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by Charles Ornstein Medicare spent $6.7 billion too much for office visits and other patient evaluations in 2010, according to a new report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services....
by Blair Hickman , Lois Beckett , Cora Currier and Suevon Lee Update: With last weekend's shootings in Santa Barbara, this collection, first published July 24, 2012, unfortunately seems...
by David Epstein Last week, prominent sprint coach and Olympic gold medalist Jon Drummond unmasked himself as the target of a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation when he filed a defamation lawsuit in Texas against...
by Justin Elliott Last month we explored the role of the American Red Cross after Hurricane Sandy and the lack of transparency in how the charity spent more than $300 million raised after the storm. Experts criticized...
by Nicole Collins Bronzan If former Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner has faced his share of criticism for his rocky tenure, Jesse Eisinger says, his new book makes clear that most of it should be borne by his old...
by Justin Elliott An amendment adopted by a House committee would, if enacted, take a step toward removing the National Security Agency from the business of meddling with encryption standards that protect security on...
by Joaquin Sapien Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered federal law enforcement agents to record all interrogations with suspects in custody. The policy was outlined in a memo sent to the Federal Bureau of...
by Theodoric Meyer After intense criticism from both ends of the political spectrum, the Internal Revenue Service has delayed indefinitely proposed rules that would have imposed new limits on social welfare nonprofits,...
Megan Woolhouse, The Boston Globe, and Michael Grabell , ProPublica, This story was co-published with The Boston Globe . Twenty-eight-year-old Daniel Collazo was nearly done with his shift cleaning machines at the Tribe...
by Lois Beckett Updated 05/21/2014 1:56 p.m.: This story has been updated to include comments from the National Rifle Association and Rep. Maloney. Two Congressional Democrats are unveiling...

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In November 1998, attorneys general from across the country sealed a historic deal with the tobacco industry to pay for the health care costs of smoking. Going forward, nearly every cigarette sold would provide money to...
American Crossroads also releases poll showing Pryor trailing Republican Tom Cotton by 5 points. ...
Pitting all parties' candidates against one another in Tuesday's oddly structured primary won't be a good predictor of November's outcome, history shows.  ...
Joni Ernst is the front-runner in the GOP Senate primary thanks to an important—and controversial—contribution from the former presidential nominee and his circle.  ...
The influential GOP super PAC is backing former Bush official Elise Stefanik over businessman Matt Doheny in swing Congressional district....
From a Republican incumbent at risk to a hog castrator rising and the GOP establishment backing a man who ran the hated Wall Street bailout -- these are the week's most interesting contests.  ...
The group is creating a PAC that will let it contribute directly to candidates for the midterm elections....
Texan Ralph Hall has been clinging to his seat for a long time, but Tuesday's primary might mark the end.  ...
Congressional candidates call on Obama to dump the Veterans Affairs chief as they try hard to distance themselves from the scandal.  ...
The insurgent movement might not be dead, but it's been dealt ugly blows this primary season....
York businessman Tom Wolf's campaign, fueled by personal money, cruised to victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary....
Both candidates easily dispatch their primary opponents. ...
by Jeff Gerth The question to Timothy Geithner could not have been more blunt: Why, asked Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, had Geithner failed to adequately regulate the banking giant Citigroup during his tenure as president of...
The Ricketts' family wealth attracted outsize attention to the governor's race from 2016 Republican presidential contenders....
The former Maryland state legislator had the backing of numerous conservative outside groups....
But the Florida Republican and potential presidential candidate says he still opposes legislative fixes to the problem of rising temperatures. ...
In 2008, outside groups spent $3.3 million on Sen. Mark Begich's race. Two groups this week laid out plans to more than double that....
by Amanda Zamora On May 18, 1954, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled segregation had no place in U.S. public schools. But 60 years later, many grandchildren of Brown v. Board of education are being isolated in poor,...
by David Epstein This story was co-published with Sports Illustrated. Update: On May 2, the United States Anti-Doping Agency banned Gay from competition for one year, vacated his race results...
by Ryan Goldberg, Special to ProPublica On looks alone, Northern Dancer did not stand out as he entered the starting gate for the 90th running of the Kentucky Derby in 1964. He was the small bay colt from Canada nobody...