September 12, 2013 |
The battle for the top job at the Federal Reserve escalated over the past week amid a renewed push to support the central bank's vice chairman for the post. The unusually controversial race has come down to Janet Yellen, once considered the shoo-in for the job , and Lawrence H. Summers, who has been a top economic adviser to the past two Democratic administrations. Summers has come under fire for his role in deregulating the financial industry when he served under President Bill Clinton.
September 10, 2013 |
Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III on Tuesday named Robin Barnes-Shell, 51, a lawyer with a long history of public service, to lead a newly created ethics office that Baker formed to help weed out corruption. As acting executive director of the Office of Ethics and Accountability, Barnes-Shell, who had worked in various roles in the county school system, is tasked with investigating possibly unethical conduct or illegal acts in county government. The...
August 7, 2013 |
For 10 years, Nora Volkow has been the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, overseeing a budget of nearly $1 billion and much of the world's research on one of medicine's most controversial subjects. It isn't surprising that she has her critics. What is more revealing is the one point that none of them dispute. "She is a brilliant scientist," said Mark Kleiman, a public policy professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. Volkow's work has shown that...
July 30, 2013 |
Nothing like the heady scent of jet fuel to make a senator's thoughts turn to confirmations. The Senate will take off for its August break at the end of this week, but not before voting on a slew of White House nominees. The chamber on Monday approved the nomination of James Comey to be the director of the FBI, and on Tuesday it gave nods to all five nominees to the National Labor Relations Board — Harry Johnson , Philip Miscimarra , Mark Pearce , Kent Hirozawa and Nancy Schiffer — whose...
July 30, 2013 |
Eileen Brennan, who went from musical comedy on Broadway to wringing laughs out of memorable characters in such films as "Private Benjamin" and "Clue," died July 28 at her home in Burbank, Calif. She was 80. Her managers, Jessica Moresco and Al Onorato, said she had bladder cancer. Ms. Brennan got her first big role on the New York stage in "Little Mary Sunshine," a musical comedy that won her the 1960 Obie award for best actress. Along with her "excellent singing voice," her performance was "radiant and...
July 24, 2013 |
The Prince George's County Council on Wednesday endorsed a 10-year, $1.2 billion plan to improve the county's management of its storm-water runoff, after the state and federal government ordered communities to slow pollution flowing to the Chesapeake Bay. The program , approved unanimously, would cost homeowners up to $62 annually in new fees and would cost businesses and religious institutions $372 per acre of paved surfaces. The program also offers breaks to those...