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Caroline Hunter’s confirmation to the Election Assistance Commission in February 2007 came near the end of the agency’s controversial handling of two internally contentious commissioned studies -- one on voter fraud and the other on voter identification laws. Pressure to fill the four-member bipartisan commission was high: the election season was heating up. Emails released to Congress about the two studies, reviewed by Raw Story, reveal that Hunter’s selection was not only well-timed but also succeeded in installing an ideologically partisan insider on the commission. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at at-Largely
Judge found sworn testimony 'belied' the facts Caroline Hunter, a Bush-appointed Federal Election Commissioner who remains in office, provided misleading statements under oath in an effort to conceal Republican National Committee involvement in vote suppression activities during the 2004 presidential election, a Raw Story investigation has found. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2010 at at-Largely
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Mar 15, 2010
The Supreme Court’s seismic January ruling that corporations are free to spend unlimited amounts of their profits to advertise for or against candidates may have been the latest shakeup of campaign finance – but gaping holes already allow corporations to spend enormous sums without leaving a paper trail, a Raw Story investigation has found. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2010 at at-Largely
Wendell Potter, a twenty-year veteran of the insurance industry and former vice president of communications for Cigna, warns that current healthcare legislation does nothing to prevent the insurance industry from continuing its ongoing practice of increasingly shifting healthcare costs to consumers. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2010 at at-Largely
While some sunlight has been shed on the hefty sums shoveled into congressional campaign coffers in an effort to influence the Democrats' massive healthcare bill, little attention has been focused on the far larger sums received by President Barack Obama while he was a candidate in 2008. A new figure, based on an exclusive analysis created for Raw Story by the Center for Responsive Politics, shows that President Obama received a staggering $20,175,303 from the healthcare industry during the 2008 election cycle, nearly three times the amount of his presidential rival John McCain. McCain took in $7,758,289, the Center found. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2010 at at-Largely
I think the military has been quite realistic about the effects of not having the proper amount of psychologists enlisted, especially in times of war. How so? Did you see the reference in the piece from the Christian Science Monitor report last month about the Army being short 800 mental health professionals and 300 drug counselors? And the related quotes from Veterans for Common Sense exec. dir. Paul Sullivan about the military's suicide epidemic? If not, you should check that out. If the military is being "realistic," it's not evident in their actions in caring adequately for their soldiers' health, that's for sure.
A Raw Story analysis, based on a recent Harvard Medical School study, estimates that 135,000 American citizens and over 6,600 US veterans will die due to a lack of health insurance before current proposed healthcare reform measures would take effect. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2009 at at-Largely
Oh yeah. Remember Alexis Debat and Ross' wholly unethical utilization of this flimflam artist/operative/hack? ABC-Debat Scandal, Unanswered and Unasked Questions NPR Goes Easy on ABC News Spokesman in Debat Affair My Conversation with ABC's Jeffrey Schneider
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2009 on ABC = Journalism MIA at at-Largely
Brian Ross at it again.
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2009 on ABC = Journalism MIA at at-Largely
The Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General is conducting a new investigation into a covert Bush administration Defense Department program that used retired military analysts to produce positive wartime news coverage. Last May, the Inspector General’s office rescinded and repudiated a prior internal investigation’s report on the retired military analyst program, which had been issued by the Bush administration, because it “did not meet accepted quality standards for an Inspector General work product.” Yet in recent interviews with Raw Story, Pentagon officials who took part in the program were still defending it by referencing this invalidated report. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2009 at at-Largely
Thanks for the shout-out, Larisa!
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2009 on Excellent Reporting Shout-Out at at-Largely
Pentagon officials won't confirm Bush propaganda program ended The covert Bush administration program that used retired military analysts to generate favorable wartime news coverage may not have been terminated, Raw Story has found. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2009 at at-Largely
FS: Christian Zionists love Israel the way oncologists love cancer. It's a good living. Jews who play footsie with evangelicals in return for the "support" of the State of Israel are fools. So damn true. Very interesting interview, Larisa.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2009 on My interview with Frank Schaeffer at at-Largely
Posted by Brad Jacobson My latest for Raw Story (and a major reason for my scarcity in these parts) -- part one in a series of investigative articles: A key senior figure in a Bush administration covert Pentagon program, which used retired military analysts to produce positive wartime news coverage, remains in the same position today as a chief Obama Defense Department spokesman and the agency’s head of all media operations. In an examination of Pentagon documents the New York Times obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request — which reporter David Barstow leveraged for his April 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning exposé on the program – Raw Story has found that Bryan Whitman surfaces in over 500 emails and transcripts, revealing the deputy assistant secretary of defense for media operations was both one of the program’s senior participants and an active member. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2009 at at-Largely