The 47-year-old nuclear elephant in the room

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

A growing number of U.S. experts say that feigning ignorance about Israel’s nuclear arsenal creates more trouble than it averts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gregory Friedman":

"… ng examined by Department of Energy (DOE) Inspector General Gregory Friedman, as part of a broader examination of inconsistent classification practices …"

Obama curbs nuclear security goals as bomb-building budget grows

By Douglas Birch

The White House rejected a confidential proposal to accelerate work on nuclear security problems despite a missed 2013 deadline.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… The proposal, which appears in a May 2013 report obtained recently by the Center for Public Integrity, was intended to address the huge amount of unfinished work in the Obama a …"

How an island paradise became a haven for dirty money

By Michael Hudson and Matthew Shaer

Corruption-haunted Seychelles has risen from an idyllic island outpost to a magnet for money launderers and tax dodgers.

A small step towards food aid reform

By Sasha Chavkin

Buried in Congress' spending agreement: a small but notable step to reform a controversial program.

Global progress seen in securing nuclear materials

By Douglas Birch

Ranking given to the United States for its security of nuclear materials slips over the past two years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… n the Netherlands in March. The summits were launched in 2010 by President Obama to highlight the dangers from fissile materials and the need to secure the …"

"… ior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the Obama administration failed to push hard enough for passage of the implementing …"

How shipping unions sunk food aid reform

By Sasha Chavkin

Maritime unions, shipping industry block reform to U.S. food aid distribution with campaign contributions.

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

"… approach. A shift toward more local procurement has been endorsed by both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as by advocates on both sides of the political s …"

Pro-Clinton super PAC creators have dubious pasts

By Michael Beckel

People behind pro-Clinton super PAC have histories of legal troubles and bankruptcy.

D.C. corruption probe spreads to Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign

By Michael Beckel and Alan Suderman

New York City businessman pleads guilty for work done in 2008 to support Hillary Clinton.

Excerpts from this story referencing "businessman":

"… candidate described in court documents was Hillary Clinton. New York City businessman Troy White today pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington, D.C., to o …"

"… ultimately paid not by the Clinton campaign, but rather by an unnamed D.C. businessman who used two companies to bankroll payments to White through Belle Interna …"

"… mpaign" that helped elect Democratic D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. The unnamed businessman is widely believed to be Jeffrey Thompson, a staple in D.C. local politics …"

"… records. That unnamed individual later put White in contact with the D.C. businessman widely believed to be Thompson. Two unidentified Texans also helped White …"

Obama’s nuclear targeting revisions create a path to smaller arsenals

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Obama's plan embraces cuts that Moscow remains reticent to endorse.

Excerpts from this story referencing "China":

"… the United States to maintaining “strategic stability” with Russia and China, explaining that while numerical parity is “no longer as compelling” a …"

Governments agree to share tax records

By Gerard Ryle and Marina Walker Guevara

Move by G8 leaders, in part, follows ICIJ's massive Offshore Leaks investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gibraltar":

"… cies and overseas territories — including the Channel Islands, Gibraltar and Anguilla — to start sharing more information on which fore …"

Benghazi debate sparks little formal lobbying

By Dave Levinthal

Few organizations formally press Congress on highly politicized issue.

Obama proposes shifting funds from nuclear nonproliferation to nuclear weapons

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Douglas Birch

Hundreds of millions of dollars proposed in spending on warheads

Obama administration embraces major new nuclear weapons cut

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Officials back a new targeting plan and a one-third reduction in the U.S. arsenal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "General":

"… prestige.” He called it “a tremendous waste of money.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is among those urging a major shift. In a speech last month in …"

Pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC created

By Michael Beckel

Staunch supporters of secretary of state launch new political committee.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Washington University":

"… he Federal Election Commission. Its chairperson? Allida Black, a George Washington University professor and historian, who has been a vocal Clinton supporter for years. …"

Nukes likely to decline in Obama’s second term

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Talk of an informal agreement with Russia becomes public now that the election is past.

About the 'Mystery in the Fields' project

By Ronnie Greene

About the Project: Mystery in the Fields

Excerpts from this story referencing "Web team":

"… ct staffReporter: Sasha ChavkinPhotographer/videographer: Anna Barry-JesterWeb team: Christine Montgomery, Paul Williams, Sarah WhitmireFact-checking: Peter N …"

U.S. arms control official: Test ban treaty faces 'uphill' fight in Senate

By Zach Toombs

U.S. arms control official predicts 'uphill' fight.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John F. Kennedy":

"… rity is a bipartisan issue, citing treaties signed by each president since John F. Kennedy — regardless of party.He touted the test ban treaty as an essential step …"

On our radar screen: Controversial summitry, wasted Afghanistan aid, and Iranian explosives chambers

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Controversial summitry, Afghanistan waste, and Iranian explosives chambers

Excerpts from this story referencing "satellite photos":

"… Brannan embraced the IAEA’s concerns about the building and claimed that satellite photos showed Iran was trying to wash away telltale evidence of its wrongdoing th …"

Nuclear testers can run but not hide

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An expert scientific panel says that signficant, clandestine explosions are just about impossible.

Possible nuclear weapons cuts worry Republican lawmakers

By Aaron Mehta and R. Jeffrey Smith

Future arms agreements threaten profitable line of work for defense contracting giants

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Armed Services Committee":

"… plan as has been reported.”Almost all of the signers were members of the House Armed Services Committee, a group that helps oversee how the nation spends its massive defense …"

"… 2009. $1.89 million of that — roughly 16 percent — went to members of House Armed Services Committee, according to an iWatch analysis of records from the non-profit OpenSecret …"

Haitian farmers undermined by food aid

By Jacob Kushner

After the quake, Haitian grain farmers watched as the U.S. government sent tons of food aid to the island

Haitian firms few and far between on reconstruction rosters

By Marjorie Valbrun

U.S. government data shows Haitians winning just a fraction of post-earthquake rebuilding contracts

FACT CHECK: GOP candidates throw out false facts on Iran

By FactCheck.Org

Paul undermines nuclear threat, Santorum stretches legitimacy of Iranian election

Iranian help suspected in secret Libyan chemical weapons arsenal

By R. Jeffrey Smith, Joby Warrick and Colum Lynch

U.S. intelligence agencies investigating Iranian involvement with newly-discovered stash of chemical weapons in Libya

Excerpts from this story referencing "nausea":

"… erience accelerating breathing trouble, swollen eyes, widespread blisters, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and in severe cases, loss of sight or death.The groin …"

Lone wolves and home-grown terrorists: Experts warn of a growing threat from unusual sources

By Malik Siraj Akbar

In guarding against terrorism, extremists can’t be overlooked

India: U.S. family planning aid in limbo

By Alexandra Duszak

Internal report finds USAID family planning effort suffering from poor management

More oversight needed for Myanmar cyclone relief funds, GAO says

By Maya Rhodan

Recent audit shows USAID lacks proper management of relief funding in Myanmar

Inside the shell: Drugs, arms and tax scams

By Gerard Ryle

The man behind shell companies linked to arms deals, drug lords and tax fraud.

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… r has led an astonishing double life. Publicly, he has served as a company director and chairman of sharemarket-listed companies both in Australia and in New …"

"… the proceeds of a massive credit card fraud.In a separate action, a former director of the bank, Robert Bohn, was later convicted of racketeering in the US fo …"

"… lopment firm Sabina Corporation Limited. He served two separate terms as a director, the second in 2006.The origins of Taylor's knighthood and his diplomatic …"

"… rmed around the world, mostly centered on tax havens. Their vast empire of directorships spread across Panama, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Britain, Hong Kong, China …"

GAO says Congress is in the dark about anti-terrorism efforts across government

By Laurel Adams

State Department fails to inform Congress of government-wide efforts to thwart terrorist havens

Excerpts from this story referencing "Colombia":

"… d.FAST FACT: State-identified terrorist safe havens include Venezuela, the Colombia border region, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and th …"

What's the US-Panama free trade agreement mean? Almost nothing, CRS says

By Laurel Adams

The US-Panama free trade agreement, hotly debated by Senate, would have negligible impact on economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Panama":

"… for dark meat. …"

"… ed out over a 10-year period. More than 50 percent of U.S. farm exports to Panama also would become duty-free, with tariffs on select farm products to be ph …"

"… be phased out over 17 years—and 20 years for rice.According to the CRS, Panama trades little with the U.S. and most exports already enter the country dut …"

"… g trafficking, money laundering, and other illegal financial transactions. Panama is on the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s “Gray …"

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