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What message are our legislators sending to voters, when they publicly admit they haven't done their job? How many bills are passed each year that policymakers haven't even bothered to read? This is disgraceful. This is called dereliction of duties and we must demand a stop to this practice.

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Missoula Independent (MO)

by Nick Davis

October 6, 2005

What's gone awry with the military's anthrax vaccine program?

Almost a year and a half ago, Hubbell received an e-mail from her daughter-in-law expressing concern about the anthrax vaccination program that Hubbella's son, a 27-year-old senior airman then stationed at a West Coast Air Force Base, had begun receiving prior to his deployment overseas.

by Roy Mark

September 23, 2005

The Senate Judiciary Committee expects to vote next week on legislation making it a crime for data brokers to conceal a security breach involving personal data and increasing penalties for computer fraud when the act involves personal data.

The bill adds a legal bite to legislation already approved by the Senate Commerce Committee in July requiring data brokers, government agencies and educational institutions to disclose security breaches to consumers within 45 days if there is a "reasonable risk" of identity theft involved in the breach.

The Seattle Times

by Ralph Vartabedian and Richard B. Schmitt

September 19, 2005

NEW ORLEANS - A controversial project to build a hurricane barrier for New Orleans 40 years ago and an environmental lawsuit that stopped construction have moved to the center of a political battle to change federal environmental laws.

A House panel has begun examining whether New Orleans' defenses against Hurricane Katrina were compromised by the suit, which resulted in an injunction in 1977. The Army Corps of Engineers dropped the project by 1986 in favor of raising levees in the city.

The Seattle Times

by Nicole Gaouette, Alan Miller and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

September 19, 2005

WASHINGTON " The federal government's efforts to help victims of Hurricane Katrina have been hobbled by inadequate planning and coordination, troubled computer systems and confusion over who will pay the costs.

Interviews with federal officials indicate recovery difficulties have gone beyond the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and span key agencies in Washington, where top officials are trying to respond to a huge reconstruction problem for which they had no policies or plans. Huge contracts are pouring out of agencies, but the task ahead involves some issues the federal government hasn't thought seriously about since the 1960s.

The Sierra Times

by Anthony C. LoBaido

September 14, 2005

The poor have always been exploited. Jesus said we would always have the poor with us. That's never been more true than the past two weeks.

Katrina, race and poverty bla, bla, bla. It's on the cover of every leftist, secular oriented magazine in the supermarket. Except for the mega funny newspaper which says Hitler is a fry cook in New Orleans. Er, I mean was. First, poor blacks are the majority in New Orleans. They have a black mayor. Don't these people deserve better from themselves, if not from the government?

Socialist Worker

by Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky

September 9, 2005

Two days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreens store at the corner of Royal and Iberville Streets in the city’s historic French Quarter remained locked.

They were attending an EMS conference in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck. They spent most of the next week trapped by the flooding--and the martial law cordon around the city. Here, they tell their story.

News With Views

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

August 23, 2005

It appears that a strengthened U.S.A. Patriot Act will soon sail through Congress with little opposition or consternation on the part of the American people.

The new Patriot Act is even more stringent than the original. In addition, many of the more egregious elements of the Patriot Act which were originally scheduled to sunset are made permanent in the latest version. And the vast majority of the American people do not seem to mind.

The New York Times

by Erik Eckholm

August 20, 2005

As a mother, Stephanie Harris seemed hopeless. She was 29 and a determined crack addict back in 1993, when she was sent to prison for neglecting her six children, including infant twins.

The authorities had little choice, she now agrees, but to give custody of her children to relatives. If history were the guide, in Alabama or perhaps any other state, Ms. Harris might never have regained her children, child welfare officials here say. More likely, the children would have been shuffled among relatives and foster homes.

Business Week

by Christopher Farrell

August 19, 2005

Raising it to 50 cents or $1 per gallon would push conservation and send a signal to America's enemies. It's the surest way to cut oil dependence

What sort of action should government take in response to high energy prices? How about hiking the federal tax on gasoline? Yes, you read that right. Washington should raise the federal tax on gasoline from its current 18.4 cents a gallon to 50 cents -- or even $1.

August 16, 2005

A new nationwide study released by the nonpartisan Bay Area Center for Voting Research (BACVR) ranks the political leanings of every American city and finds that Detroit, Michigan is the most liberal and Provo, Utah the most conservative.

In all, the BACVR researchers examined voting patterns of 237 American cities with populations of over 100,000 and ranked them each on liberal and conservative scales. The list of Americas most liberal cities is dominated by cities with large African American populations that are concentrated in the Northeast, Midwest and California. Conversely, the study found that the staunchest conservative cities are clustered in the South and interior West and have extremely low numbers of African American residents.

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