U.S. gives Palestinians $300 million in contracts

by Steve Peacock -- The U.S. government recently awarded a batch of contracts worth up to $300 million to Palestinian construction companies, including a firm targeted in a Palestinian Authority corruption probe. more…

Obama bans U.S. companies from competition

by Steve Peacock -- The Obama administration intends to keep contractors on stand-by to help officials evaluate conditions on the Mexican side of the U.S. border, but U.S. companies are not allowed more…

Ex-Obama employer gets Kenyan contract

by Steve Peacock -- A no-bid contract to assess a $48 million Kenyan youth program has been awarded to the University of Chicago, where President Barack Obama taught constitutional law for 12 more…

Have U.S. 'investments' in Mideast paid off?

by Steve Peacock -- Contradictory claims of total dollar figures for U.S. foreign aid circulate around the Internet, containing oft-repeated figures that may or may not reflect reality. In response to those more…

Corruption a hurdle for Obama
'power Africa' plan

by Steve Peacock -- President Obama's multi-billion-dollar "Power Africa" initiative aims to double citizen access to electricity and other power sources across Sub-Saharan Africa. But it plays down the creation of a more…

U.S. picks up tab to expand China's economy

by Steve Peacock -- The Chinese business sector must be in trouble. Why else would President Obama be sending taxpayer dollars there to modernize China's energy grid, hire private-sector consultants to help more…

Obama deploying drones around U.S.

by Steve Peacock -- The deployment of federal drones in and around U.S. shores represents one of the Obama administration's next steps in the nation's expanded use of unmanned aircraft systems for more…

Obama hiring contractor for African bombs

by Steve Peacock -- The Obama administration continues to ramp up its military-response capabilities in Africa, where it is now looking for contractor support to transport U.S. Africa Command troops, weaponry and more…