Government

Missile Defense Program Accused of Wasting $40 Billion

By Carter Salis, Project on Government Oversight Don’t throw good money after bad. It seems like common sense, but a recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) reveals that common sense is not necessarily common at the Department of Defense ...

Susan Collins: I’m not voting for Trump

Sen. Susan Collins joined the growing list of Republicans who say they aren’t supporting Donald Trump in the general election.“Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our ...

How Newtown gave Chris Murphy a mission

Few politicians would ever admit this, but Sen. Chris Murphy (a Connecticut Democrat so boyish he has been mistaken for a junior staffer) says he was unfocused, a bit adrift, after being elected to the upper chamber in 2012.Then came Dec. 14, ...

Reduction in Number of Criminal Jury Trials Seen as Lowering Quality of Justice in...

By Benjamin Weiser, New York Times The criminal trial ended more than 2 1/2 years ago, but Judge Jesse M. Furman can still vividly recall the case. It stands out, not because of the defendant or the subject matter, but because of ...

Once Again, Libertarian and Green Parties are Denied Participation in Presidential Debates

By Kevin Lessmiller, Courthouse News Service (CN) — A federal judge on Friday shot down the Libertarian and Green parties' claim that they have a legal right to participate in this year's presidential debates. The Libertarian National Committee and the Green Party ...

Helen Bentley, former Maryland congresswoman, dies at 92

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Helen Delich Bentley, a former Maryland congresswoman who was an expert on the maritime industry, died Saturday of brain cancer. She was 92.Key Kidder, a spokesman for the family, said Bentley died shortly after 1:30 p.m. at her home ...

Do Oil Companies Really Need $4 Billion per Year of Taxpayers’ Money?

By Eduardo Porter, New York Times What would happen if the federal government ended its subsidies to companies that drill for oil and gas? The U.S. oil and gas industry has argued that such a move would leave the United States more ...

Poll: Voters give Democrats edge to lead Congress

More American voters want the Democratic Party to lead Congress than its Republican counterpart, which has controlled both the House and the Senate since the 2014 midterm elections, according to the latest results of a national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of ...

Planned Government Use of Facial-Recognition Drones in U.S. Raises Privacy Concerns

By Wendy Lee, New York Times SAN FRANCISCO -- The Department of Homeland Security is hiring in Silicon Valley -- for drones. Last week, technology entrepreneurs filled a Menlo Park conference room, where officials spelled out their needs -- drones small and ...

Mini-Trump goes after Ryan in his own backyard

JANESVILLE, Wis. — In an abandoned parking lot on the outskirts of Paul Ryan’s hometown, Paul Nehlen railed against what he called the House speaker’s “open borders policies" and claimed Ryan is “giving American jobs to foreigners.” Attendance at the Wednesday evening ...

Ryan dismisses Trump’s non-endorsement

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Speaker Paul Ryan swiped back at Donald Trump on Thursday, suggesting he doesn't need the GOP nominee's endorsement to win his primary and saying Trump has "had a pretty strange run since the convention."On a Wisconsin talk show, the ...

Medical Marijuana Use Saves Lives and Money

By Randy Tucker, New York Times DAYTON, Ohio -- The debate preceding the legalization of medical marijuana in Ohio focused primarily on its risks, but a number of recent studies indicate the benefits of marijuana treatment could mean the difference between life ...