Under the leadership of then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the staffs of the main legislative expert agencies supporting Congress were sharply cut. Today they are less than one third the size of what they were before 1990. How can Congress deal with increasingly complex issues without good guidance?
The Baltimore-based Law Offices of Peter Angelos have joined a host of firms across the country beginning to file lawsuits against the St. Paul, Minn-based 3M Company over earplugs it provided the military and were alleged to be defective.
Giant high-tech blimps deployed east of Baltimore were developed to provide an early warning if the nation were ever attacked with cruise missiles, drones or other low-flying weapons. But after 17 years of research and $2.7 billion spent by the Pentagon, the system known as JLENS doesn't work as envisioned.
WASHINGTON — A day after her confirmation to lead the Social Security Administration was thrown into question, Carolyn W. Colvin outlined a series of steps the agency is taking to address more than a billion dollars in erroneous payments identified by auditors in recent years.