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 "speaker":

"… any comment we can share at this point,” she wrote in an email. A former speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Avraham Burg, was less discrete during a December …"

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.

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 "Senate committee":

"… n Food for Peace program. But it came with a striking explanation from the Senate committee that drafted the provision. “This represents a significant initial step …"

"… tee in its report on the bill. While the report reflects the views of the Senate committee that wrote it rather than Congress as a whole, it suggests a growing appet …"

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 "Iraq":

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

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, TimeforHillary.com. 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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lawyer":

"… campaign. Clinton was not identified in court records, but Lyn Utrecht, a lawyer for the Clinton's 2008 campaign, later released a statement confirming the …"

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 "Marathon Oil":

"… . None their efforts, however, appear related to the events in Benghazi. Marathon Oil, for example, lobbied the government on petroleum issues in Libya. The Nat …"

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 "Leon Panetta":

"… to provide the additional $7 billion. But then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, after hearing from aides that these overruns were due in part to poor man …"

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 "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.

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.

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… voting members — wrote to the body’s co-chairs, former U.S. President Bill Clinton — now the U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti — and Jean Max Bellerive, then t …"

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 "Clinton administration":

"… an advanced stage of chemical agent production."In the late 1990’s, the Clinton administration came close to demanding a special inspection of Iran after U.S. intelligen …"

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 "World Trade Center":

"… on show called the Lone Gunman featured a plane crashing into New York’s World Trade Center. Similarly, the teens behind the Columbine Massacre in 1999 had inclu …"

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 "Shirley":

"… passports, currency and stamps, featuring portraits of Casley and his wife Shirley. As head of the so-called principality, Casley is known formally as His Ma …"

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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