Most Americans do not realize that the national debt is divided into 2 parts, what the government calls "Public Debt" and "Intragovernmental Holdings"(IH). Without that understanding, they have no chance of realizing that the lat
U.S. defined benefit pension plans, which pay a fixed amount to retired employees, are underfunded as a group by $450 billion and the agency that backs them is $22.8 billion in deficit. Lawmakers want to close funding loopholes and get the system on
A computer hacker got into the U.S. agency that guards the country's nuclear weapons stockpile and stole the personal records of at least 1,500 employees and contractors, a senior U.S. lawmaker said on Friday.
The owners of the sagging, flood-stained home aren't in. Above the front door, a banner explains their absence, and the lack of progress: "Allstate paid $10,113.34 on this house for storm damage."
Like the home next to it and the one
Known among activist groups as either Anna Davies or Anna Davidson, others know her as Grai Damiani. She focuses her efforts largely on "anarchist" groups. Activists say that she has tried to provoke conflict at various advocacy events and
Wedding parties and other groups hoping to commemorate their special event with a photograph at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument or other popular landmarks on National Park Service land now have to pay for a permit.
The US House of Representatives approved $32 billion for domestic security programs next year as some lawmakers seethed over their inability to stop funding cuts this year for big cities seen as high-risk targets for terrorist attacks.
Those heaping portions at restaurants — and doggie bags for the leftovers — may be a thing of the past, if health officials get their way.
The government is trying to enlist the help of the nation’s eateries in fighting obesity. One of the first t
Angry New Orleans public-housing residents took charge of the recovery and cleanup of homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina and vandals, blaming the government for failing to act. Acting without the approval of housing authorities, some residents took t
President Bush has bestowed on his intelligence czar, John Negroponte, broad authority, in the name of national security, to excuse publicly traded companies from their usual accounting and securities-disclosure obligations.
After the parish canceled the drill, FEMA asked park management to drive around the park with bullhorns and simulate an evacuation notice. Evacuating the people in the trailers is a problem because residents are not allowed to have telephone lines, t
The Senate voted Thursday to make English the national language of the United States. Sort of. Moments after the 63-34 vote, it decided to call the mother tongue a "common and unifying language." Two dozen senators voted for both
The Pentagon's spending on secret programs has hit its highest point since the end of the Cold War. Classified programs appear to account for about $30.1 billion, or 19% of the acquisition funds sought in the 2007 DOD budget for
The Coast Guard has been tipping off some large commercial ships about security searches that had formerly been conducted without warning. Intense pressure from shipping companies concerned about the cost of delays had led commanders in some ports to
Last October, before the public learned that President Bush has secretly ordered the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans without a court order, the Pentagon approached the Senate intelligence committe with an unprecedented request.
The city council has rejected a measure allowing unmarried couples with multiple children to live together, and the mayor said those who fall into that category could soon face eviction. Denied an occupancy permit after moving into a home in this St.
More than 25 years after its eruption turned this river valley into moonscape, elk living in the shadow of Mount St. Helens are starving to death at a rate that has alarmed many observers.
This winter's elk die-off was the highest recorded by
European and US health chiefs ruled out imposing new regulations on the food industry to fight obesity, in spite of concern that the problem is becoming a serious threat to health worldwide. "The government can't tell someone what to eat. Th
Many Muslim and Arab Americans fear the bridge-building initiative that began after the 9/11 attacks means little more than propaganda, recruitment and spying. "It's not about reaching out to us and including us," said community activis
Ten states, led by California, sued the federal government to try to force the Bush administration to strengthen gas mileage requirements for sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. The lawsuit contends the National Highway Traffic Safety Administr
The CIA, the FBI and other federal agencies are using polygraph machines more than ever to screen applicants and hunt for lawbreakers, even as scientists have become more certain that the equipment is ineffective in accurately detecting when people a
President Bush approved a Dubai-owned company's $1.24 billion takeover of Doncasters, a British engineering company with US plants that supply the Pentagon. Bush signed off on the deal after getting company assurances that the military supply cha
President Bush said the national anthem should be sung in English—not Spanish—in a blunt rejection of a new Spanish-language version. He expressed opposition to national work stoppage, "I'm not a supporter of boycotts," Bush said, while
Saying surfing the web is equivalent to reading a newspaper or talking on the phone, an administrative law judge says only a reprimand is appropriate for a city worker accused of failing to heed warnings to stay off the Internet.
Online bank customers may want to pay a little more attention to their browsers the next time they log in, because many of the most popular banking sites in the U.S. may be needlessly placing their customers at risk to online thieves, a noted securit
New findings by a pair of economists cast doubt on assertions that about half of minority kids don't make it out of high school - and that only about three-fourths of U.S. teens overall graduate on time.
A study released relies on long-term go
More than 2,000 people were known to have been executed around the world last year, the vast majority of them in China, followed by
Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States, Amnesty International said. In its annual report on executions, the rights
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