October 8, 2009 |
CORRECTION: The article misstated the address of a federal government Web site that can help people figure out whether they or their relatives hold a mature U.S. savings bond. The site is TreasuryDirect.gov. Nearly 70 years ago, the federal government began issuing hundreds of billions of dollars in savings bonds to finance the greatest war effort in the nation's history, with no less than President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who summoned patriotic Americans to "one great partnership," buying the very first.
January 26, 2010 |
The pregnancy rate among teenage girls in the United States has jumped for the first time in more than a decade, raising alarm that the long campaign to reduce motherhood among adolescents is faltering, according to a report released Tuesday. The pregnancy rate among 15-to-19-year-olds increased 3 percent between 2005 and 2006 -- the first jump since 1990, according to an analysis of the most recent data collected by the federal government and the nation's leading reproductive-health think tank.
December 12, 2012 |
It's no secret that federal workers are feeling worn down. They've had their salaries frozen and are at the center of a partisan debate over the value of their work. A report due out Thursday, based on the largest sample ever of the workforce of 2 million, confirms a steady decline in morale and ebbing commitment. Despite positive feedback at some agencies, job satisfaction across the government has hit its lowest point in almost a decade. Just 52.9 percent of employees at the sprawling Department of...
May 2, 2013 |
In the closing days of their legislative sessions, lawmakers in more than a dozen states are struggling with whether to expand Medicaid under the federal health-care law , with many of them leaning against participating in a program that is key to President Obama's aim of extending coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans. Twenty states and the District of Columbia have signed on to the expansion, and 14 are planning to decline. But 16 remain in limbo as lawmakers clash in the final days...
April 26, 2013 |
President Ronald Reagan tried to get rid of it. So did President Bill Clinton . This October, their wish is finally set to come true. The Federal Helium Program — left over from the age of zeppelins and an infamous symbol of Washington's inability to cut what it no longer needs — will be terminated. Unless it isn't. On Friday, in fact, the House voted 394 to 1 to keep it alive. "Many people don't believe that the federal government should be in the helium...
May 23, 2011 |
In a television interview last October, President Obama accidentally let slip a key element of his political philosophy : "We're gonna punish our enemies, and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us. " Obama later apologized — not for the underlying sentiment, mind you, but for his word choice. "I probably should have used the word ‘opponents' instead of enemies," the president declared. This incident is worth remembering as the president prepares to issue a far-reaching ...