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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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usdefensewatch.com

December 28, 2016

The thawing Arctic, and its potentially vast deposits of minerals and natural gas, is opening the global community to intense competition among major geopolitical players.

"There will be strategic competition over resources - hydrocarbons and shipping routes, primarily - and global warming will exacerbate them by exposing those resources," Stavridis said. Stavridis, the current dean of the Fletcher School and a retired four-star admiral whose last command was Supreme Allied Commander Europe, believes the U.S. is far behind other competitors, namely Russia, in pursuing interests in the region.

thefiscaltimes.com

by Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward

December 24, 2016

The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget.

The report, issued in January 2015, identified "a clear path" for the Defense Department to save $125 billion over five years. The plan would not have required layoffs of civil servants or reductions in military personnel. Instead, it would have streamlined the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements curtailed high-priced contractors and made better use of information technology.

bloomberg.com

by Stephen Stapczynski

December 24, 2016

Cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear plant -- a task predicted to cost 86 times the amount earmarked for decommissioning Japan's first commercial reactor -- is the mother of all salvage jobs.

Safely dismantling the Japanese power plant, wrecked by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, will cost about 8 trillion yen ($68 billion), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Dec. 9, quadrupling the previous estimate. While a contract to help clean up the facility would be a windfall for any firm with specialized technology, the lion's share of the work has gone to local companies that designed and built most of Japan's atomic infrastructure.

latimes.com

by Richard Winton, Matt Hamilton

December 17, 2016

Philip L. Browning, the director of Los Angeles County's child protective services agency and a veteran of county government, announced Wednesday that he is retiring early next year.

Browning, 70, said he recently came to the decision to retire and noted that he is the second-longest serving director for the Department of Children and Family Services. On a trip to Cuba last month with friends, he said he realized that he was the sole person in the group still in the workforce.

texastribune.org

by Marissa Evans

December 17, 2016

A board of lawmakers has given final approval for $150 million in funding to help pull the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services out of its crisis mode - but there are strings attached.

In a letter dated Thursday, the Legislative Budget Board has given the agency the go-ahead to hire 829 new caseworkers and give $12,000 raises to existing ones. The funding includes $142.4 million in state dollars and $7.6 million in federal money.

forbes.com

December 8, 2016

Before the bruising workplace conditions for white collar employees at Amazon became front page news in the New York Times last weekend, what were Amazon's workers saying about their experiences at the Seattle online retailing behemoth?

First a recap of the last few days: Times reporters David Streitfeld and Jodi Kantor wrote in a 7,000-word feature that they had interviewed 100 current and former Amazon employees, most of whom described an intense, often cutthroat workplace where senior managers encourage their reports to attack one another's ideas in meetings. An internal phone directory includes instructions on how to send secret notes about colleagues.

pri.org

December 3, 2016

Melting in the Arctic is an example of climate changes that, if not stopped and reversed, could become drivers of climate change in their own right.

A number of the tipping points relate to shrinking areas of ice, both on sea and on land. As you might expect, sea ice and land ice are both highly reflective, acting like mirrors reflecting much of the sun's energy back into space. When ice cover is reduced, that energy is instead absorbed as heat, leading to a rise in temperatures. This, in turn, triggers further melting and additional temperature rises.

breitbart.com

November 27, 2016

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is clarifying language on background check form 4473 to let would-be gun buyers know that even "legalized" marijuana use bars them from purchasing a firearm.

The clarification comes in light of "the conflict between Colorado law and federal law," which results from the dichotomy of marijuana being legal at the state level but federally unlawful.

Fox News

by Morgan Chalfant

November 18, 2016

President Obama sought to increase the amount of money available for the federal government to spend on former presidents in advance of his White House exit.

The report, which discusses the pensions and other federal benefits offered to former commanders-in-chief by way of the Former Presidents Act, specifies that Obama's 2017 budget proposes a nearly 18 percent hike in appropriations for expenditures of former presidents. He successfully requested an increase in such appropriations for fiscal year 2016.

express.co.uk

by Jon Austin

November 17, 2016

CONSPIRACY theorists claim two odd cloud sightings are proof the government is secretly still carrying out high-tech weather experiments which officially ceased more than a year ago.

UFO shaped clouds seen over Texas and a strange light seen darting above Indiana have sparked claims the controversial High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) was being restarted. Others believe the two incidents in America could even be down to so-called "cloaked UFOs" when flying saucers are supposedly concealed among clouds.

      
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