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"Charging for coal’s carbon"

RFF on the issues: Last week a New York Times op-ed called for the federal government to account for carbon emissions in the price of coal: “The federal government should also take into account the economic consequences of burning coal … [and] the added costs associated with the impacts of...

FAA Once Again Fines Southwest Airlines For Maintenance Related Violations

For the second time in the last 12 months, Southwest Airlines is facing another fine from the Federal Aviation Administration because of safety issues; this time totaling $328,550. The Dallas Morning News reports that the latest fine...Show More Summary

Verizon is reportedly working on a sneaky plan to undermine net neutrality using data caps

The Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules ensure that Verizon won’t be able to intentionally slow down competitors’ video streaming services in the name of speeding up its own offerings. However, Verizon has shown...Show More Summary

What's Really In Indiana's Anti-Gay 'Religious Liberty' Bill: A Legal Analysis

11 minutes agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN Governor Mike Pence of Indiana has, along with a group of apologists on the right, gone to great lengths to assure the public that his state's right-to-discriminate law is no different than the federal Religious Freedom...

Potential Interest Rate Rises -- The US Case For An Increase Compared To The UK

The prospect of interest rate hikes has tantalized investors in the past year, since the completion of the US Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program in October 2014 and – earlier still across the pond in the UK – resulting from the strengthening of sterling in the first half of 2014. [...]

Goldman economist says Fed hike could come early next year

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Economist Jan Hatzius said on Wednesday that he expected the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates very late this year, or early next year. Hatzius, speaking on a panel here at an Atlanta...Show More Summary

Cliven Bundy holds rally in support of Nevada bill to prohibit feds from regulating public land

1 hour agoNews : The Raw Story

The Nevada rancher who was at the center of an armed standoff with federal agents last year held a peaceful rally on Tuesday in support of a proposal that would give the state greater control of public lands, local media said. Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las...

Fed’s Lockhart Expects Economy to Pick Up in Second Quarter

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta president Dennis Lockhart said Wednesday he believes the U.S. economy will pick up in the second quarter, and the June to September window remains "quite feasible" for the central bank to start raising interest rates.

How Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law is Different

Garrett Epps, The Atlantic: [T]he Indiana statute has two features the federal RFRA -- and most state RFRAs -- do not. First, the Indiana law explicitly allows any for-profit business to assert a right to "the free exercise of religion."...Show More Summary

German-US Ties Not At Stake Over Berlin's Decision to Join AIIB - Ministry

The German decision to join Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will not jeopardize Berlin-US relations, Frank Paul Weber, spokesperson for Federal Ministry of Finance told Sputnik Wednesday.

Fed's Lockhart sticks with June to September liftoff, despite growth downgrade

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga (Reuters) - Atlanta Federal Reserve bank president Dennis Lockhart said on Wednesday that the United States remains on track for a likely interest rate hike in the June to September period, with a weak first quarter likely to give way to stronger growth. Show More Summary

Wonkbook: Presidential candidates need to own up to running, FEC chair says

Just because you say you aren't running for president doesn't mean you aren't running for president, at least as far as the Federal Election Commission is concerned. "If potential candidates amass significant funds to support their campaign or conduct activities over a lengthy period of time, they are candidates," according to the chair. "Simply denying […]

A state earned income tax credit could help people move from welfare to work

The earned income tax credit has enjoyed four decades of bipartisan support because it helps working people at the bottom of the economic ladder climb up a few rungs. In their zeal to bring the federal budget into balance without raising taxes on people with means, however, congressional...

An unnecessary delay for Mojave Desert renewable energy plan

Federal and state officials have spent six years examining how best to allocate land in the Mojave Desert to satisfy two disparate environmental imperatives: renewable energy to reduce Californians' thirst for gas and oil, and conservation to preserve unique places and protect wildlife in the...

SHOCKING VIDEO! Car bursts into flames, 25-year-old burns to death the inside after he is stopped by US border patrol and Tasered

The family of a 25-year-old is suing the federal government, claiming their son died after Border Control agents fired a taser into the car and caused it to explode. Horrific footage from

Two Former Federal Agents Charged With Stealing Bitcoin During Silk Road Investigation

Two former federal agents have been charged with stealing Bitcoin for their own personal gain while working undercover to help unmask Ross Ulbricht, the convicted mastermind behind the drug trafficking website. The two agents were both members of the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, which helped conduct the investigation that led [...]

The Supreme Court Just Admitted It’s Going to Rule in Favor of Marriage Equality

Early Monday morning, the Supreme Court refused to stay a federal judge’s order invalidating Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage. In doing so, the justices immediately set up a constitutional crisis between the state’s lawless chief justice and the federal judiciary. Show More Summary

Why FEMA Wants Your State to Stop Ignoring Climate Change

The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants states to do a better job planning for the natural disasters they are likely to face in a warming world. Beginning next year, the agency will require states to evaluate the risks that climate...Show More Summary

Walmart Gave Workers a Raise—But It's Not Enough To Keep Them Off the Dole

A typical Walmart Supercenter costs taxpayers more than $900,000 a year in public assistance doled out to its low-wage workers. This fact, published in a federal study in 2013, galvanized labor protests at Walmart stores across the country last year, leading the the retail giant to announce in February that would give some 500,000 workers a raise. Show More Summary

Fed’s George Says Economy Could Do With Less Fed Stimulus

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George said Tuesday that steady economic growth calls for the U.S. central bank to pull back on the level of stimulus it has been providing the economy.

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