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Ameritrade founder, auto union among top super PAC donors

Joe Ricketts, a billionaire who pioneered online stock trading by founding TD Ameritrade Inc., was far and away the biggest donor to super PACs last month, having given $11.4 million to the Ending Spending Action Fund.... Read more»

Dark-horse presidential candidates berate role of money in politics

While President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, heartily disagree about the role of money in politics, campaign finance reform was never breached in any of the three presidential debates this month.... Read more»

Commentary

Potter: Voices of the uninsured

When people find out I used to work for an insurance company, many of them ask if I can help find them a decent policy that won’t bust their budgets. Many others ask if I would consider going to bat for them after their insurer has denied coverage for a potentially life-saving treatment. And a lot of folks have reached out just to tell me their stories, just to get someone to listen.... Read more»

‘Citizens United’ and why it matters

By now most folks know that the U.S. Supreme Court did something that changed how money can be spent in elections and by whom, but what happened and why should you care?... Read more»

D.C.-based governors' groups provide back door to corporate donors

The Republican Governors Association routinely accepts six- and seven-figure contributions and deals out the funds to state candidates and parties. In states like Pennsylvania, where corporate contributions are banned, the group appears to be skirting the law.

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Dizzying twists in immigration laws

Given the white-hot politics of immigration, it’s perhaps not surprising that President Obama instantly drew fire with a proposal in January to help undocumented spouses of American citizens obtain legal status — without being ousted from the U.S. for years as punishment.... Read more»1

Separated by law: Families torn apart by 1996 immigration measure

In a nation built by immigrants, they thought they could pursue their American Dream — with loved ones at their side. Instead, they’re living an American nightmare that’s tearing families apart and forcing Americans into exile.... Read more»1

Christian college asks for refund of donation to Brewer's super PAC

A nonprofit college in Colorado says it has asked for a refund of a $5,000 donation to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s super PAC. Colorado Christian University is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, meaning it is legally prohibited from making political contributions.... Read more»

Lobbyists rake in $14 million for Romney

As Republican Mitt Romney works to unify the party faithful behind him, the number of lobbyists raising money to help him secure the White House has soared.

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Administration official asks for Medicare billing review

The nation’s top health information technology official has launched an internal review to determine if electronic health records are prompting some doctors and hospitals to overbill Medicare.... Read more»

Analysis

Debate preview: Who can be the toughest on global challenges?

Presidential candidates compete in debates to show how muscular they are on foreign policy, even when clear solutions are often not available. Closely-fought presidential campaigns can confound expectations by constricting—rather than broadening—public debate about significant issues.... Read more»

Canadian firm's donation to Romney super PAC raises red flags

A million-dollar donation by a foreign-owned corporation to a Republican super PAC that backs Mitt Romney has raised legal concerns and opened up the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court decision to new criticism.... Read more»

Romney benefits from post-Citizens United spending

Since Labor Day, the once-unofficial start of the election season, 70 percent of outside spending on the presidential race made possible by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision has benefited Mitt Romney.... Read more»

Hospitals grab at least $1 billion in extra fees for ER visits

A Center for Public Integrity probe suggests medical facilities have taken advantage of government’s failure to set billing standards.... Read more»

Commentary

Potter: ObamaCare's crucial benefits

Politicians who are promising to repeal ObamaCare won’t find any evidence in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s analysis of health insurance costs that the law has caused premiums to skyrocket, as many of those politicians have contended.... Read more»

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