a Southern California warehouse.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Walmart":

"… people completely independent of us.” …"

"… neider Logistics warehouse in Mira Loma, Calif. – whose sole customer is Walmart – had moved to add the retailer to the case in November. Thursday's  …"

"… Thursday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder will force Walmart to defend itself against allegations that Schneider, at Walmart’s behest …"

"… will force Walmart to defend itself against allegations that Schneider, at Walmart’s behest, cheated as many as 1,800 low-wage workers out of millions of d …"

Warehouse worker lawsuit targets Walmart

By Jim Morris and Adithya Sambamurthy

Warehouse laborers, citing oppressive conditions and unpaid wages, contend Walmart is among those responsible.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Walmart":

"… workers at a Southern California warehouse complex took steps today to add Walmart as a defendant in an ongoing federal lawsuit. The move is expected to draw …"

"… een tangentially involved – and raises questions about the human cost of Walmart’s tightly controlled supply chain, which relies heavily on contractors a …"

"… d supply chain, which relies heavily on contractors and subcontractors. “Walmart employs a network of contractors and subcontractors who have habitually br …"

"… Public Integrity and the Center for Investigative Reporting. “We believe Walmart knows exactly what is happening and is ultimately responsible for stealing …"

At Wal-Mart and elsewhere, jobs provide few hours, little stability

By Joe Eaton

Black Friday retail protests highlight nationwide lack of job stability for workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Walmart":

"… orkers. The protestors, who are organized by the union-supported group OUR Walmart, are asking the nation’s largest private-sector employer for dependable …"

Mystery firm is election's top corporate donor at $5.3 million

By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien

Supreme Court decision paves way for $75 million in corporate donations to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chevron":

"… en afraid to jump into the partisan fray.In mid-October, oil and gas giant Chevron donated $2.5 million to a super PAC close to House Speaker John Boehner, R …"

"… l Rove and Ed Gillespie.Only a few other Fortune 500 companies have joined Chevron, which ranks third on the elite list behind only Exxon Mobil and Walmart, …"

"… rt, the Chamber — which collects dues from companies such as Aetna, Chevron, Dow Chemical and Microsoft — has reported spending more than $35 millio …"

Voting rights battles re-emerge in the South

Photo ID laws and other new voting restrictions in a number of Southern states raise questions about impact on minorities.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… el, scheduled to convene in Washington, D.C., in late September. In June, South Carolina officials indicated in federal court filings that they will quickly implem …"

"… ble to sign an affidavit explaining why they could not get an ID in time. South Carolina’s photo voter ID law is similar to a series of restrictive election meas …"

"… orgia law was cleared by President George W. Bush’s Justice Department. South Carolina’s 2011 photo voter ID law became the first election law to be blocked in …"

"… McCrory.” Sid Bedingfield, a journalism professor at the University of South Carolina, said the South’s changing demographics tell a different story. “Ther …"

ALEC scraps task force behind support for voter ID, 'Stand Your Ground' laws nationwide

By Gordon Witkin

Move follows pressure from liberal groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… d legislative agenda had covered state budgets, education, health care and energy, among other topics. More recently, though, the group had drawn fire from …"

Beer and wine wholesalers behind legislators pushing controversial voter ID laws

By Paul Abowd

Wholesalers among those behind legislators pushing controversial new election rules.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… ification. Nine of those states have signed such laws just since 2011, and Virginia seems poised to become the tenth.Conservative legislators tout the laws’ …"

"… behind the voter ID measures. Since 2011, five ALEC-member legislators in Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, Kansas and South Carolina were primary sponsors of vote …"

"… me and money.  “The free IDs aren’t really free,” says Harbaugh.Virginia Republican Sen. Stephen Martin, ALEC’s state chairman, introduced voter …"

"… lesalers. Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling broke the party-line tie in the Virginia Senate, sending the bill to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s desk. On April 10, McDo …"

Solyndra excutives stonewall Congress

By Matthew Mosk

Officials from failed solar firm Solyndra duck questions about $535M loan

Excerpts from this story referencing "Solyndra":

"… mmittee Friday. …"

"… payer rip-off," Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) told the Solyndra executives. "We're not done. No we're not." The decision of Solyndra CEO …"

"… the Solyndra executives. "We're not done. No we're not." The decision of Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison and Chief Financial Officer W. G. Stover to repeatedly …"

"… ancial Officer W. G. Stover to repeatedly refuse to answer questions about Solyndra's Energy Department loan guarantee was the latest twist in an unfolding in …"

Analysis — ‘Reframing’ the debate to make insurers look poor

By Wendell Potter

While the country was struggling to emerge from a recession, and more and more of us were struggling with no medical coverage, the big for-p

Excerpts from this story referencing "Walmart":

"… est and best-known companies that sell us groceries and other necessities. Walmart’s and Target’s profit margins were a mere 3.89 and 4.33 percent respec …"

Romanian weapons modified in the U.S. become scourge of Mexican drug war

By Rick Schmitt and Rick Young

Center story focused on Romanian weapon now targeted by Feinstein legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… dian border in Vermont, which it has maintained to this day in the town of Georgia, even after moving its corporate offices to Florida years ago. Its headqua …"