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 "Senate":

"… efense Department comptroller can — and often does — ask the House and Senate committees on appropriations and armed services for permission throughout …"

"… on’s base budget for future years. Gordon Trowbridge, spokesman for the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he would try to supply copies of other such …"

"… copies of other such letters, but did not. Vince Morris, spokesman for the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Claude Chafin, spokesman for the House Armed …"

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 "United States":

"… International, where he ran CNN.com and other digital products outside the United States. The International edition of the CNN site recorded double-digit growth in …"

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 "America":

"… its hands on additional Western-supplied munitions. "Look how much money America spends to fight Islam, and it ends up just being in our pockets," says Abu …"

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 "U.S. government":

"… , such remarks generally cannot be made even now by those who work for the U.S. government and hold active security clearances. In fact, U.S. officials, even those o …"

"… d very classified to me — that Israel has nuclear weapons?”  The U.S. government’s official silence was broken only by accident, when in 1979, the CIA re …"

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 "Adam Kinzinger":

"… h as Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, D-Ill., providing its co-sponsors with coveted access to key decision-mak …"

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 "Middle East":

"… town a decade ago when the entire 101st airborne division deployed to the Middle East, Jenkins says. Family members moved back to their hometowns. Still, the re …"

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 "Europe":

"… revealed: A total of 40,000 U.S. and NATO troops were moved across Western Europe, with 16,044 more U.S.-based troops being airlifted overseas in …"

"… s, and pressed for the deployment of new Pershing II missiles in Europe capable of reaching Moscow in less than ten minutes. Considered in a vacu …"

"… at is, Soviet — arms deliveries to Syria, coupled with unrest in Eastern Europe. Rising tensions and a change in the Soviet leadership triggered an invas …"

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 "Mexico":

"… can and U.S. authorities that the gush of money flowing into the bank from Mexico was so large it could only be sustained by the proceeds from narcotics tra …"

"… fficial investigations of the ex-treasurer, who now stands accused in Mexico of embezzling millions of dollars from his state’s treasury. In 20 …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… ices, such as Syria and China,” auditors said. Complaints from troops in Afghanistan about the Army Combat Uniform led Congress in 2009 to direct the military …"

"… d. The Air Force ultimately decided to use the new Army combat uniform in Afghanistan, but the GAO report said the two services have not been able to agree on a …"

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 "David Petraeus":

"… t effective ... We didn’t get much in return.” Only retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, who commanded U.S. forces in Iraq before shifting to Afghanistan and then …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… te – apparently reflecting the diminished tempo of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.Michelle McCaskill, the logistics agency spokeswoman, said yesterday that …"

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


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 "Middle East":

"… els. The administration has organized dozens of meetings in Turkey and the Middle East aimed at rallying Syria's political groups and rebel formations to agree o …"

"… n Iraq that would tie us down. And that certainly would not help us in the Middle East." THE FACTS: Obama was suggesting that he had never favored keeping U.S. …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… tical U.S. military operations and forces; safely extract U.S. troops from Afghanistan; and efficiently engineer the ouster of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.R …"

"… .The two men also quarreled over the timing of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan: Ryan asserted that more soldiers should have stayed there this year to co …"

"… efield gains, and Biden responded that a quick pace was needed to pressure Afghanistan to assume responsibility for its own security and to meet a deadline for c …"

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 "Middle East":

"… mer Hawaii state representative. Gabbard has served two deployments to the Middle East and is a commander in the Hawaii Army National Guard.In other outside spen …"

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 "Africa":

"… w ad focusing on the United States’ military aid to certain countries in Africa and the Middle East.The ad opens with brief background on child soldiers a …"

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 "Africa":

"… t just with military force but with leadership on the international stage. Africa, Latin America and the Middle East are areas that get special paragraphs c …"

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 "Middle East":

"… start of 2008, 81.4 percent of U.S. arms sales agreements have gone to the Middle East while 16.04 percent have gone to Asian countries.In the report, CRS notes …"

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 "Middle East":

"… ATO was expanded and wars erupted in the Balkans, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East. “The fundamental objectives of U.S. nuclear deterrence policy have rema …"

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 "Virginia":

"… in a $25 million series of commercials airing in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, Iowa, Michigan, Colorado and Nevada. K …"

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 …"

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 "Iraq":

"… fice (GAO) report. Production lagged well behind schedule, and the wars in Iraq an Afghanistan required a different type of plane, capable mostly of bombi …"

Donor profile: Sheldon Adelson

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Adelson":

"… Our Future (pro-Mitt Romney), half of which is from his wife, Miriam Adelson $23 million to American Crossroads (pro-Republican), half of which is fro …"

"… l and tourism restrictions, taxes, banking, aviation. Family: Wife Miriam Adelson, stepdaughters Yasmin Lukatz and Sivan Ochshorn, daughter Shelley Faye Ade …"

"… son, stepdaughters Yasmin Lukatz and Sivan Ochshorn, daughter Shelley Faye Adelson, four other children (one deceased). Biography: After bankrolling the ma …"

"… ting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's failed presidential bid, Sheldon Adelson pivoted to support GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his primary su …"

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 "Tom Christie":

"… ancelled an earlier attempt to build a new bomber. One of the skeptics is Tom Christie, the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester from 2001 until his retirement in 2 …"

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 "Dick Cheney":

"… at $3.05 and Bill Clinton the cheapest at $1.68.When Bush and running mate Dick Cheney campaigned in 2000, they argued that as oil executives they could get oil …"

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 "Adelson":

"… ty and their hard-line stances on Middle East issues. …"

"… Commission shows two separate $5 million donations were made last month by Adelson and wife Miriam, an Israeli-born physician with dual citizenship. Another …"

"… million was donated in December to the super PAC by three relatives of the Adelsons, bringing the total family contribution to $11 million.Without the Adelso …"

"… delsons, bringing the total family contribution to $11 million.Without the Adelsons’ largesse, the PAC has raised $2.1 million.The PAC’s latest filing sh …"

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 "Rick Tyler":

"… Santorum or burnish Gingrich’s conservative image and record — or both.Rick Tyler, a senior advisor to the super PAC, declined to comment about any further …"