From NCPR Blogs:
Does any country “own” the North Pole? Might Santa Claus be Canadian?
Those aren’t Christmas-themed trivia questions. Canada is seriously making a case to claim a huge swath of territory at the top of the world. (Except for the...
It’s no surprise that these are challenging times for governmental postal systems. Costs and competition are up. Volume and revenue are down. Setting economics aside, it’s also difficult to find consensus on what taxpayers want from a...
Almost ten percent of the entire North Country flow of state development dollars will flow to one small village in the Adirondacks.
Under the plan unveiled today, Saranac Lake will receive $7.1 million to promote construction and redevelopment of...
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...
Dec 19, 2013 — Washington took two big steps toward more normal times. First, the Federal Reserve said it will modestly taper down its easy-money program. And then Congress completed the first bipartisan budget agreement in years. But some other obstacles loom.
Dec 19, 2013 — The Senate is expected to meet Thursday to resume consideration on a defense bill that includes provisions aiming to more aggressively prosecute sexual assault in the military. Many praise the changes as the most significant to the military justice system in decades. Others say they don't go far enough.
Dec 19, 2013 — A review group appointed by President Obama has recommended major changes to government surveillance programs. The group effectively called for the end of one of the most controversial programs run by the National Security Agency: the collection and storage of phone records of millions of Americans.
Dec 19, 2013 — Congress has approved the bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. It temporarily ends months of partisan gridlock over spending.
Dec 19, 2013 — President Obama's intelligence review panel has produced a report hundreds of pages long. It endorses a series of checks on the National Security Agency. The advisers have a list of recommendations for how to protect privacy while still trying to prevent terrorist attacks.
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