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 "Medicaid Services":

"… nter for Public Integrity. Kronick said that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the arm of HHS that oversees Medicare Advantage, had proposed as far back …"

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 "Harvard University":

"… ct that Israel has nuclear weapons is classified, Samore — who is now at Harvard University — answered: “It doesn’t sound very classified to me — that Israel …"

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 "director of communications":

"… ill “be a force for decades to come,” said Ladd Everitt, the group’s director of communications. But tax filings show the top six national gun rights groups brought in c …"

Health insurers have their way with regulators

By Fred Schulte

Billions in Medicare Advantage overpayments likely gone for good.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cigna":

"… d they can lose money when risk-based payments don’t cover their costs. Cigna Healthcare of Arizona, for example, disputed the audit finding that it was …"

"… an $23 million for 2007. Calling the audit standards “fatally flawed,” Cigna said it actually lost about $800,000 that year treating the 100 patients w …"

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 "director of communications":

"… ol, fewer arrests out on Oakland’s streets will follow, said Troy Flint, director of communications for the Oakland Unified School District. Flint called some of the argumen …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "Western Tradition Partnership":

"… not face penalties and did not disband. Instead, it changed its name from Western Tradition Partnership and sued to strike down Montana’s disclosure laws.The case is set for tr …"

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 "Chairman":

"… out a budget package as “an initial offer,” said House Appropriations Chairman John Kavanagh, a Fountain Hills Republican.The budget bills were introduce …"

"… decisions.”Some legislators see it differently. To House Appropriations Chairman Kavanagh, the process was “probably as transparent as it can be.” The …"

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 "Sam Nujoma":

"… iff penalties.As he speaks, Bastos is surrounded by photos of himself with Sam Nujoma, the once celebrated rebel leader who resisted the racist apartheid regime …"

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 "Secret Service":

"… ell of the $1.1 million bus came from Canada, but it was converted for the Secret Service by a company in Tennessee.Full QuestionThere have been several articles la …"

"… been several articles lately decrying the Obama administration because the Secret Service allegedly purchased tour buses from Canada. I've also read in a couple of …"

"… Here's the story on the bus. It was one of two custom buses ordered by the Secret Service in July 2010 from Hemphill Brothers Coach Company in Whites Creek, Tenn., …"

"… Whites Creek, Tenn., at a total cost of nearly $2.2 million, according to Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie and purchasing documents.The shell of the bus was …"

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 "Republican governor":

"… sp; …"

"… e in Florida shares Wasserman Schultz’s point of view, certainly not her Republican governor, Rick Scott, and the folks who work for him at the state’s Department of …"

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 "energy":

"… tle.Heather Zichal has served as the deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change since 2009. In 2009 and 2010, her annual salary was $10 …"

"… ormer boss, Carol Browner, who had been the assistant to the president for energy and climate change. Browner was not replaced and Politico wrote a profile …"

"… d Politico wrote a profile of Zichal in April that said she "took over the energy and climate portfolio this year from Carol Browner." Browner earned $172,2 …"

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 "Tatiana Stead":

"… of $2,000 donations to challengers running against Blue Dogs who voted aye.Tatiana Stead, a spokeswoman for Capital One, told the Center that the bank’s PAC givi …"

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 "Washington":

"… to respond to questions about specific trips it has sponsored.Big spendersWashington-based Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) sponsored the most …"

Anatomy of a lobbying blitz

By John Dunbar

Cable industry enlists diverse crowd in high-level influence campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jackson":

"… hot exposure when conservative groups started pushing the issue.The Janet Jackson Super Bowl stunt emboldened social conservatives like Rep. Nathan Deal, a …"

"… gs, the a la carte movement began to get some traction thanks to the Janet Jackson scandal and general public outrage regarding indecent broadcasting. Deal a …"

"… of the National Conference of Black Mayors—Harvey Johnson Jr., mayor of Jackson, Miss., and president of the conference; Irene Brodie, mayor of the villag …"

Methodology

By The Center for Public Integrity

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… hange" forms in 2002—in Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Washington—was entered using reports they filed in previous ye …"

"… this survey, update forms do not qualify as complete filings. For example, Tennessee—which requires an initial complete filing, followed yearly by an "update …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… r party committees also maintain federal accounts that are reported to the Federal Election Commission. Federal accounts are used to pay for expenses that benefit at least one f …"

"… rs to list their employer or occupation, both of which are required by the Federal Election Commission. Still, more than 80 percent of the total amount donated to state party an …"