A world awash in a nuclear explosive?

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by a nuclear explosive, Thomas Cochran and other experts say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… plutonium-based nuclear fuel has begun to take shape in the far reaches of Asia, with ambitions to spread elsewhere — and some frightening implications, …"

ICIJ offshore records reveal tax haven clients in China, Hong Kong

Files shed light on more than 20,000 tax haven clients from Hong Kong and mainland China.

Excerpts from this story referencing "real estate":

"… d cache of documents reveals. The confidential files include details of a real estate company co-owned by current President Xi Jinping’s brother-in-law and Br …"

A fast, agile Navy ship is prone to embarrassing glitches

By Douglas Birch

Some Senate lawmakers are pushing back against the Navy's effort to accelerate production of the troubled Littoral Combat Ships.

Excerpts from this story referencing "General Dynamics":

"… facturers — Lockheed Martin, the Marinette Marine Corp, Austal Ltd., and General Dynamics — hate this idea. Altogether, the four companies have employed 142 …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… Bolton adviser. Highlighting national security issues and U.S. policy in Asia and the Middle East will rank among the PACs' priorities, Groombridge said …"

Global power will shift by 2030

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A new US intelligence report forecasts an end to US predominance

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… nt of large military force or arsenals of nuclear weapons, two measures of American power that still have a large following in Washington.In a new report ent …"

"… e power metrics, meaning that “the ‘unipolar moment’ is over and Pax Americana – the era of American ascendancy in international politics that began …"

"… that “the ‘unipolar moment’ is over and Pax Americana – the era of American ascendancy in international politics that began in 1945 – is fast windi …"

"… ential campaign, which still animates those wedded to a nostalgic model of American predominance in global affairs. The days of primacy are over, says the co …"

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

FACT CHECK: Stumbles in latest presidential debate

By The Associated Press

FACT CHECK: Facts take some hits in rough and tumble debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… hat ending the Afghanistan and Iraq wars makes money available to "rebuild America," even though it doesn't. A look at some of their claims: …"

"… . Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, "I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened. …"

"… or several days its belief that the violence stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam. It took almost a month before officials ackn …"

"… the money that we've been spending on war over the last decade to rebuild America, roads, bridges, schools. We do those things, not only is your future goin …"

FACT CHECK: Is Romney to blame for cancer death?

By FactCheck.Org

Factcheck.org takes on a controversial new ad from the a pro-Obama super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Soptic":

"… ;Priorities USA Action to be misleading on several counts.Steelworker Joe Soptic’s wife, Ranae, died in 2006 — five years after the plant closed.She di …"

"… ds the heartbreaking story of his wife’s death.Here’s what Soptic says:Joe Soptic in Priorities USA ad: I don’t think Mitt Romney understands what he’s …"

IMPACT: Key vote clears way to stop fish plundering in the South Pacific

By Mort Rosenblum and Mar Cabra

Long overdue Chilean vote unblocks efforts to impose binding regulations on fishing quotas across the southern Pacific

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… oluntary, allowing a free-for-all among large industrial fleets from Asia, Europe and Latin America.An investigation by the International Consortium of Inve …"

What would your Pentagon budget look like?

How would you cut military defense spending?

FACT CHECK: Green stimulus sending jobs overseas?

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative advocacy ad avoids the facts about Obama administration investments into sustainable energy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… rue that for a time they were put together using LED lights made mostly in Asia, under a waiver the Department of Energy issued in February 2010 — and t …"

"… new SunPower facility in Mexico, as well as from other SunPower plants in Asia, company spokeswoman Natalie Wymer told us. But the overwhelming majority …"

"… bsp;investigation found most of those components were being purchased from Asia.However, that waiver was withdrawn on Dec. 1, 2010, after the EE …"

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… is from his wife $16.5 million to Winning Our Future (pro-Newt Gingrich), including $7.5 million from his wife and $1.5 million from other family …"

"… phy: After bankrolling the main super PAC supporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's failed presidential bid, Sheldon Adelson pivoted to support GOP presiden …"

Illegal ocean dumping persists despite DOJ crackdown

By Ronnie Greene

Federal prosecutors target dumping on the high seas, which taints global waterways with oil and other contaminants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New England":

"… e vessel pollution: $37 million.One crewman, upset by dumping close to the New England shore, created a secret journal hidden inside another book. An engineer, b …"

Casino billionaire expected to move millions to GOP groups

By Peter H. Stone

Casino mogul hosts private dinner for GOP bigwigs in Las Vegas digs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "daughter-in-law":

"… ;$2,500 to Romney for his primary fight, as did his wife Betty, son Brent, daughter-in-law Debbie and son George. Fox also gave $2,500, as did hi …"

"… sp;Fox also gave $2,500, as did his wife Marilyn, son Jeff, daughter-in-law Marilyn, son Greg and daughter-in-law Merle.Sembler and Fox were both amba …"

"… nbsp;did his wife Marilyn, son Jeff, daughter-in-law Marilyn, son Greg and daughter-in-law Merle.Sembler and Fox were both ambassadors in the George W. Bush administ …"

Will the $55 billion bomber program fly?

By David Axe

The pricetag is at least $55 billion, the design is unsettled and the mission is controversial.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Norm Dicks":

"… plan attracted bipartisan House support: George Behan, a staffer for Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., the House Armed Services Committee's ranking member and a longst …"

Peru’s vanishing fish

By Milagros Salazar

Rampant cheating and lax controls allowed companies to overfish their quotas and avoid taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… d fish and pigs. Peru exported more than a million tons in 2010, mostly to Asia, worth $1.6 billion.Each year up to 6 million metric tons of anchoveta rea …"

"… stock of about 30 million metric tons to less than 3 million metric tons. Asian and European fleets that have depleted other oceans now head south to wat …"

Sin control, gigantes pesqueros diezman el Pacífico Sur

By Mort Rosenblum and Mar Cabra

La depredación del Pacífico Sur

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… rastre chinos llegaron en masa, así como lo hicieron otros procedentes de Asia, Europa y Latinoamérica.Uno de los primeros en llegar fue el que por aque …"

"… ha visto potenciada por los subsidios estatales, especialmente en Europa y Asia.Un prestigioso informe realizado por Rashid Sumaila, en colaboración con …"

'Free-for-all' decimates fish stocks in the southern Pacific

By Mort Rosenblum and Mar Cabra

Fishing fleets have devastated stocks in the southern Pacific, once among the world’s richest waters

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fisheries":

"… f curbing the plunder.Negotiations to establish the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) began in 2006, at the initiative of Austr …"

"… abundance, he said. “We have no more jack mackerel or hake or anchoveta. Fisheries that produced a million or more tons a year have simply run out from overf …"

"… numbers are not manipulated.Richard Inurritegui, president of the National Fisheries Society, the leading industry group, downplayed the investigation’s find …"

FACT CHECK: Facts Strained in ‘King of Bain’

By FactCheck.Org

Pro-Gingrich super PAC offers one-sided, distorted view of Romney’s years at Bain Capital in a 28-minute 'doc'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain":

"… misleading view of Mitt Romney’s years leading the venture capital firm Bain Capital.Interspersed with appropriately eerie music, the video focuses on …"

"… tal.Interspersed with appropriately eerie music, the video focuses on four Bain-financed companies and features heart-wrenching interviews with people who …"

"… and features heart-wrenching interviews with people who portray Romney and Bain as ruthless, quick-buck corporate raiders who reaped huge financial reward …"

"… ck prices after the circuit board company went public. But Romney had left Bain Capital a year before any layoffs and a public stock offering that ultimat …"

Billionaire backer may open wallet for Gingrich but bring unwanted baggage

By Peter H. Stone

Casino owner, Gingrich bond over Israel security issues

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the leading pro-Israel lobby in Washington, which Adelson has backed heavily.For several years, Adelson has been the …"

Joe Allbaugh, who helped put George W. Bush in White House, now running Perry campaign

By Peter H. Stone

Flagging Perry campaign turns to man who helped George W. Bush win White House

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… Washington, Austin, Oklahoma City as well as overseas in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.The firm’s website boasts that it “provides world class emerg …"

Center hires R. Jeffrey Smith as national security editor

By Steve Carpinelli

Veteran Washington Post investigative reporter R. Jeffrey Smith has been named managing editor at the Center

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… onflict and terrorism in the Middle East; politics and military affairs in Asia; and arms proliferation. Prior to that, Smith was a senior writer for the …"

Imported fish with banned chemicals reaching U.S. consumers

By Laurie Udesky

Mislabeled seafood leads to criminal charges and calls for more tests

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… 2002 to 2009, Alabama records show, 44 percent of basa fish it tested from Asia tested positive for fluoroquinolone, prompting the state to issue nine "su …"

Canada resists adding deadly asbestos to toxics blacklist

By Jim Morris

Major producer resists adding substance to toxics blacklist

Excerpts from this story referencing "Montreal":

"… h Broadcasting Corp. found. The effort has been largely coordinated by the Montreal-based Chrysotile Institute, a lobbying and research group that contends Ch …"

Russia's cigarette king practices strategic giving

By Roman Anin

Dominant vendor sets standard for connections

Excerpts from this story referencing "tobacco advertising":

"… Prime Minister Vladimir Putin outlined a new policy for reducing smoking: tobacco advertising will be totally prohibited in 2012; there will be no smoking inside some p …"

Death is one Pakistani reporter's constant companion

By Malik Siraj Akbar

COMMENTARY: Pakistani journalist Malik Siraj Akbar is seeing his colleagues die

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… r.  …"

"… complete blackout of the news concerning their deaths.Jacqueline Park, the Asia-Pacific Director of the International Federation of Journalists, has descr …"

After skipping Ground Zero event with Obama, Bush made three paid speeches

By Peter H. Stone

Bush skipped Ground Zero event but gave three paid speeches in the next week

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… Zero on Sept. 11, the 10th anniversary of the deadly al-Qaida attacks. …"

"… opies. And the 43rd president has helped rope in over $300 million for the George W. Bush Foundation which supports his presidential center at Southern Methodist Un …"

Activist asbestos inspector faces threats, industry backlash

By Jim Morris and Marcelo Soares

Official endures threats, ostracism – and now a lawsuit for activism

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… the world’s third-largest exporter of chrysotile asbestos, sending it to Asia and nations such as Mexico and Colombia. It is also the world’s fifth-la …"

George H.W. Bush — Revisited

By John Solomon

He’s 86 now, his eyebrows silver and his legs weakened by Parkinson’s-like symptoms. But as George Herbert Walker Bush approaches his twilig

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… 992 and later became his friend, is slated to lead a celebration Monday at Washington’s Kennedy Center to honor Bush’s volunteer efforts through the Points …"

"… dation.“But now people are looking back at how he treated people and how Washington is now. And they’re appreciating how he harkened back to an era in which …"

"… hough his upper body remains firm, friends say.When the elder Bush came to Washington for the Medal of Freedom ceremony with Obama, he stopped first for lunch w …"

Analysis — An illuminating expedition to the world of the uninsured

By Wendell Potter

Lawmakers questioning the need for health care reform should check out this weekend's effort to provide free medical care at a Nashville hig

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… end. I’m betting they would behave differently when they got back to Washington on Monday. If they arrived in Nashville by Friday afternoon, those legis …"

Romanian weapons modified in the U.S. become scourge of Mexican drug war

By Rick Schmitt and Rick Young

Center story focused on Romanian weapon now targeted by Feinstein legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… dian border in Vermont, which it has maintained to this day in the town of Georgia, even after moving its corporate offices to Florida years ago. Its headqua …"