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Bailout brings massive hiring, oversight challenges

October 10, 2008 Passage of the Wall Street rescue package is not the beginning of the end of Washington's role in the financial crisis; it is merely the end of the beginning. Congress has passed a vision of how the nation recovers. Now the Treasury Department has to implement it. "The New Deal...

After Gonzales, Justice seeks to regain trust of employees

August 31, 2007 Depending on who is sizing him up, departing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is either the Inspector Clouseau of the Bush administration -- a man who can't put one foot in front of the other without stumbling -- or a cunning political operative who does President Bush's bidding, no questions asked....

Pentagon, State struggle to define nation-building roles

April 30, 2007 For just $23.10, you can purchase a book from Amazon that will guide you through the invasion and occupation of a small country. If countries such as Haiti, Liberia, or Sierra Leone, with about 5 million people and per capita incomes of approximately $500, were on your To Do list,...

Facing the Big Guns

May 15, 2006 The Pentagon's new point man on detainee policy steps into the crossfire over inhumane treatment. "Cully" Stimson doesn't seem the type to cut class. A wiry judge advocate general in the Naval Reserve and, until recently, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, he has a litigator's fondness...

The Decision Makers: Intelligence Agencies

August 23, 2005 The director of national intelligence is the president's primary intelligence adviser, responsible for coordinating the activities of the 15 U.S. intelligence agencies, including the National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, and intelligence activities within other departments and military offices. The CIA correlates,...

Agriculture's homeland security role still in seedling stage, observers say

January 9, 2004 America is said to have the world's safest food supply, but it didn't seem so at the end of December. In Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina, a thousand people fell ill--and three died--just from eating green onions. In Washington state, when a single cow--already butchered and shipped out to...

USDA works to simplify food stamp program

January 5, 2004 To someone with a full stomach, the pickings look pretty slim at Bread for the City, Washington's largest food pantry. Each brown paper bag holds a three-day supply of canned fruits and vegetables, frozen hot dogs and turkey, ramen and other noodles, macaroni and cheese, and a few pudding packs....

Reinventing Iraq will require bureaucratic overhaul

March 27, 2003 A country called Iraq has existed only since 1919. But some cities in that land were already 16 centuries old when the nearby Egyptians built their pyramids. Bureaucrats in Mesopotamia, as the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers was known, began keeping written records in 3400 B.C. And despite...

INS registration spurs Muslim activism

February 18, 2003 As owner of a restaurant chain called James Coney Island and president of a large civic group in Texas, Ghulam Bombaywala could hardly be more American. "I've been involved in mainstream politics for the last 20 years," said Bombaywala, who leads the Pakistani-American Association of Greater Houston, "and I always...

HUD budget woes force local housing authorities to tighten belts

January 17, 2003 Nothing is easy about public housing: Not living in it, not running it, and not, as Michael Liu is discovering, paying for it. As assistant secretary for public and Indian housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, he is working in an organization saddled with such a history...

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