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President Obama today nominated Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, to head U.S. Strategic Command. Strategic Command, based at the Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons, missile defenses and space warfare mission.   The four-star general has commanded the Air Force Space Command since 2007, […]
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The Senate has rejected two proposals to amend the Constitution to require Congress to come up with a balanced budget every year. The votes on the two measures, one backed by Republicans and the other by Democrats, effectively ends for this year the drive to change the Constitution as a way of forcing Congress to […]
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Unemployment remains stubbornly high at just over 9 percent, but it’s the alarming number of long-term jobless that is causing fresh concern for Democratic lawmakers. About 42 percent of the nation’s 14.1 million unemployed have been out of work for at least six months, and nearly one in three has been jobless more than a […]
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Less than two weeks away from the deadline for an unprecedented government default, President Barack Obama sought Friday to pressure House Republicans to come around to a deal that he insisted must include new taxes as well as unpalatable spending cuts. At the same time, even with no clear end in sight to negotiations that […]
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House Democrats are advising Congress’ supercommittee to create jobs, raise revenues and avoid damaging cuts to crucial public works, education and health programs as the panel searches for ways to curb the government’s growing debt. A day ahead of a deadline for submitting advice to the supercommittee, minority Democrats from 16 House committees released letters […]
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The Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have issued an ozone alert for the Front Range. Officials say hot temperatures, clear skies and light winds may lead to increased ozone throughout the region. The alert is in effect until 4 p.m. Monday. Ozone can trigger attacks for people […]
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      A federal appeals court has turned down a Freedom of Information Act request related to the 2010 cyberattack on Google users in China.   The request from the Electronic Privacy Information Center was to disclose communications between Google and the U.S. National Security Agency. The center focuses on privacy and civil liberties. […]
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Tech companies say the Trump administration’s import tariffs have hit them with price increases too steep to absorb — and it’s going to get worse in January. The tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods started at 10 percent Sept. 22. Cisco Systems added a 10 percent pass-through to 2,850 of its Chinese-manufactured items […]
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In a new campaign, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is warning that the Trump administration’s escalation of trade tariffs is “the wrong approach, and it threatens to derail our nation’s recent economic resurgence.” The U.S. Chamber released a state-by-state analysis of the potential impact of retaliatory tariffs from China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico, […]
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After six years and more than $600,000 spent in a public-private partnership, the coalition that hired El Paso County’s first lobbyist is pleased with its investment. The group of 13 (10 members started the program in 2010 and paid $10,000 each to hire the lobbyist; the number is now 13 members) private businesses, nonprofits and […]
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The impending fiscal cliff, with an 8.3 percent cut in park budgets, could result in the termination of thousands of park workers and force other national parks to shut down, says the Coalition of National Park Retirees. But that’s not all. In addition, campgrounds, visitors centers, educational programs would end. Maintenance and repair for buildings, […]
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In a trial of a politically divisive program, U.S. prosecutors in Denver and Baltimore are reviewing thousands of deportation cases to determine which illegal immigrants might stay in the country — perhaps indefinitely — so officials can reduce an overwhelming backlog by focusing mainly on detainees with criminal backgrounds or who are deemed threats to […]
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