Center for Public Integrity
The National Rifle Association is keeping silent in response to calls for gun control measures in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Yet the massive trail of political money spent by the group shows the potent force any proposals for new restrictions will likely face when the anger and dismay over the shootings recede.... Read more»
Guns galore, inadequate checks: The background check system is supposed to keep firearms away from potentially dangerous people, but the system is plagued by data problems, loopholes and disputes over just who should be barred. "There is a problem with a system like that. It is harder for a high school kid to get a job at McDonald’s." (with video)... Read more»
Complex state level battle over stop-loss coverage could eliminate crucial consumer protections.
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Billions have been spent on FEMA's urban security program but no one knows if it produced any appreciable new security.... Read more»
I've often said that the Affordable Care Act is the end of the beginning of health reform. It addresses many problems associated with health insurance, but more must be done to control costs and access real universal coverage. And flaws in the law need to be fixed.... Read more»
Sheldon Adelson, Michael Bloomberg among eleventh-hour donors to drop millions into super PAC coffers.... Read more»
The Pentagon’s budget is almost assuredly going down in coming years, but it looks like a specific type of weaponry, the nation’s stockpile of nuclear warheads, is also headed down, with Barack Obama’s reelection.
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Disruption. Get ready to hear that word many times in the coming weeks, especially if you hang out inside the Washington beltway.... Read more»
t every congressional Republican is joining the GOP rush to mend fences with Latino voters by embracing the pursuit of comprehensive immigration reform. Rep. Steve King of Iowa made it plain after the election that he doesn't approve of the chatter from his party's "establishment" on the issue.... Read more»
The political action committees of the 11 largest health insurers and their biggest trade group gave $10.2 million to federal politicians between 2007 and 2012. Most of that money went to Republicans who pledged to repeal or gut the Affordable Care Act.
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President Obama and Congress now have just over seven weeks to reach an agreement on the federal budget that would avert a round of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts in defense and social programs that members of both parties have depicted as draconian.... Read more»
If Karl Rove was an NFL coach and not a political strategist, he would probably be looking for a new job about now. Organizations co-founded by the GOP’s most effective fundraiser spent more than $175 million only to see President Barack Obama win a second term and Democrats actually gain seats in the U.S. Senate.... Read more»
The biggest corporate contributor in the 2012 election so far doesn’t appear to make anything — other than very large contributions to a conservative super PAC.... Read more»
Wouldn’t it be great if our candidates had to take a dose of truth serum every morning before hitting the campaign trail? If they did, those of us who will be voting tomorrow wouldn’t be nearly as confused about what Obamacare is and what it isn’t, what it will do and what it won’t.... Read more»
Despite his vast wealth, Sheldon Adelson was not exactly a household name when the Republican presidential primary campaign got under way. But the casino magnate’s multimillion-dollar contributions to a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC ended that.... Read more»