STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Congress to investigate rail safety
By Don Davis
The U.S. House and Senate plan separate hearings on railroad safety after a series of derailments produced a flood of safety concerns.
A Senate committee plans a Thursday hearing, while o... Posted on 2/11/14 at 10:48 AM
THE FLENSBURGER FILES 2013 Christmas Market Tour: Gera (Thuringia)
Situated along the White Elster in eastern Thuringia, one does not pay attention to the third largest city in the state known as Gera, for many reasons. Once dubbed as the industrial hub in the form... Posted on 12/13/13 at 2:12 AM
PEACE GARDEN MAMA II mama mondays: undeserved blessings
A whole lot of things are going right at present, and I find myself feeling giddy about it all. Not that everything is perfect, but there does seem to be an abundance of the good stuff these days. I... Posted on 10/4/10 at 12:00 AM
STAFF BLOG TWIN PORTS BUSINESS More cash for clunkers could be coming
If you want to trade in that old gas guzzler and tap government incentives to replace it with a more fuel-efficient vehicle, you're still in business through this weekend. At least that's what White H... Posted on 7/31/09 at 5:30 AM
After describing the U.S. economy in the grimmest of terms for weeks, pushing his $787 billion stimulus plan through Congress, President Obama used his address on Tuesday night to tap the deep well of American optimism.
As President Obama prepares to address Congress and the American people Tuesday night in what is effectively his first State of the Union address, he faces three key questions about how he’ll use the moment.
With the $789 billion federal stimulus bill expected to be signed Monday, many local government agencies already have their hands out seeking money for buses, rail, green roofs, windows, roads and trails.
Rep. Paul Ryan’s bill providing tax credits to help people pay for health insurance failed to pass during the two-year session of Congress that ended this month.
So did Rep. Gwen Moore’s proposal for grants to help needy workers buy used cars to get to work.
Sen. Russ Feingold’s legislation paying for restoration efforts for the endangered whooping cranes that migrate from Wisconsin to Florida also went nowhere.
But that’s not unusual. Only 3 percent of the more than 14,000 bills introduced in Congress during the past two years were signed into law.
WASHINGTON — Christmas falls on Dec. 25, but in the nation’s capital it will come in early January, when the 111th Congress convenes and begins assembling an economic stimulus plan worth anywhere from $600 billion to $850 billion, and counting.
David Lightman and Kevin G. Hall
, December 22, 2008
Well, we Republicans just made history. Not the type of history we wanted to make, mind you, but history nonetheless. Not only did we lose the White House but, after losing our House and Senate majorities in 2006, we followed it up Tuesday night with even steeper losses in Congress.
The Duluth News Tribune endorses Jim Oberstar for re-election in Minnesota's U.S. House District 8, representing Duluth and the rest of Northeastern Minnesota. This endorsement will appear in Thursday's edition of the News Tribune.
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