| Jul 12, 2014
| 3:23 PM
Nobody much likes to talk about it at city halls or county offices, but it costs money to have elected officials meet once or twice a month to make rules for a community or decide how to spend taxpayers' funds.
Few Peninsula-area localities disclose...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 6:50 AM
IVREA Italy (Reuters) - Economic decline takes many shapes. In the northern Italian town of Ivrea, it looks like the abandoned, overgrown tennis courts where the employees of electronics giant Olivetti SpA once played.
In the 1980s, Ivrea was a...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 5:20 AM
The image of the heartless, Scrooge-like Republican is a staple of the liberal imagination, but does it have any bearing in reality? Recent poll results from the Pew Research Center raise the question anew: They show that 86 percent of self-described...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 6:23 PM
RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly will go back into session this September to debate Medicaid expansion, legislative leaders said Wednesday.
The reconvened session would fulfill a longstanding promise from House Republican leaders, who...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 11:40 AM
As we all know, the official animal of Washington, D.C., is the scapegoat. Today's example is Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting commissioner of Social Security.
Colvin recently was raked over the coals by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, the capital's chief...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 12:20 PM
In a controversial decision June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the religious rights of the closely held for-profit Hobby Lobby crafts chain, whose owners objected to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptives mandate. (The court did not apply those...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 5:50 PM
The Social Security Administration will transfer more than 15 percent of its disability appeals cases from its Baltimore office to other cities in an effort to relieve what has become the third-worst processing delay in the nation, the agency said Friday....
| Jul 5, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Military and economy
Recently, the Sentinel announced that some local jobs would be cut due to the lack of military funding. There's no doubting the sense of despair coming from those caught directly in the middle of this; for if your livelihood has...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 12:17 PM
A new study ranking Florida among the top 10most corrupt states in the country barely made the radar for most media outlets because the mundane facts and figures weren't sexy.
The study by researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:13 PM
America's doctors have joined the chorus urging parents to read daily to their children, instead of handing over iPads or parking the kids in front of the TV.
The American Academy of Pediatrics launched its "literacy promotion" campaign this week,...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 8:07 PM
Bringing a swift end to a low-key budget process, Gov. Jerry Brown signed California's new $156.3-billion spending plan on Friday.
He made almost no vetoes when approving the budget, which expands preschool to more poor children, increases welfare...