An ethical mess in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

A brutal political brawl even by Palmetto State standards.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… n a recent Thursday, a light rain was washing against the office window of South Carolina's first-term attorney general, Alan Wilson. On the floor near his desk, ab …"

"… into question. A state court judge who was elected by the legislators — South Carolina is one of just two states that allow that — issued a stunning ruling las …"

"… ken a backseat to an even broader public debate about whether lawmakers in South Carolina are something of a protected class of citizen outside the reach of traditi …"

"… ds this week. The whole sordid stew is raising fundamental concerns about South Carolina’s legislatively dominated government structure, the efficacy of self-pol …"

Texas tries to crack down on dental chains that put profits ahead of patients

By David Heath

GOP legislator in Texas says its time to end "outrageous activities" of corporate dental chains.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kool Smiles":

"… t dental chains owned by private-equity firms, Aspen Dental Management and Kool Smiles, put pressure on its dentists to meet production goals, prompting complain …"

"… in. Aspen Dental does not accept Medicaid and has no offices in Texas. But Kool Smiles has clinics throughout Texas, and public records show that the state Attor …"

"… public records show that the state Attorney General has been investigating Kool Smiles for Medicaid fraud.Texas has been embroiled in a Medicaid fraud scandal fo …"

"… es or Medicaid patients. And our investigation found that Aspen Dental and Kool Smiles set revenue targets for each clinic.The push to boost corporate profits ha …"

FDA: A shell of its former self

By M. Asif Ismail

The Food and Drug Administration lacks the power to regulate pharmaceuticals and keep you safe

Excerpts from this story referencing "media stories":

"… y monitoring system as well as the FDA's inaction. Complaints about Vioxx, media stories revealed, had been trickling in since 2001."The fact is that doctors shoul …"

The influence peddlers

By Yossi Melman and Julio Godoy

Arcadi Gaydamak epitomized the business of war in the post-Cold War era – an entrepreneur with global ties to resource exploitation

Excerpts from this story referencing "uranium manufacturer":

"… gical warfare development and production facility. It is still the largest uranium manufacturer in Kazakhstan, according to some reports, though Gaydamak says it has noth …"

Commentary: Profiteering from democracy

By Charles Lewis

In his January 1998 State of the Union address, after decrying the campaign-fund-raising "arms race," Preside

Excerpts from this story referencing "media outlets":

"… lsThe dirty little secret is that from 1996 through 1998, the NAB and five media outlets — ABC, CBS, A.H. Belo Corp., Meredith Corp., and Cox Enterprises—cumul …"