A federal appeals court is upholding the first federal regulations to reduce the gases blamed for global warming.   The rules, which were challenged by industry groups and states, will reduce emissions of six heat-trapping gases from large industrial facilities, such as factories and power plants, as well as automobile tailpipes.   A three-judge […]
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  The Supreme Court struck down key provisions of Arizona’s crackdown on immigrants Monday but said a much-debated portion on checking suspects’ status could go forward.   The court did not throw out the state provision requiring police to check the immigration status of someone they suspect is in the United States illegally. Even there, […]
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The federal government is launching a $26 million challenge to manufacturers to foster innovation and job creation through public-private partnerships. The hope is the challenge will help entice private capital to projects that oculd promote cluster-based development in regions across the United States. The government wants to build on the momentum within the manufacturing sector, […]
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The Colorado legislature passed a bill during its special session that aims to return the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to solvency. The bill will allow employers to borrow money at about 1.5 percent through bonds from private investors to pay federal debt in the fund. “Right now the unemployment insurance trust fund is about […]
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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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The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service sought Wednesday to tamp down concern over wide-scale cuts, revealing it will seek to keep thousands of rural post offices open with shorter hours. At a news briefing, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the mail agency was backing off its plan to close up to 3,700 low-revenue post offices […]
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Want a shot at doing what politicians in Washington can’t seem to do: balance the federal budget and erase the debt? The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is given ordinary Americans the chance to stabilize the debt through a budget simulator that teaches the public about changes that must be made to control the […]
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Legislation that weakens some federal controls to help startup companies raise capital and help small-scale investors put money into promising new ventures is set to pass the Senate Thursday. President Barack Obama supports the measure, which stands to be one of few bipartisan bills to pass Congress during this politically contentious election year. The final […]
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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says that like most governors, he prefers state regulation of oil and gas drilling to federal regulation. “Most governors are going to argue that it should be a state responsibility,” Hickenlooper said Wednesday at a news conference during the energy consulting firm IHS CERA’s annual executive conference in Houston. “We can […]
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A Republican bill encouraging Colorado agencies to seek waivers from federal regulations got initial approval. The proposal would direct state agencies to explore whether it’s possible to seek waivers from federal regulations and determine if it’s possible for Colorado to implement its own rules. Agencies would report to the Legislature annually to discuss waiver possibilities. […]
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A compromise bill extending a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed should be enacted, but it’s not going to help the economy very much, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. Boehner, R-Ohio, made the remarks hours after bipartisan congressional bargainers announced agreement on legislation extending those provisions through 2012 and heading […]
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Congressional leaders of both parties praised an emerging deal Wednesday to extend a payroll tax cut and extra jobless benefits through 2012, but cautioned that bargainers still had to nail down final details. The rare, bipartisan consensus reflected a desire by both parties to put the long-running drama over the issue to rest and a […]
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