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  • Why a fired fire chief in Atlanta got on Capitol Hill's radar

    WASHINGTON The firing of Atlanta's fire chief has already become a flashpoint in the debate over how to balance the religious beliefs of public officials against the civil rights of their constituents. Now the argument has spread to the Capitol prompting questions about proper congressional roles in local controversies, especially when statewide electoral and legislative consequences lie just below the surface.
  • Prayer in Congress: Not Just for House and Senate

    WASHINGTON Taxpayer dollars have been used to pay chaplains of the House and Senate since the spring of 1789, when the first of 106 different ordained Christian ministers were elected to those jobs. Only one of them, however, served as a member of...

    Tri-Rail awards $40M contract for Pompano station improvements

    Tri-Rail awards $40M contract for Pompano station improvements
    After a contentious build-up, the Tri-Rail governing board on Tuesday agreed to pay Gulf Building $40 million to construct an operations center and parking garage and upgrade the Pompano Beach station. The project, scheduled to be completed by April...

    Time to rein in the Pentagon's mysterious slush fund

     Time to rein in the Pentagon's mysterious slush fund
    As if monitoring the Pentagon's enormous budget were not difficult enough, every year Congress also has to deal with a separate war budget. Known in Washington-ese as the Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCO, account, it is submitted separately. It was...

    Newt Gingrich still on defensive after critique of GOP's Medicare plan

    Newt Gingrich still on defensive after critique of GOP's Medicare plan
    Newt Gingrich's presidential candidacy is only days old, and more than a decade after he last campaigned for public office, he's clearly shaking off some rust. On Tuesday, the former House speaker stepped up outreach to conservatives in an attempt to...