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White House kept close tabs on Solyndra loan, internal emails show

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.13.2011 | Green
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By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene, iWatch NewsNewly uncovered emails show the White House closely monitored Energy Department deliberations over wheth...

Recurring red flags failed to slow Obama administration's race to help Solyndra

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.13.2011 | Green
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By Ronnie Greene, iWatch NewsTime and again, the government handed breaks to Solyndra Inc., an upstart California solar panel firm backed by a major s...

Solyndra investigation expands with raid of executives' homes and files

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.09.2011 | Green
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By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk, iWatch NewsFederal agents have expanded their examination of the now-bankrupt California solar power company Solynd...

Federal Agents Search Headquarters Of Failed Solar Firm Solyndra

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.08.2011 | Green
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By Ronnie Greene, iWatch NewsFederal agents executed a surprise search of the California headquarters of failed solar firm Solyndra, Inc. on Thursday ...

Politically-connected solar firm secured low interest government loan before collapsing

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
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By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk, iWatch NewsA politically connected solar company that pocketed a half billion dollar government loan, only to shutt...

Investor protections imperiled by Wall Street, GOP assault on financial reform

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.07.2011 | Business
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By John F. Wasik, iWatch NewsIt's no secret that a powerful, well-funded coalition of mega-banks, derivatives users and insurance brokers wants to see...

A Crawling Issue: Head Lice Treatments Worse Than The Pest Itself?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.06.2011 | Parents
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By Jeremy Borden, iWatch NewsAs children flock back to school, the annual plague of head lice lurks beyond the classroom doors. The vile creatures don...

Windfalls of war: Pentagon's competition for contracts abysmal compared to other agencies

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics
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By Sharon Weinberger, iWatch NewsIn 2010, the Pentagon prepared to award Blackwater, now known as Xe Services, a $1 billion contract for Afghan police...

White House had role in federal benefit for failed solar company, House investigators say

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics
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By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene, iWatch News and ABC NewsHouse investigators say they have uncovered evidence that White House officials became pers...

Borrower Nightmares: Disabled homeowner alleges broker, bank sold her mortgage she couldn't afford

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.02.2011 | Business
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By Ben Hallman, iWatch NewsMargaret Mosunic is 63 and a devout Christian, but if she ever encounters her building contractor again, she has a specific...

Obama-backed solar firm collapses after big federal loan guarantee

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.31.2011 | Green
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By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk, iWatch NewsSolyndra Inc., a renewable energy firm that became a darling of the Obama Administration, shut the doors...

40% of public schools on military bases get poor or failing report card

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.30.2011 | Education
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By Emma Schwartz, iWatch NewsA substantial number of public schools on military bases are in either poor or failing condition, and many are overcrowde...

SLIDESHOW: A guide to the Republican candidates' views on climate change

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.25.2011 | Green
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By Evan Bush, iWatch NewsMany Republican candidates are challenging the government's role in protecting the environment, and showing that Obama isn't ...

Since 9/11, Koch Industries Has Fought Against Tougher Government Rules on Chemical Plants

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
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Koch Industries, a leader of industry resistance to proposed post-9/11 anti-terrorism safeguards at petrochemical plants, owns 56 facilities using hazardous chemicals that put 4.8 million Americans who live nearby at risk.

Romney Fundraiser Jumps From Campaign to Super PAC

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
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By Peter H. Stone, iWatch NewsTop Romney campaign fundraiser Steve Roche has jumped to Restore Our Future to help spearhead the Super PAC's multimilli...

What Are the Risks of an Earthquake Beneath a Reactor Near You?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said two reactors were taken off line near Lake Anna in central Virginia, near the epicenter of Tuesday's earthquake, which shook buildings up and down the east coast.

Romney hosts fundraiser at La Jolla home that is a 'tear down' property

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
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By Peter H. Stone, iWatch NewsAt his ocean front home in chic La Jolla, Mitt Romney is hosting a party for scores of his top campaign bundlers to moti...

Environmental law violations found at scores of tribal schools run by Interior Department

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
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By Alexandra Duszak, iWatch NewsChildren of the nation's military personnel aren't the only students who have reason to worry about decrepit, sometim...

Top Health Information Technology Firms Prefer 'Revolving Door' Lobbyists

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
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Even by Washington standards, health information technology companies seem exceptional; 70% of registered lobbyists who worked for such firms in the past two quarters have passed through Washington's infamous "revolving door."

Federal Fracking Response Could Be Years Away

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.18.2011 | Green
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By Evan Bush, iWatch News 6:00 am, August 18, 2011A liquid concoction, often laced with toxic chemicals, is a central villain in the controversy ...

Bush Appointee Allows VA Employee to Be Overpaid $41,000 and Commute to D.C. From Ark.

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
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A new redacted report details how Charles L. Gephart was promoted to a higher-paying position in Washington, D.C., even though he continued to live in Fayetteville, Ark.

FBI Brags About Chasing Down Mortgage Fraudsters But Big Banks Are Left Untouched

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.16.2011 | Business
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The FBI's 2010 "Year in Review" mortgage fraud report says the agency has used wiretaps, undercover operatives and "tactical analysis coupled with advanced statistical correlations and computer technologies." Not everyone is impressed.

S&P Not Shy About Using Its Clout Politically

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
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Critics charge S&P played an important role in lobbying to prevent Wall Street from being held accountable for abusive practices -- and by providing their seal of approval to toxic mortgages that helped spark America's economic woes.

Conservative donor Bob Perry gives big to Pawlenty, Romney -- and Rick Perry

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
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By Aaron Mehta, iWatch News 4:46 pm, August 4, 2011One of the most prolific Republican money men, Bob Perry has played a critical financial role ...

Democrats and Republicans alike are exploiting new fundraising loophole

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
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By Peter H. Stone, iWatch News July 27, 2011It was a traditional fundraising trek to New York, but with a twist.While Mitt Romney was in New York...