A basic premise of work in America is that your paycheck will inch up over time to reflect hard work, experience and rising living costs. But a lot of people aren't making any more this year than they did last year -- in fact, they're making less.
In Washington, a place known for spin by both Democrats and Republicans, reports by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office are regularly and confidently quoted as fact by both sides. This is a story about one of those reports that went awry, leading to charges of partisanship and a lawsuit filed against the GAO.
Mike DiGiacomo graduated with a graphics design degree from Gibbs College, owing more than $30,000 in federal student loans and tens of thousands of dollars in private student loans -- a sum he's finding almost impossible to pay off with his $31,000-a-year job at a FedEx Office store in a Boston, Massachusetts, suburb.
When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990, he addressed concerns the sweeping civil rights law would be ''too vague or costly, or may lead endlessly to litigation.''
Health threats from the Gulf oil disaster could last for years, and officials lack knowledge on how long chemicals in the spilled oil and dispersants will remain toxic, health experts told a Senate committee Tuesday.
A second term for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke became more uncertain Friday as two leading liberal senators announced that they will vote no, and many other Senate Democrats said they are undecided.
Liberal and moderate Senate Democrats said Monday they may be nearing agreement on a package of alternatives to a government-run public health insurance option in the chamber's sweeping health care bill.
A day after House Democrats rejected the president's funding request to close down the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior Senate Democrat said he and other key senators may support the request.
It was an odd collection of vehicles on display on Capitol Hill, ranging from a bucket truck used for repairing power lines to something resembling an enclosed golf cart to a pair of hot-looking, two-seater sports cars.
It's conventional wisdom that credit default swaps - the $55 trillion in derivatives contracts widely blamed for bringing down AIG - need oversight. But as Washington debates how to regulate what Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) calls "casino capitalism," exchanges like the CME and NYSE are proposing their own free-market solution.
The nation's largest food and beverage companies spent about
$1.6 billion in 2006 marketing their products -- especially carbonated
drinks -- to children, according to a Federal Trade Commission
Driven by curiosity and customer demand, Marc Geman, CEO of the Spicy Pickle restaurant chain, sent 30 of his top-selling dishes to a testing lab for nutritional analysis. It cost him about $2,500, but he learned everything about each dish, from calories to sodium content, which he then posted on the Spicy Pickle website.
Al Qaeda is still operating within Pakistan's mountainous tribal region bordering Afghanistan, and the United States lacks a "comprehensive" plan for meeting its national security goals there, said a U.S. government study released Thursday.
It's baaaack!! Yes, "comparable worth," which faded out around the same time the Bay City Rollers were disbanding, is making a comeback, under the euphemism "pay equity".To wit: the Fair Pay Act of 2007. Introduced by Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) in April (Obama is one of 15 co-sponsors) the Act notes the existence of wage differentials between men and women.
The Senate approved a measure that would roll back President Bush's 2001 limits on embryonic stem-cell research Wednesday afternoon, but the margin was short of the two-thirds needed to override a promised veto.
The Senate turned its attention to plans to loosen President Bush's 2001 limits on embryonic stem-cell research Tuesday, but sponsors conceded their chances of overriding a threatened veto are uncertain.
More than 17 percent of American children are overweight, and with dwindling resources for after-school programs, less recess time and high-fat foods on the lunch line, those numbers are not showing signs of dropping anytime soon.
These are fat times in politics. Literally. Nearly 400 obesity-related bills were introduced in state legislatures across the country last year--more than double the number in 2003. A quarter of them were passed into law, up from only 12 percent two years before. In Washington the word obesity appears in 56 bills introduced during the current Congress; this, the Wall Street Journal points out, is fast catching up with the number containing the word gun. Surgeon General Richard Carmona says obesity is a greater threat than terrorism. Some public-health advocates have begun urging the government to put a warning label on soft drinks; others are calling for a "fat tax" on fast food.
Abortion rights, and the perceived threat to their survival, will dominate the weekend in politics -- and in Washington -- starting Friday when Sen. John Kerry attends a downtown rally and continuing through Sunday when the March for Women's Lives will likely draw untold thousands to the Mall.
Under fire for its plan to overhaul rules for overtime pay, the Bush administration has revised its proposal to protect overtime for police, firefighters and some white-collar employees earning up to $100,000 a year.
The Bush administration Friday announced a campaign to combat the epidemic of obesity in the United States through improved product labels, health education, and a partnership with restaurants to help steer people toward healthier menu choices.
With less than a week until the Iowa caucuses, the two Democratic candidates running neck-and-neck for first place in the state -- Howard Dean and Dick Gephardt -- continued to spar over the issue of the Iraq war.
John Kerry is in New Hampshire today talking about workers rights. Joe Lieberman is down the road trying to position himself squarely between two "extremists," President Bush and Howard Dean. Hadassah's in the Granite State, too, as are Dennis Kucinich, Wesley Clark and Carol Moseley Braun.