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How Can Luddite Adults Help Digital-Savvy Teens?

February 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I am one step ahead of my 10-year-old son on my iPhone skills, but that's only because I know my iTunes password and he doesn't. He can text faster on the cheap cell phone I bought him than he can type on the cheap laptop I bought him. How am...

Obama to draw few ultimatums in immigration speech

January 29, 2013 President Obama will make no ultimatums in his immigration speech on Tuesday other than to insist that any legislation must be comprehensive, according to administration officials. Obama also wants immigration legislation to establish a path to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants, a proposal that makes many Republicans uncomfortable. Sen. Mike...

Romney campaign says he wouldn't abolish FEMA

October 30, 2012 Politicians decry the Federal Emergency Management Agency at their peril. They never know when they might find themselves shamefully explaining away a misstatement or even a snarky remark about the federal disaster assistance agency in the wake of a big storm. Like now. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney suggested last...

White House holds back on sequester details

October 25, 2012 There’s a funny thing happening at federal agencies. When it comes to the details of the looming $1.2 trillion cut to their budgets, agency officials find themselves unable to explain just how those cuts would affect myriad programs on the ground. Instead, they have a unified message: talk to the...

Public would accept tax hikes in debt deal

October 17, 2012 Voters are more likely to embrace tax increases for households making $250,000 or more than cuts to Medicare or other domestic spending, according to the latest United Technologies/National JournalCongressional Connection Poll. They are also more worried about cuts in entitlement programs than about tax hikes as a part of any...

Arne Duncan would stay at Education for 2nd Obama term

September 27, 2012 If President Obama wins a second term, Education Secretary Arne Duncan will stay in his job, he toldNational Journal on Thursday. “I am staying, unless the president gets sick of me,” Duncan said after speaking at a K-12 Education Forum sponsored by the Hamilton Project. That’s unlikely to happen, considering...

DHS plan to defer deporting young undocumented immigrants hinges on details

July 20, 2012 The Obama administration’s program to defer deportation for young undocumented immigrants will be up and running on Aug. 15, but the program’s success will depend on a host of details that will be worked out on a case-by-case basis. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to give two-year deferrals to young...

Women in Washington: We have to work harder to get ahead

July 13, 2012 Washington has always provided opportunities for white-collar professionals. The government serves up a steady stream of jobs that are oriented toward the social sciences. Nowadays, those jobs attract more women, who cluster in social-science or arts-oriented studies and are graduating from college at higher rates than men. The city is...

High court upholds 'show me papers' piece of Arizona immigration law

June 25, 2012 “Show me your papers” is the most familiar provision of Arizona’s tough immigration law, but it is not the most consequential. As such, the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to allow that provision of the state law to stand is still a victory for the Obama administration. Conservative critics of the...

Intelligence committee chairs praise leak investigations

June 11, 2012 Two lawmakers -- a Democrat and a Republican -- leading congressional committees on intelligence said on Sunday that the appointment of two prosecutors to investigate recent leaks about U.S. national security operations are a good start to resolving what could be a serious threat to American safety. “They have an...

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