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 "Kazakhstan":

"… ries — including Argentina, Australia, China, France, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United St …"

Elizabeth Warren, Bruce Mann

Democrats expand Senate grip but fail to win House

By The Associated Press

Democrats solidify their Senate rule but Republicans will still run House in 2nd Obama term

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tammy Baldwin":

"… atic vice presidential candidate in 2000. In Wisconsin, Rep. Tammy Baldwin defeated former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson. With all but …"

Democrats maintain control of Senate

By The Associated Press

Dems win GOP seats in Indiana, Massachusetts; McCaskill survives in Missouri

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vermont":

"… handle. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders won a second term in Vermont. Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse in Rhode Island, Ben Cardin in Maryla …"

Super PACs spend big for Romney in final weeks of campaign

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Super PACs and nonprofits spent $190 million in the last three weeks of the election on the presidential race

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dayton":

"… between Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.GOP groups dominated the airwaves in Columbus, Dayton, and Toledo, Ohio, as well as Tampa, Fla., the study found. Democratic gro …"

Daily Disclosure: 'Young Guns' target Democratic House candidates

By Rachael Marcus

A super PAC supported by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spends $2 million on House races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ars ago, was founded by Cantor, Ryan and Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy of California. After its launch, the NRCC folded it in as part of its fundraising progra …"

PAC profile: Club for Growth Action

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… aligned candidates in GOP primaries across the country, including numerous Senate primaries.The group showered millions on Texas GOP primary candidate Ted C …"

"… lions on Texas GOP primary candidate Ted Cruz, who ultimately won the U.S. Senate primary there after a runoff against establishment favorite Lt. Gov. David …"

"… tional $600,000 supporting Cruz.The group was also active in Indiana's GOP Senate primary, which saw tea party-aligned (and Club for Growth-backed) Richard …"

"… s, Club for Growth Action was the top outside spender in the Wisconsin GOP Senate primary on Aug. 14 at nearly $1.7 million. However, the group’s favored …"

Nonprofit profile: Club for Growth Inc.

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… board, Moore began his economics career at the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, both libertarian think tanks. He founded the Club for Growth and served a …"

"… at in 2011, Mother Jones reported. The couple is also a major donor to the Cato Institute, which was founded by David Koch.Howie Rich, a real estate developer, sits …"

"… y David Koch.Howie Rich, a real estate developer, sits on the board of the Cato Institute.John W. Childs, a private equity investor, Jerry Hayden, former president …"

"… get expert at the Heritage Foundation and a senior economics fellow at the Cato Institute.Larry Kudlow, the host of CNBC’s "The Kudlow Report," is a member of the …"

Vote set for quixotic bill that would reveal attack ad funders

By Rachael Marcus and Michael Beckel

The Senate is scheduled to consider a bill Monday that would require secretive groups that fund political ads to reveal their donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Future Fund":

"… e American Action Network, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies and the American Future Fund have spent millions on advertisements critical of President Barack Obama a …"

US Senate Race: Can passion push Cruz to victory?

By The Associated Press

Grassroots fervor carried Cruz to US Senate runoff; can it topple mainstream choice Dewhurst?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Mourdock":

"… in conservative states, most recently in Indiana, where ultraconservative Richard Mourdock defeated veteran U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, the Texas race illustrates the d …"

Tea party spends big in Texas Senate primary showdown

By Rachael Marcus and Michael Beckel

Texas GOP primary to test tea party's influence.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… its candidate, Richard Mourdock, defeated long-time Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana’s hotly contested Republican primary in early May.Anti-tax super PAC Clu …"

Super PAC cash plays big role in Nebraska Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Super PAC spending again plays major role in Senate contest, this time in Nebraska.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sarah Palin":

"… perienced a boon. Instead, Fischer, who was endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin last week, has seen a last-minute surge.“The top two contenders spent a …"

Watchdog 5/10/12

Watchdog

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Mourdock":

"… Senator Richard Lugar lost in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday to Richard Mourdock, a tea party favorite who enjoyed huge backing from super PACs. According …"

Super PACs outspend favorite candidate in Indiana Senate race

By Michael Beckel and John Dunbar

Tea party-backed challenger Richard Mourdock's campaign spent less on his primary bid than outside groups supporting him.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… de association on whose board the president of 7-Eleven also sits.7-Eleven spokeswoman Margaret Chabris said Lugar “understands our issues” and has a strong …"

PAC profile: FreedomWorks for America

By Rachael Marcus and Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

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

"… ds targeting contested U.S. Senate races, including 11 on Sept. 17, as the Center for Public Integrity reported.By the end of March, nearly half the super PAC's receipts were fr …"

"… mmaker Ben Howe, who is also responsible for the Obama Volt parody ad, the Center for Public Integrity discovered.Tea party-aligned U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, a Texas Repub …"

During Mitch Daniels’ decade at Eli Lilly, the drug giant paid billions in fines and settled thousands of lawsuits

By Joanne Kenen and Rochelle Sharpe

Eli Lilly paid billions in fines, settled thousands of lawsuits while Daniels was an executive at the drug giant

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican presidential candidate":

"… ta contributed to this story.  …"

Lessons from previous no-fly zones show complexity of Libya intervention

By Laurel Adams

History shows that no-fly zones are a mixed bag as a military strategy, according to an analysis by the Congressional Research Service, even

Excerpts from this story referencing "No-fly zone":

"… vice, even as the United States and allies create a No-fly zone over Libya.No-fly zones over Iraq, imposed twice, and in Bosnia over the last two decades showed …"

Toothless regulator looks to take a bite out of derivatives

By Ben Protess

President Obama makes CFTC and SEC get along, cover holes in oversight

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate Agriculture Committee":

"… unts, Sen. Richard Lugar, an Indiana Republican and former chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, wrote a letter urging Born to "avoid any unnecessary interference in thes …"

Abu Ghraib prison scandal

By The Center for Public Integrity

Investigations suggest that the blame likely rises higher up the military’s chain of command, beyond the whims of a few "bad apples"

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Lugar":

"… the American public did. “This is entirely unacceptable,” said Senator Richard Lugar, a Republican of Indiana and then chairman of the Foreign Relations Commit …"

Abu Ghraib prison scandal

By The Center for Public Integrity

Pictures of the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison reveal mismanagement of military prisons and raise concerns about interrogation techniques

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central Intelligence Agency":

"… untability for prisoner treatment rare. Taguba also noted in 2004 that the Central Intelligence Agency had serious concerns about the kinds of interrogation techniques military …"

"… Post reported that the Bush administration issued two secret memos to the Central Intelligence Agency in 2003 and 2004 that endorsed interrogation techniques such as waterboard …"

A repugnant choice

By Sarah Fort

In dealing with Uzbek dictator, U.S. buys access to air field — even after eviction

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Lugar":

"… deactivation of such weapons in former Soviet states.In January 2007, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., proposed a permanent repeal of human rights restrictions associat …"

Collateral damage

By Nathaniel Heller, Tom Stites and Ben Welsh

U.S. hands out vast sums of money to combat terrorism while ignoring human rights records; lobbying key to funding flows

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pakistan":

"… ies towards countries ranging from tiny Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, to Pakistan and Thailand in Asia, to Poland and Romania in Europe, even to Colombia in …"

"… for military support in Iraq and Afghanistan.The largest CSF recipient is Pakistan, which took in more than $3 billion in U.S. taxpayer money in the first fo …"

"… illion per quarter for assistance in hunting down terrorists on the Afghan-Pakistan border. Because of CSF, Pakistan now ranks as one of the largest recipient …"

"… in hunting down terrorists on the Afghan-Pakistan border. Because of CSF, Pakistan now ranks as one of the largest recipients of U.S. military aid and assist …"

Privately sponsored trips hot tickets on Capitol Hill

By Jim Morris

Study finds almost $50 million spent on travel for lawmakers, aides

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Walt Disney Co.":

"… — such as the Nuclear Energy Institute, Microsoft, Time Warner and The Walt Disney Co. — clearly have products to sell or programs to promote. The motives of o …"

U.S. pushed to ratify deep sea treaty

By Laura Peterson

U.N. Law of the Sea will divvy up deep ocean bottom for oil and gas drilling

Excerpts from this story referencing "Russia":

"… the claims review process. This is especially perturbing considering that Russia filed a claim three years ago to add nearly 400,000 square miles to its Ar …"

"… ially overlap with U.S. claims. Although its initial request was rejected, Russia reportedly plans to try again; Denmark has also announced its intention to …"

Program to help small farmers now virtually run by industry

By Gil Shochat

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2001 — When Brad Koetz was told that his impressive sunflower yield was unfit for human consumption, he was taken abac

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate Agriculture Committee":

"… hey promote a program that, according to Keith Luse, chief of staff in the Senate Agriculture Committee, shortchanges farmers and funnels “too much money to the industry.”Bev …"

"… griculture committees,” according to Andy Morton, chief economist of the Senate Agriculture Committee.These politicians were “pressured by the insurance companies to put a br …"