The Pew Charitable Trusts recently found that states which voted against President Obama twice are actually big-gumint takers. While the elected governments of red states perpetually tout austerity measures and use bumper-sticker platitudes like “pull yourselves up by the bootstraps” (or eat them for sustenance), the attitudes of voters at the voting booth and their state legislatures don’t actually reflect this sentiment.
Even on a year where Democrats were “trounced at the polls”, reform of marijuana and criminal justice policies got support on the ballot in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C.
Detainers, or notices from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requesting police to hold prisoners an extra two days for possible deportation, after the prisoner would ordinarily be released because the charges were dropped or bail was posted, are being ignored in many cities.
It has been two years since Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey, but many homeowners are still waiting to get their homes back.
By Dahleen Glanton, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — In the nearly 60 years since the federal government became the official caretaker of former U.S. presidents’ historical documents, presidential libraries have engaged in a delicate dance to keep the private foundations that build them and the taxpayers who keep them running from stepping on each other’s toes. […]
By Nick Swartsell, The Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON — A federal agency’s planning effort for land along the Red River has ignited a new skirmish in the fight between conservative Texas politicians and Washington. The uproar follows a high-profile controversy around the Bureau of Land Management’s actions in Nevada. The tangle between the bureau and Texas […]
By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times Washington state accused the federal government Monday of missing crucial legal deadlines to clean up 56 million gallons of highly radioactive waste at the former Hanford nuclear weapons site in southeastern Washington, demanding a new set of schedules by April 15. Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson […]
By Mark Greenblatt, Scripps News WASHINGTON — In 2011, NASA booked a flight for Ames Research Center Director Simon “Pete” Worden to fly first class from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco. Cost of the one-way ticket: $14,773, versus the $189 average coach fare. Although the trip is reported in NASA’s annual travel disclosure, the agency now […]