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The New Tax Man: Big Banks And Hedge Funds

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

By Fred Schulte and Ben ProtessHuffington Post Investigative FundInteractive StoryPowered by StoryRiver Media Nearly a dozen major banks and hedge fu...

Yielding To Wall Street, Credit Raters 'Drink The Kool-Aid'

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Ben Protess | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In the lead up to the financial meltdown, Wall Street firms routinely exerted influence on the nation’s largest credit rating companies— which jud...

Even With U.S. Oversight, AIG Keeps Secrets

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Ben Protess | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

After taxpayers rescued American International Group from the brink of collapse, the U.S. government moved to protect its investment by appointing dir...

Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia Presidential Candidate, Oversaw The Company Managing Elections

Special to the Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Nadja Drost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BOGOTÁ, Colombia - The man most likely to become Colombia's next president this Sunday has played a previously undisclosed role as a corporate office...

Heather Galeotti: Kaiser Permanente Pulled Plug On Woman's Insurance While She Was In A Coma

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Danielle Ivory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

By Danielle IvoryHuffington Post Investigative FundWith her heart set on a career as a chef, Heather Galeotti enrolled in a San Francisco culinary sch...

The Other Foreclosure Menace

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Fred Schulte, Ben Protess and Lagan Sebert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

One raw day in early February, Vicki Valentine stood by helplessly as real estate investors snatched her West Baltimore home over what began with an u...

To Speed Recruits, U.S. Cuts Afghan Police Training to Six Weeks

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Christine Spolar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The U.S. government's plan to rapidly grow the ranks of Afghan police officers has run into a shortage of instructors and training camps, prompting U....

Hard Times Update: Readers Share Tales of Foreclosure Schemes, Mortgage Misfortune

Amanda Zamora | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Amanda Zamora

Send Us Your Tips and 'Bandit Sign' PhotosLast month, we put out a call for stories and photos to help document the effect that "Hard Times ...

As Afghanistan Contracting Surges, Who's Following The Money?

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Christine Spolar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In the past eight years, the United States has allocated $51 billion to rebuild and stabilize Afghanistan. But tracking that money sometimes seems as ...

Profiting From Recession, Payday Lenders Spend Big To Fight Regulation

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Keith Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The influential $42 billion-a-year payday lending industry, thriving from a surge in emergency loans to people struggling through the recession, is po...

Keith Epstein On Legal Loan Sharks Lobbying Furiously Against Payday Loans Crackdown (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Huff TV

Keith Epstein, a senior reporter for the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, appeared on "The Dylan Ratigan Show" on MSNBC this afternoon to discuss t...

Military Training Of Afghan National Police Mired In Contract Dispute

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Christine Spolar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the war in Afghanistan intensifies, a contract dispute in Washington is interfering with the Obama administration's plan to rebuild the Afghan nati...

Hard Times Profiteers: Help HuffPost Investigative Fund Investigate 'Signs Of Deception' (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Ben Protess, Amanda Zamora and Lagan Sebert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Drive through most any city in America and the offers will leap out at you: "Repair Your Credit!" "Modify Your Loan!" "Sell Your House Quick!" The ...

Victim of a Real Estate Scheme? Huffington Post Investigative Fund Wants Your Stories

Amanda Zamora | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Amanda Zamora

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund would like to shine a light on real estate schemes going on around the country. We're looking for your tips and stories to help us investigate.

Help Track Members of Congress Bound for the Super Bowl

Amanda Zamora | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amanda Zamora

The Super Bowl is America's most expensive sports spectacle, and it has long been used to rub shoulders, gain influence and form ties that help congressional candidates.

FDIC Chief Got Bank Of America Loans While Working On Its Rescue

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Keith Epstein and David Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Sheila Bair, one of the chief regulators overseeing Bank of America's federal rescue, took out two mortgages worth more than $1 million from the banki...

Federal Digital Health Stimulus Program's Rising Costs: Fuzzy Math?

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Fred Schulte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Creating digital medical records for every American within the next five years - a key provision of President Obama's stimulus package -- could cost m...

Bank's Failure Shows Lapses By Regulators

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Keith Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even by the distorted standards of the national housing bubble, north central Florida was a hot market. Between 2004 and 2006 new houses and property ...

When Banks Fail, So Do Those Promised CD Rates

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Keith Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Norma Jean Scott, a 63-year-old Alabama retiree, thought she was being prudent three years ago when she stashed her $100,000 retirement nest egg in a ...

Major Gaps In Oversight Of Human Medical Research

HuffPost Investigative Fund | By Jeanne Lenzer and Shannon Brownlee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ten years ago, an 18-year-old student named Jesse Gelsinger died during a medical research trial involving gene therapy at the University of Pennsylva...

Government Orders Columbia to Tell Patients 'True Nature' of Drug Study

Special To Huffington Post Investigative Fund |
Jeanne Lenzer and Shannon Brownlee | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- The man who would be known as Patient No. 1 emerged from routine open-heart surgery at Columbia University Medical Center in stable condit...

Chris Dodd's Departure Could Endanger Potential Consumer Protection Agency

Ben Protess and Lagan Sebert | Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's the question buzzing around Washington and Wall Street this week: Will Sen. Christopher Dodd's sudden retirement announcement further jeopardize ...

Food Lobby Mobilizes, As Soda Tax Bubbles Up

HuffPost Investigative Fund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

By Christine Spolar, Huffington Post Investigative Fund and Joseph Eaton, Staff Writer, Center for Public Integrity Washington lobbyists have been en...

Under Attack, Credit Raters Turn to the First Amendment

HuffPost Investigative Fund | By Ben Protess and Lagan Sebert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Editor's note: This is the first of three articles by the Investigative Fund on the credit rating companies. To help with the investigation, sign up ...

In Reversal Of Bush Policy, EPA Launches New Study of Atrazine's Health Effects

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Danielle Ivory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Environmental Protection Agency today reversed its stance on the potential hazards of atrazine, one of the most commonly-used herbicides in the co...