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Investigating the investigators: How House ethics panel works

Investigating the investigators: How House ethics panel works

By MARIAN WANG/ProPublica Tickle fights vs. groping. Salty language vs. sexual harassment. For those who’ve been following the media circus around ex-Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY), there’s been quite a lot to follow. Nonetheless, on Wednesday the House ethics committee closed its investigation into Massa, claiming his resignation rendered any findings “irrelevant” and put him “outside […]

Feds investigate New Orleans officer in post-Katrina shooting

Feds investigate New Orleans officer in post-Katrina shooting

A former New Orleans police officer is under investigation for shooting Henry Glover outside an Algiers strip mall four days after Hurricane Katrina, the first act in a bizarre chain of events that has led to a massive federal probe into the city’s Police Department. Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Justice has interviewed scores of officers in an effort to determine how the 31-year-old Glover died, as well as whether officers may have tried to cover up his death.

Business gears up to battle Obama workplace safety rule

Business gears up to battle Obama workplace safety rule

As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the White House are trying to minimize their differences, a brewing battle at OSHA over a workplace injury reporting rule illustrates how tough that could become given the administration’s pro-labor leanings.

Chase denied loan modifications for now-forbidden reason

Chase denied loan modifications for now-forbidden reason

Chase Home Finance has rejected some mortgage modifications because it considered the homeowners’ hardships to be temporary. The Treasury Department has since barred that practice, but those homeowners are left struggling to avoid foreclosure.

Senior CDC official reassigned in wake of congressional inquiries

Senior CDC official reassigned in wake of congressional inquiries

Dr. Howard Frumkin, the embattled director of a little-known but important division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been reassigned to a position with less authority, a smaller staff and a lower budget. For the past two years he had endured scathing criticism from Congress and the media for the CDC’s poor handling of public health problems created by the formaldehyde-contaminated trailers that the government provided to Hurricane Katrina victims.

Homeowners: Banks not following rules for loan modifications

Homeowners: Banks not following rules for loan modifications

An examination shows how mortgage servicers have created unnecessary hurdles to getting loan-mods and have violated the government’s rules for the program. “There’s a real resistance on the servicers’ part to making permanent modifications,” said Diane Thompson of the National Consumer Law Center.

White House gives agencies transparency to-do list

White House gives agencies transparency to-do list

Open government advocates got an early holiday gift from the White House today. The Office of Management and Budget released the detailed directive to federal agencies on transparency that President Barack Obama called for on his second day in office. The 11-page directive sets out specific tasks for agencies and gives them deadlines.

Drugmaker paid psychiatrist $490K to promote antipsychotic, despite doubts about research

Drugmaker paid psychiatrist $490K to promote antipsychotic, despite doubts about research

Over a decade-long period, AstraZeneca paid Chicago’s Michael Reinstein nearly half a million dollars to promote their antipsychotic. However, internal emails show that executives had doubts about Reinstein’s claim that their drug, Seroquel, helped patients lose weight.

Car dealers protected from new consumer protection agency

Car dealers protected from new consumer protection agency

Last week, the House Financial Services Committee voted to establish a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency. The agency would have broad authority – but thanks to fierce lobbying, it’ll also have big gaps. Consumer advocates point to an exemption for auto dealers as one that’s particularly worrisome.

Medicare drug planners now lobbyists, with billions at stake

Medicare drug planners now lobbyists, with billions at stake

Six years ago, a group of lawmakers and aides crafted Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program for seniors that has produced billions of dollars of profits for pharmaceutical companies. Today, at least 25 of those key players are back, but this time they’re lobbyists, trying to persuade their former colleagues to protect the lucrative system during the health care reform negotiations.

Do direct stimulus jobs really cost $533,000 apiece?

Do direct stimulus jobs really cost $533,000 apiece?

On Thursday, the government released data claiming $16 billion in stimulus money has saved or created 30,383 jobs. Extrapolating those numbers, the administration’s chief economist estimated total stimulus spending would mean more than 1 million new or saved jobs. But do the 30,000 jobs represent a good return? And since the federal contracts for which data was reported this week represent just a sliver of the overall stimulus package, what do they really say about the impact of the stimulus as a whole?

Contractors in Iraq are hidden casualties of war

Contractors in Iraq are hidden casualties of war

By T. CHRISTIAN MILLER/ProPublica Reporting from Central Point, Ore. – A nurse rocked him awake as pale dawn light crept into the room. “C’mon now, c’mon,” the nurse murmured. “Time to get up.” Reggie Lane was once a hulking man of 260 pounds. Friends called him “Big Dad.” Now, he weighed less than 200 pounds […]

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