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August 4, 1999
In 1994, then House Speaker Newt Gingrich promised to post all congressional proceedings on the Internet as a way of launching what he called a "civilizational upheaval" in which "regular people in little towns"--not well-moneyed lobbyists--would manage affairs in Washington.
January 7, 2006 |
A report to Congress released Friday concluded that the Bush administration's defense of the National Security Agency's domestic spying program was not as "well-grounded" in the law as the White House claimed. The report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service is the most comprehensive analysis yet of legal arguments for President Bush's authorization of warrantless eavesdropping in the U.S.
September 3, 1989 |
Everyone in Washington knows about ghost writers, political managers, erudite wives and lobbyists who put words in the mouths of members of Congress. Few know of the solons' secret source of wise words--the Congressional Research Service. CRS is the Library of Congress arm--or rather eye--that looks things up for Congress, to put it simply.
September 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon would furlough 400,000 civilian workers and temporarily stop paying death benefits to military families. The National Park Service would close all 401 national parks and give overnight campers two days to leave. Calls to the IRS would go unanswered. Those are among the effects that the public probably will notice first if federal agencies start shutting down Tuesday because Congress has failed to pass a bill to provide money for the new fiscal year. Agencies began disclosing their contingency plans Friday, and the announcements immediately became part of the partisan back-and-forth over whether the government will shut down and who is to blame.
December 15, 2002 |
Though many had died flying the Harrier, Marine Corps pilot Peter E. Yount never thought it would let him down. He knew the attack jet well and was devoted to it. In the entire U.S. arsenal, only the compact, muscular-looking Harrier could lift straight up off a runway, hover like a hummingbird, then blast off in search of targets. "Difficult but honest" is how Yount described it. But on a clear spring day in 1998, the Harrier would betray him.
October 19, 2001 |
General Dynamics Corp. beat out rival Northrop Grumman Corp. for contracts to build the U.S. Navy's next generation of supply ships--a 12-vessel program worth as much as $3.7 billion, the Navy said. General Dynamics' National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. in San Diego bested L.A.-based Northrop Grumman's Avondale Industries, based outside New Orleans.