A long-term blank check for 'war' spending

By Julia Harte

In the federal budget, emergency spending for combat operations is the new normal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Comptroller":

"… lawmakers reject it publicly. That’s what happened on September 8, when Comptroller Michael McCord requested $1.5 billion in OCO funds to purchase 21 Apache h …"

Peter Bale named new head of the Center for Public Integrity

By William Gray

Peter Bale, former Vice President and General Manager of Digital operations at CNN International, named Center's CEO.

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

"… ations at CNN International, has been named Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Public Integrity, the global nonprofit investigative journalism organization based in Washi …"

"… hless and Burdened.  “We are thrilled to have Peter Bale join the Center for Public Integrity as our new Chief Executive Officer," said Bruce Finzen, the Center’s Boa …"

"… his tenure heading teams in Atlanta, London, Dubai and Hong Kong. “The Center for Public Integrity is a powerful force for good. I am hugely privileged to join,” said …"

Investigators find Islamic State used ammo made in 21 countries, including America

By Julia Harte and R. Jeffrey Smith

A new report from an arms tracking group highlights how easily munitions shipped to the Middle East shift from one owner to another.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… ifficulty tapping into the huge pool of armaments fueling the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, supplied not only by the world’s big powers but also by up-an …"

"… supplies, including small arms, to rebel groups in Syria and to a revived Iraqi Army force. “We faced an enormous [monitoring] challenge when we, in e …"

"… “We faced an enormous [monitoring] challenge when we, in effect, owned Iraq and had many bases where we could do this type of training,“ said Joseph …"

"… peatedly identified shortcomings in controlling the use of U.S. weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I don’t know how we’re going to do it securely in …"

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 "Inspector General":

"… eral cases now being examined by Department of Energy (DOE) Inspector General Gregory Friedman, as part of a broader examination of inconsistent classif …"

Afghans don’t like soybeans, despite a big U.S. push

By Alexander Cohen and James Arkin

Washington ignored warnings that Afghans were unlikely to embrace protein-rich soy products.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Honduras":

"… create new soy markets. A 2009 project with food processors in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua noted, for example, that “this type of technical assistanc …"

Sequestration nation: military communities feel nation's budget stress

By James Politi

Civilian Pentagon workers hit hard by sequestration-related cuts to federal budget.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rand Paul":

"… Campbell’s two members of Congress, also approved the legislation. Only Rand Paul, the Tea Party-backed Republican senator from Kentucky, was opposed — an …"

Practice attack on Moscow was anything but routine

By Douglas Birch

Did 1983 U.S.-NATO war game bring the world to the brink of Armageddon?

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… v was running the Soviet Union from his Moscow hospital bed in 1983 as the United States and its NATO allies conducted a massive series of war games that seemed to …"

"… of forces “is probably adequate to deter a direct nuclear attack on the United States.” It did not acknowledge the possibility of nuclear war through miscalcu …"

"… perceive, a genuine danger of imminent conflict or confrontation with the United States,” its authors wrote. It acknowledged, however, that since the Able Arch …"

JPMorgan Chase’s record highlights doubts about big banks’ devotion to fighting flow of dirty money

By Michael Hudson

JPMorgan Chase’s record highlights doubts about devotion to fighting flow of dirty money

Excerpts from this story referencing "media":

"… e bank told the New York Times that it has been “working hard to fully remediate the issues identified.”   Mark Kornblau, a JPMorgan spokesman, d …"

"… rs in prison, calling him “a fallen angel of the banking world.” U.S. media touched on the flight capital issue briefly, and the government of Brazil …"

"… the U.S. — including executives associated with the country’s largest media company. The headline: EL MORGANGATE. The issue of flight capital f …"

Pentagon spends billions on duplicative camouflage outfits, GAO says

By Douglas Birch

Auditors say waste results when the military services insist on going their own way

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… ge uniforms currently worn by American troops in Pentagon corridors and in Middle East combat zones may not look flashy, but they aren’t cheap. After having j …"

Waste, fraud and abuse commonplace in Iraq reconstruction effort

By R. Jeffrey Smith

$60-billion pipe dream for creation of a Western-style economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil production":

"… e East have not been realized. Almost all of Iraq’s gains have come from oil production, which is now roughly a third greater than it was in 2003. The oil industr …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… er. Highlighting national security issues and U.S. policy in Asia and the Middle East will rank among the PACs' priorities, Groombridge said. He added that the …"

Al Jazeera adds more lobbying heft

By Dave Levinthal

Growing news network hires another government affairs firm as it expands U.S. operation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… through which he is "focused on assisting in the development of the firm's Middle East and U.S. Department of Labor practices," according to his biography with t …"

EPA slaps BP but punishes the Pentagon

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Temporary contracting ban may force the military to disentangle itself from its favorite fuel supplier

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… nmental Protection Agency imposed a new penalty for wrongdoing against the BP oil company on Nov. 28, but it may fall heavily on the Defense Department, …"

"… se Department, an unflaggingly loyal client that has kept buying fuel from BP since the company’s errors caused its well to disgorge nearly 5 million …"

"… many large ones it has with the military. It also leaves the door open for BP to prove that it has reformed itself enough to requalify for federal contr …"

"… t the Pentagon might find itself scrambling if the ban is prolonged, since BP has been the military’s principal single fuel supplier for years and col …"

Secrecy for sale: Offshore subsidiaries sell to militaries, intelligence agencies

By ICIJ

Secrecy for sale: Offshore subsidiaries sell to militaries, intelligence agencies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… lance firm employing ex-military personnel. It sells bugging technology to Middle East and south-east Asian governments.Nelson owns a BVI offshore arm, Gamma Gro …"

FACT CHECK: Missteps in final presidential debate

By The Associated Press

A look at some of their statements from the final presidential debate and how they compare with the facts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kofi Annan":

"… saying, 'Well, we'll let the U.N. deal with it.' And Assad — excuse me, Kofi Annan — came in and said we're going to try to have a cease-fire. That didn't …"

Debate preview: Who can be the toughest on global challenges?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Presidential candidates compete in debates to show how muscular they are, even when clear solutions are often not available.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… squad.What neither man said was that the political forces transforming the Middle East over the past two years have proved largely immune to U.S. political influ …"

Daily Disclosure: Arizona congressman targeted by veterans’ group

By Rachael Marcus

Arizona Senate candidate Rep. Jeff Flake accused of voting against veterans

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… eterans’ outside spending group and a major Democratic super PAC accuses Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake of failing to support members of the armed serv …"

"… ocracy, which tends to support Democratic veterans.The U.S. Senate race in Arizona has seen $1.8 million in outside spending, but $1.2 million was directed a …"

Daily Disclosure: Ad hits Obama on child soldiers

By Rachael Marcus

Let Freedom Ring attacks Obama for providing military aid to countries that use child soldiers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… re oil drilling, WheresYourPlan.com, which focuses on the debt ceiling and Medicare reform, BBAorBust.com, which supports a balanced budget amendment, TheirOw …"

"… Vernon Parker, a former Paradise Valley city councilman. In “Ending Medicare, Outsourcing Jobs,” the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee oppo …"

Is the Democratic platform in synch with the public on national defense?

By Aaron Mehta and R. Jeffrey Smith

Democratic platform offers hints at how Obama would handle defense in second term.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… year under so-called “sequestration” legislation passed in 2011, which Pentagon officials and lawmakers from both parties have decried as devastating.The …"

U.S. sets record arms sales in 2011

By Aaron Mehta

America OK'd more than $66 billion in arms sales in 2011, according to government report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… added land forces, spending $1 billion on M1 Abrams tanks, a sale that the Pentagon has used to argue for freezing domestic production of the Army’s signatu …"

U.S. nuclear targeting unaltered since 2008

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The more things change, the more they stay the same in U.S. planning for nuclear war.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… ear forces. But defense officials told the GAO that as of this spring, the presidential guidance governing those forces was written by president George W. Bush …"

AdWatch: Ad says Obama makes excuses on economy

By The Associated Press

AdWatch: GOP super PAC ad blaming Obama for making excuses on the bad economy lacks context

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… mercials airing in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, Iowa, Michigan, Colorado and Nevada. KEY IMAGES: A female narrato …"

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 "Middle East":

"… irector of intelligence assessment who has written interestingly about the Middle East wars for decades. He graphs the flow of money and in just 13 pages dr …"

U.S. arms Bahrain, despite human rights concerns

By Aaron Mehta

U.S. starts arms sales, again, as the country's tumult persists

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… ase which houses the U.S. Fifth Fleet. The fleet patrols the waters of the Middle East and is responsible for making sure the Strait of Hormuz, which a significa …"

"… proved very much,” Joe Stork, Deputy Director for Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Division, said in an interview. What improvements have oc …"

Costly work ahead for F-22

By Aaron Mehta

America's newest fighter jet needs years of upgrades and repairs, but pilots are not keen to fly them.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lockheed Martin":

"… d provide technical comments that were imported into the report. A call to Lockheed Martin, the primary contractor on the F-22, was not immediately returned.R. Jeffr …"

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… h other for years, and share similar pro-Israel and hard-line views on the Middle East. The Adelsons have donated hundreds of millions of dollars to various Jewi …"

Will the $55 billion bomber program fly?

By David Axe

The pricetag is at least $55 billion, the design is unsettled and the mission is controversial.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Guam":

"… since 2004, the United States has been stationing B-52s at its air base in Guam, just outside the range of most Chinese weapons. In November of that year, …"

"… ulverizing it. The continuing presence of B-52s and B-2s on the tarmac in Guam deters China, according to Bob Elder, a retired Air Force lieutenant gener …"

FACT CHECK: More U.S. drilling didn't drop gas prices

By The Associated Press

AP looked at 36 years of gas prices, and found no reliable connection to level of domestic drilling

Excerpts from this story referencing "Edward Melnick":

"… statistics professor John Grego, New York University statistics professor Edward Melnick and David Peterson, a retired Duke University statistics professor, looked …"

Casino king provides 84 percent of funds for pro-Gingrich super PAC

By Peter H. Stone

Gambling mogul's family gives $11 million to pro-Gingrich PAC, more may be on the way

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… Gingrich has fallen behind the two frontrunners, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and ex-Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, in national polls.The PAC’s new …"

Adelson expected to give another $10 million to pro-Gingrich super PAC

By Peter H. Stone

Casino mogul pledges $10 million more to pro-Gingrich super PAC, say sources

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… he cash-strapped Gingrich campaign have been hard-pressed to pay for since Florida. In the Sunshine State, Gingrich lost badly to Romney, whose campaign and …"

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