Government

Obama wants upgrades to government technology

Obama wants upgrades to government technology

The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government’s technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly. The move is aimed at avoiding a repeat of the website debacle that marred the rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation last year. While […]

Racism and hatred of government go hand and hand

Racism and hatred of government go hand and hand

Conservatives would like us to believe that hatred of government and racism are totally separate phenomena. That one has nothing to do with the other. They’re wrong. Resentment of the federal government and racism have gone hand-in-hand in the United States for 200 years. In the 19th century, Democrats were the anti-government party. That was […]

Somebody needs to foreclose on the government’s foreclosure program

Somebody needs to foreclose on the government’s foreclosure program

The Obama administration‘s central foreclosure-prevention effort won’t reach its original goals and the government should come up with clear, measurable objectives for the two-year-old program, according to a new report from a congressional watchdog. Because the Treasury Department has failed to properly analyze the program it runs, it is nearly impossible for overseers and the […]

Feds way behind in cyber security

Feds way behind in cyber security

It will take several more years for the government to fully install high-tech systems to block computer intrusions, a drawn-out timeline that enables criminals to become more adept at stealing sensitive data, experts say. As the Department of Homeland Security moves methodically to pare down and secure the approximately 2,400 network connections used every day […]

Is change simply for change’s sake worth the risk?

Is change simply for change’s sake worth the risk?

With just under a month to go before pivotal midterm elections, the campaign landscape is as muddled as any I’ve witnessed in 45 years of either covering politics as a journalist and working inside the system as an operative. Will Republicans recapture control of the House and/or the Senate? Will Tea Party candidates triumph over […]

No retrial for Blago’s brother

No retrial for Blago’s brother

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s older brother dreaded his lawyer’s phone call. Robert Blagojevich expected to learn when he’d again stand trial alongside his sibling, after a jury deadlocked last week on all four corruption charges against him and 23 of 24 charges against the former governor. Instead, attorney Michael Ettinger called near the start […]

Tapes show Blago’s many moods

Tapes show Blago’s many moods

Wiretap recordings played at Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial depict the former governor as furious one minute, then optimistic and other times unsure about his chances for success in his alleged plan to trade his power to name someone to Barack Obama‘s vacated U.S. Senate seat for a well-paying job. He curses at one point in […]

Clinton: Demonizing leaders is dangerous

Clinton: Demonizing leaders is dangerous

Former President Bill Clinton, following up on comments that warn against the threat posed by extremist groups,  warned Sunday that angry anti-government rhetoric has led to a worrisome increase in threats against the president and other elected officials. Anger easily translates into violence, Clinton said, and people should be careful that the language they use […]