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Obama lands at Stanford, visits Facebook to discuss budget

President Barack Obama traveled to California on Wednesday to discuss his deficit-reduction plan at Facebook’s Palo Alto headquarters and attend three Democratic fundraisers in San Francisco. The visit marked the middle of a three-day trip to Virginia, California and Nevada for the administration to sell its budget framework and for the president to raise money for his party and re-election campaign.

Stanford’s Hecker provides window into North Korea’s nuclear activity

For six years, management science and engineering professor Siegfried Hecker has offered Stanford, Washington and the U.S. scientific community a window into the secretive world of North Korea’s nuclear program. The 67-year-old former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory travels as a nonofficial diplomat, returning each time with insights, photographs and discussion points for U.S.-North Korea relations.

‘Gang of Four’ advises spreading awareness for nuclear nonproliferation efforts

Four former statesmen — Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn, George Shultz and William Perry ’49 M.S. ’50 — addressed an audience of Stanford students on Friday on the prospects and challenges of global nuclear nonproliferation. The gathering marked the fourth conference held at Stanford by the four men, who have come to be known in their advocacy as the “Gang of Four.”