May 14, 2009 |
The federal government's E-Verify program, which seeks to reduce the hiring of illegal immigrants, is becoming increasingly popular, with 1,000 new businesses signing up each week despite concerns about its reliability. More than 124,000 businesses, including nearly 10,000 in California, are signed up for the Web-based identification program that enables employers to check whether an employee is authorized to work, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2009 |
As California lawmakers struggle with a budget gap that has now grown to $26.3 billion, one of the hottest topics for many taxpayers is the cost to the state of illegal immigrants. The question of whether taxpayers should provide services to illegal residents became a major political issue in California's last deep recession, culminating in the ballot fight over Proposition 187 in 1994.
April 25, 1989
Boeing Co.: The Seattle-based aircraft company said first-quarter profit rose to $161 million, up 18% from a year ago. Revenue advanced 10% to $4 billion. The firm attributed the gains to higher sales and lower levels of research, development and other new business expenses relating to commercial aircraft and computing. They were partly offset by continued performance problems on several U.S. government programs, increased research, development relating to electronics, defense and space programs and a higher effective federal income tax rate.
May 8, 2003 |
A U.S. judge in Portland ruled that government programs to protect threatened and endangered salmon runs in the Columbia River Basin do not meet requirements of the Endangered Species Act. U.S. District Judge James A. Redden struck down the strategy for protecting Columbia Basin salmon, issued in December 2000.The strategy focused on improving habitat, hatcheries and harvest limits without breaching four lower Snake River dams. Some environmentalists want the dams breached.
March 8, 2013
Re "GOP revisits Medicare reform," March 3 People get the greatest share of their lifetime medical care after age 65, and Medicare is currently the cheapest solution to that problem. The federal program's overhead is smaller than private insurance, but economists say the program is underfunded. If raising taxes is a tough sell, then increasing the monthly medical insurance premium that most Medicare recipients pay above $104 would improve its financing. That is cheaper than having millions of seniors on the welfare rolls due to medical bankruptcy, which could happen if we place seniors at the mercy of the insurance companies by giving them vouchers.
March 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's public push to restore relations with his congressional colleagues entered its second stage - the luncheon phase - Tuesday, when he conferred with Senate Democrats for the first of four midday meetings on Capitol Hill this week. Obama gathered with his allies for more than an hour at their weekly, closed-door strategy session at the Capitol. Top on the president's agenda is his effort to resolve the budget fight with congressional Republicans, as well as efforts to pass immigration reform and gun control.
October 3, 2012 |
No question, Mitt Romney's extensive debate preparation is paying off. At least in the first half of the debate, he seemed more emotionally connected than President Obama with the material -- making jokes and self-deprecating remarks and even invoking Big Bird in a discussion about the deficit and budget priorities. When moderator Jim Lehrer of PBS asked each candidate to describe the difference between his plan to attack the deficit and his opponent's, Romney couched the issue in moral terms.
December 18, 1999 |
President Clinton signed into law Friday legislation that could allow as many as 8 million Americans with disabilities to go to work without fear of losing their federal health insurance. "No one should have to choose between taking a job and having health care," Clinton said as he signed the legislation at the memorial to former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was himself partially paralyzed from a bout of polio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1996
In her Column Right on April 28, Arianna Huffington criticized Newt Gingrich for summarizing the Republican agenda as "Earn more, keep more, do more." She feels that instead of being so frank in stating that the core beliefs of his party are totally egotistical, he might have at least replaced the "do more" by "give more." Good for Huffington. At least she, unlike Gingrich, realizes that there are severe problems in our society that require compassion for their solution. However, Huffington's solution of such problems is private giving instead of government programs sponsored by the taxes we all pay. She should know better.
May 9, 2006 |
The federal government said Monday that it had moved to bar Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s San Diego hospital from Medicare and other government programs because of alleged kickbacks to doctors. The move could be costly to Tenet, possibly forcing it to sell the profitable hospital -- a rare commodity these days -- at a fire-sale price.