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Photo ID Cards Won't Stop Food Stamp Fraud

March 27, 2015 Fraud is a real problem for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Some places want to target SNAP fraud (or "trafficking" as it's called in the food-stamp policy sphere) through a controversial means. Legislators have proposed and in some states enacted laws that require SNAP beneficiaries to carry food-stamp cards with ...

Will a U.S. City Ever Host Another Olympics?

March 26, 2015 The Olympics might not have fared much better in any other U.S. city. Asked last October, only a slight majority of respondents in Washington, D.C., said they supported bringing the rings to the nation's capital. In San Francisco,support for the Olympics was much stronger, however. One poll found that 70 ...

The Department of Justice Is Asking Ferguson To Do the Impossible

March 5, 2015 Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded its civil-rights investigation in Ferguson, Missouri, issuing a scathing report on the practices of the Ferguson Police Department and the city's municipal court system. Today, the city's law-enforcement agency and justice apparatus begin the long road to reform. But the directives given by ...

Oregon Homebrewers Get Set to Experiment With 'Sewerage Brewerage'

February 20, 2015 Clean Water Services of Portland, Oregon, wants its customers to understand one thing: Its water is clean. Really clean. Like, homebrewed-beer clean. Homebrewers are very particular about the water they use when they practice their art. That's why homebrewers in Portland, Hillsboro, Beaverton, and other places along Oregon's Tualatin River ...

In Portland, Maine, Snow Piles Reach FAA Height Limits

February 19, 2015 What's another 8 to 10 inches of snowfall for a city that's already removed 1 million cubic yards of snow? Portland, Maine, has bested all its recent records for snow this winter. The city has received 80 inches of snow so far, the Associated Press reports, more than three feet ...

Standing Desks Are Good, But Would a Standing Office Be Even Better?

February 9, 2015 Out-of-whack upper and lower vertebrae. Higher risks for certain cancers. Increased incidence of obesity (especially for minority women). Unsightlyvaricose veins and worse, even early death. Sitting is so bad for people that not even exercise can counteract the toll that it takes on our bodies. Yet the place where many ...

Poll: Spending on Infrastructure Is a Top Priority for Americans

January 21, 2015 As President Barack Obama gave the State of the Union address last night, House Speaker John Boehner sat on his hands for certain ideas and proposals. That's to be expected: These guys play for different teams. And these formalities have to be taken with a grain of salt. That Boehner ...

Why D.C. Better Hope It Wins the U.S. Olympic Bid

January 8, 2015 Lately, a dream has overtaken fans of Washington, D.C.'s professional football team. The idea is that the team's owner, Dan Snyder, will move the team to Los Angeles, a larger media market, with the promise that D.C. gets a new expansion team within three years. You can blame Bill Simmons ...

No More Winter 'Dibs' on Parking Spots

January 6, 2015 This winter, Boston's South End neighborhood embarks on a bold experiment in social engineering. With the mayor's blessing, The Boston Globe reports, the neighborhood has banned the popular practice of "dibs." What happens next could undermine Boston's reputation for extreme social grace under foul-weather pressure. Kidding, of course. Boston in ...

How Hard Will New Home-Loan Limits Hit Veterans?

December 31, 2014 For the record, the 113th Congress was not the least-productive legislative body in recent history. That dubious distinction belongs to the 112th Congress (thanks,Pew Research Center). But give the ol' 113th credit for (not) trying. In one of its final actions, or lack thereof, the 113th Congress failed to extend ...