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 "Health":

"… Jepsen called for federal officials to “aggressively scrutinize” UnitedHealthcare’s decision to drop a large number of doctors from its Medicare Advan …"

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 "Walton Family Foundation":

"… e 2011, the StudentsFirst Institute received $9 million in grants from the Walton Family Foundation, $7 million from billionaire philanthropists Laura and John Arnold, and $1 …"

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 "National Rifle Association":

"… on & Johnson and Kraft. And it has worked closely with groups like the National Rifle Association as well. It is the organization’s association with the NRA, in fact, tha …"

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 "Army":

"… t 75 percent offer at least some type of female-specific care, Hayes said. Army National Guard Spc. Crystal Sandor muscled a 5-ton truck through the ragta …"

"… ntimeters taller. She was awarded a Purple Heart, but had to prove to the Army that she deserved it. Even back home in Ohio, she doesn’t feel much lik …"

"… ots with fur around the top. She says the boots remind her of being in the Army. She cuts across the lawn of another church, passes campus, stops to get …"

"… , 3,374 cases were reported, according to that office. Shapiro joined the Army, knowing her decision to serve would pay her way through college. The Post …"

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 "Walmart":

"… d to whom. Gun dealers, from local pawnshops to big-box retailers such as Walmart,  also must submit buyers’ names for background checks to confirm t …"

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 "Chicago":

"… 1990s. Today, similar clusters of blocks-long buildings anchor sections of Chicago, northern New Jersey and other urban areas. Some serve only Walmart; other …"

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 "Aetna":

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

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 "Florida":

"… ers tipped the election for Obama in North Carolina, Indiana, Virginia and Florida. “People died for the right to vote — friends of mine, colleagues of …"

"… suspected ineligible voters that disproportionately targeted minorities in Florida was halted by the Justice Department in June, and a nonpartisan investigat …"

"… of voters were removed from voting rolls in Tennessee earlier this year. Florida cut its early voting hours almost in half to save money, state officials s …"

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 "Exxon Mobil":

"… ves funding from hundreds of corporate members, including Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil, AT&T and Walmart. In addition, two thousand legislators pay $50 a yea …"

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 "Bob McDonnell":

"… broke the party-line tie in the Virginia Senate, sending the bill to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s desk. On April 10, McDonnell sent it back, calling on legislators to e …"

Solyndra excutives stonewall Congress

By Matthew Mosk

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

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 "insurance":

"… f the uninsured. If you think that news would also be troubling for health insurance companies, think again. While the country was struggling to emerge from a …"

"… nd more of us were struggling with no medical coverage, the big for-profit insurance companies were rolling in dough.In fact, 2010 will go down in the history …"

"… ecause the flu season was milder than expected.As someone who helped write insurance company earnings reports, I can tell you that such an explanation doesn’ …"

"… he flu.So how did they manage to make that much money? By refusing to sell insurance to many people who need it most, by denying coverage for many procedures d …"

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 "shipping 7,500 Romanian AK-47s":

"… Brisk business for CenturyCentury grabbed headlines in 2004 after it tried shipping 7,500 Romanian AK-47s on a Turkish flagged ship bound for New York. These firearms — fully aut …"