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It's the final days before winter vacation for the House of Representatives (I imagine their teachers are showing lots of movies, filling class time with holiday ornaments and gingerbread house-making, anything to keep these kids in...
I'm loving Politico's brand new Morning Agriculture column. If you want a quick and easy way to keep up with farm and agriculture policy news, with a deep-politics, inside-the-Beltway focus, this is the read for you, too. The column comes...
A friend sent me a jaunty video about the U.S./ Canada border this past week. It doesn’t break new ground or anything like that, but it’s pretty interesting. Raise your hand if you thought the U.S./Canada border mostly followed the 49th...
The Environmental Working Group's report that billionaires, including the founders of Microsoft, DISH Network, and Chick-Fil-A, received farm subsidies caught fire last week. Most every media outlet reported on the report, including The Dirt. ...
The big news in the agriculture world yesterday was the Associated Press' investigation making the case that President Obama's policy supporting ethanol production has been a disaster for the environment. According to the report, the...
Dec 11, 2013 — Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan announced a bipartisan budget proposal Tuesday. For more details on the plan, Steve Inskeep speaks with Murray, who led her party in the negotiations.
Dec 11, 2013 — The bipartisan plan would head off any more budget battles for two years. But it also doesn't cut spending as much as some Republicans want or restore some of the funding that Democrats favor. Both sides being disappointed may be the key to the plan's success, though.
Dec 11, 2013 — Once the Cold War ended, much of Russia's surplus uranium from thousands of decommissioned weapons wound up in crumbling military facilities. In 1993, the U.S. Department of Energy made a deal to have the material converted to fuel for U.S. power plants. The last shipment arrives today.
Dec 11, 2013 — Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on lawmakers not to impose further sanctions in Iran as negotiations on reining in Tehran's nuclear program continue. Iranian officials have said new sanctions would kill off any hope of a final deal between Iran and world powers.
Dec 11, 2013 — For years, there's been talk in Washington, D.C., about the "grand bargain" — a big deficit-reducing budget deal that rewrites the tax code and trims from the long-term costs of Medicare and Social Security. Tuesday night, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan announced what can only be described as a small bargain. But if it's approved by the House and Senate, it would avoid another government shutdown in January.
Project Sunlight: Track lobbying activities, member item spending and other legislation in New York. An initiative of the NYS Office of the Attorney General.
League of Women Voters DemocracyNet:
Great one-stop election resource.
Board of Elections Campaign Finance Database: Enter the
last name of any candidate in New York to find out where the
money comes from and where it's going.
Campaign finance information broken down by industry, region,
etc., for mostly federal politicans. An excellent starting
point for following
money in politics.
Adirondack teens talk democracy
Face of Democracy
is a national program that gives students an inside view of the democratic process by sending out to polling places to interview and photograph voters and officials. Sue Halpern, project organizer, talks with Brian Mann