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  • Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Who Is Andrew Bindman?

    Thursday, January 19, 2017
    Bindman has done several studies on healthcare involving those in poverty. He has also investigated the link between access to care and preventable hospitalizations. Bindman was named San Francisco General’s chief of general internal medicine in 1996. In 1999 and 2000, he served as visiting professor at University College London, then from 2009 to 2010 he worked on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, helping draft language for the Affordable Care Act.   read more
  • Opening the Utah Wilderness to Drilling

    Saturday, November 01, 2008
    The Bureau of Land Management is reviving plans to sell oil and gas leases in pristine wilderness areas in eastern Utah even though there are already 3.5 million acres of BLM-managed land under lease, but not yet being drilled.   Bureau Proposes...   read more
  • Lockheed and Dell Win Contracts Meant for Small Businesses

    Wednesday, October 22, 2008
    Federal agencies counted Lockheed Martin and its subsidiaries as "small" on 207 contracts worth $143 million. Dell Computer, a Fortune 500 company, was listed as a small business on $89 million in contracts.The Navy claimed that $60 million in wor...   read more
  • McCain: Between an Acorn and a Hard Place

    Wednesday, October 15, 2008
    John McCain, Sarah Palin and their supporters have lashed out at Barack Obama for his association with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). However, in a press release, ACORN pointed out that McCa...   read more
  • In India, They Feel America's Pain

    Tuesday, October 14, 2008
    Few places in India absorb and imitate American culture as much as call centers, where ambitious young Indians with fake American accents and American noms de phone spend hours calling people in Indiana or Maine to help navigate software glitches,...   read more
  • Are Modern Pirates Really All Bad Guys?

    Tuesday, October 14, 2008
    Puntland is an unrecognized independent nation inside the borders of Somalia. The Pirates of Puntland are social bandits in the tradition of Robin Hood, not buccaneers. They steal from the rich and share the cash with extremely poor communities. T...   read more
  • America's Most Sex-Crazed Congressional District

    Monday, October 13, 2008
    West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL), whose predecessor resigned in the wake of a sex scandal, agreed to a $121,000 payment to a former mistress who worked on his staff and was threatening to sue him. Mahoney was elected two years ago fo...   read more
  • Immigration Arrests Outnumber Drug Arrests

    Monday, October 13, 2008
    The War on Illegal Immigration is yielding more federal arrests than the War on Drugs, according to new figures from the Department of Justice. Twenty-seven percent (27%) of all arrests by the U.S. Marshals service were for immigration offenses in...   read more
  • Des Moines Schools Inflate Crime Stats to Win Grant for Security Cameras

    Monday, October 13, 2008
    Police counted fewer than 200 fights and assaults at Des Moines' five high schools in the 2005-06 school year, compared with the 415 that Des Moines school officials reported on an application for a $250,000 grant that helped pay for security came...   read more
  • Wasting $350 Million for "Missile Defense"

    Monday, October 13, 2008
    “The contractors are making a killing,” Mr. Cantrell recalled thinking at the meeting, in 2000. “The lobbyists are getting their fees, and the contractors and lobbyists are writing out campaign checks to the politicians. Everybody is making money ...   read more
  • Bush Administration Jump Starts Satellite Spy Program

    Friday, October 10, 2008
    The Department of Homeland Security will proceed with the first phase of a controversial satellite-surveillance program, even though an independent review found the department hasn't yet ensured the program will comply with privacy laws. The progr...   read more
  • Government Saves the Whales…within 20 Miles of East Coast

    Thursday, October 09, 2008
    The rule issued requires large ships to slow to 10 knots (11.5 mph) during parts of the year when they come within 20 nautical miles of several East Coast ports in areas where the whales feed, reproduce and migrate. In July 2006, NOAA scientists p...   read more
  • US Debt Clock Runs Out of Space

    Wednesday, October 08, 2008
    The US government's debts have ballooned so badly the National Debt Clock in New York has run out of digits to record the spiraling figure.   US Debt Clock Runs Out of Digits (BBC News)     read more
  • AIG Execs Celebrate Bailout with $440,000 Retreat

    Tuesday, October 07, 2008
    Less than a week after the federal government offered an $85 billion bailout to insurance giant AIG, the company held a week-long retreat for its executives at the luxury St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif., running up a tab of $440,000. The...   read more
  • How to Treat Returning Vets

    Monday, October 06, 2008
    Don’t ask The Question (Did you kill anybody?). “Support the Troops” magnets mean nothing to them. And military culture is not big on touching: the main things civilians want to do to soldiers — hug them and get them drunk — are generally not welc...   read more
  • Large Hog Farm Produces More Waste than Philadelphia

    Monday, October 06, 2008
    According to a study by the Government Accountabilty Office, one hog farm, Smithfield Farms in Virginia, produces far more sanitary waste than the 1.5 million residents of Philadelphia.   Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: EPA Needs More In...   read more
  • Bailout: Goldman Sachs Got what it Paid For

    Friday, October 03, 2008
    One of the biggest winners in the financial bailout plan was the investment banking firm of Goldman Sachs. This is not surprising considering that since George Bush became president, Goldman Sachs and its employees have contributed $19.3 million t...   read more
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