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 "United States":

"… world’s “worst-kept secrets” dates from a political deal between the United States and Israel in the late 1960s. Its consequence has been to help Israel main …"

"… pons, a widespread consensus exists in the region and among experts in the United States that Israel possesses a number of nuclear weapons. For Israel’s neighbor …"

"… ould not test its nuclear weapons or announce it possessed them, while the United States wouldn’t press Israel to give them up or to sign the Non-Proliferation T …"

"… ma’s top advisor on nuclear nonproliferation from 2009 to 2013, said the United States has long preferred that Israel hold to its policy of amimut, out of concer …"

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 "National Security Council":

"… cial said, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, nonproliferation coordinator on the National Security Council, agreed with Sylvia Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budg …"

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 "Department of Energy":

"… ch reactor wastes, in order to prepare them for disposal, according to the Department of Energy. As part of its effort to press other governments to enhance the security …"

"… cy’s Vienna headquarters. He said he was told about the arrangement by a Department of Energy official. Energy agency officials in Washington did not immediately respo …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… own as the merchant marine out of business. Advocates say that in Iraq and Afghanistan, 90 percent of shipping supplies were carried by the merchant marine.  …"

Pro-Clinton super PAC creators have dubious pasts

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… e, In his late twenties, Gibson originally hails from Louisiana, according to voter registration records that also indicate he’s a Democ …"

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.

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.

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.

Benghazi debate sparks little formal lobbying

By Dave Levinthal

Few organizations formally press Congress on highly politicized issue.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Libya":

"… o organizations have specifically lobbied the federal government about the Libyan city in the months after terrorists there killed four Americans, includin …"

"… e of Representatives. Of late, the families of people killed in Libya-related terrorist attacks from the 1980s brought to bear more formalized l …"

"… igate and report on the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya," congressional disclosures show. Republicans in particular have loudly c …"

"… attack-related. "Following last year’s attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, Triple Canopy took the initiative to suggest a series of security solutio …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Air Force":

"… stly to finance work on a new nuclear detonation sensor to be placed about Air Force satellites. The priority shift “is going to be a disaster,” said a De …"

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.

Pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC created

By Michael Beckel

Staunch supporters of secretary of state launch new political committee.

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 "Central America":

"… illing laborers and crippling communities in three different regions, from Central America to Sri Lanka to India. As death tolls mount, researchers remain puzzled, u …"

"… kin exposed how chronic kidney disease was so prevalent in some regions of Central America it left communities filled with widows and scientists searching for answer …"

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 "diplomat":

"… rican Bar Association call was Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr., a senior U.S. diplomat who helped negotiate every major international arms control agreement from …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… is a brief but useful new report on that subject by Anthony Cordesman, the Pentagon’s former director of intelligence assessment who has written interesting …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… d corn growers. The $127 million Watershed Initiative for National Natural Environmental Resources hopes to boost Haitian agriculture through training, better se …"

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 "Libya":

"… ess.” …"

"… adhafi with hundreds of special artillery shells for chemical weapons that Libya kept secret for decades, U.S. officials said.The shells, which Libya fille …"

"… that Libya kept secret for decades, U.S. officials said.The shells, which Libya filled with highly toxic mustard agent, were uncovered in recent weeks by …"

"… ncovered in recent weeks by revolutionary fighters at two sites in central Libya. Both are under heavy guard and round-the-clock drone surveillance, U.S. a …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federation of American Scientists":

"… ists, according to a little-noticed report from the Washington, D.C.-based Federation of American Scientists.Acknowledging the threatU.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, …"

"… he said.Charles Blair, director of the Terrorism Analysis Project at the Federation of American Scientists, said that, for example, the public often confuses a radiological dev …"

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 "diplomat":

"… a director, the second in 2006.The origins of Taylor's knighthood and his diplomatic career as high representative to Vanuatu lie in Hutt River Province, the …"

"… ds on loyal subjects, some of whom – like Taylor – claim to act as his diplomatic envoys.From as early as 2004, Taylor – with the Australian Prudential …"

"… sured.”Casley says Taylor has since been stripped of his knighthood, his diplomatic position and his Hutt River citizenship. “There was no one incident at …"

"… an unrelated offshore banking firm in Cyprus operated by a former Russian diplomat.Further evidence, perhaps, of an even more impenetrable labyrinth. …"

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

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