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 "Russia":

"… are currently in states that already have nuclear weapons — states like Russia, France and the United Kingdom, which are accustomed to guarding nuclear e …"

"… articipate in the program, according to the NNSA, including France, India, Russia and Japan. Some countries that installed the U.S. equipment — like Pana …"

"… he Capitol building about how easy it would be to smuggle plutonium out of Russia, Cochran produced his Coke can and waved a hand-held radiation detector ov …"

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 "Asia":

"… h with help from more than 50 reporting partners in Europe, North America, Asia and other regions. Since last April, ICIJ’s stories have triggered  …"

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 "director":

"… r the Asia pivot, it’s not what you want.” Rear Admiral Richard Hunt, director of the Navy Staff, responded that the littoral ship would be “part of th …"

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 "China":

"… d be a long-term problem-solving partnership between the United States and China that produces stability around the globe. America should not retreat from …"

"… ssion, a pandemic, worse climate change than now expected, the collapse of China, an effective attack with cyber weapons, the detonation of a nuclear bomb, …"

"… k of infrastructure, and education deficiencies.”In the next five years, China’s populace will likely reach an economic threshold that the NIC says &nb …"

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 "Bill Clinton":

"… those earning) above $250,000, we can go back to the tax rates we had when Bill Clinton was president." THE FACTS: Not exactly. The Bush tax cuts se …"

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 "Asia":

"… id it certainly didn’t help. Others blamed the union or competition from Asia. In a 1999 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, t …"

"… stated, “Distressed economic conditions in other countries, particularly Asia, have resulted in record levels of imported steel products into the domest …"

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 "Asia":

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

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 "Fisker":

"… ds of jobs in Finland.” Actually, the first round of government loans to Fisker Automotive went toward design, engineering, sales and marketing work done …"

"… hat created hundreds of jobs in Finland.” The car company in question is Fisker Automotive, which was awarded more than a half billion dollars worth of lo …"

"… o make fuel-efficient electric cars. And all of the electric cars built by Fisker so far were manufactured in Finland. That forms the basis of the ad’s cl …"

"… t forms the basis of the ad’s claim.But there’s more to this story.The Fisker loans came in two parts. The first part, according to a statement&nbs …"

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… ated $21.5 billion. His casino empire extends across the United States and Asia, and the company’s annual report shows more than $9.4 billion in revenue …"

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 "Dimitri Georgantas":

"… painted sign: “Safety First Clean Seas.” An attorney for the company, Dimitri Georgantas, said Friday he doesn't comment on specific cases. But speaking broadly, h …"

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 "Asia":

"… s previous high.The day after the March 22nd dinner, Adelson jetted off to Asia on casino business and missed much of the RJC conference itself.At this po …"

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 "Northrop Grumman":

"… at this point in time,” says Barry Watts, a bookish former Air Force and Northrop Grumman program evaluator now working for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for St …"

"… e assembled, regardless of which company wins the contract. Paul Meyer, a Northrop Grumman vice president, says the extra funding was not a surprise when it was offi …"

"… , Ashton Carter, the deputy secretary of defense, met with executives from Northrop Grumman, Boeing and Lockheed Martin to discuss the bomber and its technologies in …"

"… ed seats. The Air Force is no stranger to drones — even large ones. The Northrop Grumman-built Global Hawk, with a wingspan greater than the ubiquitous Boeing 737 …"

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 "South Pacific":

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

"… lers, nearly half its fleet.PFA’s Helen Mary, which began fishing in the South Pacific in 2007, received €6.4 million in subsidies from 1994 to 2006, more than …"

"… y of the Greek company Laskaridis Shipping, operates three trawlers in the South Pacific. They are owned in Greece, an EU member. But, flagged in the Pacific islan …"

"… des’ earnings. The company attributed it to stronger operations from the South Pacific fleet and the Peruvian fishmeal operations.Ng Joo Siang, 52, a jovial Loui …"

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 "Court of Chancery":

"… Columbus Business First. 8 Dec 2000.Big Lots Stores Inc. v. Bain Capital. Court of Chancery of Delaware. 28 Mar 2006.Vardi, Nathan. “Toy Story.” Forbes. 18 Apr 20 …"

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 "Asia":

"… h in recent years was absent: multibillionaire Sheldon Adelson, who was in Asia tending to his sprawling and controversial casino empire.The absence of Ad …"

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 "Allbaugh International Group":

"… bases in Louisiana and Mississippi.Currently, Allbaugh heads the eponymous Allbaugh International Group, a security consulting business with offices in Washington, Austin, Oklaho …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… it was red listed more than a million pounds of shrimp to the U.S. through Los Angeles, Long Beach, Newark, New York, Seattle and Savannah. Sagar Grandhi officia …"

Canada resists adding deadly asbestos to toxics blacklist

By Jim Morris

Major producer resists adding substance to toxics blacklist

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… ns a major exporter of Chrysotile asbestos to India and other countries in Asia and Latin America.“The federal government’s sabotaging of the United N …"

Russia's cigarette king practices strategic giving

By Roman Anin

Dominant vendor sets standard for connections

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… at OJSC V.A. Degtyarev Works — which sells military equipment in Africa, Asia and the Middle East through the Russian government’s military goods expo …"

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 "China":

"… elivered at least two speeches in Asia—one to the Boao Forum for Asia in China’s Hainan province, and another to the Federation of Korean Industries on …"

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 "Chrysotile":

"… fifth-largest asbestos user. An industry-funded group called the Brazilian Chrysotile Institute promotes the “controlled use” of asbestos in building materi …"

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 "Maine":

"… when he visited the Bush family at its vacation compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, and his daughter Chelsea needed a bathroom.“The then-Vice President too …"

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 "Asia":

"… ying doctors and medical supplies to villages in South America, Africa and Asia. It never occurred to Brock when he started RAM in 1985 that most of his …"

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 "Asia":

"… an named Manny Weigensberg — he would scour the warehouses of Europe and Asia for surplus military arms. Sucher told government officials in 1964 that h …"