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Identity Thieves Filed For $4 Million In Tax Refunds Using Names Of Living And Dead

Wired | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The thieves operated their scheme for at least three years from January 2005 to April 2008, allegedly filing more than 1,900 fraudulent tax returns in...

NASA Sued For Refusing to Release Contracting Data on United Space Alliance

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Tuesday, June 8, the American Small Business League (ASBL) filed suit against the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Federal D...

Reproductive Fraud? Sham Pregnancy Centers Face Pushback

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

It's increasingly difficult to figure out which of the numerous organizations claiming to offer "reproductive health services" actually provide termination referrals and which are merely sham clinics established by right-wing religious activists.

Scott Patterson and Janet Tavakoli Debate: Did Quants or Malfeasance (and Leverage) Cause the Financial Crisis?

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

What really caused the financial crisis? High leverage against assets that could only go down in value -- and the subsequent seize-up of funding due to nervousness about malfeasance.

KBR: Private Military Cancer (PMC) Provider?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Isenberg

The Indiana National Guardsmen refiled a lawsuit in Houston federal court alleging that KBR knowingly allowed soldiers assigned to guard the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant in southern Iraq to be exposed to a toxic chemical known to cause cancer.

Obama Administration Faces Court Battle Over Contracting Data

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Tuesday, March 30, the American Small Business League (ASBL) filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in United States District Court, Northern ...

Obama Proposes Tax Cut for Mega Rich Venture Capitalist Contributors

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

President Barack Obama has proposed new legislation that will allow many of the nation's wealthiest venture capitalists to avoid paying billions of do...

Ken Starr Ponzi Scheme: The Names Behind The Investigation (PHOTOS, SLIDESHOW)

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The list of Kenneth Starr's clients reads like the seating chart at the Oscars. Before his arrest for allegedly running a Ponzi scheme, Starr had his...

New In-depth Report Challenges Obama Small Business Track Record

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The American Small Business League (ASBL) has concluded an examination and report on President Barack Obama's track record for small businesses, and u...

Federal Investigation Finds Corporate Giants Received Billions in Small Business Funds

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Over two dozen investigations have found a clear pattern of blatant fraud and abuse in Small Business Administration-managed programs. It is time for the FBI to step in.

After Health Care, the Next Fight: Financial Reform

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danny Schechter

In Britain, the police are raiding Hedge Funds to bust insider traders. In America, the Hedge Funds are still raiding us, even as public opinion calls for a crackdown on Wall Street.

Taxi Drivers: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Melissa Plaut | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Melissa Plaut

For the Taxi Commissioner to accuse two-thirds of drivers of committing a crime is utterly reckless. But it's hardly surprising. This is what taxi drivers go through on a small scale every single day.

Department of Energy Surrenders in Legal Battle for Bechtel Contracting Data

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Thursday, May 20, the American Small Business League (ASBL) won its 7th legal battle against the federal government in Federal District Court, Nort...

Lehman Brothers; The Bank with Integrity, and Shameless Fraud

Lawrence G. McDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lawrence G. McDonald

State and federal offices are working closely with the examiner to prove Lehman Brothers' "pattern of deception." This effort is much more robust than most people realize.

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Banksters

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

It turns out, toddlers who tell lies do better as adults. Whether this is surprising news about child development, or a sad statement about the kind of society we live in depends on how you define "better."

Bernie Gets a Faceful of Justice

Rip Empson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rip Empson

In perhaps the most unsurprising news since Tiger's decision to return for the Masters, Lenny Dykstra losing all of his money to late night infomercia...

Madoff Victims to Hedge Funds: Show Us the Money!

Dan Solin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

Pre-Madoff, hedge funds were all the rage. They had figured out a way to make money in any market. Trillions of dollars flowed into their coffers. What a difference a big fraud makes. Now many of these funds claim they were also victims of Madoff.

Navy Sued For Refusing to Release ManTech Contracting Data

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Since 2003, more than a dozen federal investigations have uncovered billions of dollars a month in federal small business contracts actually flowing into the hands of Fortune 500 corporations.

Rielle Hunter and the Murdered Show Horses

Janet Turley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Turley

Given Rielle Hunter's upbringing, it's no wonder the recent GQ interview exposes her as a new-aged, solipsistic space cadet.

Lawrence Salander, Celeb Art Dealer, Pleads Guilty To $100 Million Fraud

nydailynews.com | By Melissa Grace | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Lawrence Salander, disgraced Manhattan art dealer to the stars, will plead guilty Thursday to stealing $100 million from A-list artists and clients, i...

Health Insurance Fig Leaves, Designed by the Emperor's Tailor

Susan L. Travis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan L. Travis

Perhaps my point will be more memorable for the use of a whimsical metaphor, but this issue is no laughing matter. Not when you're sick, or watching a loved one die, or casting their ashes in a canyon.

Jobs Bill Will Allow the Diversion of Federal Small Business Funds to Corporate Giants to Continue

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

President Barack Obama signed the new jobs bill today. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate failed to include provisions in the bill that...

Goldman Sachs Publicly Supports Financial Reform, But Fights It With Lobbyists

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Adele Hampton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For all of Goldman Sachs' professed support for an overhaul of financial regulations, the megabank hasn't exactly withdrawn its army of lobbyists. Far...

Weekly Audit: Will Weak Reforms Bring on Another Crisis?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) unveiled his latest financial reform proposal on Monday, ...

Obama Should Focus On Jobs Not Health Care

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

With his push for health care reform, President Obama has made a tragic mistake that could threaten to push our nation's economy over the edge.