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 "South Carolina":

"… Cold War-era factory for producing bomb fuel at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, on a list of sites of sites open to inspection by the International Atomi …"

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 "Kentucky":

"… cratic seats. Their candidates defeated one Democratic incumbent apiece in Kentucky, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania; they picked up one open seat e …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… the real waste,” says the David Nasse, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Rachael Marcus contributed to this report. …"

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 "Richard Mourdock":

"… which resulted in the moderate Lugar being ousted in favor of tea partier Richard Mourdock.YG Action Fund’s new ads appear to be the super PAC’s first major camp …"

"… Action, a conservative super PAC, reported $792,000 in new ads supporting Richard Mourdock, the tea party Republican running against Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly for …"

PAC profile: Club for Growth Action

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Mourdock":

"… P Senate primary, which saw tea party-aligned (and Club for Growth-backed) Richard Mourdock beat out longtime incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar in Lugar's first contested …"

"… f President Barack Obama’s policies.  The ad urged voters to choose Richard Mourdock, the tea party favorite who went on to defeat Lugar in the Indiana GOP pri …"

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 "Kentucky":

"… ?”The bill has been blocked by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky who has said in the past that the legislation is “nothing less than an e …"

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 "David Dewhurst":

"… no chance of competing against the GOP front-runner in the race, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. With the backing of national conservative groups and a fiery stage presen …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… ership PAC has received contributions from the political action committees Koch Industries, AT&T and other major corporations.Club for Growth's traditional PAC s …"

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 "Senate":

"… ks, super PACs will play a major role in determining the outcome of a U.S. Senate primary contest.Republican Jon Bruning, Nebraska’s attorney general, was …"

"… ups led by the conservative Club for Growth spent millions in the GOP U.S. Senate primary election in Indiana, where six-term incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar l …"

"… on radio and TV ads.Only Sen. Jim DeMint’s leadership PAC, known as the Senate Conservatives Fund, has spent more on independent expenditures. DeMint’s …"

"… d the cash boost that allowed the super PAC to play a role in the Nebraska Senate contest on Fischer’s side.“We think she will be the strongest general …"

Watchdog 5/10/12

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Lugar":

"… crats 22 percent. Lugar loses to super PACsIndiana Republican Senator Richard Lugar lost in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday to Richard Mourdock, a t …"

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 "Goldman Sachs":

"… Indiana Values Super PAC as of the most recent filings with the FEC.Former Goldman Sachs executive John Whitehead has given $25,000 to the super PAC, as has Andrew …"

PAC profile: FreedomWorks for America

By Rachael Marcus and Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… dential picks for the Republican presidential nomination were Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich.In 2012, the super PAC poured money into Senate primaries, throwing its su …"

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 "Health":

"… s the work of person A, B, or C,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen. “It’s industry-wide corporate cultur …"

"… laims in some of its direct-to-consumer advertising about the drug in Health and Prevention magazines.Once a drug is approved by the FDA for a certain …"

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 "director":

"… cing fraud and abuse and had no tools to do that," said Barbara Roper, the director of investor protection for the Consumer Federation of America.The agency's …"

"… companies like Enron. Sheila Bair, then a commissioner at the CFTC and now director of the FDIC, cast the lone dissenting vote at the commission, saying the p …"

"… later, after resigning from the CFTC, Wendy Gramm joined Enron's board of directors.The gig was lucrative. According to the watchdog group Public Citizen, ov …"

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 "Department of Defense":

"… investigators were not allowed to look into the role of Rumsfeld and other Department of Defense officials. What is known is that the Pentagon found out about the existenc …"

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 "Department of Defense":

"… investigators were not allowed to look into the role of Rumsfeld and other Department of Defense officials. What is known is that the Pentagon found out about the existenc …"

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 "Asia":

"… ssity.Uzbekistan is a country run by a dictator. Despite that, the Central Asian state, which borders Afghanistan to the south and has a Muslim population …"

"… old ICIJ in an interview that "Uzbekistan was the first country in Central Asia to join the anti-terror alliance." Referring to President Islom Karimov, s …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… lies in money spent and political capital burned.For more than a year, the Center for Public Integrity, through its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), …"

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 "Richard Lugar":

"… the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Indiana Republican Richard Lugar, accepted about $150,000 in trips during the 5½-year study period.Most of …"

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 "federal government":

"… t was a modest program of just over $100 million a year. By the 1990s, the federal government was spending more than $7.3 billion on crop insurance. In 1999, more than …"

"… 96 million acres was insured.The program is supposed to work like this:The federal government sets both the premium rates and rates of coverage for crops. The governmen …"

"… hom they now use as a consultant “whenever they need an insight into the federal government’s position on a certain matter.”Smith readily acknowledges that he wen …"

"… h primarily assists a corporate-agriculture clientele in dealings with the federal government.With this type of rapid turnover between government and industry, the ques …"