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Health Care Reform, Abortion and the Truth
If you were thinking that either side of the abortion debate had forgotten about the health care reform bill, forget it. Anti-abortion (pro-life) groups are
Bongs for Boomers
So many Americans born between 1946 and 1964 baby boomers continue to use illicit drugs that they are causing the rate of illicit drug use to go up within
No 'Death Panels' in Health Care Reform Bill
Certainly the scariest rumor surrounding the health care reform bill holds that the bill would establish mandatory government death panels assigned to
How Learning can Continue if Flu Closes US Schools
The U.S. Department of Education has prepared a set of recommendations for schools and families detailing how the educational process can continue should
Postal Service Hopes to Buyout 30,000 Employees
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has announced it will try to cut 30,000 of its 650,000 employees by offering them financial incentives to retire or resign before
Cash for Clunkers Generated 700,000 Car Sales
By the time it ended, the Cash for Clunkers program resulted in the replacement of nearly 700,000 clunkers with more fuel-efficient vehicles. The program
FDA Launches Tobacco Control Center
Ready to wield its new power under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched the Center for
What? Births Decreased in Katrina Devastated Areas?
In a report you paid for, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) finds that births in the Gulf Coast areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina plunged during the
Cash for Appliances Rebate Program Coming
The Cash for Clunkers program left U.S. consumers wondering which Cash for What Else program is coming next. The answer is cash for home appliances, as the
Most Telemarketing Robocalls Outlawed
Starting tomorrow, September 1, 2009, it will be illegal for telemarketers to place most automated robocalls to consumers without written permission. The new
Yucca Mountain Still in Nuclear Waste Storage Mix?
Shortly after taking office, President Obama pulled the financial plug on further development of the Yucca Mountain, Nevada nuclear waste storage facility,
Obama Cuts Raises for Federal Employees
President Obama has officially reduced the fiscal year 2010 pay increases scheduled for most federal government employees from as much as 18.9 percent to no
Flight 93 National Memorial Moves Ahead
Construction of a national memorial to the innocent victims of United Airlines Flight 93, hijacked as part of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, has
200 Local Post Offices Saved From Closure
As predicted here on August 6, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has already decided to remove more than 200 post offices from the list of 677 facilities included
US Mint Looking for Artists
The United States Mint is now accepting applications from artists throughout the U.S. to become part of its Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) team designing
Solis Addresses Unemployment in Labor Day Message
As Labor Day 2009 dawns on a record 14.9 million out-of-work Americans trying to celebrate a day off from jobs they no longer have, Labor Secretary Hilda
Out of Work, but Not Unemployed?
If youre out of work, youre unemployed, right? You should be counted among the 14.9 million Americans reported to be unemployed in August by the Department of
White House to Release Visitors List... Mostly
President Obama has issued a policy that will, for the first time ever, make the White House visitor logs available for public viewing on the White House
Government Ready to Hire Over 270,000 Workers
The U.S. federal government will need to hire more than 270,000 employees for mission-critical jobs by the end of September 2012, according to a newly
Keep Your Insurance and Doctor? Maybe Not
In his speech to Congress promoting his health care reform plan, President Obama stated, Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the
NOAA Ready to Compute Better Weather Forecasts
After nine years and what by todays government spending standards seems a bargain $180 million, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has
Obama Speech Shows Presidents Legislative Powers
When President Obama pitched passage of a health care reform bill in his speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, he exercised what has over the
No Money, No Mars, No Moon, Spaceflight Panel Finds
Boldly going to Mars in the future or even back to the moon by 2020 will cost a lot more money than NASA has right now, according to the blue-ribbon panel
EPA Holds Up Mountaintop Coal Mining
In a drastic departure from Bush administration policy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has held up 79 permits for mountaintop removal coal mining
Shifting Sands, Building Beaches
Yes, the federal government can be very giving. Well, when it comes to its sand, anyway. The Department of Interior has announced it will give 1.3 million cubic
US Poverty Rate Highest Since 1997
The U.S. poverty rate reached its highest level since 1997 by the end of 2008, according to a new report from the Census Bureau. The 13.2 percent poverty rate
Colorectal Cancer Screening Grants for 26 States
Within the next 6 months, 26 states and tribal organizations will be able to provide colorectal cancer screening services for uninsured and underinsured
US Crime Rates Down, but FBI Warns of Data Use
Violent crime in the U.S. decreased for the 2nd straight year and property crime decreased for the 6th consecutive year, according to the FBIs 2008 edition of
Group Petitions to Ban Swims with Manatees
The popular swim-with programs allowing Florida tourists to swim in direct contact with manatees would be banned under a petition for federal rulemaking filed
Bextra Makers Fined Record $1.3 Billion
Pharmacia & Upjohn Co., a subsidiary of drug giant Pfizer Inc., has agreed to pay fines totaling $1.3 billion for felony violations for advertising its
Time Running Out on Recovery Act Tax Benefits
With time running out for taxpayers to take advantage of some of the juicier tax benefits offered through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,
Quick Study Guides to US Government
A handy adjunct to the more expansive Government 101 series, the new U.S. Government Quick Study Guides provide a quick one page each summary of the high
Vietnam Memorial Seeks Vets' Photos
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is looking for photographs of the more than 58,000 men and women whose names appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in
Who Makes the Laws May Break the Laws?
The U.S. government does not allow most corporations to use their own stock to finance health care plans for their employees. Then again, after being bailed out
Candy-flavored Cigarettes Snuffed Out
The federal ban on the sale of candy- and fruit-flavored cigarettes takes effect today as the first visible impact of the recently expanded government
Best and Worst of State Business Taxes
When it comes to paying taxes, South Dakota is the most business-friendly state in the nation, New Jersey is the least, according to a new report from the
Tainted Cocaine Draws Nationwide Health Alert
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has issued a nationwide public health alert warning of substantial levels of
Census Adds Health Insurance Status to Community Survey
The U.S. Census Bureau has released the latest data from its American Communities Survey (ACS), including -- for the first time ever data on the nationwide
Is Soda Pop the New Tobacco?
Back in May, the Senate Finance Committee considered the possibility of helping to pay for health care reform by imposing a federal tax on soda and other sugary
EPA Greenhouse Gas Disclosure Rule to Take Effect
You might have thought this was already happening, but starting on Jan. 1, 2010, the nations 10,000 largest producers of greenhouse gases (GHG) will be
Tweeting in the Trenches Concerns Pentagon
The Department of Defense has announced plans to develop a policy that will balance the pros and cons of the use of social networking web sites like Twitter,
What Census Takers Do
Some media sources are speculating that anti-government feelings might have been a factor in the death of a census taker found hanging from a tree in Kentucky
Hiring for Census Jobs About to Start
One of the US governments biggest job hiring frenzies is about to get underway as the Census Bureau prepares to accept some 3.1 million applications for
Securing the Homeland One Chickpea at a Time
Still doubt that security threats can come from anywhere? Consider the case of the shipment of chickpeas and dried flowers from India discovered by U.S. Customs
Census 2010: How it will Work, Why it's Important
Could your state use another representative in Congress? How about a new hospital, school or library in your neighborhood? Those are just a few of the things
Census Pins Hopes on Fewer Questions
Hoping to get more people than usual to actually fill out and mail back their Census 2010 questionnaires, the U.S. Census Bureau will try asking only 10
A Nanny State Success Story
When the government tries to stop us from using things it decides can hurt us, like guns, tobacco and soda pop, it is often accused of creating a Nanny State.
Lodi Votes to Keep On Praying
Despite a threatened law suit, the Lodi, California city council has voted unanimously to allow religious leaders to offer uncensored prayers for all
Teachers Cool to Longer School Day Plan
The National Education Association (NEA) - representative of the nation's teachers - didn't exactly get behind President Obama's proposal that American school
Fed Proposes More Credit Card Protection Rules
The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) has proposed additional rules designed to protect consumers who use credit cards from costly and potentially unfair lending
Student Veterans Can Apply for Emergency Aid Online
Student veterans who qualify for educational benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill may apply in person or online at www.va.gov for emergency payment of their
Mexican Scorpions and Ants Deported
In what must rank as one of their oddest ousting of illegal aliens, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agents in Brownsville, Texas prevented the entry
Census to Survey US Spending Habits
Remember money? Assuming they still have some after paying taxes, the U.S. Census Bureau is going to find out how Americans spend their money. Beginning
Texting Drives Us to Distraction: DOT Acts
After a two-day summit, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) came up with what DOT Sec. Ray LaHood called concrete actions to prevent distracted driving,
Congressional Record Goes Green
The Congressional Record - the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress - is now printed entirely on recycled paper, Speaker
Breast Cancer Awareness and Some Government Help
This October marks the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the National Cancer Institute reminds us that early detection remains a vital key
US Schools Cutting Back on the Sugar, Says CDC
The nation's high schools have reduced their sales of less nutritious sugary foods and drinks, like candy and soda, according to a new report from the Centers
An Anti-Cocaine Vaccine?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that an experimental anti-cocaine vaccine resulted in a reduction in cocaine use in 38 percent of vaccinated
And Health Care for All, Insured or Not
Health insurance or not, money to pay or not, participating facilities of the federal Consolidated Health Care Centers Program provide comprehensive primary and
Foreign Farmers Increasing, USDA Reports
Foreign farmers now own 1.6 percent or 20.9 million acres of the United States' total 1.3 billion acres of farmlands, according to a new report from the US
Women-owned Firms Mean $3 Trillion to US Economy
Women-owned businesses contribute almost $3 trillion to the US economy and create 23 million jobs, according to a new report just released by the federal Center
Small Loans for Small Businesses
Some small businesses need big loans, but many more just need small loans for things like materials, furniture and supplies. If your small business needs just a
The Good Neighbor Next Door
Police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and teachers - all good neighbors to have - may be able to buy homes at up to 50 percent off the
ATF Responds to NYC Gun Show Report
In a very brief press release, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has responded to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's investigation revealing the
NHTSA Warns of Fire Risk in 4.5 Million Ford Vehicles
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has warned consumers of faulty cruise control switches installed in some 4.5 million Ford vehicles
Saving Our Wild Horses
When the nation's herd of wild, free-roaming horses dwindled to fewer than 25,000 animals in 1971, Congress passed the Free-roaming Horse and Burro Act,
Obama Calls for $250 Checks to Seniors
President Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to approve the sending of $250 payments to the more than 50 million US seniors who will not see cost of living
Snakes In a State, BIG Snakes
The US Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed what Floridians have suspected for a long time; that two species of non-native giant and potentially dangerous
FDA Warns of Online H1N1 Drugs
You just knew this was coming. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning Americans to beware of buying drugs claiming to treat the H1N1 flu virus,
NOAA Nets Surprise Giant Squid in Gulf
Lots of different creatures swim in the Gulf of Mexico, but very few of them are giant squid, like the 19.5 foot, 103-pounder unexpectedly netted by National
Free Lunches Costing US Schools Money
America's public schools are losing money on every free meal served to students under the National School Lunch Program, according to a new report from the
Feds Loosen Up on Medical Marijuana
The US Department of Justice has informed federal prosecutors that investigating or pursuing persons who use or distribute medical marijuana in strict
The under God Atheist Takes on IRS
The Northern California atheist who sued to have the words under God removed from the Pledge of Allegiance is now taking on one of the most powerful of all
Bad Economy Good for the Environment?
Is the recession just nature's way of getting us to reduce our carbon footprint? If everything happens for a reason, maybe it is. For example; what are the
Do You Need a Federal Business License?
If your business is involved in the delivery of any product or service that is supervised and regulated by a federal agency; such as firearms, alcohol, plants,
Financial Assistance for Adoption
In every state, children with special needs are waiting in foster care to be adopted. According to recent estimates, some 126,000 of these children are
A Post Office in Your Pocket
The US Postal Service (USPS) has announced that many of its most popular online services will be available on web-enabled cell phones. It's a Post Office on
Congress Passes Expanded Hate Crimes Bill
The US Congress has passed and President Obama is expected to sign a bill opposed by President Bush making it a federal felony to physically assault a person
Delaware, All of it, a National Park?
Delaware, the first US state, is the only state without a national park. That does not set well with Delaware's US Senator Tom Carper, who has introduced a bill
HHS to Assist Elder LGBT Community
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced plans to create the nation's first center dedicated to helping states and communities provide
Labor Dept. Still Destroying Email, Group Claims
Despite President Obama's direction for transparency in government, the Department of Labor is continuing its Bush-era practice of destroying email records of
Guide to Government Contracting
Small businesses contract to sell billions of dollars worth of goods and services to US government agencies every year. In fact, most agencies require that some
HUD Public Housing Assistance Program
The Public Housing assistance program administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), was established to provide decent and safe
Senator Moves to Stop Credit Card Greed Grab
When credit card companies saw that the credit reform bill signed by President Obama in May doesn't take full effect until 2010, they began raising customers'
USDA Reports Giant Leap for Baseball Bats
Scientists at the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) report the development of a successful method for storing frozen budwood from ash trees and thawing
Fall Back Those Clocks
Daylight saving time finally grinds to an end and clocks should be set back one hour on Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m. local time, except in Hawaii, parts of
Anti-smoking Vaccine Gets $10 Million Booster Shot
Development of a long-sought vaccine capable of preventing addiction to tobacco just got a big booster shot thanks to a $10 million grant from the American
Veterans Health Care Benefits
Veterans Medical Care Benefits provide outpatient medical services, hospital care, medicines, and supplies to eligible US military veterans. In order to receive
Watch Out, Warm State Residents
Taxpayers in warm states, like Florida and Arizona would end up subsidizing much of the cost of winter home heating for residents of cold-winter states under a
Census Releases Updated 2006-2008 US Data
The U.S. Census Bureau has released data from its American Community Survey (ACS) covering the period from 2006-2008 on socioeconomic, housing and demographic
VA Details Plan to End Homelessness for Veterans
With Veterans Day coming up, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has outlined what he calls the VA's comprehensive plan to end homelessness among
Recovery Act Funds Expanded Stem Cell Research
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that it is using $5.4 million in Economic Recovery Act funds to expand and speed its research into pluripotent
Fort Hood Opens Family Information Hotlines
Officials at the Fort Hood, Texas US Army base have established two telephone hotlines through which families can get information on soldiers stationed at the
Over $20 Billion in Highway Jobs Underway
Remember those shovel-ready construction projects so badly needed to create new jobs? Well, $20 billion worth of shovel-ready highway, road and bridge work is
Unemployment Compensation Extension Passed by Congress
The U.S. Congress has passed and President Obama is expected to sign a bill extending unemployment compensation payments by up to 20 weeks. The bill also
House Passes Health Care Reform Bill
Taking a major step down a long, long road, the US House of Representatives Saturday night passed 220 -- 215 the landmark health care reform bill favored by
Up to 75 Percent of US Youth Ineligible for Military
About 75 percent of America's 17- to 24-year-olds are ineligible for military service due to lack of education, obesity and other physical problems, or criminal
Federal Assistance for Laid Off Workers
Being laid off from your job is one of the most traumatic events you can experience in life. However, the federal Dislocated Worker Program can help ease you
How NASA Has Improved Life on Earth
It may not have enough money to go to the moon or mars, or to track dangerous asteroids, but NASA has developed at least 49 technologies that have improved life
Saturday's Senate Vote on Health Care Reform
The U.S. Senate is expected to hold a crucial vote on its version of a health care reform bill Saturday night. The vote, while critical, is not the final vote
Bill Silencing Loud TV Ads Moves Forward
UPDATE Dec. 20, 2010: President Obama signed the CALM Act into law on December 15. The law requires broadcasters to install technology ensuring that
Government Going 'CSI' on Nixon - Haldeman
The National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) has assembled a forensic document examination team to do a CSI-like investigation of the handwritten
Helping the Elderly Walk Tall Longer
The National Institutes of Health has announced it will devote $29.5 million in Economic Recovery Act funds toward creating activity programs that will delay or
ACORN Sues US Congress
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has filed a lawsuit claiming that the United States Congress violated the constitutional rights of the Association of
Government Resource for Women-owned Businesses
In 2002, women owned nearly 30 percent of all nonfarm businesses in the United States, racking up more than $940 billion in revenue, a 15 percent increase from
Too Good Being Boeing?
During 2007 and 2008, almost $10 billion of the $15.3 billion in long-term loan guarantees made by the federal Export-Import Bank were used for purchases of
CDC Finds No Decrease in Adult Smoking
Success of government efforts to reduce tobacco use seem to have reached a plateau as smoking rates among U.S. adults remained largely unchanged from 2004 to
Stock Market Not a Casino, Senator Says
Derivatives trading, a super risky stock market investment practice often used by hedge funds, those lovely things that helped our nation's economy collapse,
Homeland Security to Hire 3,000 Veterans
Let's all agree, there should be no homeless or jobless veterans. The VA is working on the homeless part and now the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has
FDA to Investigate Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent letters to 30 makers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages, often marketed as alcoholic energy drinks (AEDs),
OSHA Tries to Prevent Holiday Shopping Trampling Deaths
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new guidelines on how retail employers can prevent their employees and shoppers from being
Auto Industry Bailout Cost to Taxpayers: Report
What is the government's auto industry bailout costing you? Through the beginning of 2011, U.S. taxpayers will shell out $12,200 for every General Motors
October Wettest, Third Coolest on Record in US
October 2009 was the wettest and third coolest October on record in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
CPSC Ties Chinese Drywall to Health Problems
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has advised people living in homes built with Chinese-made drywall to spend as much time outdoors in fresh
VA to Study Vietnam-Era Women Veterans
The Veterans Administration (VA) has announced it will conduct its first in-depth study of the effects of military service on the women veterans who served
President Obamas First Thanksgiving Proclamation
Summoning up the words of his predecessors George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and asking Americans to give special tribute to our country's men and women
What is Earmark Spending?
Can you imagine members of the Congress spending your money to fund a National Peanut Festival, mariachi music grants or a museum of teapots? Well, they have,
Hate 08: FBI Releases Hate Crime Statistics
Race remained the leading motivator for hate crimes committed in the United States during 2008, according to the FBI's Hate Crimes Statistics, 2008 report.
National Archives Offers Historic Prints Online
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has partnered with Pictopia, Inc., to offer prints of over 1,200 historical and contemporary photographs
Will Obama's Troop Buildup Trigger a Draft?
Concerns that the troop buildup in Afghanistan ordered by President Obama will trigger the first military draft since the Vietnam War are simply not supported
Don't Get 'Scrooged' Shopping Online
Ho, Ho, Ho, a-stealing we will go. Every year, online criminals create new ways to steal your money, your personal information even your identity. The Federal
FDA Goes to Italy for Flu Vaccine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which prohibits Americans from buying prescription drugs from foreign countries, went to Italy for seasonal flu
Registering for the Draft: Still the Law
While President Obama's Afghanistan troop buildup is unlikely to necessitate the first military draft since the Vietnam War, virtually all male U.S. citizens
The Decade in Pork
As we near the end of 2009, another decade of wasteful pork barrel, earmark spending of your money by your U.S. Congress cha-chings to a $208 billion end.
Future Dim for Plug-in Electric Cars
Plug-in electric hybrid cars will remain costly to purchase and not result in significant savings to their owners for several decades, according to a new
Health Care Bill Makes You Count Calories
While it won't help you afford health insurance, a provision in the health care reform bill will make sure you know how many calories you are about to put down
The terms mental retardation and mentally disabled would be removed from all existing federal laws, and replaced with intellectual disability and
Global Heat is On, NOAA Reports
President Obama's plans to make the U.S. a major player at the Copenhagen Climate Conference seem to have coincided conveniently with NOAA's latest projection
FTC Warns of Chinese Drywall Scams
It was only a matter of time before the influx of contaminated Chinese drywall led to a raft of scammers trying to get rich off of the misfortunes of others.
Japan's Cash for Clunkers Excludes US Cars
Based on the success of the U.S. version, Japan started its own cash-for-clunkers program. But, there's one big, bad difference that might actually violate
Gay Marriage: Rights Out of Focus?
A New Mexico husband-and-wife photography company will appeal a court order forcing them to pay $6,600 for refusing an assignment to take photos at a same-sex
DOT Imposes 3-hour Limit on Airline Strandings
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) proudly announces a new federal regulation that will prohibit U.S. commercial passenger aircraft from sitting on the
Swiss Bank Helped Terror Nations Get US Money
Zurich-based banking giant Credit Suisse, which bought First Boston Corp. in 1988 and Wall Street investment bank Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette in 2000, has
More Law for Indian Country
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced sweeping reforms intended to improve public safety and promote law-and-order in Native American tribal lands.
Got Bank Account? 25 Percent Don't
More than one-quarter of U.S. families either have no bank account or rarely use banking services, according to a recent survey conducted by the U.S. Census
Obama Won't Wait On Congress to Limit Greenhouse Gas
If Congress won't limit the nation's emission of greenhouse gases, the Obama administration will, as the EPA on Dec. 7, took a big first step toward issuing
Don't Forget Drugs for the Holidays
Wait... that sounds awful. Actually, U.S. Anti-drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske, head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), has encouraged
IRS Lowers 2010 Business Mileage Deduction
Guess you just can't win. The good news is that lower oil prices have driven down the cost of gasoline. The bad news is that the IRS was driven, too. Driven,
College Football Playoff Bill Gains Yardage
Legislation intended to alter the process by which the U.S. determines its annual major college football champion - the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) - dodged
Medicare to Cover HIV Screening
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that Medicare will cover Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection screening. According to
Prisoners 2.5 Times More Likely to Get AIDS
Inmates in U.S. state and federal prisons are 2.5 times more likely to contract HIV/AIDS than persons in the general population, according to a Department of
Do Illegal Aliens have Constitutional Rights?
When the Preamble to the Constitution says We the people of the United States, it means U.S. citizens, right? There is no way the rights and freedoms of the
CPSC Orders Massive Shade and Blind Recall
In the largest U.S. government-ordered recall in history, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has ordered the voluntary recall for the repair of all
FBI Opens Toll-free Haiti Fraud Hotline
Persons who think they may have information regarding fraudulent Haitian earthquake charities can report it directly to the FBI via a toll-free phone number or
What Does the Census Want to Know?
Ten questions, 10 minutes, is the Census Bureau's mantra for encouraging everyone in America to fill out and mail back their 2010 Census form - the shortest
Government Buying $60 Million Worth of Cheese
The still-lousy U.S. economy has left dairy farmers, food banks and the people struggling. What will the U.S. government do to help? Simple, buy $60 million
Track Santa Claus on NORAD Radar
As they have since 1955, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will be helping children of all ages track the approach and arrival of Santa Claus
Drug Czar Sees 'Warning Signs' for US Teens
President Obama's Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske says he is seeing warning signs about U.S. teen's attitudes toward marijuana use. What has Czar Kerlikowske
Shall We All Move to Texas?
The Census Bureau reports that Texas - one of the nine states with no state income tax - grew more than any other state between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2009,
Health Care Reform Bills: To Provide or Impose?
If you want health insurance but cannot afford it, the health care reform bills being considered by Congress will provide it to you. But if you simply do not
HUD to Help Homeowners with Drywall Problems
Without noting that the problem came from China, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it had directed lenders to offer special
Need Help with Your Home Energy Bill?
If you cannot afford to pay your home energy bill, your home may not be safe, and you and your family may be at risk of serious illness or injury. The federal
Do You Need Small Business Insurance?
While the federal government does not require small business insurance, state governments do. Most states require businesses with employees to pay for workers'
Five Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2009 Announced
Even non-lawyers will get a kick out of the top five winners of the U.S. Chambers of Commerce's 1st Annual Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of the Year Poll.
Ginkgo Biloba Does Not Aid Memory, NIH Finds
You know those claims that the herb Ginkgo biloba can help prevent memory loss? Well, forget them, says the National Institutes of Health (NIH), after a
The Federal Benefit Buffet
While the Top Federal Benefit Programs may represent the meat-and-potatoes from the buffet of federal assistance programs offered by the U.S. government, there
Court Tosses Suit Against Obama's Actions
Without ruling or even commenting on the allegations, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a suit challenging the constitutionality of just about
Taking Your Guns to Canada?
Americans taking their guns into Canada or transporting their guns through Canada to Alaska need to leave their Second Amendment rights at home and remember
Voting Rights for Felons Coming?
The San Francisco-based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 2-1 that a Washington State law barring felons from taking part in elections violates the
Try 500 Job Search Web Sites Free
The Department of Labor (DOL) is inviting job seekers to take a free test drive of nearly 500 of the most popular job search and career development Web sites.
Health Care Spending Down, But News Still Bad
Spending on health care during 2008 increased at the lowest rate since 1960, according to a new government report. But hold the celebrations. The same report
EPA Approves WV Mountaintop Coal Mining Project
After holding up the project in September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a massive new mountaintop coal-mining operation in West
Senior Drug Benefits Now Easier to Get
Many more low-income senior Americans may now qualify for generous prescription drug benefits under Social Security's Extra Help program, thanks to a new law
IRS Can't Answer Questions, Taxpayer Advocate Says
The IRS' declining ability to answer telephone calls was identified as the most serious problem facing taxpayers in National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson's
On the White House Payroll
As of July 1, 2009, the White House staff consisted of 487 employees. All of their names, job titles and annual salaries are listed in an annual report to
Locating Americans in Haiti Earthquake Zone
Americans attempting to locate family members or friends in earthquake-devastated Haiti should call the U.S. State Department at 888-407-4747, President Obama
New Credit Card Rules Start Feb. 22
New federal rules intended to shield consumers from costly anti-consumer practices - often called greed -- in the credit card industry take effect on February
Senator Demands Cash for Clunkers Audit
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), has asked the Department of Transportation (DOT) for a detailed accounting of its administrative costs related to last
How to Avoid Haiti Earthquake Aid Scams
The devastating earthquake in Haiti has brought the people who try to profit illegally from the suffering of others out in force and the Federal Trade
Over 6,000 New Citizens to Honor Martin Luther King
Honoring the 81st birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., more than 6,000 people will take the Oath of Allegiance to become citizens of the United States at
NASA Slashes Used Shuttle Price
Why would you buy your next space shuttle anywhere else, now that NASA has slashed the price of its gently used orbiters from $42 million to a moon rock-bottom
Social Security Gamble is Major Fail
A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a man who claimed he gave Detroit area casinos a false Social Security number every time he won a big
Are Pranks Protected by Freedom of Speech?
After posing as officials of the U.S. Chambers of Commerce in a prank news conference, the politically-oriented comedy troupe Yes Men was sued by the real
Sexy Surprises Sway Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a man sentenced to death in Georgia is due a new trial after it was disclosed that the jurors had celebrated the sentence
Beware these Books
Reading is not so fun-damental and can be downright dangerous when it comes to two books just recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). On
Japan Changes Cash for Clunkers Program
United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk has announced that the Japanese government has modified its policy of excluding American-made cars from its
So, Can Corporations Vote Now?
In its landmark 5-4 decision in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out years of campaign finance law by
White House Greetings Has New Process
The White House has changed the process for requesting greeting cards signed by President Obama. Also See: How to Order Signed Greetings From the White House
Should the Census Count Illegal Aliens?
Not only do illegal aliens enjoy most constitutional rights during their undocumented stay in the United States, they are counted - potentially 12 million of
Haiti Donations Deductible on 2009 Taxes: IRS
Persons who donated to Haiti earthquake relief charities may claim these donations as deductions on the tax returns they are completing this season, according
FHA Offers Struggling Homeowners Early Relief
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that homeowners with FHA-insured mortgage loans who have suffered financial hardships will no
State of the Union Address: A Brief History
Tonight, President Obama will deliver his first official State of the Union Address. On January 8, 1790, President George Washington delivered our nation's very
More Americans Working from Home
The number of Americans working out of their homes increased from about 9.5 million in 1999 to about 11.3 million in 2005, half of them making at least $75,000
Government Failing to Protect Nation: Report Card
The bipartisan Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism has slapped three grades of F on the federal
US Census: The Cost of Not Being Counted
The 3.4 million people who went uncounted in the 2000 U.S. census are costing the District of Columbia and 31 states a total of $4.1 billion in federal funding.
Obama's 2011 Budget Proposal Available Online
President Obama's Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2011 is now available online via the Government Printing Office (GPO). Printed copies and a version on CD ROM
Airport Terror Fighting in the 2011 Budget
President Obama's 2011 Federal Budget Proposal includes $56.3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), much of it to be devoted to increasing air
Military Looks to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Don't Ask Don't Tell and the days when gays and lesbians had to lie about their sexuality in order to serve their country will soon become military history,
Lobbyists Must be Recession Proof
Americans who lost their jobs or their homes or both in 2009, will certainly love hearing that federal lobbyists spent an all-time record $3.47 billion last
Bill Would Prevent Mortgage Fraud by Illegal Aliens
A U.S. Congressman from Texas has just introduced a bill intended to prevent mortgage fraud by illegal aliens. The Mortgage E-Verify Act, introduced by Rep.
Parents of the Year Rob Bank
As mom robbed the bank and dad sat behind the wheel of the getaway car, their premature baby lay in the back seat, breathing from an oxygen tank. Believe it or
No Cussing in California, Dang It!
I've never noticed the cussing in California to be any worse than the cussing in other states, but according to a report in the Sacramento Bee, the California
Japanese 'Clunkers' Deal Unsatisfactory to US
Changes to Japan's cash-for-clunkers program, which originally excluded US-made cars, fell far short, according to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. After
Obama Plans to Stimulate Small Business Lending
When U.S. small businesses grow, U.S. jobs are created, and do we ever need those now. But in order to grow, small businesses need credit -- loans -- which have
Sebelius Bristles at Blue Cross Premium Hike
Talk about health care reform. When Anthem Blue Cross decided to reform its health insurance plan by slapping a premium rate increase of up to 39 percent on
Government Proposes Climate Change Service
The U.S. Department of Commerce has proposed the creation of a service to keep Americans updated on the effects of climate change and global warming in order
Valentine's Day: For Love and Lots of Money
As you ponder the passions of Valentine's Day, consider that Americans spend about $23 billion yearly on the commodities of makin' whoopee, according to the
Grants for Student Mock Elections Available
Hoping to promote student interest and involvement in voting, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), is offering 12 grants of up to $25,000 each to
NIST Building World's Most Accurate Clock
If you need a clock guaranteed to not gain nor lose more than a single second in about 3.7 billion years, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and
New Lincoln Penny Honors Union of States
Sometime in 2010, Americans will begin seeing the new 2010 Lincoln Preservation of the Union penny, just unveiled by the U.S. Mint. While the heads side of
Need a Copy of Your Tax Return?
Whether you're applying for a small business loan, a new or modified home loan, or just want to relive sweet memories, you might need a copy of your past IRS
Government Demands Toyota Recall Documents
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has flexed its statutory authority in demanding that Toyota turn over all documents related to its three recent
Postal Office Lobby Recycling Effort Expanding
Having successfully helping turn 200,000 tons of paper, plastic and other waste material that comes in the mail into new products, the U.S. Postal Service
New Gun Rules in National Parks
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced that new rules allowing the possession of firearms on National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks will
Ticketmaster Agrees to Refunds for Springsteen Tickets
A year after being accused of using bait-and-switch tactics, Ticketmaster has agreed to pay refunds to consumers who bought tickets for 14 Bruce Springsteen
Even Crazier Lawsuits
If the Five Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2009 got you riled up, you'll absolutely froth at the mouth when you read the cases nominated in the latest Most
Twelve Good Things Congress Could Do
Saying of the U.S. Congress, It's no fun for me anymore, Indiana's Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh called it quits last week. Maybe Sen. Bayh would have had more
Obama Hiring a Twitterer
Well, it has come to this. Social networking has become such a powerful political force that the President of the United States is hiring someone to manage his
Redesign the Hot Dog?
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that the hot dog be redesigned in order to prevent chocking among children. As you might guess, the American
USDA Soft on Grasshoppers, Lawmakers Say
Swarms of vegetation-destroying grasshoppers are predicted to invade 160 million acres of land in the Western U.S. this summer, but help from the USDA is
DOT Helping States Ban Texting While Driving
To help or perhaps encourage all of the states to enact similar laws, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has published a sample bill outlawing texting
That Budget Reconciliation Thing
With the loss of their 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, congressional Democrats have hinted they may use the budget reconciliation process to
VA Upgrades Wounded Warriors Web Site
The Veterans Administration (VA) has just completed an important upgrade to its National Resources Directory Web site dedicated to America's wounded warriors
HUD Fights Loan Modification Scams
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has just launched PreventLoanScams.org, a Web site dedicated to helping Americans recognize the many
Senators Move to Extend Unemployment Payments
U.S. Senators Max Baucus (DâMont.), and Harry Reid (DâNev.), have introduced a bill that would extend unemployment compensation payments and
Injured Navy Reservist Wins Job Restitution
Fresno County, California has agreed to pay a Navy reservist who suffered serious injuries during a military training exercise $57,000 for violations of his
The Benefits of US Citizenship
Every year, about 700,000 people successfully complete the long and difficult process of naturalization to become U.S. citizens. In 2008 alone, an all-time
Are You Required to Answer the Census?
The 2010 U.S. Census questionnaires are on their way to every residential mailbox in the nation and yes, people can be fined for not responding, but why would
DOE Moves to Withdraw Yucca Mountain Application
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has filed a motion with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to withdraw the license application for the Yucca Mountain
IRS Has $1.3 Billion Waiting for 1.4 Million People
The Internal Revenue System (IRS) has a total of $1.3 billion in refunds waiting for some 1.4 million people who failed to file tax returns in 2006. To get
Obama Offshore Oil Drilling Details
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has released some details on the expansion of offshore oil and natural gas drilling, production and exploration announced
US Employment Up, but Wait
After months of issuing bad news, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) must have been absolutely giddy to report that the U.S. posted an increase of 162,000
Big Bad Bank
The already not-so-pretty public face of Big Banking just got a little muddier, as Wachovia N.A. has agreed to pay fines totaling $160 million for failing to
Census Answers Safe from Patriot Act Probes
The Justice Department has confirmed that information-sharing provisions of the USA Patriot Act will not threaten the confidentiality of answers given in
Eleven More Airports Getting Full Body Scanners
Stating that the move would result in boosting local economies, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that 11 airports will be getting
HHS Demands Insurance Rate Hike Justifications
It's a showdown, folks. Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius has called out executives of five health insurance companies demanding that they
Congressman Takes On Rogue TSA Airport Screeners
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), wants the Department of Homeland Security to do something about Transportation Security Agency (TSA) agents who have engaged
US and Russia Agree to Go 'Whole Hog' Again
No longer wallowing in the diplomatic slop, the United States and Russia have reached an agreement that will fully reopen Russian markets to U.S. pork and pork
How Much Will Census Takers Make?
Hourly pay for temporary census takers working on the 2010 U.S. Census varies according to location. Persons thinking of applying for census taker jobs can find
Federal Court Upholds 'Under God' in Pledge
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 2-1 on March 11, that use of the words under God in the Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional.
Obama Donates Nobel Prize Money to Charities
When President Obama shocked the world by winning a Nobel peace prize while still in his first term, he promised to donate the $1.4 million prize money to
Record Number Paid No Federal Income Tax in 2008
The days when not owing any income tax hinted of poverty are long-gone as a record 36.3 percent or 51.6 million out of 142 million federal income tax returns
The 'Self Executing Rule' and the Health Care Bill
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's (D-California), controversial plan for passing a health care reform bill without having the House vote on it is based on a
Obama Administration Not 'That' Open?
The Obama administration is running into problems maintaining its promise of unprecedented openness when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Hometown Heroes Survivors' Benefits
Thanks to the Hometown Heroes Survivors' Benefits Act, families of federal, state or local public safety officers killed or disabled in the line of duty may be
FDA Further Restricts Tobacco Sales
Further flexing its newly-gained muscles to regulate tobacco, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced new federal regulations further restricting
New Tax Benefits to Spur Re-employment
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is now offering two new tax benefits for employers who hire workers who had previously been unemployed or working part time.
Is Health Care Reform Constitutional?
By far the most unpopular provision of the new health care reform law is the individual mandate requiring that by 2014 all but a very few Americans either
HUD Seeks Comments on LGBT Discrimination
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is seeking advice from the public in designing a historic nationwide study of housing discrimination
US-Russia to Expand Nuclear Arms Treaty
President Obama has announced that the United States and Russia will agree to an new and expanded nuclear arms reduction treaty which will cut by one-third the
Obama to Make 15 Recess Appointments
President Obama announced on March 27 that he will make 15 recess appointments to various Executive Branch positions during Congress' spring vacation, thus
End of Saturday Mail Moves Closer
The U.S. Postal Board of Governors last week approved the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) plan to end Saturday mail delivery as a better plan than going absolutely
DHS Claims Mexico Border Security Success
Just one year after initiating the Obama administration's Southwest Border Initiative, the United States has made significant progress in controlling drug
Today is Census Day
This morning, President Obama declared today, April 1, 2010 as Census Day as he filled out his family's 10-question, 2010 Census form. Today is also the
Will Congress Save Saturday Mail
Facing $238 billion in losses over the next decade, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced it will end Saturday mail delivery in 2011, unless Congress allows
DHS Announces New Aviation Security Measures
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday announced new aviation security measures that could affect U.S.-bound international air travelers.
How You Could Change the IRS
The IRS is looking for several civic-minded volunteers to serve on its Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). As a member of TAP, you could identify problems and make
Student Aid Changes in Health Care Reform
It might seem a strange place for them, but the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 contained changes in federal student loan and grant
Saturday Mail: The Email Irony
Lost revenue due to the universal popularity of email has driven the U.S. Postal Service to propose dropping Saturday mail delivery. So now the Postal
IRS Still Has Information Security Weaknesses: GAO
GAO report shows that the IRS still has taxpayer information security weaknesses.
Antibacterial No Better than Soap and Water: FDA
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that triclosan, the whiz-bang anti-bacterial ingredient in hand sanitizers, body washes and toothpastes, provides
FAA Allows Pilots to Use Antidepressants
The FAA has announced a new policy allowing pilots to fly while taking one of four approved medications for mild to moderate depression.
Raises for Bilingual Federal Workers?
Federal employees who speak more than one language could get a 5-percent raise under a bill just introduced by Rep. Michael Honda.
Small Business Health Care Tax Credit Available
The health care reform law offers small businesses a tax credit to help them afford health insurance coverage for their employees.
DOT Rejects Pennsylvania I-80 Tolls
The U.S. Department of Transportation has rejected the state of Pennsylvanias request to turn Interstate-80 into a toll road.
Feds Expand Public Transportation in National Parks
The US government has awarded $24.8 million to expand and enhance public transportation facilities in national parks in 20 states.
Justice Stevens' Retirement Plan
Like all retired federal judges, Justice Stevens will get a lifetime pension equal to his current salary of $213,900.
Nuclear Summit to Miss Key Points, Scientists Say
President Obamas Nuclear Security Summit is likely to overlook three keys to preventing nuclear terrorism.
FDA Okays Less Addictive OxyContin
The FDA has announced its approval of a new version of the popular pain relief drug OxyContin designed to be less addictive.
FTC Tips and Warnings on Settling Credit Card Debt
The FTC offers tips and warnings about settling crippling credit card debts.
Only Congress Can Save Postal Service, GAO Finds
Saving the Postal Service from extinction will take even more drastic action by Congress, including the closure of major postal facilities.
Obamas Release 2009 Tax Returns
The White House has released a full copy of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obamas 2009 federal and state tax returns.
Wolf vs. Livestock Compensation Gets $1 Million
Ten states will share $1 million to compensate ranchers for losses caused by wolves.
Nearly Half of US Households Getting Federal Benefits
About 45 percent of all U.S. residents now live in a home in which at least one person is receiving federal benefits, according to the Census Bureau.
IRS Mails Small Businesses Tax Credit Notices
The IRS has mailed post cards to 4 million businesses notifying them of the small business health care tax credit.
Time Running Out for New Home Tax Credit
First-time homebuyers still have until April 30 to take advantage of the tax credit of up to $8,000.
US to Test 15,000 MPH Aircraft
DARPA prepares to test its Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2, an unmanned aircraft capable of doing a cool 15,000 mph.
Voting Rights or Gun Rights for DC?
Residents of the District of Columbia may finally get full voting representation in Congress, unless a fight over gun control gets in the way.
Equal Pay Days Ahead?
President Obama proclaims Equal Pay Day, but Sec. of Labor Solis hopes the Paycheck Fairness Act will do more good in eliminating gender-based pay inequity.
Fed Posts New Gift Card Rules
The Federal Reserve Board has posted an online explanation of new federal regulations designed to against harmful gift card practices.
Mine Safety Agency Performs Nationwide Sweep
Over the weekend of April 17-18, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) conducted an inspection blitz of 57 problem coal mines.
How to Deter a Polar Bear
Yes you can keep a polar bear from killing you without you killing it, according to the new federal polar bear deterrence guidelines.
Health Care Reform: Disabled and Older Persons
Health care reform will affect persons with disabilities and older persons in ways both good and not so good.
Census Claims Mail-back Form Success
The Census Bureau reports that 72-percent of US households had mailed back their 2010 Census forms, matching the participation rate in the 2000 Census.
Wal-Mart Sexual Discrimination Suit Cleared for Trial
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the record class action, sexual discrimination lawsuit against retail giant Wal-Mart can go to trial.
Airport Delay Rules Take Effect Today
Rules limiting the length of time commercial airliners making domestic flights are allowed to sit on the tarmac while passengers are on board take effect today.
Supreme Court Spares the Mojave Cross
In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court has ruled that the Mojave Cross, a cross erected as a war memorial on federally-owned land, can remain.
Obama Halts New Oil Drilling During Gulf Investigation
President Obama has halted further offshore oil drilling pending an investigation of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Two States Apply for Wolf Management Permits
Michigan and Wisconsin have applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for permits to conduct research, monitoring and management of gray wolves.
Here Come the Census Takers
Starting March 1, about 635,000 census takers will begin visiting about 48 million households that failed to return the mail-back 2010 Census questionnaire.
Feds Bust 596 Illegal Aliens, Send Arizona a Message
Immigrations and Customs busts 596 illegal aliens in the southeast US and sends a message to Arizona.
Have You Spoken Out? Share Your Story
Have you ever spoken at a meeting of your local government to express your opinion on an issue? If you have, how about sharing your experience and advice with
FEMA On Your Cell Phone
FEMA has launched a new Web site for smartphones.
Times Square Car Bomb Suspect Arrested
Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the arrest of a suspect in the attempted car bombing in New York City's Times Square on May 1. The suspect, Faisal
Statehood for Puerto Rico Ahead?
The House has passed a bill that would clear the way for Puerto Rico to become the 51st U.S. state. Is it time to buy new flags? Probably not.
Supreme Court Door Closure Angers Justices
Supreme Court justices are angry that Americans will now have to enter their Supreme Court building through a side door due to security concerns.
Cost of Safer High Schools $7.4 Million
The Department of Labor has announced it will provide an additional $7.4 million in grants to improve safety at nine persistently dangerous high schools.
Obama Nominates Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
President Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Associate Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court
Postal Service Loses Another $1.8 Billion
Despite all the postage from Census 2010 mailings, the Postal Service lost another $1.8 billion during the six months of 2010.
Census Suffering Computer Problems
Census 2010 may suffer accuracy problems, oh and cost more the its $15 billion cost estimate due to computer software problems.
Government Job Hiring Process Made Easier
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has announced it will greatly simplify and streamline the process of applying for federal government jobs.
Senate Votes for Audit of Federal Reserve
The US Senate has voted 96-0 to require the GAO to audit the Federal Reserve System's actions in the banking industry bailout.
Beware Phony Mortgage Audits, FTC Warns
The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers of the forensic mortgage loan audits scam targeting persons facing foreclosure.
New Green Cards Called More Secure
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now issuing redesigned Green Cards designed to prevent counterfeiting.
No More Mystery Meat at School: USDA
USDA implements standards intended to ensure the safety of ground beef supplied for school lunches and other public nutrition programs.
Supreme Court Nixes Life Sentences for Juveniles
The Supreme Court rules that sentencing juveniles convicted of crimes not involving murder to life in prison without parole is cruel and unusual punishment.
US Reports Record Drop in Carbon Emissions
The economic crisis drove a 7-percent decline in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions during 2009.
IRS Helps Small Businesses with Health Care Tax Credit
The IRS has released a set of guidelines intended to help small businesses determine whether they are eligible for the new health care tax credit.
Imagine That: Wall Street Resisting Reform
Lobbyists opposing Wall Street reform outnumber those supporting it by 11 to 1, Public Citizen reports.
Salazar Shakes Up Minerals Management Service
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has ordered a major reorganization of the beleaguered Minerals Management Service (MMS).
US Electricity Use Drops Again
The economic downturn resulted in a reduction of total U.S. electrical use for the second straight year in 2009, according to the EIA.
Labor Submits Bill to Reform Unemployment Compensation
The Dept. of Labor has sent Congress a draft of a bill intended prevent fraud in the unemployment compensation program.
GAO Pans TSA Behavioral Screening Program
GAO Pans TSAs Behavioral Screening Program
Preventing Homegrown Jihadist Attacks
RAND report details how US can prevent future terror attacks by homegrown Muslin jihadists.
U.S. Cyber Command Now on Duty
The U.S. Department of Defense has extended its protective reach to cyberspace with the official activation of Cyber Command.
Fishing Now Banned in 22 Percent of Gulf
NOAA has now closed 22 percent of the Gulf of Mexico to fishing due to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Herbal Hoodwinkers Revealed by GAO
GAO finds marketing claims that certain herbal dietary supplements can treat, prevent or even cure incurable medical conditions are deceptive, maybe illegal.
Obama Calls for Small Business Jobs Bill
President Obama has called on Congress to swiftly pass legislation to help the nation's small businesses create even more jobs.
Take That, Oil Spill! It's National Oceans Month
President Obama has dutifully signed an proclamation ironically declaring June 2010 to be National Oceans Month.
Government Looking for Crimes in BP Oil Spill
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the Department of Justice had launched a criminal investigation into the BP oil spill.
Mad About the Oil Spill? Read This Document
If you are concerned about the Gulf Coast oil spill, you need to read Leasing Oil and Gas Resources in the Outer Continental Shelf, from the MMS.
Report Offers BP Oil Spill Perspective
Exclusive of the BP oil spill, nature itself leaks more oil into US oceans daily than commercial oil and gas production, according to a NAS report.
Terrorists: The 'Other' Illegal Immigrants
An increasing number of Other Than Mexican illegal aliens from nations known to harbor terrorists are crossing the Southwest border into the US.
High Court Adds Twist to Miranda Rights
US Supreme Court Adds Twist to Miranda Rights
Only FBI Ready for Terrorist Attack, Report Says
Only the FBI is prepared to deal with terrorist attacks employing WMDs, according to a scathing audit by Justice Department inspector general.
Gasp! We Don't Know Our Broadband Speed
An FCC survey shows that percent of broadband users in the United States do not know the speed of their broadband connection.
What About the Canadian Border?
Illegal immigration is an overlooked problem along the Canadian border, where environmental regulations have hindered immigration enforcement efforts.
MMS Strengthens Ocean Oil Drilling Requirements
MMS Strengthens Ocean Oil Drilling Requirements
Kellogg to Change Rice Krispies Health Claims
Cereal giant Kellogg Company has agreed to alter advertising declared to be false by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
FTC Warns of BP Oil Spill Scams
FTC warns of scams related to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Health Care Reform Watchdog Now on Duty
Health Care Reform Watchdog Now on Duty
Has Roberts Supreme Court Favored Corporations?
Has Roberts Supreme Court Favored Corporations?
Medicare Rebate Checks: Important Facts
Important information on the Medicare Part D doughnut hole $250 rebate checks.
Bank Bailout Now Paying Taxpayers Back
The US Treasury announced that TARP bank bailout repayments to taxpayers have, for the first time, surpassed the total amount of TARP funds outstanding.
How to File a BP Oil Spill Claim
How to file BP oil spill damage claims.
BP Oil Spill: What is the Jones Act?
What is the Jones Act and is it really slowing down the BP oil spill cleanup process?
Cost to Raise a Child in US Tops $220,000
It will cost a middle-class U.S. family about $222,360 to raise a child born in 2009 to the age of 17, according to the USDA.
USDA Throws $11 Million at Grasshoppers
The USDA announced it would spend $11 million to fight an impending invasion of grasshoppers in the western states.
US Child Labor Penalties Stiffened
The US Department of Labor has implemented stiffer penalties against employers that illegally employ children.
USDA Buys $14 Million of Chicken Dark Meat
To help hurting poultry producers, the USDA is buying $14 million worth of dark meat chicken products.
New Student Aid Rules Proposed
The Department of Education has proposed a set of new rules for federal student loan programs intended to protect both borrowers and taxpayers.
Government Strengthens Oil Well Blowout Rules
The U.S. Department of the Interior has imposed new requirements intended to prevent blowouts of offshore oil and gas wells.
Better Light Bulb Labeling Coming in 2011
Improved labeling on light bulb packaging coming in mid-2011 will help consumers choose the best bulbs for their needs.