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  • Ambassador to Gabon and São Tomé and Principe: Who Is Joel Danies?

    Sunday, November 19, 2017
    Danies served as management officer and chargé d’affaires in Belize, during and after Hurricane Mitch in 1998, when he used his authority to declare a disaster in order to allow U.S. aid to begin flowing. From 2011 to 2014, Danies served as deputy Haiti special coordinator, helping his native land recover from the devastating earthquake of January 2010. In that role, Danies sometimes found himself in awkward positions trying to explain American policies that were unpopular among Haitians.   read more
  • Web Site Helps Rate Possible Stimulus Projects

    Thursday, March 19, 2009
    StimulusWatch.org presents “shovel-ready” projects around the United States and allows web visitors to vote on which ones are worth funding. The list was compiled by The United States Conference of Mayors, but anyone can vote. According to site us...   read more
  • Poor Economy Helps Military Recruiting

    Wednesday, March 18, 2009
    One winner in the economic downturn is the military, which has finally seen a five-year recruiting crisis come to an end. In February, all branches of the military met their recruiting goals, and the Army, which has been under the most stress,...   read more
  • Obama Asks American Bar Association to Resume Vetting Judicial Nominees

    Wednesday, March 18, 2009
    President Obama has reversed another policy of George W. Bush by asking the American Bar Association (ABA) to resume reviewing potential judicial nominees and to rate their qualifications. Beginning in 1953, the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Fed...   read more
  • Food and Drug Administration: Who is Peggy Hamburg?

    Wednesday, March 18, 2009
    Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Hamburg is a highly regarded expert in community health and bio-defense, who earned high marks for her work as health commissioner of New York City from 1991 to 1997. While serving as NYC’s top health official, Hamburg managed...   read more
  • North Dakota Call Center Closes Because It Can’t Find Enough Workers

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009
    Tampa-based Sykes Enterprises, which provides customer support for corporations, opened a call center in Minot, North Dakota in 1996. Sykes hoped to expand the center this year from 200 employees to 450, but was unable to find takers for the new p...   read more
  • U.S. Industrial Output at 61-Year Low: Here’s the Reason

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009
    The Federal Reserve reported Monday that in February the operating rate of U.S. factories dropped to 67.4% of capacity, the lowest level since 1948. Why is this a 61-year record? Because 1948 was the year the government started keeping records. Th...   read more
  • Judge Okays Using Banned Chemical on Navy Recruits

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009
    U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon dismissed a lawsuit brought by naval police officers who had tried to stop the Navy form shooting pepper spray directly into the eyes of recruits. The plaintiffs had suggested that the Navy use less dangerous...   read more
  • Obama Moves to Protect Rumsfeld in Torture Case

    Monday, March 16, 2009
    When he was a candidate for president, Barack Obama spoke forcefully in favor of granting habeas corpus rights to terror suspects. But now that he is president, he is taking a less-principled approach. In a brief filed Thursday, Justice Department...   read more
  • Class Warfare Nothing New in America: Jim Hightower

    Monday, March 16, 2009
    One of the ways that Republicans have been attacking President Obama’s budget is by saying that it represents “class warfare.” Republican columnist David Brooks wrote that, according to Obama, “no new burdens will fall on 95 percent of the America...   read more
  • Where Did AIG Taxpayer Bailout Money Go?

    Monday, March 16, 2009
    Sunday’s news that the American International Group (AIG) was paying out $165 million in executive bonuses elicited universal outrage from politicians and media commentators. The story garnered so much attention that it overwhelmed a much bigger b...   read more
  • Air Force Plans Enormous Spy Blimp

    Sunday, March 15, 2009
    On Thursday, Pentagon officials unveiled a $400 million project to develop a prototype of an unmanned spy aircraft that would resemble a high-tech dirigible. Dirigibles have been decidedly out of fashion since the infamous Hindenburg accident on M...   read more
  • Labor Secretary Solis Suspends Last-Minute Bush Rule Regarding Foreign Farm Workers

    Sunday, March 15, 2009
    One week before Christmas, the Bush administration changed the rules to make it easier and cheaper for agricultural businesses to employ temporary foreign workers. On Friday, within hours of being sworn in as Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis announ...   read more
  • Obama Hides Details of Proposed Treaty

    Sunday, March 15, 2009
    Last week, the Obama administration refused to release copies of seven documents “in the interest of national security.” Did the documents have to do with torture, with warrantless wiretapping, with clandestine spy and antiterror activities? None ...   read more
  • Islamic Mortgages Approved in Minnesota

    Saturday, March 14, 2009
    Because many Muslims interpret the Quran as forbidding taking or paying interest on loans, the Islamic world has developed a different system of mortgages. Last month, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency became the first government entity in the ...   read more
  • Single-Payer Health Care: A Solution In Search of Attention

    Saturday, March 14, 2009
    As President Obama and his new administration attempt to reform the American health care system, one viable and desirable option is being kept off the table: single-payer health care. Single-payer health care is a financing system whereby the U.S....   read more
  • Worst Freedom of Information Award Goes to...the FBI

    Friday, March 13, 2009
    Each year, the National Security Archive at George Washington University gives its Rosemary Award to the branch of government that is least responsive to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. This year’s award goes to the FBI. During the pas...   read more
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