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OPINION: How natural gas and nuclear have made the U.S. greener, times two

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:10:12 GMT

Two-thirds of U.S. states saw their economies grow while they reduced their carbon dioxide emissions from 2000 to 2014. They did this by relying more on natural gas and nuclear energy for electricity production and less on coal, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution.




2017 Income Tax Season Starts Jan. 23

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:19:53 GMT

It's almost tax season! The IRS says that it will start accepting e-filed tax returns on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. It also reminds taxpayers that claiming certain tax credits can lead to a longer wait for refunds.




Presidential Proclamation -- Death of John Glenn

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:26:12 GMT

As a mark of respect for the memory of John Glenn, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment.




Dakota Access Pipeline developer asks court to mandate final easement

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:28:05 GMT

Energy Transfer Partners, the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline, is asking a court to order the government to grant a final easement it needs to complete the pipeline. The nearly 1,200 mile long pipeline is nearly complete except for a mile-long section that would pass under the Missouri river.




AT&T mobile customers to get part of $88 million settlement for a cramminga charges

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:32:31 GMT

AT&T mobile customers could see a happy holiday surprise in their bills, thanks to an $88 million settlement between the communications giant and the Federal Trade Commission. Nearly 2.5 million current AT&T customers will see a credit on their bill in the next 75 days, according to the FTC.




Trump inauguration protests blocked from iconic spots, activists say

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:30:00 GMT

The Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee blocked protests planned for the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund claims. Groups say they are being denied permits for protesting in key Washington, DC, sites, including the Lincoln Memorial, site of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream " speech.




Whistle While You Work: SEC Whistleblower Office Releases Its 2016 Annual Report

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:20:47 GMT

The SEC released its Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program on November 15, 2016. The Report analyzes the tips received over the last twelve months by the SEC's Office of the Whistleblower , provides additional information about the whistleblower awards to date, discusses the OWB's efforts to combat agreements that chill whistleblowers, and describes the OWB's recent activity in the anti-retaliation arena.




News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:11:50 GMT

Roy Pearson, a former District of Columbia administrative law judge, may be the only person in America who believes that his 2005 $54 million unsuccessful lawsuit against his dry cleaners was not frivolous -- and he has still not come to the end of his legal odyssey. In June 2016, a D.C. Bar disciplinary committee recommended that Pearson be placed on probation for two years because of ethics violations, including having made statements "unsupported" by facts when defending his contention that the cleaners' "satisfaction guaranteed" warranty made it liable for various negative occurrences in Pearson's life following the loss of a pair of pants at the store.




States Continue Trend to Legalize Marijuana

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:17:37 GMT

During this recent election season, in addition to choosing the next President of the United States, voters in many states had a hand in dictating the future of legal marijuana use in this country. Previously, only Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia had legalized marijuana for recreational use, while more than 20 other states allowed it for medical purposes.




2016: A Monumental Year in Legislation

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:22:42 GMT

It's now been a month since the election results made headlines, but as I sit here and write this letter only days have passed since Nov. 8. The United States made history in 2016, for various reasons, but I want to focus on one - the massive support for the legalization of marijuana. California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada voted to legalize recreational marijuana, bringing the grand total to eight states.




Cosby Accuser Seeks End of Sex Assault Statute of Limitation

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:00:49 GMT

The sun is about to set on proposed legislation that would make it easier for victims of sexual assault to seek justice in the District of Columbia. Current law in the District requires victims to report allegations before the statute of limitations runs out in order for prosecutors and courts to act on the allegations.




giveaway: Win an Activite Steel fitness tracker courtesy of Withings

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:26:02 GMT

If you want to ditch those notifications, but still have all that activity tracking data in a unassuming package, consider Withings' Activit Steel . This is an all day wearable with a silicone strap and stainless steel casing that's water resistant up to 50ATM, so swimming and showering are on the menu.




Major survey of transgender Americans finds pervasive bias

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:45:19 GMT

The largest-ever survey of transgender Americans paints a grim picture of pervasive discrimination and harassment, to the point that many of them attempt suicide at some point.




Major survey of transgender Americans finds pervasive bias

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:45:18 GMT

The largest-ever survey of transgender Americans paints a grim picture of pervasive discrimination and harassment, to the point that many of them attempt suicide at some point. Released on Thursday by the National Center for Transgender Equality, the survey assesses input received in 2015 from 27,715 respondents from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.




"How Tough on Crime Became Tough on Kids: Prosecuting Teenage Drug Charges in Adult Courts"

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:16:28 GMT

The title of this post is the title of this notable new report from The Sentencing Project. Here is its Introduction: Transfer laws in 46 states and the District of Columbia permit youth to be tried as adults on drug charges.




What might school choice look like under Trump?

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:05:53 GMT

Supporters of charter schools, vouchers, and other forms of school choice anticipate a friendlier climate with President-elect Donald Trump's selection of school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos to serve as secretary of Education. Supporters of charter schools, vouchers, and other forms of school choice anticipate a friendlier climate with President-elect Donald Trump's selection of school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos to serve as secretary of Education.




Reverse mortgage firms fined $799,000 over deceptive consumer ads

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:56:50 GMT

Three reverse mortgage companies were fined $790,000 for using deceptive advertising that fooled consumers into believing they could not lose their homes, a federal regulator said Wednesday. Reverse mortgage firms fined $799,000 over deceptive consumer ads Three reverse mortgage companies were fined $790,000 for using deceptive advertising that fooled consumers into believing they could not lose their homes, a federal regulator said Wednesday.