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If the government shuts down, which services will be shut off?

By | 02.23.11 | 1:20 pm

The rumor mill on Capitol Hill has the nation anticipating a federal government shutdown, which could happen in nine days if Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on the federal spending plan for the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. The current plan runs out on More…

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Prospective GOP congressmen outline creative, if limited, plans to cut spending

By | 10.21.10 | 6:00 am

Dan Benishek, a Republican favored to win the congressional seat in Michigan’s First District, has loads of ideas for reducing the federal deficit. “The Department of Energy was created in the 1970s to make us energy independent, and look at us now,” he said. “So what is its purpose, then?” More…

Key Federal Agency Proposes Potential Pipeline Safety Regulations

By | 10.20.10 | 11:50 am

The federal agency charged with ensuring the safety of the nation’s pipeline system released for public comment earlier this week a proposal to overhaul pipeline safety.

The proposal, an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, lays out a number of potential issues the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or More…

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A year after review, immigrant detainees still treated like prisoners

By | 10.18.10 | 6:00 am

On Sunday, Pedro Perez Guzman will miss his son’s fourth birthday. Guzman, 30, has been in immigration detention since Sept. 28, 2009, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents appeared out of nowhere and handcuffed him for deportation.

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Immigration Authorities Use Social Networking Sites to Check on Fraud, Fake Marriages

By | 10.15.10 | 11:27 am

Faking a marriage to get a green card? Be careful what you say on Facebook: Federal immigration authorities may use social networks to determine whether immigrants are committing fraud in the immigration process, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services documents obtained by Electronic Frontier Foundation. More…

Oil Spill Commission Co-Chair Defends Panel’s Reports

By | 10.13.10 | 6:10 pm

The national oil spill commission managed to get through its meeting today without addressing the controversial reports its staff released last week, which criticized the Obama administration’s response to the Gulf oil spill. But afterward, reporters pressed commission co-chairman William Reilly for comment. And Reilly defended the reports. More…

Running the Numbers on Offshore Drilling Inspectors

By | 10.12.10 | 3:36 pm

Here’s one interesting tidbit from today’s conference call on the deepwater drilling moratorium. Even though the administration has decided to lift the moratorium, the Interior Department has not yet hired new inspectors to look at rigs in the Gulf.

Michael Bromwich, head of the newly formed Bureau of Energy More…

Texas Fighting to Be First on Offshore Wind

By | 10.08.10 | 5:23 pm

There’s been a lot of talk about the so-called clean energy race between the United States and China. But there’s a home-grown energy race brewing that has garnered far less attention.

In lane one you’ve got the federal government, which announced this week that it signed the first lease More…

When Will the First U.S. Offshore Wind Project Be Built?

By | 10.08.10 | 2:32 pm

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced this week that he signed the lease for the country’s first offshore wind project. The Cape Wind project, in Massachusetts, has been mired in years of regulatory delay, but the lease signing was hailed by renewable energy advocates as a significant milestone in building More…

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Undeterred by Government Reversal, Communities Keep Up Fight to Opt Out of Immigration Program

By | 10.08.10 | 6:00 am

Until last week, local officials in Arlington, Va., Santa Clara, Calif., San Francisco and Washington, D.C., thought they’d have no trouble opting out of the Secure Communities program, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement initiative that runs fingerprints collected by local police through federal immigration databases. After all, Secretary of Homeland More…