Chemical industry among big spenders on lobbying this quarter

By Dave Levinthal

New numbers indicate it's still good to be a lobbyist in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… retained its regular perch as the biggest-spending lobbying entity in the United States, posting a $25.2 million figure for the year’s first quarter. That comes …"

Counting how Primary Source is Webby worthy

Count the ways why the Center for Public Integrity's political blog should be named best in class.

Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

By Julie Patel

Super PAC founders enjoy fine dining, big salaries and a steady business for their consulting firms.

Center wins first Pulitzer Prize

Winning investigation exposed the systematic denial of benefits to sufferers of black lung disease by lawyers and doctors.

For problem gamblers, a powerful online rush 'like any drug addict feels'

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Critics fear Internet betting will lead to more problem gamblers.

American-style health care system pushed in Canada

By Wendell Potter

Canada's conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to remake nation's health care system.

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 "United States":

"… individuals located both within and beyond the territorial borders of the United States.” In 2009, when Brennan first met with Lesniak, his organization collect …"

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 "United States":

"… weeks after Japan pledged to return hundreds of pounds of plutonium to the United States for disposal, the Japanese government on April 11 formally endor …"

Why aren't more people alarmed by the falling numbers of reporters?

By Bill Buzenberg

Skoll World Forum highlights the growing risks to journalists and investigative reporting worldwide.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… geria but has to be smuggled in and out of the country.  Even in the United States, where journalists are normally not targeted for their work, there is a ch …"

Herbicide ban on hold in Sri Lanka, as source of deadly kidney disease remains elusive

By Sasha Chavkin

After Sri Lanka's announced ban on a Monsanto herbicide, opponents challenged the action and convinced the president to put the ban on hold.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central America":

"… ned a rare form of kidney disease devastating agricultural workers in Central America, Sri Lanka and India. Scientists suspect the malady is caused by a combina …"

Residents of polluted U.S. communities fear planned cuts in EPA enforcement

By Ronnie Greene and Chris Hamby

The EPA's "Next Generation Compliance" plan would lead to fewer inspections of, and enforcement actions against, polluters.

States target toxic chemicals as Washington fails to act

By Ronnie Greene

In state capitols from Maine to Oregon, environmental advocates are filing bills to identify and ban noxious chemicals.

New report ranks best, worst states for kids of all ethnicities

By Susan Ferriss

Ethnic minority children will be majority of U.S. kids in four years, but face barriers to success in some places.

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

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 "United States":

"… it will ship hundreds of pounds of nuclear explosive materials back to the United States, after using it for decades to conduct research on nuclear reactor fuels. …"

"… sotopes, that aren’t explosives but could be used to sicken or kill, the United States also pledged with 22 other nations attending the summit to try to secure a …"

"… here. According to the White House, once the Tokai uranium arrives in the United States, it will be diluted or “down-blended” into low-enriched uranium for us …"

"… other civilian purposes. The plutonium meanwhile will be stored pending a United States decision on how to get rid of its excess plutonium. The statement also sa …"

The health care industry's campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: health insurers use a host of tactics to erode support for Obamacare.

Wireless companies fight for their futures

By Allan Holmes

A rare auction of wireless spectrum may determine who controls your cell phone.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… ch their desktop computers for mobile devices. The share of people in the United States who own a smartphone — a mobile computer that can both make calls and ac …"

"… have used their low-band spectrum to build networks that cover much of the United States, allowing them to attract more customers. Verizon has about 119 million su …"

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.

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"… al advisor to Vice President Joe Biden for nuclear security, said that the United States has been trying for years to persuade countries with large stocks to agree …"

"… y and civilian sites in 25 countries. The majority of this total is in the United States and Russia, but large stocks also exist in the United Kingdom, France, Ind …"

"… y one of them is Japan, which will announce its intention to return to the United States 330 kilograms (730 pounds) of U.S.- and United Kingdom-origin high-quality …"

"… m in the National Security Council, said in an interview with CPI that the United States “makes no assumptions” about the relative security of military stores. …"

Tribal payday lender can't sidestep consumer laws, court rules

By David Heath

A ruling by a federal judge represents a huge blow to a business run by Scott Tucker, who has used his earnings to finance a racing team.

Tough new fracking rules in Colorado drawing keen attention in Texas, where boom rages on

By Zahra Hirji, Lisa Song and Jim Morris

Air pollution rules adopted last month in Colorado may have an impact on oil and gas drilling in Texas.

United Nations report: 'Children on the Run' from violent homelands

By Susan Ferriss

Numbers of Central American and Mexico minors who say they're fleeing violence are surging.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… to escape from drug gangs or sex trafficking rings bringing girls into the United States. A Mexican minor was eventually allowed to seek refuge, his pro-bono lawye …"

"… uncle told me it wasn’t safe for me to stay there and I should go to the United States.” Seventeen-year-old Kevin, from Honduras, often identified as the worl …"

Documents reveal GOP group's secret donors

By Michael Beckel and Erin Quinn

Alabama Power, Pfizer among companies that helped fund the Alabama House Republican Conference in 2012.

Plutonium fever blossoms in Japan

Cronyism, influence-buying and a stifling of dissenting voices have kept the Japanese nuclear industry going strong after Fukushima.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… fficult to operate, and hard to secure, provoking France, Britain, and the United States to cut back or close their breeder programs several decades ago. As a you …"

"… uced. They’ve also pressed Japan to give up, through repatriation to the United States, some of its existing plutonium stocks before production gets under way. B …"

"… d only fracture U.S. relations with the country. “They don’t need the United States to tell them that Rokkasho is a giant waste of money and that there’s no …"

"… administration would have to make a decision,” he said. Either the United States will have to stick “with existing policy, which is not to object,” or …"

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 "United States":

"… to provide the building blocks for a huge nuclear arsenal. Publicly, the United States has said little about Japan’s plans to enlarge its already substantial h …"

"… two countries’ security cultures. Japan has been far less ready than the United States to imagine and prepare for nuclear-related disasters; its federal agencies …"

"… eactors. (Breeder reactors — a technology considered and rejected in the United States more than 30 years ago — are so named because they can produce more plut …"

"… kind preferred by weapons designers, that Japan has agreed to send to the United States. It was sent there by the United States and Britain in the 1960s and 1970s …"

Japan agrees to return some plutonium

By Douglas Birch

After years of resistance, Japan agrees to return a portion of plutonium to the U.S.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… — has finally agreed to return its stock of plutonium at the FCA to the United States, in the form of 5,451 square metal wafers, according to officials in both …"

"… o formal, detailed background checks like those for nuclear workers in the United States. Some nonproliferation experts say the withdrawal of the explosives from …"

"… rs. Both the plutonium and the weapons grade uranium were provided by the United States and Britain to Japan’s civil nuclear program starting in the 1960s. And …"

"… ia where most of its bomb fuels are stored. With the encouragement of the United States, Japan since 1978 has shut down a few research reactors that used such ris …"

A world awash in a nuclear explosive?

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by a nuclear explosive, Thomas Cochran and other experts say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… next dozen years, an amount greater than all the stocks that remain in the United States as a legacy of the Cold War’s nuclear arms race. Rokkasho would be the f …"

"… onium program — using nuclear fuel and technology provided partly by the United States — has mostly been greeted by public silence among government officials i …"

"… on Policy Education Center in Washington, says that if Rokkasho opens, the United States will find it particularly hard to tell South Korea that it cannot make plu …"

"… g with spent fuel. But there’s more to it than that. Japan — like the United States before 1976, England from 1959 to 1994, and France from 1967 to 2009 — h …"

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 "United States":

"… to babbling as he tries to justify his claim that Obamacare is leading the United States to third world status, you must watch Daily Show “correspondent” Aasif …"

"… Brock told Mandvi that 90 percent of RAM’s work is actually now in the United States. You can say, and even believe, that the U.S. has the best health care sy …"

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

By Rachel Baye

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

Lawyer selected for Czech ambassadorship also major Obama fundraiser

By Michael Beckel

Attorney Andrew Schapiro has become the latest of the president's campaign bundlers tapped for a top diplomatic post.