Activists say gun debate overlooks gun-related deaths of children

By Kate Murphy and Jordan Rubio

An investigation found that at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns in America over 10 years

How much money can a lobbyist make?

By Dave Levinthal and Marcelo Rochabrun

Hourly pay of four figures is possible at one D.C. firm, court filings show.

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"… agreement between the firm and the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada — quoted firm Managing Director Nicole Korkolis as working fo …"

Firearms more likely to be used in suicides than in homicides

By Carmen Forman and Jacob Byk

At least 50 people died per day from firearm suicide; 26 died from firearm homicides.

Firearms used in homicides often purchased illegally

By Kelsey Jukam, Aaron Maybin and Jordan Rubio

A News21 analysis of the FBI’s national database of supplementary homicide reports found that across the country, 17,422 black men between a

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"… , and restaurants are hard to find. It is one of the poorest cities in the United States with a per capita income of around $13,000, and there are few job opportun …"

Lobbying disclosures leave public in the dark

By Marcelo Rochabrun and Dave Levinthal

Despite efforts to beef up laws regulating lobbyists, public is in the dark when it comes to what firms are up to in Washington.

Docs, drug companies, insurers drive up Medicare costs

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: reform drove down hospital costs, creating Medicare savings, but insurers, doctors and drug companies escaped cuts.

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"… not only has created the severe shortage of primary care physicians in the United States, but it has also contributed to soaring health care costs, especially for …"

Women become increasingly involved in gun groups

By Lauren Loftus and Natalie Krebs

Thanks in part to targeted marketing, more women are buying guns for protection and sport

Fired Los Alamos nuclear expert files appeal

By Douglas Birch

Former Los Alamos lab employee argues that DOE abused its powers, retaliated against him for expressing views.

Gun rights debate enters a new arena: the campus

By Wade Millward and Carmen Forman

The right to carry a firearm onto college campuses has become another issue in the gun control debate

State lawmakers take aim at federal gun control

By Justine McDaniel, Robby Korth and Jessica Boehm

A growing collection of state legislatures seeks to disqualify federal gun control laws

U.S. now faces threat of U.S.-made weapons in Iraq

By Douglas Birch

Islamic State fighters seize U.S. military equipment in Iraq, become targets for U.S. warplanes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… many Americans wanted to forget. In battles from Afghanistan to Iraq, the United States defeated conventional forces equipped mainly with Soviet-design hardware. …"

"… onventional forces equipped mainly with Soviet-design hardware. Now as the United States conducts air sorties in areas controlled by ISIS, the United States faces …"

"… as the United States conducts air sorties in areas controlled by ISIS, the United States faces the prospect of having some of its own modern weapons systems turned …"

"… omous region. ISIS’ threat to the Kurdish capital of Erbil triggered the United States’ intervention. A video of the first U.S. airstrikes shows a U.S.-made F …"

Growing number of biosafety labs raises public health concern

By James Arkin

Construction of new biosafety labs a waste of money, possible threat to public health, say reports and experts.

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"… acks that killed five people and raised the specter of bioterrorism in the United States, the number of high-level biosafety labs operated by governments, universi …"

Stronger self-defense laws spread, despite limited measure of impacts

By Jon LaFlamme

Stand your ground laws expand American's right to self defense, but their impact varies from state to state

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"… Texas College of Law. “Stand your ground is now the majority rule in the United States.” However, News21 has found the likelihood of a person being charged wi …"

‘Dr. Evil’ fuels dogfight between AKC, Humane Society

By John Dunbar and Erin Quinn

Public relations pro, food industry behind website, ads blasting Humane Society.

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"… t the nation’s best-known animal rights group, the Humane Society of the United States. Featuring a baleful-looking caged dog, the ads accuse the Humane Society …"

"… his  story has been updated to clarify that the Humane Society of the United States was not a plaintiff in the lawsuit against Feld Entertainment and to note& …"

Russian gas company hires D.C. lobbyists

By Alexander Cohen

D.C. firm will fight U.S. sanctions

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… ate of Russian president Vladimir Putin, was targeted for sanctions by the United States. OAO Novatek, the Moscow-based gas company, in July hired QorvisMSL LLC, …"

Dire predictions of endless waits for a doctor have proven unfounded

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare has not resulted in long waits for a doctor.

Ten major findings from our investigations so far this year

By Jared Bennett and Sarah Whitmire

Investigations from the first half of 2014

Briefing the president but keeping the public in the dark

By James Arkin

Washington kept grim early estimates of the death and destruction from a nuclear war with Russia secret for more than half a century.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… sp; This was the official, predicted outcome of a nuclear war between the United States and Soviet Union in the late 1950s, at a time when the U.S. military alrea …"

"… said.  A majority of the group's reports expressed optimism that the United States would essentially "win" a nuclear war with the Soviets because fewer U.S. …"

"… de, suggesting that “the balance of strength would be on the side of the United States” after the nuclear war, and that “the survival of the United States as …"

"… he United States” after the nuclear war, and that “the survival of the United States as a nation appears highly probable.” “The idea is who dies a little …"

Pat Roberts' merry band of boosters

By Dave Levinthal

Outside groups are using the power of positivity to help save career of Kansas' longtime U.S. senator.

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.

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"… ally for writing an article in support of a policy of the president of the United States,” said Matthew Bunn, a former White House official under President …"

"… s nothing in this article that could in any way damage the security of the United States.” Calling nuclear deterrence an outmoded myth Although Doyle has left L …"

"… dget of about $185 million, Doyle has studied ways to verify reductions in United States and Russian nuclear weapons stockpiles beyond the current levels. He also …"

"… , Argentina attacked Britain, and Al Qaeda attacked Pakistan, Britain, the United States, and Israel. “Eliminating nuclear weapons is profoundly in the [U.S.] n …"

U.S. loses track of weapons shipped to Afghanistan

By James Arkin

Three separate systems are used to track the arms sent to Afghanistan, but they are riddled with errors and not linked up.

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"… hotguns. One is a Defense Department listing of all those shipped from the United States. The second is a Defense Department listing of all those received in Afgha …"

Obama curbs nuclear security goals as bomb-building budget grows

By Douglas Birch

The White House rejected a confidential proposal to accelerate work on nuclear security problems despite a missed 2013 deadline.

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"… for just 105 buildings where dirty bomb materials are stored — 53 in the United States and 52 abroad — by September 2015, the end of the fiscal year, according …"

"… He also said they may wind up being “funded by countries other than the United States or through international organizations,” such as the International Atomi …"

"… on will spend at least $179 billion from 2010 through 2018 to maintain the United States’ nuclear stockpile. Because of plans to replace the “triad” of land …"

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Political foes prefer to score points rather than work together on solutions.

Center honored for making government more transparent

Society of Professional journalists honors Center for making government more transparent.

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.

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"… and poor spending controls. No one has calculated precisely how much the United States wasted or misspent in Afghanistan, but a special congressionally-chartered …"

Black lung claims by 1,100 coal miners may have been wrongly denied

By Chris Hamby

Black lung opinions by Dr. Paul Wheeler of Johns Hopkins should be assumed to lack credibility, senators are told at a hearing.

Federal complaint challenges Texas town's new ban on housing any border kids

By Susan Ferriss

Civil rights groups are challenging ordinances that prohibit cooperation with federal officials if they ask to shelter kids in towns.

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"… Islamist terror groups continue to exploit the situation to infiltrate the United States” — an allegation that has also not been proved or linked to the influx …"

Lawmakers issue dueling Dodd-Frank reports

By Jared Bennett

Republicans say the financial reform law creates a bailout fund. Democrats says the 4-year-old law makes banks safer.

Families sick from fracking turn to scientists

By Lisa Song

A Pennsylvania nonprofit provides free health consultations to people who live near gas drilling sites and complain of health effects.

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"… his gap by forming a nonprofit — apparently the first of its kind in the United States — that provides free health consultations to local families near drillin …"

"… ntional natural gas drilling goes, we are the public health service of the United States right now," said Michael Kelly, the media liaison for the EHP. David Brow …"

Is this U.S. coal giant funding violent union intimidation in Colombia?

By Rosalind Adams

Lawsuits allege Alabama-based Drummond Co., which mines coal in Colombia, has financial ties to groups that have threatened union leaders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… completely escaped the attention of the international community. When the United States signed a Free Trade Agreement with the country in 2006, Congress hesitated …"

"… em. Some union workers see court cases like the ones Drummond faces in the United States as an important step toward creating greater corporate accountability. Wi …"