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OSHA runs into repetitive problem in House

June 20, 2000 The issue of ergonomics has confronted the House so many times that it is causing members repetitive stress. It might also be affecting their memories. For years, Republicans and their business allies have questioned whether there is sufficient scientific evidence to support the enactment of federal requirements for how employers ...

Senator wants felons off the payroll faster

April 17, 2000 Still miffed that the Pentagon kept a convicted felon (who was a law enforcement officer) on the payroll long enough for him to qualify for a juicier government retirement package, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has introduced a bill to send such folks packing. The object of Grassley's scorn is Larry ...

The government goes offline

November 22, 1999 The sovereign power of nation-states and national governments rose in lockstep with artillery and the Industrial Revolution-and will probably shrink as the age of mass production is supplanted by the information-powered age of catalogued, customized, cross-border consumerism. For decades, nation-states have been losing autonomy on the big issues of war ...

Front and Center

October 27, 1997 They were strangers united by a common dream: to be the first American women to pilot fighters, to steer bombers halfway around the world, to command warships, to help keep the peace in faraway war zones, to reach the highest echelons of military command. In the process, they would have ...

En Garde!

July 21, 1997 FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, PA.--Here in the rugged foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, members of the 103rd Combat Engineers Battalion struggle to load a bulldozer onto a trailer in a choking haze of dust. They look like a typical Army unit. Yet the 103rd Combat Engineers are members of the Pennsylvania ...

Line Item Veto Myths

July 8, 1997 Here's the quiz of the day: The Line Item Veto Act, unleashed for now by the Supreme Court for President Clinton to use, promises to A) cut pork spending; B) reduce the federal budget deficit; C) improve accountability; or D) none of the above. The correct answer, according to some ...

Dueling for Dollars

July 7, 1997 As House Appropriations Committee chairman Bob Livingston, R-La., took a breather late last month during a day marked by progress on three of his panel's annual spending bills, he seemed satisfied. At least so far, work on the appropriations bills is going much more smoothly than it did in 1995 ...

DoD's Collision Course

June 23, 1997 For those in command of America's armed forces, the future is usually clouded by the uncertainties of day-to-day crises in this or that corner of the globe and, closer to home, by Congress's annual budget deliberations. Recently, though, the belt-tightening demands of the balanced budget agreement and the mission-expanding agenda ...

The Devolution Revolution

June 9, 1997 Call it the devolution revolution. As the size and scope of the federal government shrinks, more power is headed to the states. John D. Donahue of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University takes a dim view of this development. "One can mount a contrary conceptual case ...

Gore Getting Ready to Run

May 30, 1997 Vice President Al Gore has said that he's treating his recent missteps and bad press as lessons learned early enough to help him before 2000. The same is true for members of his staff, who have been forced to learn the hard way that small mistakes are magnified many times ...