Nearly 18 months after a disastrous oil spill killed wildlife and endangered the futures of fishermen and resort businesses along the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government announces it will regulate not only the operators of offshore oil rigs, but the contractors who own and work on them, as well.T
Hurling around a word like "treason," the Chicago Sun-Times has observed, "is the definition of dirty politics."If that be the case, this particular political season is dirtier than a West Texas hog wallow.The word is being bandied about by lots of people.
On Sunday, former NPR CEO Vivian Schiller tweeted a strong endorsement for the choice of Gary Knell to replace her. In the same 140 characters, however, Schiller characterized continued federal funding of public radio as "untenable."
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a temporary measure — passed by the Senate last week — to keep the government funded through mid-November."Hopefully, we can certainly avoid any shutdown talk this time," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.