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 "Mexico":

"… he topic in 2012. The countries were Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Sweden, Ukraine and Vietnam. But he said inadequate security for fissile …"

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 "CNN":

"… important to realize that it was a decisive election," Van Hollen said on CNN Wednesday. "And one of the big issues in this election was whether or not …"

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 "aide":

"… th Democrats. Reid reached out to him Tuesday night, according to a Senate aide. In Ohio, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown survived an onslaugh …"

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 "Dan Backer":

"… llected by the Sunlight Foundation.“Memories are short,” said attorney Dan Backer, whose clients include several conservative outside spenders. “The more …"

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 "GOP Senate":

"… additional $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 …"

"… Texas, 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 …"

"… ark Neumann, did not win.Its preferred candidate also lost in the Nebraska GOP Senate primary, but its favored politician prevailed in the Republican Senate pri …"

Nonprofit profile: Club for Growth Inc.

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Kudlow Report":

"… economics fellow at the Cato Institute.Larry Kudlow, the host of CNBC’s "The Kudlow Report," is a member of the leadership council and has had Club for Growth Presid …"

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 "Arizona":

"… Massachusetts, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and John McCain of Arizona, who earlier this year warned that the public should expect “huge scanda …"

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 "Rand Paul":

"… he has won the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, both tea party superstars. Further complicating matters for …"

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 "Senate Conservatives Fund":

"… R-S.C.), which has given the group $700,000.DeMint’s leadership PAC, the Senate Conservatives Fund, itself spent nearly $600,000 on ads supporting Cruz. The leadership PAC h …"

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 "TD Ameritrade":

"… and.Joe Ricketts, the founder of the financial services giant now known as TD Ameritrade, is the super PAC’s sole individual donor. (Ending Spending, Inc., where …"

Watchdog 5/10/12


Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… ose how much it spends on influencing legislation. But in three states — South Carolina, Indiana and Colorado — it turns out that ALEC has quietly, and by name, …"

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 "Virginia":

"… aid Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.Sabato added that outside groups such as super PACs can be more influentia …"

"… rink the size of government.”Club for Growth Action’s top supporter is Virginia James, an investor from Lambertville, N.J., who gave the group $1 million …"

PAC profile: FreedomWorks for America

By Rachael Marcus and Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Lugar":

"… he group also spent money opposing incumbent Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Richard Lugar, R-Ind. The organization focused a signficant portion of its early expendi …"

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 "USA Today":

"… Scientology is no church,” Daniels said in a 1991 interview published by USA Today, in which he criticized the Church of Scientology’s anti-Prozac advertis …"

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 "Richard Lugar":

"… bya that would allow for a full congressional debate on the issue,” Sen. Richard Lugar said in a statement.Others have warned about oversimplifying the amount of …"

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 "Richard Lugar":

"… nspan, the Treasury Department and others.According to news accounts, Sen. Richard Lugar, an Indiana Republican and former chairman of the Senate Agriculture Commi …"

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 "White House":

"… ility for military officials who failed to stop or prevent the abuses. The White House press office did not respond to a request for comment, but has previously …"

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 "Bush":

"… d an instant outcry around the world. In addressing the scandal, President Bush insisted that it was the fault of a few dishonorable soldiers, not a syste …"

"… the photos in January 2004 and Taguba filed his report in March. President Bush knew about the abuses at Abu Ghraib at least by March, but he did not addr …"

"… in a major concern. In October 2008, The Washington Post reported that the Bush administration issued two secret memos to the Central Intelligence Agency …"

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 "Richard Lugar":

"… ear federal budgeting cycle process. But some disagreed.A report that Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., sent to colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in D …"

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 "Don Young":

"… ars in trips during the 5½-year study period, although the office of Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, was only about $8,000 behind.'Special kind of access'Even if no …"

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 "Richard Lugar":

"… roperty rights in the open ocean is through an international regime," Sen. Richard Lugar said in a May 2004 speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. …"

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 "Bush administration":

"… g to documents from the office of Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.Meanwhile, the Bush administration has proposed little that would change the situation except for cutting the …"