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The U.S. Capitol

While dealing with the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, seven Arizona members of the U.S. House of Representatives granted around $300,000 in total staff bonuses in late 2008. All but one member, Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, rewarded staff with extra pay courtesy of taxpayers. Six members confirmed giving bonuses, and payroll data for the staff of outgoing Republican Rep. Rick Renzi showed increases consistent with bonuses. Read more»

The Smartronix contract. Nearly half of the pages in the technical proposal (outlined in red) are blacked out.

The Obama administration has refused, once and for all, to reveal the full details of its contract with Smartronix for a new version of Recovery.gov, the government’s stimulus information clearinghouse Read more»

New Terms of Service released this week by Twitter.com, make clear what content you own and how they intend to use it. Time to re-review the fine print. Read more»

Barak Obama appears at a rally celebrating Chicago's elevation to Olympic quarterfinalist, June 6, 2008.

The Chicago 2016 campaign delivered the news: the city council had backed financial guarantees for the city’s Olympic bid by a vote of 49-0 — as if it was a great victory on the gridiron. The good news was quickly offset by word that President Obama will not make the trip to Copenhagen and the IOC meeting where the 2016 Games will be awarded. Read more»

In the world of social media technology, lessons are delivered swiftly and often learned the hard way. Just ask Digsby, the third-party Instant Messaging application that went from Internet darling to evil tyrant in the blink of a blog posting. Did they "join the dark side" or simply make a risky business decision? Read more»

The Grand Canyon is one of the first national parks to be featured in a series of “America the Beautiful” quarters coming next year from the U.S. mint. State officials and tourism experts hope that exposure will mean extra silver for businesses that depend on visitors.

The Grand Canyon will be one of the first sites featured on “America the Beautiful” quarters to be released next year. State officials and tourism experts hope that exposure will mean extra silver for businesses that depend on visitors. Read more»

Chris Denny, 27, buys his own health insurance for $117 a month. But the same policy, from the same insurer, would cost a 60-year-old man $735 a month, according to an estimate on eHealthInsurance.com, an online marketplace that lists quotes and coverage from a variety of insurers. Read more»

As lawmakers prepare to return to Washington to take up health care reform, supporters on both sides of the issue are still making their thoughts heard. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords can expect some fireworks as she has announced three town halls. Read more»

Hundreds of Tucson-area teachers remain unemployed after uncertain budgets forced local districts to lay off many educators. While many were eventually hired back for this school year, concern over jobless teachers leaving the profession has led the UA to launch the CAST support program. Read more»

House Democrats this week credited stimulus road and transit projects with creating or sustaining nearly 50,000 jobs. But a close look shows the estimate suffers from what’s become a common malaise in the stimulus world: fuzzy math. Read more»

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