By Margaux Stack-Babich and Bill Dedman
Today's reading from the world of investigative reporting.
Story of the day: As the rhetoric of the Occupy protests has entered common parlance, politicians now freely refer to "the 99 percent" and "the 1 percent" in their speeches and campaign media. But what about the 1 percent of the 1 percent? Research by the Sunlight Foundation on campaign contributions in the United States "reveals a growing dependence of candidates and political parties on the One Percent of the One Percent, resulting in a political system that could be disproportionately influenced by donors in a handful of wealthy enclaves." Read about the people who make up this political donor elite, and what it means for future elections.
- The Journal-Sentinel: A 40-year-old Wisconsin legal precedent for obtaining care for the mentally ill is now woefully inadequate: a Journal-Sentinel special report
- Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting: Inside Syria: one reporter travels through the unrest to find who makes up the opposition, who continues to support the government, and the hopes that both have for the future of Syria
- ProPublica: Emails suggest Ohio's new Republican-friendly maps save the GOP 'millions'
- The Washington Post: Cyber-intruder sparks massive US federal response — and debate over dealing with threats
- The New York Times: Online schools score better on Wall Street than in classrooms: Profits and questions at online charter schools
- The Associated Press: Dept of Health and Human Safety reveals chronic safety violations in Head Start centers across the country
- ThreatPost: Twenty-something asks Facebook for a comprehensive record of his stored personal information on the site, and gets it - all 1,200 pages
- Center for Investigative Reporting, CaliforniaWatch: After a yearlong investigation, FBI now questioning former Prime hospital coders, who charged Medicare for treating elderly patients with rare medical conditions at far higher than average rates
- Des Moines Register: Hospital asks judge to seal records in U of I lawsuit: One critic says such a move would be a 'sweeping order of secrecy.'
- Center for Public Integrity: As the investigation into Countrywide continues, management gurus claim they were blindsided by toxic culture
- Nephrology News: Kidney patients at for-profit dialysis centers less likely to get transplants, "suggesting that financial pressures to keep patients on dialysis at the centers could be driving the disparity"
- The Los Angeles Times: L.A. Unified will weigh a ban on admission preferences after two charter schools allowed some families to bypass lotteries
- The Center for Responsive Politics: How much love will leadership PAC contributions buy in GOP presidential race?
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Margaux Stack-Babich writes about investigative reporting for msnbc.com. Bill Dedman is an investigative reporter for msnbc.com.