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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… 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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… 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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… 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.

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"… 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 …"

Energy influence in North Dakota is expanding — so what?

By Nicholas Kusnetz and Jared Bennett

A Q & A with reporter Nicholas Kusnetz about the oil and gas industries growing influence in North Dakota.

Trains, amputations and the roots of why kids are on the run

By Susan Ferriss

Reports have long warned of chaos in Central America many minors say they want to escape.

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"… a vain attempt to leave Honduras, cross through Mexico and get into the United States. I met Evilio 10 years ago, while I was a reporter based in Latin America …"

"… bsp;mass killings of Guatamala's Maya native people in the 1980s. The United States invested billions in military spending during that time to support select …"

"… hildren who had attorneys — 47 percent — were allowed to remain in the United States. When children did not have legal representation, courts allowed only one …"

"… ds of Central American adults hold temporary “protective” visas in the United States due to natural disasters, but cannot legally bring their children into the …"

Hobbled IRS can't stem 'dark money' flow

By Julie Patel

Budget and staffing cuts, endless congressional investigations keep IRS from investigating activities of political nonprofits.

Bush bundlers boost pro-Gillespie super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Co-chairman of U.S. Senate candidate's finance committee also helps bankroll supportive super PAC.

Class-action suit: Wrong to put kids into immigration court with no lawyers to help

By Susan Ferriss

Kids whose dad was killed by gangsters are among the plaintiffs in a suit arguing that children should have lawyers in immigration court.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… filed in Seattle are eight children aged 10 to 17 who have resided in the United States for various lengths of time and are scheduled to appear in court, unrepres …"

"… Josh Earnest said not all children are going to qualify for refuge in the United States. Bob Ekblad, a Seattle area pastor, is a friend of the family of three ch …"

Even low doses of arsenic trigger cancer in mice, study finds

By David Heath

Study by the National Institutes of Health found levels of arsenic similar to what some people consume caused cancer in mice.

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"… he lowest dose is similar to amounts some people with private wells in the United States drink. The Center for Public Integrity recently exposed how lob …"

"… senic to which people are exposed. The current drinking-water limit in the United States is 10 parts per billion. “Although this is only one study, it adds to a …"

Manhattan just another island haven for dirty money

By Michael Hudson

Luxury Manhattan real estate has become a magnet for shady characters looking to funnel their wealth into the US.

Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare and legal specialists in rush to deport?

By Susan Ferriss

Child advocates are worried possible legal changes could cut off migrant kids' access to social workers, asylum lawyers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… after the ring was broken up. She said the men smuggled the girls into the United States with promises of jobs and then forced them into acts of prostitution. &nbs …"

"… , Mexican and non-Mexican unaccompanied minors detained while entering the United States are treated differently in some ways under the Homeland Security Act of 20 …"

How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic, endangering public health

By David Heath

A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA.

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"… ion pounds of MSMA and another similar compound were sold each year in the United States. The weed killer retails for about $5 a pound. The companies joined forces …"

What to do if your drinking water contains arsenic

By David Heath

Millions of Americans unwittingly consume arsenic, a potent carcinogen also linked to IQ deficits in children, in their drinking water.

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"… eet the EPA standard. Arsenic is especially common throughout the western United States. Some states have hot spots, such as Michigan’s “thumb” region, nort …"

The beautification of Thad Cochran

By Dave Levinthal

Senator's supporters suddenly turn cheery in final bid to save Mississippi mainstay's job.

Praise for UK-style health system vindicates spurned nominee

By Wendell Potter

Former Medicare chief's support for UK's health care system may win votes in race for governor of Massachusetts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… iled every other country studied. “Over the past decade, leaders in the United States have begun to recognize that the nation’s health care system is far more …"

"… monstrably better results,” the researchers wrote. “The claim that the United States has ‘the best health care system in the world’ is clearly not true.” …"

25 years, countless investigations and 935 lies

By Charles Lewis

Founder Chuck Lewis tells how the Center for Public Integrity came to be in this excerpt from his new book.

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"… Cheney was nominated to be the party’s nominee for vice president of the United States, the story showed that Halliburton had doubled its lobbying, campaign cont …"

"… or Public Integrity was one of the largest libel cases brought in the United States in a quarter century. It ultimately entailed five years of discovery, twen …"

"… argest nonprofit investigative reporting organization in the world. In the United States, its work has been recognized in almost every conceivable way: the Pulitze …"

Finding the truth in 935 lies about war with Iraq

By Bill Buzenberg

New book from Center's founder discusses the orchestrated deception that led to war in Iraq, and what it means for the future of truth.

IRS says liberal group too political for 'social welfare' status

By Michael Beckel

Tax agency rejects pro-Blanche Lincoln group's application for tax-exempt status, calling it too focused on influencing elections.

Leadership at Chemical Safety Board questioned amid investigation backlog

By Rosalind Adams

Evidence of ongoing management failures and a toxic work environment at the Chemical Safety Board was presented at a hearing Thursday.

Credit rating industry dodges reforms, despite role in financial meltdown

By Alison Fitzgerald

Despite playing a central role in the economic collapse, firms that gave inflated ratings to toxic bonds remain untouched by reforms.

IRS chief promises stricter rules for 'dark money' nonprofit groups

By Julie Patel

Agency chief says he'll tackle exactly how political 'social welfare' groups can get.

How lobbyists helped build John Cornyn’s election war chest

By Michael Beckel

Lobbyists’ role in Senate GOP whip's campaign helped him avoid, in his own words, a “fair fight.”

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… ine industry to the economy and jobs both in his home state and across the United States,” she said. Mike Graham, a lobbyist for the American Dental Association, …"

Federal auditors say Obama administration underestimates nuclear weapons costs

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Analysts again say the Defense and Energy Departments have wrongly omitted billions of dollars from their forecasts.

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