There was plenty of finger pointing on Capitol Hill when a House Committee grilled the contractors responsible for the healthcare.gov website. The two main companies blamed each other, along with poor federal oversight. But there are serious questions emerging about the track record of one of those companies, CGI Federal. Drew Griffin has a closer look.
We know Congress voted last night to reinstate government funding through January 15, and push back the debt ceiling deadline until February 7. But that's not all that was in the 35-page bill. So what else was in there? Jake Tapper breaks it down.
The White House and some lawmakers say they are shocked that families of fallen soldiers aren't getting death benefits from the government because of the shutdown. Everyone who pushed or let the country slip into a government shutdown had ample warning from the Pentagon. Today a private charity agreed to step in and help. Anderson looks at the outrage on display from both parties and Dana Bash has the latest on the standoff over the shutdown.
California legislators grilled bureaucrats today as a result of a year-long investigation by CNN and The Center for Investigative Reporting. The hearings centered on allegations of fraud in California's drug rehab program, which receives millions in tax dollars every year. Our investigation found fraud so egregious that as a result, 174 drug rehab locations were suspended, with some even shutdown. CNN's Drew Griffin has the latest.
A year-long investigation by CNN and The Center for Investigative Reporting found widespread fraud in California's drug rehab program, which receives hefty amounts of federal tax-payer dollars. As a result of our investigation, more than a hundred drug rehab centers were suspended with their funding cut off, and others were completely shut down. Our investigation goes beyond just the clinics, but also the doctors who serve as medical directors for the clinics. Drew Griffin has the story.
Synthetic designer drugs are flooding into the U.S., mostly from China. They are being sold to younger and younger teenagers. Colorado health officials are investigating three deaths, to determine if they are tied to a batch of synthetic marijuana that's put more than 150 people in the hospital. The highs they deliver are dangerously potent, they've caused psychotic reactions, kidney failures and suicides. But law enforcement is having a tough time keeping ahead of the chemistry involved. Investigative correspondent Drew Griffin recently went along on a major raid.
The Kids Wish Network is firing back at AC360. The charity is the focus of a pair of reports this week by Drew Griffin, who found that less than 3 percent of the $127 million the charity has raised actually went to the children it purports to be helping. Along with the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times, Drew identified Kids Wish Network as the absolute worst charity when it comes to how little of each dollar raised actually helps the people they claim to care about. Kids Wish Network wouldn’t talk to us on camera but now they’ve posted a letter on their website, bashing our reporting and trying to discredit one of Drew’s sources. Drew takes us through the numbers that he crunched and shows us the math.
This week, AC360 featured Drew Griffin's reports on the Kids Wish Network. They were produced in partnership with the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times. They found the charity raised some $127 million in donations over the past decade, but spent precious little—less than three per cent in cash—to help dying children.
The Tampa Bay TImes has a full breakdown on the Kids Wish Network's finances including their tax returns.
The Kids Wish Network responded on Twitter:
Anderson responded to the Kids Wish Network's tweet:
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