The Center for Plain Language is part of a movement aimed at purging gobbledygook from government and private-sector communications and replacing it with simple, clear English. Each year it issues a report card on federal government agencies and awards prizes in various categories of communication.
A push by congressional Republicans Friday to increase pressure on the Obama White House over the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi has put Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings back on the job as one of the administration's leading defenders.
As I watched Tuesday while the anchors on 'Fox & Friends' leveled unsubstantiated charges against Rep. Elijah Cummings as if they were facts, I couldn't help thinking how much more dangerous Sen. Joe McCarthy might have been in the 1950s if there had been a show like this to amplify his reckless allegations.
Tax day has turned festive, and it's not just the cookies and the people dressed as the Statue of Liberty doing a lively wave-dance outside Liberty Tax Services offices. Some gyms and chiropractic offices are giving away free rides in a massage bed if you have a coupon, Office Depot offers free or discounted paper shredding, and the Hard Rock Café will let customers sing for their supper between 5 and 7 p.m.
A series of recent federal reports have raised concerns with safety in small field offices scattered across the country, where federal employees at the IRS, Social Security Administration and other agencies are more likely to interact with the public.