Five transactions and five tax exemptions for Koch in Luxembourg

By Alison Fitzgerald and Kimberley Porteous

A close look at some of the transactions included in the restructuring that the Luxembourg government agreed would be exempt from tax.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… om tax in Luxembourg.         …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… be used due to the political sensitivity surrounding the topic. President Barack Obama made clear that this 4-decade-old U.S. policy would persist at his first W …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… to put its money where its mouth is.” …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Somalia":

"… rald-green archipelago in the Indian Ocean nearly a thousand miles east of Somalia. Unlike Prince William and Kate Middleton and other A-list celebrities who …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Somalia":

"… ns that could only be served by cash aid, at one point scaling back aid to Somalia due to humanitarian crisis in Syria. The amount being shifted in the deal …"

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 "Nuclear Security Summit":

"… been debating legislation needed to implement the treaties since the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. But the implementing bill has been stalled in part by polit …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… and the National Farmers Union endorsing the broad strokes of reform. The Pentagon gave its blessing, saying maritime readiness would not be harmed. Humanita …"

"… into question. When congressional supporters of food aid reform asked the Pentagon how many shipping jobs would be lost, it estimated that only 360 to 495 ma …"

"… eference and they collect payment under Maritime Security Program.” The Pentagon’s letter to Congress stated that the reform “will not impact U.S. mari …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… cedes SLK280, which was ultimately repossessed, according to the records. Federal Election Commission records further show that Leigh Gibson is also the treasurer of a separate …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… ve to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on June 18, a senior administration official said. That was one day after Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin ha …"

"… one day after Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin had what several officials describe as a difficult private conversation about nuclear weapons policy …"

"… ssia to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures.” A senior administration official, asked yesterday how rapidly a agreement with Russia about nuclear reducti …"

"… essary to take the long view. “We’ll get there eventually,” said the official, who along with several others spoke under ground rules that prevented the …"

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 "finance":

"… on, money laundering and trafficking, have become front-page news. Illicit finance is one of the most pressing issues of our time:  it’s robbing …"

Benghazi debate sparks little formal lobbying

By Dave Levinthal

Few organizations formally press Congress on highly politicized issue.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… nghazi, ACT! for America spent $60,000 from October through March lobbying Congress on a variety of issues that include support for "legislation establishing …"

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 "research director":

"… e funding for essential modernization needs moving forward." Tom Collina, research director for the Arms Control Association, a Washington-based nonprofit group, said …"

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 "research director":

"… n a year, or more than $3 billion over a decade, according to Tom Collina, research director at the Arms Control Association, a nonprofit research group in Washington. …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… ritics on Capitol Hill have begun to take aim. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), the Senate majority whip and a critic of the New START agreement who is retiring from …"

"… t to the defense authorization bill that would express the “sense of the Senate” that any further U.S.-Russian agreement to limit nuclear arms could onl …"

"… nt to limit nuclear arms could only be achieved through a treaty requiring Senate approval. No vote had occurred as of the time this was written. …"

About the 'Mystery in the Fields' project

By Ronnie Greene

About the Project: Mystery in the Fields

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sarah Whitmire":

"… eographer: Anna Barry-JesterWeb team: Christine Montgomery, Paul Williams, Sarah WhitmireFact-checking: Peter Newbatt SmithProject Editor: Ronnie Greene  …"

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 "Obama":

"… ooperation from nuclear states such as Pakistan, India and North Korea. …"

"… nbsp;with nuclear arms or advanced nuclear programs. Gottemoeller said the Obama administration still has no specific timetable for pushing the treaty thro …"

"… for a vote when the time is right.”Both as a candidate and as president, Obama has made the passage of the test ban treaty a keynote issue in his nuclear …"

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 "Iraq":

"… U.S. nuclear weapons program who directed key IAEA nuclear inspections in Iraq and is now a senior research fellow at the Stockholm International Peace R …"

"… lbright claims on his website that Kelley invited him to participate in an Iraq inspection — they are now poles apart. Again, you can decide for yoursel …"

Nuclear testers can run but not hide

By R. Jeffrey Smith

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… Williams, a specialist in nanoscience who now oversees scientific work at BP. And while the science of detection has been advancing by leaps and bounds …"

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 "Lockheed Martin":

"… est industry players in the nuclear weapons launch business are Boeing and Lockheed Martin, which have each made ballistic missiles and bombers; Northrop Grumman, wh …"

"… rty in particular.Chris Williams, manager of worldwide media relations for Lockheed Martin, said the company — which collects 82 percent of its sales revenue from …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… es appeared on the Sunday talk shows to talk politics and policy, with the Iowa caucuses two days away. A key topic was Iran.Paul, Jan. 1: "At least Iran …"

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 "Tripoli":

"… itish Prime Minister Tony Blair said during a meeting with Qaddafi outside Tripoli in March 2004.But Libya only admitted to producing aerial bombs, not artil …"

"… urbs of the capital to Rughawa, a remote desert village 250 miles south of Tripoli. Around 10 tons of mustard is stored in a half-dozen or so large canisters …"

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 "Norway":

"… and a point of concern among terrorism experts. His devastating attack in Norway in July spurred researchers to mine his 1,500-page treatise in search of e …"

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 "Dorio":

"… irms registered by the GT Group - Keronol Ltd, Melide Ltd, Tormex Ltd, and Dorio (NZ) Ltd - helped launder about AU$40 million of the proceeds using Latvia …"

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 …"