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    • Senate Agenda Created: Thursday, July 16, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Summary of the daily scheduled activities of the U.S. Senate
    • FDA Warns Against Powdered Pure Caffeine Use Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      You can buy it in bulk over the internet, but using 100% pure powdered caffeine can kill you, warns the FDA.
    • FTC Calls for Regulation of Data Brokers Created: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Behind your back, data brokers learn more about you than your family and friends know, and then sell it. That says the FTC, needs federal regulation.
    • GAO Finds Weakness in Top Secret Background Checks Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      The GAO tells Congress that key government agencies make it far too easy for people to get security clearance to handle top-secret information.
    • 5 Longest Filibusters in U.S. History Created: Saturday, February 05, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      See who conducted the longest filibusters in U.S. history. Find out how long the longest filibusters were. Discover what subjects were being debated during the longest filibusters. Learn what techn...
    • Born in Canada, Can Ted Cruz Run for President? Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) openly acknowledges that he was born in Canada. Could that prevent him from running for president in 2016?
    • US House of Representatives Agenda Created: Thursday, July 16, 2009 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Summary of the daily scheduled activities of the U.S. House of Representatives
    • Amazon Pushes Back on FAA Drone Delivery Ban Created: Saturday, July 19, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Amazon has requested an exemption from the FAA’s proposed rule banning the use of drone aircraft for commercial package delivery services.
    • Is Oilfield Fracking Causing Earthquakes? Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Is the practice of fracking in oil well drilling causing small earthquakes? A federal agency, while not sure, is concerned.
    • Another Scandal Haunts the VA Created: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Congress learns that the VA has been falsely creating an “appearance of success” in processing overdue benefit claims by simply changing their dates.
    • Feds Swarm Texas to Help With Kids Crossing Border Created: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      How the US government is dealing with the flood of children from Central America illegally crossing the Southwest border.
    • The President’s Cabinet Created: Saturday, March 07, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Departments and Secretaries of the President’s Cabinet Agencies
    • Beware of Automatic Bank Account Debit Scams Created: Sunday, July 13, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      And now, scamming telemarketers have come up with a way to simply steal money straight from consumers’ checking accounts, warns the FTC.
    • Feds Ban Drone Package Delivery Service Created: Thursday, June 26, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      The federal government has banned the use of drone aircraft for business purposes, like delivering packages. Sorry, Amazon.
    • FTC: Amazon Illegally Charged Parents for Kid’s Purchases Created: Saturday, July 12, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      The FTC has filed suit to force Amazon to pay back millions for mobile game app purchases made by kids without their parents’ knowledge or approval.
    • Teach Your Kids Not to Fear Nature, Feds Urge Created: Friday, July 11, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      A generation of sheltered wimps is rearing a new generation of sheltered wimps, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
    • US Embassy in Kabul Becoming Costly Headache Created: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
      Ongoing contract problems will result in 24% increase in cost to expand US embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, GAO reports.
    • Older US Workers Staying in Workforce Longer Created: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      More Americans age 65 and older are choosing to keep working, rather than retiring. Sure, the recession is one reason, but it’s not the only one.
    • IRS Workers Got Excess Pay During Furloughs, GAO Reports Created: Sunday, July 06, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014
      Even during unpaid furlough days, some IRS employees exploited weak management controls to game their time cards and get excess pay, reports the GAO.
    • Why US Diplomatic Facilities Still Face Terror Risks: GAO Created: Thursday, July 03, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 05, 2014
      The GAO reports why the State Department is still failing to properly protect US foreign diplomatic outposts like Benghazi.
    • VA Needs to Better Advise Student Veterans, GAO Finds Created: Saturday, July 05, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 05, 2014
      Lack of adequate advice from the VA is causing student veterans to fall for aggressive and deceptive college recruiting practices.
    • T-Mobile Guilty of Bill Cramming, FTC Alleges Created: Thursday, July 03, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      T-Mobile knowingly bilked its customers out of hundreds of millions of dollars by placing bogus charges on their bills for years, the FTC alleges.
    • USPS Go Green Stamps Good for the Environment Created: Sunday, October 02, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      The US Postal Service depicts 16 ways Americans can save energy and reduce greenhouse gasses on the new Go Green Forever stamp set.
    • Gender Pay Gap Widening, Census Data Shows Created: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
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    • For Better or Worse, a Farm Bill Passes Created: Wednesday, February 05, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      New US Farm Bill cuts food stamps, eliminates crop subsidies, but expands crop insurance program.
    • About the Farm Bill Created: Thursday, July 04, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      What is the U.S. Farm Bill and why does it affect everyone who eats?
    • Eric Holder: Attorney General Created: Sunday, March 08, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
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    • The U.S. Census Bureau Created: Sunday, May 20, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
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    • Brady Act Gun Buyer Background Checks Created: Saturday, March 10, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      What led to the gun buyer background checks require by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and how do they work?
    • Government Job Hiring Set to Soar Created: Saturday, July 14, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Over the next three years, the federal government -- the nation's largest employer -- is projected to hire nearly 193,000 new employees to fill "mission critical" positions in almost every occupati...
    • Registering to Vote Created: Saturday, October 14, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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    • Why Americans Once Gave the ‘Bellamy Salute’ Created: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Until 1942, Americans appeared to be saluting Adolph Hitler while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. It was called the Bellamy Salute.

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