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Audit: EPA Used 'Covert Propaganda' in Water-Rule Social Media Campaign

December 15, 2015 The En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency broke fed­er­al law by us­ing a so­cial-me­dia cam­paign to drum up sup­port for a con­tro­ver­sial rule meant to pro­tect the na­tion’s streams and wa­ter­ways, ac­cord­ing to a con­gres­sion­al audit. The Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­ab­il­ity Of­fice said Monday that EPA used “cov­ert pro­pa­ganda” by blast­ing out a so­cial-me­dia mes­sage...

Watchdog Calls EPA Tweets 'Covert Propaganda'

December 15, 2015 The En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency broke fed­er­al law by us­ing a so­cial-me­dia cam­paign to drum up sup­port for a con­tro­ver­sial rule meant to pro­tect the na­tion’s streams and wa­ter­ways, ac­cord­ing to a con­gres­sion­al audit. The Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­ab­il­ity Of­fice said Monday that EPA used “cov­ert pro­pa­ganda” by blast­ing out a so­cial-me­dia mes­sage...

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Congress Finally Does a Highway Bill, But Can’t Clear Decks For The Next President

December 4, 2015 For a can­did­ate look­ing to make a splash with a jobs plan, the words “re­pair,” “crum­bling,” and “in­fra­struc­ture” in some com­bin­a­tion usu­ally makes for a good ap­plause line. Here’s Hil­lary Clin­ton at an event in Mas­sachu­setts on Monday: “To build a strong eco­nomy for our fu­ture, we must start by...

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Congress Finally Has Its Long-Term Transportation Bill

December 2, 2015 After years of short-term bills that have left states and trans­port­a­tion agen­cies des­per­ate for cash and long-term cer­tainty, House and Sen­ate ne­go­ti­at­ors on Tues­day re­leased a com­prom­ise trans­port­a­tion bill that will keep pro­grams afloat for five years. The 1,300-page “Fix­ing Amer­ica’s Sur­face Trans­port­a­tion Act,” or “FAST Act,” is the com­bin­a­tion...

After Years of Waiting, Congress Finally Has Its Long-Term Transportation Bill

December 1, 2015 After years of short-term bills that have left states and trans­port­a­tion agen­cies des­per­ate for cash and long-term cer­tainty, House and Sen­ate ne­go­ti­at­ors on Tues­day re­leased a com­prom­ise trans­port­a­tion bill that will keep pro­grams afloat for five years. The 1,300-page “Fix­ing Amer­ica’s Sur­face Trans­port­a­tion Act,” or “FAST Act,” is the com­bin­a­tion...

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Obama: Climate Action Is America’s Duty

December 1, 2015 Even as House Re­pub­lic­ans gear up to vote against a key piece of his cli­mate-change agenda, Pres­id­ent Obama sent a mes­sage to his crit­ics from Par­is: Look around. At a press con­fer­ence at the U.N. cli­mate talks, Obama said that the sheer volume of world lead­ers at the event showed...

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As Clinton Releases Infrastructure Plan, Congress Wrestles With Its Own Bill

December 1, 2015 While Con­gress scrambles to wrangle to­geth­er a mish­mash of fund­ing meas­ures to back up a long-term trans­port­a­tion bill, Demo­crat­ic pres­id­en­tial front-run­ner Hil­lary Clin­ton says she can do even more. Clin­ton’s cam­paign de­tailed a five-year, $275 bil­lion in­fra­struc­ture plan as the back­bone of her eco­nom­ic plat­form that would go on top...

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House Passes Long-Term Transportation Bill

November 5, 2015 In Paul Ry­an’s first ma­jor act as speak­er, the House Thursday passed a six-year, $325 bil­lion trans­port­a­tion bill, set­ting up a po­ten­tial res­pite from years of un­cer­tainty in the trans­port­a­tion sec­tor thanks to short-term patches. But first, there’s the not-so small mat­ter of a con­fer­ence with the Sen­ate and the...

Like Uber, But for USDA

November 5, 2015 Rep. Dav­id Sch­weikert has a new strategy to get the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment to cut down on its massive fleet of 630,000-plus cars: sum­mon­ing an Uber. The Ari­zona Re­pub­lic­an has pitched a pro­pos­al that would get three agen­cies to start re­du­cing the num­ber of gov­ern­ment-owned cars by hav­ing them ex­plore ride-shar­ing....

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Congress Wants Agencies to Use the Sharing Economy for Rides

November 4, 2015 Rep. Dav­id Sch­weikert has a new strategy to get the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment to cut down on its massive fleet of 630,000-plus cars: sum­mon­ing an Uber. The Ari­zona Re­pub­lic­an has pitched a pro­pos­al that would get three agen­cies to start re­du­cing the num­ber of gov­ern­ment-owned cars by hav­ing them ex­plore ride-shar­ing....