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Oregon congressman faces sex allegation

By The Washington Post on July 24, 2011, at 9:06 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Rep. David Wu spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Saturday about his future after reports in his hometown newspaper that a young woman called the congressman’s office this spring complaining of what was described as an “unwanted sexual encounter.” The woman, whom the Portland Oregonian did …

The importance of Pell grants

By The Washington Post on July 19, 2011, at 6:53 p.m.
Debate is intensifying over the federal Pell Grant program. Some see runaway spending that can’t be sustained in the face of the mounting national debt; others believe no one with skill and determination should be denied a college education for lack of financial resources. We think it’s shortsighted to try …

Running on empty

By The Washington Post on July 06, 2011, at 5:14 p.m.
Last month, the Senate voted 73 to 27 for an amendment that would have immediately cut two indefensible federal ethanol subsidies. But the bill lawmakers attached it to failed. Now supporters of the policy are trying to pass it some other way, affixed to another bill or as part of …

Federal jobs logjams

By The Washington Post on July 05, 2011, at 7:16 p.m.
Less lucrative compensation and benefits aren’t the only factors turning thousands of promising college graduates away from public service. The hiring process for employment in the federal government also remains impossibly long, and many recent alumni just aren’t financially equipped to wait it out. More than a year ago, President …

At war with the EPA

By The Washington Post on July 03, 2011, at 6:06 p.m.
Practically every day on the campaign trail, Republican presidential hopefuls blast President Obama’s “job-killing regulations.” Atop their list are rules from the Environmental Protection Agency, one of which the EPA will finalize this week. The would-be presidents aren’t alone. Since the Republicans took control of Congress, GOP lawmakers have repeatedly …

Scallops With Pancetta and Saffron

By The Washington Post on June 14, 2011, at 6:25 p.m.
Scallops With Pancetta and Saffron Makes 2 servings It’s already too hot to crank up the oven every night. This recipe employs the toaster oven instead; although its ingredients sound high-class, they’re available at most large grocery stores. For this recipe, it’s best to use dry-packed scallops, which are dry …

‘Teen Substance Abuse Awareness Through Music’ contest

By The Washington Post on May 25, 2011, at 6:31 p.m.
A songwriting competition for teens, hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is accepting entries of original songs and music videos about the benefits of a drug-free lifestyle. The winner gets $500 and a trip backstage at the 2012 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles to watch a rehearsal. “The …

Aid ship dodges shells to evacuate civilians from Libya’s besieged Misrata

By The Washington Post on May 04, 2011, at 10:35 p.m.
TRIPOLI, Libya — An aid ship dodged Libyan government rockets and shells as it evacuated hundreds of migrant workers and wounded civilians from the besieged port city of Misrata on Wednesday, but it was forced to leave behind hundreds of others who were desperate to leave. The Red Star 1, …
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday.

Obama urges innovation, sacrifice in State of the Union address

By The Washington Post on Jan. 25, 2011, at 10:31 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama sought to rouse the nation from complacency in his State of the Union address Tuesday, urging innovation and budget reforms that he said are vital to keep the United States a leader in an increasingly competitive world. “Sustaining the American dream has never been …

Survey finds deep distrust of state governments

By The Washington Post on Oct. 06, 2010, at 5:58 a.m.
While residents embrace budget cuts, they worry that the reductions would harm vital services.

For paper industry, tax credit turns ‘black liquor into gold’

By The Washington Post on April 03, 2009, at 9:03 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Big paper companies could each get hundreds of millions of dollars in cash payments from the Treasury this year by taking advantage of an alternative fuels tax credit.