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HealthCare.gov’s Costly Flubs

The federal government’s botched handling of HealthCare.gov cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, according to a new report by the General Accountability Office (GAO). The report will be officially presented tomorrow to a House subcommittee. The GAO report faults the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), […]

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How Many Pregnant Women Are Detained by Immigration & Customs?

It took seven long months, but my friends at Fusion finally heard back from the federal government in response to a Freedom of Information Request regarding pregnant women detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. True, it was only a partial response to the FOI request, but that’s better than many journalists get. According to Fusion, […]

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Supporting Independent Investigative Reporting

A few of you have asked if you can donate to this web site to support independent reporting. I very much appreciate the sentiment but here are some alternatives. Please note that a portion of the proceeds of my book “Stonewalled” will support the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information. One fearless program in particular […]

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Effects of Mexican Violence Again Spill into U.S.

On Wednesday, three heavily-armed Mexican police officers from the city of Juarez improperly crossed into the U.S., apparently in pursuit of Mexican cop killers. The murder suspects had shot and killed a Juarez police officer and wounded another in an ambush near the U.S.-Mexico border. A 16-year old Mexican girl was also shot in the […]

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Do Republicans Face Political Peril if Obamacare Subsidies are Deemed Illegal in 27 States?

Four million people in 27 states received a subsidy on federally-run Obamacare exchanges and are getting an average of 76% of their premium paid for courtesy of federal taxpayers. Those subsidies, in the future, could be impacted by the case now moving through the courts. As a reminder: this week in a 2-1 decision, the DC Court of […]

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How Secretive is Your State on Executive Orders?

Before he was president, Barack Obama criticized supposed overuse of executive orders. Now that he’s the nation’s chief executive officer, he has embraced executive orders as a way to accomplish his policy objectives when Congress doesn’t agree with him.  That’s now the subject of a planned lawsuit by Republican House Speaker John Boehner. But U.S. […]

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EPA Stonewalling on Fracking Pollution

The Center for Public Integrity is out with a new report about fracking air pollution. A subplot that’s most interesting in the article is the stonewalling the CPI and its partners faced at the hands of the EPA. Like other federal entities, the EPA has proven to jealously covet information that actually belongs to the public, according […]

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Where are the Autistic Amish?

This is an interesting article written several years ago by UPI investigative journalist Dan Olmsted. It asks “Where are the autistic Amish?” After the article was published, back when more reporters were covering the scientific links between vaccines and autism, I asked an official from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about the supposed lack of […]

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Six Under-Served Stories Covered by Attkisson

1. Questionable Spending of Federal Disaster Relief Funds After Super Storm Sandy While Residents Still Await Help, Money Spent on Tourism Ads. July 9, 2014 via Sinclair Media   2. Military Injustice? Marine Corps Commandant James Amos and the Urinating on Taliban Video Case What Happened to the U.S. Marines Urinating on the Taliban Case? July 16, […]

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Risperdal: the Little Known Story of Janssen Pharmaceutical’s Fraud

In May of 2009, I reported on an unthinkable side effect of a schizophrenia drug named Risperdal made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It was being widely prescribed off-label for unapproved uses to kids with ADD. In short: it can make boys grow breasts and cause them to have sexual identity confusion. At the time, Janssen denied […]

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