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Financial Times Washington Correspondent and FishbowlDC Co-Editor — The Fiscal Times, Mediabistro

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Prisoner Tax Fraud Now “A $1 Billion Problem

thefiscaltimes.com — The Internal Revenue Service has long-struggled with weeding out prisoner tax fraud-an issue that costs taxpayers tens of millions of dollars every year. Despite the IRS's efforts, the problem is getting worse. Tax fraud committed by incarcerated people has skyrocketed in the last few years.

PR News Names This Year’s Top Women in the Biz

mediabistro.com — PR News Online just released the first-ever list of women named to its new Top Women in PR Awards program-and most of the names won't surprise you. Women who made the cut for this inaugural awards program span across all areas of the industry-from representing major media networks like CNN, to behemoth contracting firms like Lockheed Martin, as well as running smaller PR shops with big-name clients.

68 Ways Homeland Security Has Wasted Your Tax Dollars

thefiscaltimes.com — The sprawling Department of Homeland Security (DHS), created after 9/11 to keep the country safe from terror attacks, has all too often found itself the target of scathing federal audits that have noted the waste and abuse occurring within its walls and its ranks. From $1.5 billion in cost overruns on its new D.C.

Brian Weiss Leaves WaPo to Join The Justice Network

mediabistro.com — The Washington Post's Brian Weiss is leaving D.C. to join a new Atlanta-based television network startup dedicated to criminal justice and true crime investigations. The Justice Network bills itself as the "first-of-its-kind-public-service-iniative" where viewers will be enlisted to "track down criminals and missing children."

Midterm Election Results Deliver Setbacks to Medicaid Expansion

thefiscaltimes.com — One of the biggest losers in the midterm elections was Medicaid expansion. This year, a handful of Republican governors --who previously opposed expanding their Medicaid programs--won re-election. This was bad news for the Obama Administration, which has tirelessly attempted to persuade states to expand their programs, either through Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, or other alternatives.

Obamacare Auto-Renewals Could Deliver Rate Shock

thefiscaltimes.com — Returning Obamacare customers should take a close look at their coverage options for 2015 instead of just automatically re-enrolling in the same policy they had this year, health officials say. Otherwise, some policyholders could find themselves stuck with significantly higher rates.

Why climate change poses an 'immediate threat' to national security

theweek.com — For years, the federal government has warned that the effects of climate change could pose serious threats to national security - saying rising water levels will eventually hinder military bases. Now, Pentagon officials are taking a more urgent tone, warning that the changing climate poses an "immediate threat" to national security.

Obama Defends His Executive Action on Immigration

thefiscaltimes.com — President Obama defended his use of executive actions on Sunday after House Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans spent the last several days challenging the president's authority to use his executive action on immigration reform.

What the Uninsured Need to Know About Obamacare

thefiscaltimes.com — Obamacare's exchanges have officially been open for business for nearly a week, but some uninsured people are still either confused, unaware or dismissive of some of the key provisions of the law.

Medicare Doles Out $45B in Improper Payments

cnbc.com — Pali Rao | E+ | Getty Images This year, the program's error rate jumped to 12.7 percent, from 10.1 percent last year, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General. The auditors said that this year alone, Medicare's Fee for Service program made about $45 billion in improper payments.
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