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The problem with the ad’s $300 billion claim is it frames the spending decline as hurting older Americans insured under Medicare. That’s not so.

As Senate Democrats raced to pass what could be their final piece of major legislation before the midterm elections, critics went to the airwaves to falsely blast the proposal as hurting older Americans who rely on Medicare. Read more»

School buses assemble in the shape of an assault rifle in Houston on July 14, 2022, before driving to the home of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the leading recipient of donations from gun lobbyists. The protest was organized by Change the Ref, a group that advocates for gun control.

The CEOs of major gun manufacturing companies told a U.S. House panel that their production of AR-15-style guns did not contribute to recent mass shootings that left 29 people dead, and that the killings were due to the actions of individual shooters. Read more»

Even if the court rules that there was no breach of contract, Webb claims that the covenant of good faith and fair dealing can still be violated under Arizona law.

The 11th Circuit heard oral arguments Thursday over whether Grand Canyon University - a for-profit university based in Phoenix - misleads students into believing they can get a doctorate degree after completing just 60 credit hours. Read more»

Caldwell Hall at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Catholic University is spending $5 million on marketing and branding - a small sum compared to what other colleges and universities are investing in advertising, marketing and promotion, which has been rising and is on track this year to be nearly double what it was last year. Read more»

An audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration estimated that in 2019 more than 14 million taxpayers paid for tax prep software that they could have gotten for free.

TurboTax maker Intuit, the largest company in the tax-preparation software industry, announced it will leave the Free File program, the public-private partnership that offers free tax filing to millions of Americans but has been a magnet for controversy since its creation two decades ago. Read more»

The first study to track drinking patterns at the county level finds that women are driving big increases in heavy drinking. Read more»

The “drink responsibly” or “enjoy in moderation” messages tucked into liquor and beer ads don’t impress Jennifer Romo. “Nobody actually takes that seriously,” said Romo, a UCLA student. She added: “‘Drink responsibly,’ what does that even mean?” Read more»

A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn. Read more»

The merger of online and offline data is bringing more intrusive tracking. Read more»

Many of the television ads in the high-profile Arizona race have come from outside groups, like this VoteVets ad attacking Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa.

Political ads peppering Arizona airwaves in this contentious election season have cost at least $29.4 million, based on newly mandated electronic filings to the Federal Communications Commission. Read more»

A slide taken from an online slideshow by a political targeting firm.

If you're a registered voter and surf the web, one of the sites you visit has almost certainly placed a tiny piece of data on your computer flagging your political preferences. That piece of data, called a cookie, marks you as a Democrat or Republican, when you last voted, and what contributions you've made. Read more»

A government website launched Thursday which shows political ad data from television stations around the country — but the new system has a few serious limitations. Read more»

Mitt Romney and his allies have attacked President Barack Obama — often out of context — for saying, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” (with videos) Read more»

Romney in May.

Last month, I was searching for a peppy song on Grooveshark, and up popped two ads for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. It turns out the campaign wasn't advertising to Grooveshark listeners or a capella fans. They were targeting me. Read more»

The Political Face-off featured commentators Bruce Ash and Paul Eckerstrom. Also, we talked with UA Professor of Communication Dr. Dale Kunkel about changes in commercials aimed at kids. Plus, Dr. Mark Sykes, head of the Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute. Read more»

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