Federal Government

WASHINGTON | DeVos’ rocky Senate confirmation hearing turned into theater

WASHINGTON — Guns in schools to protect students from grizzly bears? Betsy DeVos endured yet another rocky confirmation hearing in the Senate to become education secretary — this time on a theater stage. In a play performed Monday at Washington’s Arena Stage theater, about a dozen student actors from local high schools posed as frustrated … Continue reading WASHINGTON | DeVos’ rocky Senate confirmation hearing turned into theater

WASHINGTON | US budget deficit hits $214.1 billion in August

WASHINGTON — The federal government racked up a $214.1 billion deficit in August, double the red ink from a year ago, although a big part of that increase reflected quirks in the calendar. The Treasury Department said Thursday the August deficit pushed the deficit for the first 11 months of the budget year to $898.1 … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US budget deficit hits $214.1 billion in August

CHERRY HILL, N.J. | New IRS rule on deductions hits some high-tax states hard

CHERRY HILL, N.J. — New rules unveiled by the IRS undermine some states’ attempts to help residents keep a version of a popular federal income tax deduction. Last year’s Republican tax overhaul put a $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local income taxes, which could affect some high-earners in high-tax states. A handful of … Continue reading CHERRY HILL, N.J. | New IRS rule on deductions hits some high-tax states hard

HARTFORD, Conn. | States blast Trump administration coal plan, mull lawsuits

HARTFORD, Conn. — States with a history of fighting air pollution from coal-fired power plants are denouncing the Trump administration’s move to scale back restrictions on emissions, with some threatening court challenges. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan pledged Tuesday to “take legal action to ensure the federal government does its job” to protect the environment … Continue reading HARTFORD, Conn. | States blast Trump administration coal plan, mull lawsuits

ATLANTA | States move quickly to tap into money for election security

ATLANTA  — Racing to shore up their election systems before November, states are using millions of dollars from the federal government to tighten cybersecurity, safeguard their voter registration rolls and improve communication between county and state election officers. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission released a report Tuesday showing how states plan to spend $380 million … Continue reading ATLANTA | States move quickly to tap into money for election security

Trump drug czar nominee visits Connecticut after overdoses

New Haven, Connecticut, became what officials called “ground zero” Monday for efforts to shine a light on the dangers of drugs, as President Donald Trump‘s nominee for drug czar visited a city reeling from more than 100 recent overdoses on synthetic marijuana. Jim Carroll met with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Mayor … Continue reading Trump drug czar nominee visits Connecticut after overdoses

NEW YORK | Michael Lewis releasing audio book on weather forecasting

NEW YORK— Michael Lewis‘ next work of reporting focuses on one of the lesser known parts of the federal government: the Department of Commerce. And it will be available only on audio. Lewis’ “The Coming Storm” is being released through Audible, a producer and distributor owned by Amazon.com. Audible told The Associated Press on Tuesday … Continue reading NEW YORK | Michael Lewis releasing audio book on weather forecasting

U.S. Department of State News: U.S. Citizen College Students Can Apply July 1-31, 2018 for Virtual Student Federal Service eInternships

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) is the largest virtual internship program in the world. We have even recently changed our name from “Foreign” Service to “Federal” Service to reflect the 50 U.S. agencies now participating.  This year there are more than 1,500 eInternship … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: U.S. Citizen College Students Can Apply July 1-31, 2018 for Virtual Student Federal Service eInternships