February 4, 2013 • 4:59 am
Government by the people and for the people, just not paid for by the people? The American public continues its ambivalence towards governance and the dollars and cents that it costs, the civil liberty decisions and the intrusion into personal matters. Americans have come to see government as the root of many evils and seem to lack the political imagination to conceive of a way out or an alternative… The Pew Research Center puts out yet another timely study and overview of this important public opinion topic.
“As Barack Obama begins his second term in office, trust in federal government remains mired near a historic low and frustration with government remains high.
Explore public attitudes towards the federal government over time and compare the data with other key national indicators, such as …”
via Public Trust in Government: 1958-2013 | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
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January 8, 2012 • 9:56 am
RONALD REAGAN appointed him to a federal judgeship. He served as acting attorney-general under George Bush junior. He has backed a law allowing investigators to interrogate terrorism suspects without informing them of their rights. As a federal attorney he prosecuted two prominent Democratic congressman; in private practice he represented large corporations. This is the CV not of a Republican judicial candidate, but of Eric Holder, Barack Obama’s attorney-general. Long unpopular with the right as well as the left, Mr Holder may well spend the coming year …
MORE via Election laws: Holder v states | The Economist.
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December 24, 2011 • 4:26 pm
Eight states will ring in the New Year with a higher minimum wage, under state laws that require wage floors to keep apace with inflation. San Francisco, one of the few cities that sets its own minimum wage above the …
MORE via 8 States to Raise Minimum Wage – NYTimes.com.
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October 12, 2011 • 6:38 am
As more Americans turn to government programs for refuge from a merciless economy, a growing number are encountering a new price of admission to the social safety net: a urine sample.
MORE via States Adding Drug Test as Hurdle for Welfare – NYTimes.com.
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October 9, 2011 • 5:14 am
California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday finished signing the California Dream Act, under which California students who are undocumented immigrants will qualify for state-funded financial aid for college.
The controversial bill is the highest-profile act to expand undocumented students’ access to higher education after a federal Dream Act, which would have given undocumented students a path to short-term permanent residency status, failed last year to attract enough …
MORE via California Governor Signs Dream Act – WSJ.com.
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October 7, 2011 • 4:22 am
In perhaps his most sober remarks about the economy this year, President Obama on Thursday described the weakening economy as “an emergency” and made the case for his jobs bill as …
MORE via Making Case for Jobs Bill, Obama Cites Europe’s Woes – NYTimes.com.
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October 5, 2011 • 5:48 am
The vanishing began Wednesday night, the most frightened families packing up their cars as soon as they heard …
MORE via After Ruling, Hispanics Flee an Alabama Town – NYTimes.com.
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