Tear gas provides a smokescreen for governments suppressing popular movements, from civilians protesting police brutality to refugees seeking asylum.
The median estimated net worth of incoming freshmen members of Congress is almost $1 million more than that of the typical American household, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group. According to recent Census data, the median net worth of American households was $66,740 in 2010. The median net worth of the 94 lawmakers who won election in November, however, was much, much higher: $1,066,515 at end of 2011.
The official Inauguration merchandise store opened Friday, complete with T-shirts, tote bags and a variety of buttons that bordered on the ridiculous. D.C.'s Ballou Senior High School Marching Band performed at the store opening, and the Washington Nationals’ own President Lincoln mascot was in attendance to high-five passersby. Among the store's merchandise were shirts, baseball hats, tote bags, blankets, picture frames, and shot glasses.
Will the next Mars rover come plastered with branding for companies normally associated with the Daytona 500? One lobbyist says it’s a funding option that NASA can’t afford to count out. Robert Walker, a lobbyist for Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates, outlined a creative solution to NASA’s budget troubles while testifying before the House Science, Space & Technology Committee on Dec. 12.