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Workers who become unemployed in January and February may qualify for a 65 percent subsidy of their health insurance premiums, and the length of that subsidy was extended to 15 months. Read more»

The Center for Biological Diversity awarded the Obama administration a C grade for its environmental record Tuesday. In its "Report Card," the Tucson-based environmental advocates found that the administration has a mixed record on protecting endangered species, climate, public lands and oceans. Read more»

The City Council voted 6-0 Wednesday to drop further consideration of new overtime rules that would require 40 hours of on the job work before an employee could earn overtime pay. Read more»

Col. Brian Copes explains dams to Afghan villagers.

The question of Taliban funding is currently roiling the highest levels of the U.S. government. As GlobalPost reported last year, USAID has launched a probe into what is believed to be a protection racket by the Taliban. Huge USAID contracts often involve Afghan subcontractors who end up paying the Taliban a form of extortion. Read more»

Canada has long been a haven for Americans escaping their wars. Many Canadians would consider this tradition a noble one. But it has come to an end. Read more»

The political crisis in Northern Ireland arising from a dalliance between a 59-year-old woman and a teenager has underlined the fragility of the power-sharing arrangements that were beginning to be taken for granted. The whole edifice of shared government, painstakingly negotiated over years with the help of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell and the British and Irish governments, could fall apart. Read more»

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»

Mary and Mack Kroner, of Austin, Texas, are both self-employed. Mack works as a cab driver, and Mary is a writer.

Using results from a questionnaire we did with American Public Media’s Public Insight Network, we’re looking at how the proposed health care reforms will actually affect people facing common health care coverage situations. Read more»

One cold day in November 1973, Sabine Masing climbed into the trunk of a car with her father and sister along a lonely stretch of autobahn in communist East Germany. Her mother had arranged the escape attempt while on a week-long travel permit to West Berlin, where she was now waiting anxiously. Read more»

Just a few days after the Justice Dep't patted itself on the back for success in halting gunrunning on the border, a new report shows the program isn't using some of its money wisely. 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»

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»

Eight years. And you watch the flag-draped coffins coming off the cargo planes at Dover Air Force Base and the mangled bodies and blown minds of young American servicemen and women coming home to ragged, ill-equipped VA hospitals, and you can’t help but wonder what the hell have we accomplished in Afghanistan? Why is this land still consuming our blood and treasure all these years after 9/11? Read more»

Margy Bons stands next to a picture of her son, Marine Sgt. Michael Marzano, who died in Iraq. A law taking effect later this month authorizes an Arizona Gold Star Military Medal for families of Arizonans killed in action. But Bons said she’d like money that would go toward the medals to be spent on living military members and veterans.

The dogtag around Margy Bons’ neck bears a picture of her son, Marine Sgt. Michael Marzano. Her office contains a shrine of sorts to him: a portrait, a service medallion, a folded flag. Under a new law, she is to receive an Arizona Gold Star Military Medal honoring her son’s sacrifice. 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»

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