CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 |
The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County jumped by 16% over the last two years, fueled by lingering economic devastation from the recession and rising rents and housing prices, according to a survey released Friday. The sharp increase from 50,000 to more than 58,000 homeless people marked a departure from counts in 2011 and 2012, which showed reductions of 3% to 7% over previous years. And it came despite hundreds of millions of dollars in government aid pouring into the county each year to get people off the streets.
June 21, 2013 |
'He who pays the piper calls the tune" is a familiar piece of folk wisdom, but the Supreme Court rightly reaffirmed this week that it is bad constitutional law. At issue was a 2003 law under which the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Agency for International Development have spent billions of dollars to contain the spread of HIV/AIDs. Nongovernmental organizations that deliver services could not spend federal funds "to promote or advocate the legalization or practice of prostitution or sex trafficking" - a requirement Congress was free to impose.
January 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Northeast lawmakers, including a Republican, blasted the House GOP leadership Wednesday for delaying action on a multibillion-dollar Superstorm Sandy measure they say is critical to the recovery of their states. President Obama called on the House to take an immediate vote on the aid, saying in a statement that "our citizens are still trying to put their lives back together. Our states are still trying to rebuild vital infrastructure. " The House GOP leadership offered no explanation for putting off a vote on the recovery bill.
December 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration stepped up pressure on states Monday to guarantee insurance for all their low-income residents in 2014 under the new healthcare law, warning governors that the federal government would not pick up the total cost of partially expanding coverage. "We continue to encourage all states to fully expand their Medicaid programs and take advantage of the generous federal matching funds to cover more of their residents," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote in a letter to governors.
December 7, 2012 |
He smiled, he quipped that he felt like the friendly bartender, but Jon Stewart performed more like a relentless good cop. During a half-hour interview with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the late-night host pressed his subject like he was a friendly witness, but one with a serious consistency problem. During Thursday night's appearance on “The Daily Show,” the host asked the governor to explain how he could loathe President Obama one moment, then love him the next and how he could embrace federal aid in some cases (Hurricane Sandy relief)
November 28, 2012 |
Superstorm Sandy's tab swelled Wednesday as New York and New Jersey estimated they would need $79 billion in federal aid to cover damages, recovery and mitigation measures to cope with a future storm. In a joint statement released Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pledged to coordinate their recovery efforts and called on the Obama administration to support them. “Our economies and infrastructures are inextricably linked and, in many ways, dependent on one another, which is why we share common goals in the rebuilding effort,” the governors said in a news release.