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  • VIDEO: Gary Sinise Says 9/11 Inspired Him to Support America's Military

    Gary Sinise is best known for his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in the 1994 blockbuster movie “Forrest Gump.” It earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor and a starring role on “CSI: NY.” Now the actor is using his fame to celebrate America’s heroes on the battlefield. … More

    Chicago-Style Politics on Twitter: How the White House Uses Social Media

    President Obama takes questions later today at the first-ever Twitter town hall. This high-profile event is yet another example of the White House’s embrace of social media to communicate directly with Americans But behind the scenes, there’s another story unfolding about the Obama administration’s use of Twitter. For some White … More

    Washington in a Flash: Dalai Lama Visits Nation's Capital

    Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived in the nation’s capital for a 10-day Buddhist ritual known as the Kalachakra for World Peace. His visit is the first since retiring as the political leader of Tibet’s government. But that’s still likely to upset China, according to Voice of America. There’s … More

    Washington in a Flash: Fireworks

    The nation’s capital was treated to a beautiful fireworks display last night. You can expect more of the same this week in Washington as the clock ticks toward the Obama administration’s Aug. 2 deadline for a deal on the debt limit. The House returns from a weeklong district work period … More

    VIDEO: Public Opinion on Debt Ceiling and Government Spending

    Bankrupting America is out with a new video today running though recent polling data on the debt ceiling and government spending. As lawmakers in Congress continue to debate the issue — the Senate will skip its Independence Day recess for the first time since 1974 — it’s worth reflecting on … More

    Americans React to Government's Ban on Crib Sales

    Tuesday’s deadline for retailers to dispose of any unsold cribs has come and gone, but won’t soon be forgotten. Americans are speaking out about the unintended consequences of the government’s regulatory efforts. Commissioner Anne Northup of the Consumer Product Safety Commission posted reactions on her blog. Northup and Nancy Nord, … More

    How Higher Energy Prices Threaten U.S. Jobs

    America’s trucking industry is on pace to pay a whopping $138.7 billion for fuel in 2011 — an increase of $37.2 billion over last year due to higher energy prices. That’s a lot of money for gas. And unfortunately for consumers, they’re likely to pick up the tab. A new … More

    Washington in a Flash: Changing of the Guard at Pentagon

    Robert Gates said goodbye to the Pentagon yesterday after serving two presidents and spending nearly five years as defense secretary. On his final day, President Obama surprised Gates with a Medal of Freedom. Leon Panetta takes over today after serving as CIA director since February 2009. He’ll be replaced at … More

    Chart of the Week: National Debt Set to Skyrocket

    The Senate canceled next week’s recess to address the country’s debt crisis. It’s an issue in the headlines every day as lawmakers and the White House debate a debt-reduction plan. Why does it matter? The national debt is set to explode in the coming decades as spending on entitlement programs … More

    Washington in a Flash: Will the Senate Scuttle Next Week's Vacation?

    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) didn’t come to Washington to make friends. And after calling on his colleagues to skip their week-long Fourth of July vacation, he might even have a few enemies. A day after making a passionate speech on the Senate floor, Johnson was leading a group of 10 … More