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 "Patrick Burns":

"… s. “Inflating Medicare Advantage risk scores is a perfect scam,” said Patrick Burns, co-director of Taxpayers Against Fraud in Washington. “You simply syste …"

The 47-year-old nuclear elephant in the room

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

A growing number of U.S. experts say that feigning ignorance about Israel’s nuclear arsenal creates more trouble than it averts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "speaker":

"… any comment we can share at this point,” she wrote in an email. A former speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Avraham Burg, was less discrete during a December …"

Decades old gun control debate reshaped by new advocacy groups

The gun control movement has made significant gains in recent years, but the NRA remains king of the hill

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coalition to Stop Gun Violence":

"… too new to have a comparable budget. With new strategies, groups like the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, founded in 1974, think they will “be a force for decades to come,” sa …"

"… history … where this movement’s been more unified,” Everitt, of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said. “There’s a lot of mutual respect in our movement and even love. …"

"… established organizations like the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, the National Gun Victims Action Council, the Brady Campaign and Brady Cen …"

"… We didn’t have a financial presence in elections,” said Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “We weren’t playing hardball.” But given gridlock in Congress, both …"

Health insurers have their way with regulators

By Fred Schulte

Billions in Medicare Advantage overpayments likely gone for good.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diseases":

"… ngress wanted to systematically pay more for people with chronic or costly diseases, such as cancer and diabetes with complications, and less for those in rob …"

"… heir patients were­ — or failing to document that patients actually had diseases the plans were paid to treat, according to CMS. Overall, Medicare paid the …"

"… e paid fairly. Medicare tried to predict the costs of treating a range of diseases, including those likely to require expensive treatment and adjusted paymen …"

Lawsuit: Low-income students assigned too much 'work experience' or free time instead of classes they need

By Susan Ferriss

A lawsuit filed on behalf of kids in poor California schools demands state monitor and intervene practices depriving kids of teaching time.

Excerpts from this story referencing "director of communications":

"… ed plaintiffs’ lawyers to work with local school districts. Troy Flint, director of communications for the Oakland Unified School District, said, “We are not opposed to th …"

Black Oakland youth arrested, but not charged, in stunning numbers, report says

By Susan Ferriss

Report questions 'disproportionate' targeting by Oakland police

Excerpts from this story referencing "officer":

"… ar schools, however, are not broken out. The Oakland schools’ own police officers made 85 arrests between 2010 and 2012. The rights groups are also urging …"

"… Under the grant, which runs from late 2011 through mid-2014, more police officers are being assigned to Oakland schools. But the right groups argue that th …"

"… on the role of police. In the grant language, Oakland officials state that officers will help enhance safety “by role modeling and mentoring” young peopl …"

"… ause he was told he matched a robbery suspect’s description. He said the officer laughed at him and insulted him before letting him go.   While Flint …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "director of communications":

"… filing so clearly he did not give them funds," wrote Charlie Shaulis, director of communications for American Furniture Warehouse, Jabs' company, in an email to I-News Net …"

Furniture king a celebrity in Colorado

By Alexandra Duszak

Jake Jabs a major political donor in addition to star of well-known commercials.

Excerpts from this story referencing "director of communications":

"… the filing so clearly he did not give them funds," wrote Charlie Shaulis, director of communications for American Furniture Warehouse, Jabs' company, in an email to I-News Net …"

Transparency missing in Arizona's legislature

By Kathleen Ingley and Maureen West

Mystery budgeting and 'striker' bills cut public from the process.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… have any input into it, they won’t have any trust or confidence in it.” …"

"… l lawmakers were on the floor ready to vote.Technology is in theory giving Arizonans unprecedented access to the Legislature, with documents posted online an …"

"… ay the "strikers" are the antithesis of transparency, making it harder for Arizonans to follow legislation and bypassing committee discussion. As for the sta …"

"… any public comment at all,” said Tim Schmaltz, coordinator of Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition. His sole chance to argue for reversing cuts in healt …"

Spain’s hake appetite threatens Namibia’s most valuable fish

By Marcos Garcia Rey and John Grobler

Spain’s seafood appetite puts Namibia’s most valuable fish at risk

Excerpts from this story referencing "Angel Tordesillas":

"… the Spanish company Pescanova set up shop there under the name of NovaNam.Angel Tordesillas, then-general manager of Pescanova in South Africa, steered several of the …"

FACT CHECK: Real origins of Obama's Canadian-American tour bus

By FactCheck.Org

Where President Obama's controversial tour bus actually came from

Excerpts from this story referencing "director of communications":

"… how much is Canadian?Hemphill officials aren't talking. And Michael Power, director of communications for Prevost, told us confidentiality agreements prevented him from discuss …"

ANALYSIS: Romney and Scott in Wonderland

By Wendell Potter

Illuminating statements: Scott administration says limits on choices aren't limits at all; Romney tells us corporations are people

Excerpts from this story referencing "director of communications":

"… ted.“As I said in our phone conversation,” Kristopher Purcell, the DMS director of communications wrote me in an email, “the State of Florida is the consumer.”As for th …"

ANALYSIS: Great Scott! Florida governor limits health care choices for state employees

By Wendell Potter

Florida Gov. Rick Scott criticized 'Obamacare'; now he's cutting health care choices for Florida state employees

Excerpts from this story referencing "director of communications":

"… iggest health insurer in terms of revenue and profits.)Kristopher Purcell, director of communications at DMS, told me the state covers more than 375,000 employees, dependents a …"

FACT CHECK: Misleading information about White House salaries goes viral

By FactCheck.Org

FACT CHECK: Email campaign distorts White House salaries

Excerpts from this story referencing "director of communications":

"… ist. That was the result of a big promotion. Vogel served as the associate director of communications for economics in 2010. He was promoted to special assistant to the preside …"

PACs flocked to conservative Blue Dog Democrats, then fled after crucial votes

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

In mid-2009, the 52 conservative House Democrats who made up the Blue Dog Coalition were at the height of their power. Money was rolling in

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mississippi":

"… t [the Blue Dogs] are the linchpin,” former Blue Dog Rep. Mike Parker of Mississippi told the Center in 2009. And, he predicted, they would “become much more …"

D.C. council passes ethics code, but does it pass our ethics survey?

By Caitlin Ginley

Earlier this week the District of Columbia Council unanimously approved emergency legislation to establish the city’s first “Code of Officia

Excerpts from this story referencing "director of communications":

"… us have followed [the rules] anyway.”According to Doxie McCoy, Gray’s director of communications, the new measure pulls the most pertinent titles from already-established …"

Drug makers' dime funds Congressional travel

By Robert Brodsky

Pharmaceutical companies, affiliated trade groups spent more than $600,000 on trips

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… t influential lobbying group, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), paid for 45 trips worth at least a combined $92,000. Nearly half …"

"… 1 trips, including excursions to San Francisco, San Diego and Naples, Fla."America clearly has the best health care in the world, but it can only remain that …"

Anatomy of a lobbying blitz

By John Dunbar

Cable industry enlists diverse crowd in high-level influence campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "Consumers Union":

"… of households that don't want it. Joining the cable a la carte debate was Consumers Union and its senior director of policy Gene Kimmelman, albeit grudgingly."A la …"

"… a fall-back position. It was never viewed as the totally optimal approach."Consumers Union is the respected nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. The org …"

"… was the group's deputy director, Nancy Zirkin, who targeted Kimmelman and Consumers Union specifically because he was supporting an issue that was also backed by co …"

"… ion Council and Concerned Women of America."Every one of these groups that Consumers Union is allied with has fought us on the increase of diversity," Zirkin said.Zi …"

Methodology

By The Center for Public Integrity

The reporting process, and the reporters, behind Our Private Legislators

Excerpts from this story referencing "Javed Khan":

"… bsp;Director of Finance and Administration: Cathy Sweeney IT Manager: Javed Khan …"

Methodology

A look behind the Center's reporting process for "The Politics of Oil"

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

"… en Foundation.To determine which companies to include in our database, the Center for Public Integrity consulted several financial databases including Mergent Online, Hoovers, Y …"

"… shua Starr, André Verlöy, Katherine Wilson-MilneIT Manager:Javed KhanThe Center for Public IntegrityExecutive Director: Charles Lewis Managing Editor: Bill Allison D …"

Methodology

A look into how the Center reported "Party Lines"

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jennifer Puckett":

"… haran, Lindsey Holden, David Jimenez, Morgan Jindrich, Julia Miller-Lemon, Jennifer Puckett, Susan Schaab, Davinia Seay, Joshua Starr and Brooke WilliamsWebmaster: Ha …"

"… ordon, Natasha Grant, Lindsey Holden, Morgan Jindrich, Julia Miller-Lemon, Jennifer Puckett, Susan Schaab, Joshua Starr and Brooke WilliamsThe Center for Public Integ …"