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 "Education":

"… rican Federation for Children, 50CAN, Stand for Children and Democrats for Education Reform . The organizations flooded states across the country with independ …"

"… ing up to the city’s November 2013 school board election. Democrats for Education Reform was among the committee’s backers, as were local wealthy figures …"

"… he Detroit Public Schools, Tlaib received the endorsements of the Michigan Education Association and the Michigan Federation of Teachers. Stapleton, on the oth …"

"… ng Stapleton. Meanwhile, the Michigan Federation of Teachers, the Michigan Education Association and several other labor groups contributed directly to Tlaib …"

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 "Coca-Cola":

"… rs to as the “Prodigal Son Project” to woo back companies like Amazon, Coca-Cola, GE, Kraft and McDonald’s that have dropped their membership. Another …"

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 "magistrate":

"… keep his license. He lost the first round in late December, when a federal magistrate recommended a judgment for ATF. The magistrate noted that more than 100 fi …"

"… te December, when a federal magistrate recommended a judgment for ATF. The magistrate noted that more than 100 firearms acquired by Taylor had “disappeared wi …"

"… rns for public safety.” But Taylor’s lawyer said he is challenging the magistrate’s decision. Taylor said he remains open and his website advertises “a …"

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 "spokesman":

"… a warehouse raid last year. Schneider was not cited by the state. Walmart spokesman Dan Fogleman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday …"

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 "University of Southern California":

"… n De Lara, an assistant professor of American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California who has researched the industry. “Walmart essentially distances itself f …"

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 "Congressional Leadership Fund":

"… ion to a super PAC close to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the Congressional Leadership Fund, which has aired a bevy of ads attacking Democratic House candidates.Oxbow …"

"… ary campaign; Hamburger chain White Castle, which gave $25,000 to the Congressional Leadership Fund; Defense contractor B/E Aerospace, which gave $50,000 to Restore Our …"

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 "John Lewis":

"… ied for the right to vote — friends of mine, colleagues of mine,” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said in a May 9 House floor speech on an amendment to cut federal …"

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 "Walmart":

"… of corporate members, including Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil, AT&T and Walmart. In addition, two thousand legislators pay $50 a year to be members.ALEC …"

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 "Bank of America":

"… 2007 and 2010 by ALEC member corporations including Time Warner, AT&T, Bank of America. In addition, since 2007 the state-based beer wholesaler association has g …"

Solyndra excutives stonewall Congress

By Matthew Mosk

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… turer, which just one year earlier had been touted as a model of President Obama's green jobs program. The Obama administration had selected Solyndra as t …"

"… r had been touted as a model of President Obama's green jobs program. The Obama administration had selected Solyndra as the first to receive a loan under …"

"… ng energy from cleaner sources, such as solar, wind and nuclear. President Obama personally visited the Solyndra complex, hailing it as a leader in this em …"

"… ng in December 2006 under the Bush administration and continuing under the Obama administration." The subcommittee's investigation into the massive federa …"

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":

"… igration really picked up steam last year. According to America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the industry’s lobbying group, the number of people enroll …"

"… er, a former Insurance company executive, is the author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and …"

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 "Walmart":

"… Fouts, 19 at the time, told investigators he was approached by Cesar in a Walmart. Cesar promised all he would have to do was sign for some guns at the X Ca …"