A bumbling federal government wasted millions of dollars by awarding no-bid or limited-bid post-Katrina Hurricane contracts for disaster relief, including at least $3 million for 4,000 beds that were never used, congressional auditors said Thursday.
Congress Thursday voted to send the nation plunging even further into debt, raising the ceiling on the national debt to nearly $9 trillion, and then followed that up by approving major spending initiatives for the war in Iraq, hurricane relief and education.
Four Republican senators sought Thursday to legalize use of the National Security Agency to spy on American citizens.
President George W. Bush clung to his doomed doctrine of using preemptive force against threats of weapons of mass destruction on Thursday despite his failure in Iraq, claiming Iran may be America’s biggest security challenge.
At the beginning of February, I decided to try Blue as a blog-style format, inviting direct reader feedback to our daily news articles. For a while it appeared to be a good idea: Lots of lively discussion on key issues, excellent interaction with those with ideas to share. Then the crazies moved in: Homophobes, racists, conspiracy theorists and troublemakers whose goal was to control this web site or turn it into a breeding ground for hate, fear mongering and hyperbole. Frustrated writers with an ax to grind decided to post long essays and treat our comments section as their own personal publishing system.