Business Jet Group Tries to Block FOIA Request

Correction, June 16, 2009,: This post originally misstated the name of the BARR Program as "Blocked Aircraft Registration Request." BARR stands for "Block Aircraft Registration Request."

Stimulus Threatens to Cause 'Full-Blown Trade War'

Correction, June 12, 2009: This post originally stated that Associated General Contractors represents 7 million workers. AGC represents construction companies whose workforce numbers about 7 million; it does not represent those workers.

Deficit Skyrockets at Pension Guaranty Fund

Correction, May 20, 2009: This post originally stated the PBGC's deficit as $35 billion. It is $33.5 billion.

Decoder: The Pension Fund Scandal

Correction, April 30, 2009: This post mistakenly stated that the California State Teachers' Retirement System had moved to limit campaign contributions to members of its oversight board but had been thwarted in a legal challenge. We should have said it was the California Public Employees Retirement System that attempted to limit contributions.

New Arrest Heats Up Pension Kickback Scandal

Correction, April 30, 2009: This post originally said that Markstone Capital Group was named in an indictment by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo regarding fraud in the public pension system. In fact, Markstone was not named in that indictment. Rather, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sent a letter to Markstone's founder, Elliott Broidy, as part of the commission’s inquiry into public pension funds. The letter requested financial information relating to Broidy’s time as a commissioner on the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension fund. In particular, the letter requested details of Broidy's communications with two firms named in the Cuomo indictment, Aldus Equity and placement agent DAV/Wetherly Financial. Broidy resigned from the LA pension board after the SEC's inquiry was publicly disclosed.

Catch-22: Can AIG Repay Taxpayers?

Correction, April 9, 2009: This post originally stated that AIG "ditched plans" to sell two of its insurance subsidiaries, Alico and AIA. In fact, AIG says selling the companies is still an option in its effort to repay federal bailout loans. The company's plans did change insofar as AIG gave the Federal Reserve Bank ownership interest in the two subsidiaries in return for a $26 billion reduction in the amount owed to the Fed. The company is now considering a wider ranch of options than simply selling the subsidiaries. The original post also stated that the transaction resulted in an additional loan to AIG. In fact, the additional $30 billion lending facility, announced on the same day, came from the Treasury, not the Fed. AIG has not yet tapped that line of credit, according to spokeswoman Christina Pretto.

Talking With the Former FOIA Czar

Correction, March 12, 2009: The original caption for the photo misstated Mr. Metcalfe's name. This article also originally stated former Justice Dept. FOIA official Dan Metcalfe was a "Reagan appointee." In fact, he was appointed to head the Office of Information and Privacy during the Reagan administration but was already working at the Justice Department.

Quick Picks: Ex-Sen Lobbies for Chems and Kids Sent to Slammer for Cash

Correction, Feb. 13, 2009: This post originally identified the subject of the Mother Jones article as Sen. Byron Dorgan. It was actually former Sen. Richard Bryan.

Development Bank Wrestles With Toxic Securities Losses

Correction, Feb. 12, 2009: The feature originally referred to a branch of the Inter-American Developoment Bank as the Office of Review and Evaluation. The branch, which oversaw a report on the bank's losses, is actually named the Office of Oversight and Evaluation.

Bush Signing Statements Will Retire With Their Author

Correction, Jan. 7, 2009: This post originally identified Louis Fisher as the Congressional Research Service's expert on separation of powers. He is actually an expert on separation of powers with the Law Library of Congress.

Where Things Stand: Air Marshals Under Arrest

Correction, Dec. 24, 2008: This story originally stated one air marshal was convicted of felony injury to a child. The air marshal, Louie Esparza, pleaded guilty to the charge, but the judge withheld judgment pending completion of the probation.

How the West's Energy Boom Could Threaten Drinking Water for 1 in 12 Americans

Correction, Dec. 21, 2008: This post originally stated that the Bureau of Land Management had auctioned off 359,000 acres of land for natural gas drilling near Moab Utah. In fact, as a result of protests over that lease sale, the BLM made a last minute change to the total amount and auctioned 148,598 acres of land on Dec. 19, 2008. This story also refers to a study comparing real pollution at 25 mines to that anticipated by the EPA. That study was commissioned by Earthworks, not the Environmental Working Group, and was authored by James Kuipers and Ann Maest.

Who's Not on the Clinton Foundation Donor List?

Correction, Dec. 18, 2008: This article originally stated that Clinton had not yet identified donors to the Clinton Presidential Library. In fact, Clinton Foundation funded the library, and its donors are represented in the list made public Dec. 18.

Report Calls Alhurra a Failure

Correction, Dec. 11, 2008: This post included an update originally stating that the University of Missouri recently won a $500,000 contract to train Alhurra reporters. In fact, Alhurra's overall budget for journalism training in 2009 is $500,000. University of Missouri associate professor Kent S. Collins said he was paid a total of $26,600 to train Alhurra reporters. While the Broadcasting Board of Governors has referred to Collin’s report on Alhurra as a University of Missouri study, Collins said his work was done on a private basis and is not connected to the university or its journalism program.

I Beg Your Pardon: Who Will Bush Let Off the Hook?

Correction, Nov. 20, 2008: This post originally stated that Sen. Ted Stevens has served in the Senate for 50 years. He has served for 40 years.

Buried Secrets: Is Natural Gas Drilling Endangering U.S. Water Supplies?

Correction, Nov. 13, 2008: This article previously stated that Theo Colborn collected and tested water and soil samples. Rather, she did not do that work herself but compiled such information from other organizations and agencies that did.

Health Officials Still Accounting for Asbestos Mined in Montana

Correction, Nov. 3, 2008: This post originally stated that deaths resulting from asbestosis in Libby, Montana were 40-80 percent higher than expected, according to a CDC study. In fact, the study found the deaths were 40 to 80 times higher.

NYC Council to Hold Hearing on Gas Drilling Near City Water Supply

Correction, Sept. 3, 2008: This article originally stated that the letter sent from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to New York state officials was dated Aug. 6. It was dated July 18.

The Administration's Latest Critic: The Chamber of Commerce

Correction, Aug. 13, 2008: This post originally quoted U.S. Chamber of Commerce Director of Immigration Policy Angelo Amador as saying the Chamber is generally viewed as "a friendly administration tool." We misheard. Amador actually said the Chamber generally views the administration as "a friendly administration."

Republicans Block Presidential Library Disclosure Bill

Correction, July 16, 2008: An earlier version quoted Stevens' spokesman Steve Wackowski as saying that Stevens had never put a hold on the bill. Wackowski subsequently e-mailed to say that his first statement was incorrect and that Stevens had in fact put a hold on the bill.

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