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 "Politics":

"… s working to clinch the nomination, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign finance data. Romney’s own campaign committee ra …"

"… full 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and President Barack Obama’s campaign committee raised $715 million for …"

"… a co-chair of Romney’s 2012 campaign, recently told Bloomberg Politics he was “not happy” with Romney’s re-emergence as a potential 2016 ca …"

States continue war over Obamacare

By Fred Schulte

State lawmakers at odds over hundreds of bills to either cripple or prop up Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government":

"… m I would be taking the opportunity, Rathod said.” The Council of State Governments also offers up “suggested” state legislation, such as a bill to permi …"

‘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 "America":

"… nt specified the assault charge would be dropped if the boy — an African-American, like a heavily disproportionate share of dual-status kids — complied w …"

"… ral Beltrami County, with a population of 46,000, one-fifth of them Native Americans. The county, afflicted with high rates of addiction, poverty and other …"

"… coping?” She said such intervention came too late for Brandon, a Native American youth whose last name is being withheld to protect his identity. He is o …"

"… sing on healing them rather than punishing them. I don’t think people in America know what maltreatment is, don’t know the face behind it. It’s getting …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… illion on lobbying in 2012, and that’s according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. A total of 144 trade associations met that $1 million threshold, and thes …"

Who needs lobbyists? See what big business spends to win American minds

By Erin Quinn and Chris Young

Trade groups pay top PR, advertising firms $1.2 billion over five years to influence public.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Business":

"… embers take recycled cooking oil and animal fats and turn them into fuel. Business associations — led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — represented the s …"

"… dustry trade group wasn’t the firm’s only client. Others included the Business Roundtable ($9.9 million), a group of CEOs who advocate for Business-frien …"

Guess who's behind 2015's first super PAC?

By Michael Beckel

Curiously, it’s not the anticipated group backing a Jeb Bush presidential run.

Excerpts from this story referencing "treasurer":

"… mission on Monday, according to new documents released by the agency. Its treasurer is David Satterfield, a campaign finance compliance professional at the Al …"

New FEC chief on 'dark money' mission

By Dave Levinthal

New Chairwoman Ann Ravel says she'll fight to out people behind secretive political cash, regardless of party.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ioners continue to serve despite the ends of their terms because President Barack Obama has not nominated, and the U.S. Senate has not approved, people to replace …"

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 "Senate":

"… anelists were selected by the chairmen and ranking minority members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, and by the Senate and House leadershi …"

"… rity members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, and by the Senate and House leadership. The panel’s co-chairman Norman Augustine is the fo …"

Charities risked tax-exempt status with political ads

By Rachel Baye

The IRS bans charities from participating in elections, but some groups pushed the envelope in 2014.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… e'll get to that in 2018, 2019, somewhere around there,’” he said. …"

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 "Senate":

"… usefully when they were being treated well. A report issued by Senate intelligence committee Democrats on Dec. 9, the most comprehensive lo …"

"… orting the CIA's policies and actions, along with highlights from the Senate report's disclosures about their involvement.  Douglas Birch contribu …"

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 "Congress":

"… he OCO portion of the separate omnibus appropriations bill for 2015, which Congress is trying to pass before the holidays, another $1.2 billion is set aside f …"

"… a public hearing, based merely on written assent from the four chairmen of Congress’s defense-related committees. Their letters are rarely made public. On …"

"… tter that his panel was concerned that OCO funds, “which are provided by Congress specifically for ongoing combat operations and related efforts,” were be …"

"… gs like these are technically allowed only if some of the OCO funding that Congress has already approved suddenly turns out to be greater than necessary. And …"

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. …"

Pro-McConnell nonprofit hit with IRS complaint

By Michael Beckel

A watchdog organization wants the IRS to investigate a nonprofit that spent millions backing Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a conservative nonprofi …"

Court case pushed by think tank could leave uninsured out in the cold

By Wendell Potter

Supreme Court case backed by think tank hinges on single sentence in Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… 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 …"

Governors and oil industry work hand in hand in offshore drilling group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Lobbying firm, advocacy organization did much of the work.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pat McCrory":

"… ship with the coalition, which is currently chaired by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. The coalition’s website made no mention of CEA until recently …"

Nuclear weapons lab used taxpayer funds to obtain more taxpayer funds

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A government auditor uncovers a textbook case of lobbying by a contractor at federal expense.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… he DOE a total of $226,000 that it paid Wilson. Wilson, who worked at the White House under President George H.W. Bush and now directs the South Dakota School o …"

Juvenile facilities strive to foster ‘family engagement’

States adopt programs to involve families in rehabilitation of young offenders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… Information Exchange. All the world’s a stage — even behind bars, in Massachusetts. Inside juvenile correctional facilities in The Bay State, young offenders …"

"… nile justice system: rehabilitation of youthful offenders. New mindset in Massachusetts  “A lot of the parents line up against custodial agencies. They se …"

"… perience with over a period of years,” Peter Forbes, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS), said in an interview.  “You ha …"

"… You have to be deliberate about how you’re going to break that down. In Massachusetts, we’ve definitely stepped away from the mindset that the parents are the …"

Ballot measure backers spend big, win big

By Liz Essley Whyte

Of the most expensive ballot races, top spenders won over voters in 21 of 25 contests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… rado casino group spent about $6.7 million on TV airtime opposing it. Washington voters approved a measure to require background checks for all gun purchas …"

Flush with mystery money, Kentucky nonprofit haunts Grimes’ Senate bid

By Michael Beckel

Formerly modest nonprofit becomes deep-pocketed, dark money benefactor of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… ned rules on corporate electioneering following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision for Kentucky Opportunity Coalition’s unexpected rise. Certain t …"

Corporations, advocacy groups spend big on ballot measures

By Liz Essley Whyte

Corporations and national advocacy groups are throwing big dollars behind TV ads before voters decide 158 state ballot measures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… initiatives attracting interest from advocacy groups include: In Washington, television viewers have already been treated to more than 4,000 ads about …"

GAO takes on Medicare Advantage spending

By Fred Schulte

GAO will investigate program spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy in Washington. America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s trade group, wouldn’t comment on the G …"

"… y lobbied to scale back planned pay cuts to the Health plans. America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade group, spent nearly $5 million lobbyin …"

Center for Public Integrity hires Carrie Levine as federal politics reporter

By The Center for Public Integrity

Carrie Levine — former Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington research director — to investigate money in politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… e worked as research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, where she managed a five-person staff that exposed the activities of poli …"

"… University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan a …"

A call for more scrutiny of private Medicare Advantage plans

By Fred Schulte

Researchers say aggressive billing by private plans may require more scrutiny

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… “upcoding.” Researcher Richard Kronick, director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, said off …"

"… ick, director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, said officials should consider tightening audit …"

"… ed to kill or scale back planned pay cuts to the Health plans. America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s primary trade group, spent nearly $5 mil …"

"… p overpayments. Clare Krusing, director of communications for America’s Health Insurance Plans, did not respond directly to a question about the payment …"

Obamacare helps millions, but falls short in many ways

By Wendell Potter

The Affordable Care Act has reduced the ranks of the uninsured, but cost of care must be addressed.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… born with. During the months that health care reform was being debated in Washington, I met many young people who told me they had not been able to buy an insu …"

"… were not willing to do in 2009 because of the political clout they have in Washington. Consequently, much more reform will have to be undertaken in years to com …"

Investigators find Islamic State used ammo made in 21 countries, including America

By Julia Harte and R. Jeffrey Smith

A new report from an arms tracking group highlights how easily munitions shipped to the Middle East shift from one owner to another.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… t respond to questions about the company’s ownership or its work for the Pentagon. But he said, “There are many United States businesses, including wholes …"

"… nse goods and services — weapons and training — are coordinated by the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency. When a weapon is sold or given by …"

"… om 2003 to 2008, said that during this period, he struggled to catalog all Pentagon-funded arms shipments, which arrived in the country in a disorganized stat …"

"… that full capacity." Islamic State fighters may have anticipated that the Pentagon will make a renewed effort to track whether its future arms shipments stay …"

Controversial Republican telemarketer forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Gabriel S. Joseph III's past political efforts include an anti-Obama spam text message campaign that prompted legal complaints.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party of Alaska":

"… ients including Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa; Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas; the Republican Party of Alaska; the National Organization for Marriage and the political action committee …"

Megabanks have prison financial services market locked up

By Daniel Wagner

Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase & Co. avoid competitive bidding process in contracts serving federal prisoners.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… : DynCorp International, a major military contractor based just outside of Washington; and Advanced Technologies Group, a Kansas-based technology company that t …"

"… tors and abusing their discretion, said Kathleen Clark, a professor at the Washington University School of Law who studies government ethics. Treasury’s broad …"

Inside the virtual tollbooth at many U.S. prisons

By Daniel Wagner, Eleanor Bell and Sarah Whitmire

How Reporters Dan Wagner and Eleanor Bell investigated a fee structure that's oppressive for many inmates' families.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ryan Shapiro":

"… learned that JPay was far and away the biggest player in this field. I got Ryan Shapiro on the phone. The first thing he asked me was, “How did you get my numb …"

Prison bankers cash in on captive customers

By Daniel Wagner

Private company profits by helping prisons squeeze inmates' families for cash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central America":

"… isoners’ rights advocates in February. Faster to Guatemala “I am from Central America, and it is cheaper for my family, and easier, to send money to Guatemala t …"

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