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How Chinese offshore data became interactive

By Chris Zubak-Skees

Behind a simple display was months of concerted work by journalists in at least ten countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… n task. Partners and project managers exchanged rounds of feedback between Washington, Santiago, Madrid and Hong Kong. One concern was that the illustrations mi …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fundraising":

"… f several of the super PACs say their committees’ spending is justified: Fundraising or advocacy work is often done by people whose salaries and consulting fee …"

"… cials did not return calls and emails. A couple of fundraisers, Strategic Fundraising and AB Data, hired by conservative and liberal groups, respectively, were …"

"… s. They were paid more than $4 million combined. A spokesman for Strategic Fundraising said the group specializes in raising money from small donors. As to the …"

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 "Entertainment":

"… sp;ban Internet gambling outright, while industry giants like Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts have taken the opposite tack, banding together in an effor …"

"… a small, Washington D.C.-based industry group called the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association, met with state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, a New Jersey …"

"… s, including overseas operators such as Gibraltar-based Digital Entertainment, to run the websites. The casinos, which were in favor of an Internet gam …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… that you can’t really get if you’re sitting in an office in Dallas or Washington or Denver or some other EPA office, and somebody writes that down on a pie …"

What's the point, WellPoint?

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: insurer's talk of rate increases may boomerang.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… s policyholders, Poizner wrote in a letter to then-CEO Angela Braly. In Washington, Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, the chairman of the House Energy & Comm …"

More than a dozen states could throw out donation caps after McCutcheon ruling

By Michael Beckel

A Supreme Court ruling elminating aggregate limits on campaign contributions invalidates similar rules in states.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… Officials in Connecticut, Maine, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., also said they were reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision. But …"

"… n $100,000 to non-candidate committees during a four-year election cycle. Washington limits how much money an individual can give party committees and politica …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… to ban chemicals it deems harmful to consumers. Some 3,000 miles away, in Washington State, environmental reformers weren’t as successful: A bill to ban six …"

"… ate houses is direct fallout from the muddled environmental politicking of Washington, D.C. In 1976, Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act, a federa …"

"… eking to remove them from shelves. While the political smoke continues in Washington, the chemical reform fire is playing out in statehouses from Montpelier to …"

"… “It’s getting pretty old.” Bills filed, and fought, from Vermont to Washington State Last week in Vermont, the Senate approved Senate Bill 239, whi …"

T-Mobile, Sprint score one in wireless war

By Allan Holmes

Revenue from early auctions boosts T-Mobile's and Sprint's campaign for limits on big wireless companies' airwaves access.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… ons,” Verveer was quoted as saying at a telecommunications conference in Washington. “We're going to be very close or perhaps even have met them by the time …"

"… s. The top four wireless carriers are waging a high-stakes lobbying war in Washington, each trying to convince the FCC to write auction rules favorable to their …"

"… senior policy director for telecommunications at Medley Global Advisors in Washington, D.C. But the two big carriers’ argument won’t be completely undermin …"

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 "Washington":

"… r fuels. Japan’s expected, public pledge came in a joint statement with Washington that was timed to coincide with the first day of a U.S.-led, international …"

"… ostly to reduce the risk of its theft by terrorists, and a global drive by Washington to convince other nations to do the same. As part of its effort to preven …"

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 "Washington":

"… USA Inc. were out in force, as were some of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington, D.C.  Along with those household names was the little-known but &nbs …"

"… sp;quietly influential Jonathan Spalter. The chairman of Mobile Future, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group, sat at the witness table along with the big w …"

"… rk of political ties of AT&T and Verizon, according to those who track Washington lobbying efforts. At stake is no less than who may ultimately control the …"

"… a senior vice president at Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group in Washington that wants to limit how much spectrum each carrier can purchase in the upc …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… is concise and modest. But its uncertain fate symbolizes the uphill battle Washington faces in moving the biennial summits beyond what critics depict as stopgap …"

"… those programs. The communiques from the two previous nuclear summits in Washington in 2010 and Seoul in 2012 mentioned plutonium only once, calling on all co …"

"… eduction of about one third, according to the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a Washington-based nonprofit group that promotes tighter security measures for fissile …"

"… Japan. But some nonproliferation experts have expressed frustration that Washington has secured only vague security commitments from some countries. Administ …"

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 "Washington":

"… rth-rate nation.” That impulse was nurtured, carefully and secretly, by Washington. A 1954 cable to the director of the CIA — declassified only e …"

"… ployment practices similar to those involving bureaucrats and companies in Washington, D.C. A METI report in 2011, prepared at the insistence of nuclear oppone …"

"… ds of pounds of weapons-grade uranium, and the technology to produce more. Washington’s worry is that such an arsenal would set off a regional arms race, comp …"

"… former senior U.S. and Japanese officials said. Authorities say one reason Washington has not offered that advice is that killing it — and all the future nucl …"

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 "Washington":

"… out Japan’s plans to enlarge its already substantial hoard of plutonium. Washington formally granted Japan the unlimited right to use U.S. technology and nucl …"

"… sives. It all sounds calm and cordial. But since Obama was first elected, Washington has been lobbying furiously behind the scenes, trying to persuade Japan th …"

"… d checks for the 2,400 workers employed here. It’s been a hard sell for Washington, according to experts and officials in both countries familiar with the di …"

"… heightened security at Rokkasho and other nuclear sites, but officials in Washington say they remain worried that the improvements are too slow and incremental …"

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 "Washington":

"… ndition he not be identified, said a key issue in recent negotiations with Washington over the materials’ return was whether alternate fuels might be used for …"

"… st reported by the late Paul Leventhal of the Nuclear Control Institute of Washington. As a result, the International Atomic Energy Agency asked Tokai’s oper …"

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 "Washington":

"… re — and some frightening implications, if Thomas Cochran is correct. A Washington-based physicist and nuclear contrarian, Cochran helped kill a vast plutoni …"

"… south of Chennai on the Indian Ocean, but the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a Washington-based nonprofit group, says it “will likely surpass” Tarapur …"

"… ment official who now runs the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center in Washington, says that if Rokkasho opens, the United States will find it particularly …"

"… plutonium-based fuels — a goal that Seoul is strenuously lobbying for in Washington, as part of a bilateral nuclear trade agreement. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Alge …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… . There wasn’t enough time left.” StudentsFirst — created by former Washington, D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee — is leading a new wave of “educatio …"

"… policy. Battling the unions Rhee, the controversial former chancellor of Washington’s public school system, established StudentsFirst not long after resigni …"

"… national interest group to seriously challenge the unions. Since leaving Washington, Rhee has backed legislation curbing collective bargaining rights in sever …"

"… ve leading roles in deciding these issues. Federal government gridlock in Washington also means political action committees and political nonprofits are increa …"

Nuclear Waste: Energy Department proposes to kill multi-billion dollar nuclear fuel plant

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

The costliest U.S. nonproliferation program has been undone by huge cost overruns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… n March 4, making clear that the costliest nonproliferation project run by Washington will shortly be shuttered. After a year of study meant to examine the via …"

Nonprofits spend money on campaigns despite benefactors' warnings

By Julie Patel

Despite warning, four nonprofits spent money on 2012 elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… dam Rappaport, senior counsel of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, argues that “dark money” groups should go further by reporting the tr …"

"… American Future Fund’s president, did not return phone calls or emails. Washington, D.C.-based American Commitment received a combined $11 million in restric …"

"… urces, said Stephanie Grisham, Horne’s press secretary. A spokesman for Washington, D.C., Attorney General Irvin Nathan declined to comment. The IRS also dec …"

Nonprofits' failure to report political activity to IRS raises questions

By Julie Patel

Nonprofits are required to report poltical activity to the IRS — Center finds three that did not and one that underreported.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… m Rappaport, senior counsel with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “The other question is, how is IRS supposed to enforce law [and determi …"

Credit union overseer cozies up to industry execs

By Daniel Wagner

Credit union regulator Rick Metsger cozies up to industry execs at D.C. conference.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… . The Credit Union National Association is the industry’s main voice in Washington, loudly opposing policies that some regulators believe would reduce the ri …"

"… nion National Association’s  “Government Affairs Conference” in Washington, D.C., draws more than 4,000 attendees and speakers including key lawmaker …"

New Fed study says health reform can reduce financial stress

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Massachusetts law eases financial stress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… ut-of-pocket requirements. While the reforms enacted in Massachusetts and Washington are helping, other researchers, including Dr. Stephanie Woolhandler, profe …"

Long-awaited EPA pesticide protections a 'mixed bag' for farmworkers

By Ronnie Greene

After more than two decades, the EPA revised rules to protect farmworkers from pesticides, but advocates say they don't go far enough.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… icators who handle toxic pesticides, following the leads of California and Washington. That is not happening, either. “Those programs have been around for ma …"

Comcast, Time Warner rivals may see opportunity in mega-merger

By Allan Holmes

The Comcast-Time Warner merger may be embraced by industry rivals who see an opportunity for their own deals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… net neutrality, they may not oppose this.”   …"

"… a senior vice president at Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group in Washington. AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., the biggest wireless comp …"

"… senior policy director for telecommunications at Medley Global Advisors in Washington, D.C. The FCC voted last month to proceed with pilot tests of the so-call …"

"… here ever was one. Comcast spent the eighth-largest amount on lobbying in Washington in 2013, doling out $18.8 million, according to the Center for Responsive …"

Netflix stacking deck on Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

'House of Cards' distributor is accelerating its own political efforts in Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… distributor is nonetheless building itself into a political force in Washington, D.C., where just about every denizen seemed to binge-watch  …"

Massachusetts tackles next phase of health care reform: controlling costs

By Wendell Potter

Massachusetts leading the way in effort to control costs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… the state really can get a handle on health care costs. …"

Corporate subsidy deals don’t always deliver

By Julie Patel

Popular business incentive programs can help politicians win favor with voters and companies.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… panies that bankroll campaigns and with voters for promises of jobs. Take Washington, which successfully clinched a deal to have Boeing build its planned 777X …"

"… nd two of the top three state subsidies over time have gone to Boeing from Washington. Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat who pushed for the recent tax deal, received …"

"… nd their employees, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Washington State Public Disclosure Commission’s online campaign finance records. T …"

"… yments in 2012, according to an economic impact study commissioned by Washington Aerospace Partnership, a coalition of business and labor groups and electe …"

Delay of long-awaited refinery accident report signals divisions at Chemical Safety Board

By Chris Hamby

A last-minute change to a public meeting on a 2010 explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Washington State has board members "embarrassed."

Pay no attention to those insurance lobbyists behind the Medicare curtain!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: 'grass-roots' campaign actually comes from health insurers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… his fall.   …"

"… care Choices started appearing last week on buses and subway trains and on Washington TV stations warning that seniors will face higher costs, fewer benefits an …"

"… ate insurers for years. Brian Biles, professor of health policy at George Washington University, explained in testimony before the Senate Committee on Aging la …"

"… ine, “Seniors are Watching,” is this warning: “In 2010, Seniors saw Washington cut Medicare Advantage funding by $200 billion, causing rate cuts that alr …"

Justice Department says federal contractor routinely faked security clearance reviews

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Mattie Quinn

A court filing alleges that a Virginia firm failed to vet files properly for hundreds of thousands of federal clearance-holders

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… n and the other was Aaron Alexis, whose shooting spree at the Navy Yard in Washington last September killed 12 others. …"

T-Mobile’s lobbying spending may be paying off

By Allan Holmes

The No. 4 wireless carrier sees its lobbying investments paying off in D.C.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… le, the nation’s No. 4 wireless carrier, is keeping up the investment in Washington lobbying that’s helped the upstart compete against its far bigger rivals …"

"… of the size of its giant rivals AT&T and Verizon, began bulking up on Washington muscle after AT&T announced it planned to buy its smaller rival in 201 …"

"… ed to compete with the giants and attract new customers. It needed help in Washington to gain Federal Communications Commission approval to purchase other wirel …"

"… senior policy director for telecommunications at Medley Global Advisors in Washington, D.C. Silva said the investment has paid off. The FCC and the Justice Dep …"