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 "officer":

"… measures are still being developed. Joshua M. Paul, a former U.S. embassy officer in Iraq who is now a spokesman for the State Department bureau that overse …"

"… out the front door — and trying to get a receipt from the chief [Iraqi] officer, who was real enthusiastic about it, I can tell you.” Eventually, at th …"

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 "James E. Doyle":

"… for an inquiry by the DOE Inspector General into the dismissal in July of James E. Doyle by Los Alamos National Laboratory was disclosed in a Sept. 15 letter from …"

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 "Georgia":

"… ricts large and small, from California, Texas, Nevada and Utah to Florida, Georgia, Kansas and Michigan.   In California, the San Diego Unified School …"

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 "Vladimir Putin":

"… s after one of its largest shareholders, an associate of Russian president Vladimir Putin, was similarly targeted for sanctions by the United States. …"

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 "Obama":

"… cal theories undergirding the nuclear arms race and a defense of President Obama’s embrace of a nuclear weapons-free future, contained classified informa …"

"… oyle’s treatment has nonetheless already attracted criticism from former Obama appointees and from his editor at Survival, a journal published by the Int …"

"… $100 million annually for research into new technologies to implement the Obama administration’s ambitious arms reductions goals. Doyle said Tammy Tayl …"

"… ll-sized spheres that form the core of most nuclear weapons. Although the Obama administration had sought to defer the project’s start, Rep. Michael Tur …"

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 "Obama":

"… d be nearly a third of the total. A special auditor appointed by President Obama the following year said he discovered nearly $7 billion worth of Afghanist …"

"… ministrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service, who signed it. She’s an Obama political appointee and former registered lobbyist for the International D …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… ta, the Upper Green River Basin of Wyoming and the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania. Our first attempt at an on-the-record interview was with Ron Curry, the …"

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 "financial reform law":

"… t there is still time left on the clock to undermine key provisions in the financial reform law. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, named by the Center’s April report as th …"

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 "Obama":

"… s, lawyers who work with immigrant kids have argued. This week, President Obama asked Congress to allocate $3.7 billion in emergency funds to finance a ra …"

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 "White House":

"… hts and justice at the Women's Refugee Commission in Washington, D.C. The White House has not yet provided details of legal initiatives it might pursue to speed …"

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 "Obama":

"… y paralyze EPA scientists who evaluate toxic chemicals. In 2009, President Obama signed an executive memorandum to try to stop political interfer …"

"… of Congress. The story of arsenic shows how easily industry thwarted the Obama’s administration’s effort to prevent interference with science. A ubiq …"

"… he agency managed to complete only two assessments. Within five months of Obama taking office, the EPA wrested back control of the process. The agency als …"

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 "inspector":

"… Moure-Eraso said. A report by the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general last year, however, found that the backlog of cases has undermined …"

"… nbsp;reserved for urgent matters when there is non-compliance with an inspector general's investigation. Elkins said throughout the hearing that the …"

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 "Environment":

"… ittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. A final rule is expected by June 2015. …"

"… achieve recognition of significant emission reductions" under it.   Environmental advocates welcomed the EPA proposal as a long time coming, applauding bo …"

Shameful coverage of Obamacare's real impacts

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare coverage that doesn't inform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance":

"… ts — the so-called Medical Loss Ratio. Prior to the passage of the law, insurance company executives — who consider what they spend on medical care to be …"

"… ordable Care Act passed. “No more pre-existing condition clauses … and insurance companies had to refund some of what we paid if they didn’t spend enough …"

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 "Taliban":

"… not an incompetent military, not an inadequate police force, and not the Taliban’s sanctuary in neighboring Pakistan, all longstanding U.S. concerns — …"

"… that federal decision-making was itself corrupt. Some citizens viewed the Taliban and its shadowy judicial processes as less prone to the bribery, selective …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… Mississippi, where a bill was introduced but failed to pass. Lawmakers in Louisiana held hearings on the issue. The Rational Group, the firm that owns PokerS …"

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 "Japan":

"… Erika Kubo contributed to this article from Tokyo.  …"

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

"… f the March 2011 Fukushima disaster.  The move is generally viewed in Japan as unpopular with the public but has been welcomed by Japan’s utilities, …"

"… ally viewed in Japan as unpopular with the public but has been welcomed by Japan’s utilities, which are struggling with massive debts. The mammoth plant …"

What's the point, WellPoint?

By Wendell Potter

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… s policyholders, Poizner wrote in a letter to then-CEO Angela Braly. In Washington, Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, the chairman of the House Energy & Comm …"

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 "Georgia":

"… ending the summit in The Hague — that signed the pledge include Algeria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, as well as a nu …"

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 "Obama":

"… t the March 24-25 summit in the Netherlands — convened at President Obama’s initiative — for the first time includes a suggestion that nati …"

"… y. At a speech in Seoul during the 2012 nuclear security summit, President Obama summarized U.S. concerns about plutonium stockpiles. “We simply can’t …"

"… ect or consolidate their stocks of weapons-grade uranium. Since President Obama took office in 2009, the number of countries with at least one kilogram of …"

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 "Liberal Democratic Party":

"… Middle Core Faction” — used a flame thrower to set fire to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s Tokyo headquarters in 1984. They fired mortars at Tokyo’s Haneda air …"

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 "Judge":

"… e 10 employees in the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ). The final installment of the Center’s “Breathless and Burden …"

"… They cited an April 2013 memorandum, made public by the Center, from Chief Judge Stephen Purcell to then-Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris. Purcell wrote …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… r-reviewed journal Environmental Science & Technology. Last week, The Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel reported on the health data ga …"

"… l gas drilling activities." This report is part of a joint project by The Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel. Lisa Song is with InsideClima …"

"… r Channel. Lisa Song is with InsideClimate News and Jim Morris is with the Center for Public Integrity. …"

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 "Obama":

"… kyrocketed. Last week, six Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to President Obama imploring him to provide resources in the coming budget to ease the logjam …"

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 "broadband":

"… ivals. Instead of fighting the deal — which would create a cable TV and broadband Internet provider with 30 million customers and a television network — r …"

"… Circuit overturned last month. The so-called net neutrality rules barred broadband providers from blocking or slowing Internet traffic so that they could fav …"

"… “So the FCC may be looking at this as an opportunity to convince a huge broadband company and service provider to follow its net neutrality rules that they …"

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 "Education":

"… who carries a massive debt burden after attending a school owned by DeVry Education Group, one of the biggest for-profit Education companies, according to a g …"

"… Vry students defaulted in their first two years of repayment, according to Education Department data. That’s well above the national average of 14.7 per …"

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 "insurance":

"… ge,” the alternative to traditional Medicare that is operated by private insurance companies. The real sponsor of the ads is the real tenant of 601 Pennsylv …"

"… g and PR outfits in the nation’s capital. As I noted last week, several insurance companies make a boatload of money by participating in the Medicare Advant …"

"… And there was this thinly veiled threat in the POLITICO story from “an insurance industry source familiar with the campaign:” “If CMS doesn’t keep M …"

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