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September 26, 2014

By Winslow Wheeler

A Ray of Light from Senator Durbin’s Defense Subcommittee: Will It Brighten or Fade?



Ray of Sun When members of Congress show even faint signs of departing from their habitual abuse of the public purse, it merits attention.

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Topics: National Security

September 22, 2014

By Ethan Rosenkranz

Energy Labs Feel the Heat as Their Effectiveness Is Examined



National Labs A commission established to review the effectiveness of the United States' national lab system has met for the second time, a day before a group of Senators announced the creation of a National Labs Caucus to push back against potential consolidation.

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Topics: National Security

August 25, 2014

By Peter Stockton

No More Excuses for Failing to Downblend



Highly Enriched Uranium If the government sped up dismantlement and highly enriched uranium downblending efforts, the United States and the world would be a safer place—and the government might make a few (million) dollars, too.

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Topics: National Security

August 21, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Charles Lewis’ New Book Looks at the Lies Your President Told You and Other Mistruths



Chuck Lewis Charles Lewis’ new book, 935 Lies—The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity, expands upon a Center for Public Integrity project that tracked the number of false statements that the President George W. Bush administration told in the two-year build up to the war in Iraq.

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Topics: National Security

August 15, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

DOE Labs Commission Holds First Meeting



Los Alamos Lab A commission created by Congress last year to review the effectiveness of the nation’s 17 energy laboratories held its first meeting in mid-July.

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Topics: National Security

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