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Posted on: Aug 30, 2010, Source: The Huffington Post Investigative Fund

Taxpayer cash is flowing to subcontractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, who engage in shady, illegal practices with few repercussions.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2010, Source: The Huffington Post Investigative Fund

Vicki Valentine lost the two-story brick row home after the city sold her debt to investors through a contentious and byzantine legal process called a "tax sale."

Posted on: Feb 26, 2010, Source: The Huffington Post Investigative Fund

Companies offering mortgage modifications or foreclosure relief programs generated nearly 8,000 complaints in 2009. FTC consumer chief to fraudsters: 'I want to put you in jail.'

Posted on: Feb 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The forty-year-old Colombian war shows no signs of ceasing. Its fed by a billion dollar drug trade, political division and an international land battle.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2009, Source: The Huffington Post Investigative Fund

According to Gary Gensler, the top regulator of the commodities markets, Americans are still "vulnerable" to privately negotiated derivatives.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2009, Source: Huffington Post, American News Project

More people than ever are using payday loans to keep bill collectors at bay, paying annual rates as high as 700%.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2009, Source: American News Project

"Toxic assets" are actually mortgages and, by extension, houses and the people who are struggling to live in them.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2008, Source: American News Project

With newfound bailout money in their wallets, big banks have been rushing to gobble up smaller ones.