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.

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.

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 "Congress":

"… d humanitarian aid groups ensured that any changes were dead on arrival in Congress. But when an amendment to the farm bill seeking to shift up to half of U. …"

"… ift up to half of U.S. food aid to local and regional purchases emerged in Congress in June, the tide appeared to be turning. The Obama Administration estima …"

"… letters, organized phone calls and lobbied vigorously with their allies in Congress. “We did a lot of aggressive advocacy,” said Ed Wytkind, the presiden …"

"… as we wish they did.” As the vote approached, the shipping unions told Congress that the reform would destroy American jobs and gut the nation’s militar …"

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.

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 "Ambassador":

"… in the months after terrorists there killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, according to disclosure documents filed with the U.S. …"

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 "president":

"… “have been mismanaged for the last five to six years.” Joan Rohlfing, president of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit arms control group founded b …"

"… o discuss a potential agreement for such reductions with Russian president Vladimir Putin. …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jon Kyl":

"… is out, conservative critics on Capitol Hill have begun to take aim. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), the Senate majority whip and a critic of the New START agreemen …"

About the 'Mystery in the Fields' project

By Ronnie Greene

About the Project: Mystery in the Fields

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 "Jon Kyl":

"… the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said “there is even less reason to support the CTBT than 11 ye …"

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

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 "Obama administration":

"… cant, undetected cheating by others.That conclusion is welcome news to the Obama administration, which has endorsed the treaty but opted not to press for its ratification …"

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 "Alissa McCurley":

"… s not always mean something unethical is afoot,” said McKeon spokeswoman Alissa McCurley. “Chairman McKeon receives input from senior military leaders as part of …"

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 "Food":

"… (USAID) sent 90,000 metric tons American of crops to Haiti as part of the Food for Progress and its related Food for Peace programs run by USAID and the …"

"… merican of crops to Haiti as part of the Food for Progress and its related Food for Peace programs run by USAID and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Th …"

"… allocation of Food aid after the earthquake, the fact that most of it is (Food for Progress) means that the priority for the U.S. government was exportin …"

"… en adapted and moved to a more targeted assistance,” said Adam Norikane, Food for Peace Officer at USAID.But Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, Director of the Ha …"

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 "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 "John Boehner":

"… rist threats.In a January 2011 story on iWatchnews.org, House Speaker John Boehner pushed the Department of Homeland Security to back away from a report that …"

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.

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

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