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 "Bush administration":

"… l enthusiastic about it, I can tell you.” Eventually, at the end of the Bush administration, monitoring was put into place for the most sensitive gear, but officials& …"

DOE official seeks probe of dissident analyst’s dismissal by nuclear weapons laboratory

By Douglas Birch

The overseer of U.S. nuclear weapons production requests an Inspector General’s review of the firing of Los Alamos analyst James Doyle.

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

"… ns.” Doyle, a political scientist, was fired in July, shortly after the Center for Public Integrity inquired about the department’s handling of an article he published in t …"

Children's rights groups urge Defense program to stop giving school cops military hardware

By Susan Ferriss

Groups trying to curb use of police in school discipline urge federal officials not give military weapons to campus police departments.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… y supplies have been handed over to school districts large and small, from California, Texas, Nevada and Utah to Florida, Georgia, Kansas and Michigan.   …"

"… exas, Nevada and Utah to Florida, Georgia, Kansas and Michigan.   In California, the San Diego Unified School District acquired an 18-ton Mine-Resistant A …"

Russian bank hires two former U.S. senators

By Alexander Cohen

U.S. sanctions against Russia are becoming a boon for Washington's lobbyists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… pany Rosneft. Last month, Russian gas firm OAO Novatek retained Washington, D.C., public relations firm Qorvis to lobby the administration and Congress aft …"

Nuclear weapons lab employee fired after publishing scathing critique of the arms race

By Douglas Birch

Los Alamos lets a 17-year employee go after retroactively classifying his published article.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Mexico":

"… ials refused to tell him who it was or why. Later that day at the lab’s New Mexico campus, he said, two members of a Security Inquiries Team abruptly arrived …"

"… e was told that he was being let go as part of a program of layoffs at the New Mexico lab. But he says he believes the sudden firing was instead part of a Washi …"

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 "Nicaragua":

"… y markets. A 2009 project with food processors in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua noted, for example, that “this type of technical assistance … opens th …"

EPA: No comment on fracking air pollution

By Jim Morris and Lisa Song

No one at the Environmental Protection Agency has been willing to talk on the record about air pollution associated with fracking in Texas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… ’t doing much to curb the industry's air pollution, why isn’t the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stepping in? The EPA, after all, is ultimately responsible for enforcing t …"

Four years after passage, House keeps trying to kill Dodd-Frank

By Jared Bennett

On the fourth anniversary of the passage of landmark financial reform law, opponents still trying to kill it.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mercatus Center":

"… dd-Frank world, nor should we,” he said at a conference organized by the Mercatus Center and the Cato Institute. Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Servi …"

Class-action suit: Wrong to put kids into immigration court with no lawyers to help

By Susan Ferriss

Kids whose dad was killed by gangsters are among the plaintiffs in a suit arguing that children should have lawyers in immigration court.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… ut counsel violates both constitutional due-process rights and immigration law. The plaintiffs in the suit filed in Seattle are eight children aged 10 t …"

"… ourt, the Department of Homeland Security will be represented by a trained lawyer who will argue for the child’s deportation.” “On the other side …"

"… r the child’s deportation.” “On the other side of the courtroom, no lawyer will stand with the child,” says the suit, which was filed against U. …"

"… shed right to appointment of legal counsel in immigration proceedings. But lawyers on behalf of these children argue that they are nonetheless protected …"

Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare and legal specialists in rush to deport?

By Susan Ferriss

Child advocates are worried possible legal changes could cut off migrant kids' access to social workers, asylum lawyers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Jersey":

"… ter police broke up a sex-trafficking ring in North Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey in 2007. Some of the girls were caught at the border prior to 2007, P …"

Saving the penny makes cents for zinc-backed front group

By Erin Quinn

'Broad-based' group created to save the penny from extinction turns out to be backed by a company that supplies metal to make the coins.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… er costs, fewer benefits and a loss of provider choice if Congress and the Obama administration don't take action to keep planned rate cuts from going into …"

"… y language, such as in the banner on its homepage that reads, “President Obama’s hit list — taking away your guns, closing down charities and destroy …"

How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic, endangering public health

By David Heath

A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… e, beer and wine. Under orders from a Republican-controlled Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency in 2001 established a new drinking-water standard to try to limit people …"

Leadership at Chemical Safety Board questioned amid investigation backlog

By Rosalind Adams

Evidence of ongoing management failures and a toxic work environment at the Chemical Safety Board was presented at a hearing Thursday.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… eadership by Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso, appointed by President Obama in 2010. Former board member Beth Rosenberg resigned from her positi …"

EPA plan would slash climate-damaging carbon emissions from 1,000 existing power plants

The EPA on Monday proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… four public hearings on the proposal, in Denver, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. A final rule is expected by June 2015. …"

Shameful coverage of Obamacare's real impacts

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare coverage that doesn't inform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "reporter":

"… affected Americans, you might have wondered if I was in the same room with reporters who presumably covered the event. The disparity goes a long way toward e …"

"… s about the back-and-forth between Rockefeller and Johnson during what the reporter dismissed as “an otherwise sleepy committee hearing.” Granted, it is …"

"… to provide anything other than the most superficial coverage. As a former reporter who used to cover hearings on the Hill, I consider that shameful.  …"

U.S. military describes its mistakes in Afghanistan

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A report by the Joint Chiefs of Staff says that both military and civilian officials failed to tackle corrosive corruption.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… cials in Brussels on March 26, he publicly expressed renewed optimism that America’s estimated $120 billion effort to reconstruct Afghanistan will leave be …"

"… n it could absorb in legitimate channels to undertake needed reforms; American military officers and civilian aid workers alike were unprepared to manag …"

"… and counter influence from Iran, meanwhile “gave substance to charges of American hypocrisy,” the Joint Staff report said. And as security conditions wor …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gibraltar":

"… e established online companies based in exotic locales like Costa Rica and Gibraltar. One casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson, a prominent backer of conservative pol …"

"… rally partnered with other companies, including overseas operators such as Gibraltar-based Bwin.party Digital Entertainment, to run the websites. The casinos, …"

"… line poker companies. The couple, both born in California, were living in Gibraltar at the time, and their company eventually entered into a “non-prosecutio …"

Japan reaffirms its plan to produce plutonium

By Douglas Birch and Jake Adelstein

The Abe government’s new energy plan calls for completing the Rokkasho plutonium fuel factory despite U.S. concern it poses terrorism risks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Japanese government":

"… urn hundreds of pounds of plutonium to the United States for disposal, the Japanese government on April 11 formally endorsed the completion of a factory design …"

What's the point, WellPoint?

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: insurer's talk of rate increases may boomerang.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Humana":

"… r. No other company seemed the least bit interested in making predictions. Humana declined to comment. An Aetna spokeswoman was quoted as saying only that, …"

Japan confirms it will return some nuclear explosive materials to U.S.

By Douglas Birch

The amount of plutonium is a small fraction of what the country could soon begin making annually.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… uclear programs. The joint U.S.-Japanese statement, released by President Obama and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, said: “This effort involves the …"

Improving security for nuclear explosives remains a diplomatic struggle

By Douglas Birch

A two-day international summit attended by President Obama next week is unlikely to move beyond stopgap measures and vague promises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Energy":

"… theory to fuel tens of thousands of weapons. Jonathan Wolfsthal, a former Department of Energy official and as a special advisor to Vice President Joe Biden for nuclear …"

Japan could be building an irresistible terrorist target, experts say

Japan has balked at U.S. security advice for its nuclear plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Japanese government":

"… l reactors designed to burn the plutonium that Rokkasho will produce. The Japanese government has a backup plan to burn a mixture of Rokkasho’s plutonium and uranium …"

"… he joking?” The official’s view, he said, was widely shared inside the Japanese government. “That’s what we were up against,” Maher said. Townsend, in an int …"

"… n security and safety emergencies to private, unarmed security guards. The Japanese government, he said, is heavily dependent on what the utilities decide to do. The of …"

Exposing tragic myths of the world's 'greatest' health care system

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: world's 'best' health care system is failing many right here.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… erly speechless, reduced to babbling as he tries to justify his claim that Obamacare is leading the United States to third world status, you must watch Dai …"

"… dly have heard a steady steam of politicians who are not fans of President Obama or his health care law insist that the U.S. has the best health care syste …"

White House seeks to chip away at severe Labor Department judge shortage, case backlog

By Jim Morris

The White House is requesting an additional $2 million from Congress for its overworked, understaffed Office of Administrative Law Judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… llion for the coming fiscal year to hire 10 employees in the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ). The final installment of …"

"… enter’s “Breathless and Burdened” series revealed that the number of Labor Department judges, who hear a wide range of workers’ compensation, immig …"

"… made public by the Center, from Chief Judge Stephen Purcell to then-Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris. Purcell wrote that “we are fast reaching a point …"

"… we will not likely recover for years to come.” In a statement Thursday, Labor Department spokesman Jesse Lawder wrote that if the agency gets the reques …"

Obama announces foundation-funded project to help black, Latino youth

By Susan Ferriss

'My Brother's Keeper' is a $200 million program aimed at keeping minority youth out of the criminal justice system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… t work together to create more pathways for them to flourish.” …"

"… d fall victim to violence. “This is an issue of national importance,” Obama said at the White House. “It is an issue that goes to the heart of why I …"

"… When people hear a range of grim statistics about men and boys of color, Obama said, “We just assume this is an inevitable part of American life instea …"

"… young men from dropping out, getting arrested and getting “profiled,” Obama said, isn’t “some big government program.” The projects range from …"

Natural gas boom advances with little study of public health effects, report finds

By Lisa Song and Jim Morris

As a drilling boom continues in Texas and beyond, a new study spotlights a missing ingredient: A full assessment of public health impact.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… lyzed the membership of three advisory committees established by President Obama and the governors of Maryland and Pennsylvania. All three groups were task …"

Labor Department unveils changes to aid miners in black lung benefits cases

By Chris Hamby

Following the series Breathless and Burdened, U.S. officials unveil a series of initiatives to create a level playing field for coal miners.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health":

"… ials also said they had reached an agreement to consult regularly with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a research agency within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …"

Comcast, Time Warner rivals may see opportunity in mega-merger

By Allan Holmes

The Comcast-Time Warner merger may be embraced by industry rivals who see an opportunity for their own deals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… al gain. That’s the guarantee of a free and open Internet that President Obama has pursued since being first elected in 2008. Charter Communications Inc …"

Obama to lament DeVry grad's student debt

By Daniel Wagner

Graduates of for-profit company’s schools default at much higher rates than national average.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… ion and called on colleges to slow tuition hikes.     …"

"… ling debt and scant job prospects. During his State of the Union address, Obama is expected to identify an audience member who carries a massive debt burd …"

"… f anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the speech publicly. Obama will use the woman, a single mother, to illustrate the challenge faced by …"

"… nd strike out on their own, agency officials have said. Tonight will mark Obama’s most direct reference in a State of the Union address to how he believ …"

Pay no attention to those insurance lobbyists behind the Medicare curtain!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: 'grass-roots' campaign actually comes from health insurers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… k ever since trying to figure out how to keep the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  (CMS) from carrying out that provision of the law. And for …"

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