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  • Director of the Office of Science in the Department of Energy: Who Is Chris Fall?

    Monday, July 16, 2018
    In August 2014, Fall was made assistant director for defense programs at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, also serving as acting lead for national security and international affairs policy. Fall left the White House in August 2017. Fall was given his post at ARPA-E in January 2018. President Donald Trump has twice attempted to zero out funding for the agency, which provides grants for experimental energy projects.   read more
  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Who is Shaun Donovan?

    Thursday, December 25, 2008
    In selecting Shaun Donovan to take over the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), one of the federal government’s most consistently embattled agencies, Barack Obama has tabbed something of a housing “whiz kid.” Donovan, 42, is no stra...   read more
  • Subpoenaed Republican IT Expert Dies in Plane Crash

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008
    Mike Connell, 45, a media consultant for the Bush family and Karl Rove’s IT guru, died on December 19 when his small plane crashed just short of the Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio. Connell was recently subpoenaed to testify in a lawsuit regarding vo...   read more
  • Hidden Story of White Men Shooting Black Men after Katrina

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008
    At least 11 African-American men were shot by white men in the riotous days following Hurricane Katrina. Donnell Herrington, Marcel Alexander and Chris Collins have been the only three to come forward with their story. While on their way to an eva...   read more
  • Regulator Helped IndyMac Bank Cheat

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008
    Darrel Dochow, West Region Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision, was removed from his post on December 22 after a review found he had permitted IndyMac Bank to count money it received in May on March’s balance sheet. This allowed IndyMac t...   read more
  • Doctors (and Insurance Companies) Can Just Say “No”

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008
    Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt has issued a new rule that “protects the right of medical providers to care for their patients in accord with their conscience.” The new rule allows any health-related individual or institution, ...   read more
  • Fish and Wildlife Twists Photo of Rare Wolf

    Wednesday, December 24, 2008
    Conservationists are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop exploiting a photo of a rare Mexican Gray wolf stepping out of a pen and into freedom because the female wolf depicted in the award-winning photograph by George Andrejko actual...   read more
  • SEC Regulation for Kung-Fu Masters, but not for Hedge Fund Sharks

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008
    While a government lawyer tasked with investigating financial crimes, Gary Aguirre learned a hard lesson: under Chairman Christopher Cox, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is only interested in regulating minor players. Aguirre: “In the...   read more
  • Are Your Finances Failing? Become a Bank

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008
    CIT Group, a New York-based lender specializing in making loans and providing insurance to middle market businesses, ran short on cash this year. If that happened to the average America family, they would be in big trouble. But CIT? Not to worry. ...   read more
  • Secretary of Agriculture: Who is Tom Vilsack?

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008
    Former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack is Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Department of Agriculture. Vilsack was born with the name Kenneth on December 13, 1950, in a home for unwed pregnant women in Western Pennsylvania, and was placed in a Catholic ...   read more
  • Creeping Military Takeover…in the U.S.: Thomas A. Schweich

    Monday, December 22, 2008
    Thomas Schweich, a Republican who served in the Bush administration as ambassador for counter-narcotics in Afghanistan and deputy assistant secretary of state for international law enforcement affairs, warns about the gradual takeover by military ...   read more
  • Torture Doesn’t Work

    Sunday, December 21, 2008
    Reporting on the Bush administration’s use of torture to extract confessions from terrorism suspects, Vanity Fair’s David Rose reminds us that in addition to the moral considerations, torture is not effective. For example: “The unreliability of in...   read more
  • Interior Report Slams Former Fish and Wildlife Leader

    Sunday, December 21, 2008
    A report issued by the Department of Interior’s Inspector General harshly criticizes Julie MacDonald, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks. According to the report, MacDonald “frequently contested the scientific findi...   read more
  • Rumsfeld and Torture: The Walls Close In

    Wednesday, December 17, 2008
    The Senate Armed Services Committee has issued a devastating report that concludes that the use of torture at Abu Ghraib prison and other sites was not the work of isolated “bad apples,” but the direct result of directives issued by Secretary of D...   read more
  • Who’s Getting Trillions in Loans? It’s a Secret

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008
    The Federal Reserve has refused a request by Bloomberg News to reveal who has received more than $2 trillion in emergency loans and what the Fed has accepted as collateral. Of the total, $1.23 trillion has been doled out in the last three months. ...   read more
  • Texas County Tries to Stop Border Fence

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008
    El Paso County in Western Texas, which has a larger population than the state of Alaska, has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court to stop construction of hundreds of miles of fencing on the Mexican border. Homeland Security Secretary Michae...   read more
  • Federal Agency Board Worth $34 Billion Hasn’t Met in Almost Two Years

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008
    The Railroad Retirement Board is a rich but obscure agency that distributes $10 billion a year in retirement benefits to more than 600,000 beneficiaries and $74 million annually in unemployment benefits to 29,000 claimants. According to an investi...   read more
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