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president of the Blue Frontier Campaign (bluefront.org), and author of "Blue Frontier -- Dispatches from America's Ocean Wilderness" and "50 Ways to Save the Ocean."THE FEDERAL Emergency Management Agency said last week that it has run out of money to pay insurance claims from this year's hurricanes. Not counting Wilma, the claims top $22 billion. So you'd think the troubled agency would be eager to reduce future...
Tags: George W. Bush, Property, Real Estate, Key West, Homes
Plans to build a bridge that would connect two campuses at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond are raising some controversy. That's because $11 million in federal stimulus money will help fund the bridge. The watchdog group Taxpayers...
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It's time once again for a new round of Pin the Tail on the Porker, a game Congress plays every time an appropriations bill comes along. The rules are simple: Rail about wasteful earmarks your colleagues (preferably from the other party) are inserting...
Washington BureauWASHINGTON — Despite congressional protests to the contrary, a watchdog group charged Tuesday that pork-barrel spending is alive and well in Washington, and may even be growing. Citizens Against Government Waste, an advocacy group frequently...
Times Staff WritersWASHINGTON — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vows to make reform of congressional earmarks a priority of his tenure, arguing that members need to be more transparent when they load pet projects for their districts into federal spending...
Tags: Jack Abramoff, Finance, Property, Travel, Arizona
The SwampCaptain Morgan at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, August 2008. Photo by Frank James. by Frank James Will U.S. taxpayers be subsidizing Captain Morgan Rum ads? No, I don't have a little Captain in me, so to speak.......
Spin CycleThe evolution of our Brave New World of economic collapse and government-insured market capitalism is accompanied by poignant symbols that overlay new realities with old habits: AIG pays for a ritzy resort visit after getting billions, GM execs fly......
Tags: Bank of America Corp., Banking, Football, Politics, Sports
The Swampby James Oliphant and Richard Simon Since President-elect Barack Obama laid out plans for the largest injection of federal spending into the economy since the New Deal, just about everyone has started angling for a piece of the action. With......
Tags: Alabama, Newspapers, Tourism and Leisure, Homes, Vehicles
The Swampby Richard Simon and Jill Zuckman As Washington gears up for a big night of inaugural balls, a delicate dance is taking place. Planners want to stage a splashy celebration worthy of the historic moment but are doing it in......
The Swampby Janet Hook with Noam N. Levey, Jim Puzzanghera, Richard Simon and Jim Tankersley. . With Congress moving toward passage of an $800-billion-plus economic stimulus plan, big government is back. Unabashed. With a vengeance. The stimulus is bigger than...
The Swampby Frank James Whenever Congress rushes through complex legislation, there's likely to be more than a few unintended consequences. And the package of more than $800 billion in spending that lawmakers want to spend to stimulate the economy is no......
The Swampby Frank James The House has started debate on the $790 billion economic stimulus legislation and lawmakers beginning with a procedural argument. Republicans are complaining that the House Democratic leadership hasn't abided by an agreement that the whole...
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