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Cheap Sensors Are Democratizing Air-Quality Data

July 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Until she moved to Fresno, California in 2003, Janet DietzKamei had never experienced asthma. But after just a few years in a city notorious for its filthy air—the American Lung Association lists it in the five worst U.S. cities for air quality—DietzKamei found herself in the emergency room struggling to...

Should the Government Turn Down the Airport Volume?

October 4, 2016 NEW YORK—On bad days, Cecil­ia Cody is awake some­time between 5:30 and 6 a.m., when the roar of the first air­plane jolts her out of bed. As the day goes on, the flights can soar over her home in the Bay­side neigh­bor­hood of Queens every couple of minutes, so loud...

Obama and the GOP Congress Ponder What They Can Get Done This Year

February 1, 2016 This week will help de­term­ine wheth­er the White House and the GOP-led Con­gress can ac­com­plish any­thing big in 2016. Pres­id­ent Obama will meet with Paul Ry­an on Tues­day for their first sit-down since Ry­an be­came House speak­er. Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell will be there too (even though it’s not,...

'Snowzilla' Sidelines House, Delays Senate

January 25, 2016 The “Snowzilla” storm has wreaked hav­oc on the con­gres­sion­al sched­ule, as the House has scrapped its en­tire ses­sion for the week—es­sen­tially cre­at­ing an un­planned re­cess—while the Sen­ate has pushed its own plans back a day. In­stead of start­ing its work Tues­day, as ori­gin­ally sched­uled, the Sen­ate will vote Wed­nes­day night...

NOAA: 2015 Was Hottest Year on Record

January 20, 2016 Glob­al tem­per­at­ures in 2015 were the warmest since re­cord-keep­ing began—and it wasn’t even close. Ac­cord­ing to new data from the Na­tion­al Ocean­ic and At­mo­spher­ic Ad­min­is­tra­tion and NASA, av­er­age tem­per­at­ures over land and ocean were 1.62 de­grees Fahren­heit (or 0.9 de­grees Celsi­us) above the 20th-cen­tury av­er­age, clear­ing the pre­vi­ous re­cord by...

The Transportation Department Is Getting Ready for the Driverless Car Era

January 15, 2016 With com­pan­ies from Gen­er­al Mo­tors and Ford to Google and Apple work­ing on tech­no­logy that could re­move the hu­man factor from driv­ing, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is start­ing to catch up. In an ap­pear­ance at the North Amer­ic­an In­ter­na­tion­al Auto Show in De­troit, Trans­port­a­tion Sec­ret­ary An­thony Foxx de­tailed a 10-year in­vest­ment...

The Government Is Getting Ready for the Driverless-Car Era

January 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With com­pan­ies from Gen­er­al Mo­tors and Ford to Google and Apple work­ing on tech­no­logy that could re­move the hu­man factor from driv­ing, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is start­ing to catch up. In an ap­pear­ance at the North Amer­ic­an In­ter­na­tion­al Auto Show in De­troit, Trans­port­a­tion Sec­ret­ary An­thony Foxx de­tailed a 10-year in­vest­ment...

New U.S. DOT Policies Will Make It Easier for Driverless Cars

January 14, 2016 With com­pan­ies from Gen­er­al Mo­tors and Ford to Google and Apple work­ing on tech­no­logy that could re­move the hu­man factor from driv­ing, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is start­ing to catch up. In an ap­pear­ance at the North Amer­ic­an In­ter­na­tion­al Auto Show in De­troit, Trans­port­a­tion Sec­ret­ary An­thony Foxx de­tailed a 10-year in­vest­ment...

Texas Governor Calls for a Constitutional Convention to Cut the Federal Government's Power

January 11, 2016 Ar­guing that the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment has “run amok” and trampled over states’ rights, Texas Gov. Greg Ab­bott on Fri­day un­veiled a plan to over­haul the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion through a con­ven­tion of the states. Ab­bott, the first-term Re­pub­lic­an, rolled out nine amend­ments that he said would “re­store the rule of law...

Firm Tied to Keystone XL Sues Obama Administration Over Rejected Pipeline

January 7, 2016 The com­pany be­hind the Key­stone XL pipeline an­nounced Wed­nes­day that it is su­ing the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion over its re­jec­tion of the con­tro­ver­sial tar-sands pipeline. Tran­sCanada has filed suit in a fed­er­al court, claim­ing that Pres­id­ent Obama’s re­jec­tion of the pro­ject in Novem­ber rep­res­en­ted an “un­pre­ced­en­ted ex­er­cise of Pres­id­en­tial power” and...