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  • Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation: Who Is Brenda Burman?

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017
    Burman worked for four years in private practice as an attorney handling natural resource issues before going to work in 2002 as legislative counsel for energy and water for then-Sen. Jon Kyl. At both jobs, she dealt extensively with Native American water rights issues. In 2005, Burman joined the Dept of the Interior as counselor to the assistant secretary for water and science. She then began her first stint at USBR as deputy commissioner for external and intergovernmental affairs.   read more
  • The Rich Really Have Gotten Richer

    Monday, February 02, 2009
    During the first six years of the administration of President George W. Bush, the 400 richest Americans saw their average income double to $263.3 million, thanks, in part,  to the fact that their tax rate dropped by a third to 17.2%. The biggest g...   read more
  • Welfare on the Rise for First Time in 12 Years

    Monday, February 02, 2009
    Back in 1996, President Bill Clinton signed an historic welfare reform bill that was meant to limit the length of time a person could receive welfare payments and to encourage people to get jobs instead of relying on government handouts. The bill ...   read more
  • Iraq’s Elections: Success with Worrisome Details

    Monday, February 02, 2009
    Most Americans appear to want to forget about the War in Iraq, as more immediate concerns, such as the failing economy, take precedent. Even in terms of national security, the situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan seem more relevant. So it was a ...   read more
  • Bush’s Last-Minute Gift to Drug Manufacturers

    Monday, February 02, 2009
    Just days before President George W. Bush left office, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new guidelines that make it easier for drug manufacturers to market what are known as “off-label” prescription drugs. The FDA, after clinical tria...   read more
  • Unsolved Homicides Playing Cards

    Sunday, February 01, 2009
    In 2005, Tommy Ray, a special agent in Polk County, Florida, made decks of playing cards with information about local unsolved crimes. He passed out the decks in the Polk County jail, hoping that prisoners would gossip and reveal clues to these co...   read more
  • France Challenges Michigan over 330-Year-Old Sunken Ship

    Sunday, February 01, 2009
    On September 18, 1679, the French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle sent a crew of six to sail his ship, Le Griffon, from Washington Island in Lake Michigan to Niagara with a load of furs and other goods. Although its fate is still ...   read more
  • Bush Shoe Sculpture Gets the Boot

    Saturday, January 31, 2009
    The day after it was unveiled, the Iraqi sculpture in honor of the man who threw his shoes at President Bush, has been taken down on the order of the provincial government. The shoe had been erected at an orphanage in Tikrit. The artist, Laith al-...   read more
  • Crisis? What Crisis? Exxon Mobil Posts Largest Profit in U.S. History

    Saturday, January 31, 2009
    The year 2008 may have been a bad one for most Americans, with layoffs and foreclosures and bank failures rippling through the economy, but for Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, there was reason for joy. Exxon posted an...   read more
  • Norway Sells All Shares in US Maker of Cluster Bombs

    Saturday, January 31, 2009
    Norway’s state-owned investment fund, which is worth about $300 billion and invests the nation’s surplus oil and gas revenues, announced that it is selling all of its shares in the American company, Textron, for ethical reasons. Although Textron i...   read more
  • Border Surveillance Webcams Fail

    Saturday, January 31, 2009
    It seemed like a good idea at the time: install 200 live webcams along Texas’ border with Mexico in order to stop drug smuggling and illegal immigration. Citizens, watching at home, could report any suspicious activity. Texas Governor Rick Perry a...   read more
  • Give Each American $3,000: Linda Chavez

    Saturday, January 31, 2009
    Linda Chavez presents a simple, but radical alternative to the $819 billion Democratic stimulus package: give every man, woman and child $3,000 in credit that has to be spent within 18 months. This would cost $900 billion, “But unlike the Democrat...   read more
  • Sculpture in Iraq Immortalizes Bush

    Friday, January 30, 2009
    A sculpture of an enormous shoe has been erected in Iraq to honor the journalist who threw his shoes at ex-U.S. President George W. Bush. As he prepared to throw his shoes, Muntadar al-Zeidi, a TV journalist, shouted: “This is from the widows, the...   read more
  • Rejected Budget Amendments of Interest

    Friday, January 30, 2009
    We are so accustomed to thinking of amendments to spending bills as examples of waste and corruption, that it’s easy to forget that some rejected amendments are worth considering or are, at the very least, of interest. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Califo...   read more
  • 65 Republicans and 3 Democrats Voted to Bailout Wall Street, But Not the Rest of America

    Friday, January 30, 2009
    65 Republicans and 3 Democrats Voted to Bailout Wall Street, But Not the Rest of America   It seems ideologically consistent for a member of the House of Representatives to vote against the $700 billion Wall Street bailout and against the $819 b...   read more
  • Millionaires Step Down to Join Obama Administration

    Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Even at six-figures, some of the members in President Obama’s Cabinet are taking a pay cut when accepting their new jobs. Tuesday, the government released financial reports presenting the assets and salaries of the new appointees, some of whom mad...   read more
  • Our Government at Work: The Popcorn Board

    Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Among the many overlooked corners of the U.S. government is the Popcorn Board. Created by a 1996 law and supervised by the Agricultural Marketing Service, the board consists of nine popcorn processors who each process at least 4 million pounds of ...   read more
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