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VIDEO: The First D.C. Streetcar in 50 Years Takes a Test Drive

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


D.C.'s streetcar won't be taking passengers for several more months, but engineers are already putting the vehicles through their paces, testing braking and acceleration -- and a feature called "dead man."

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Feds Give Amtrak $30 Million for Northeast Corridor Sandy Rebuilding

Friday, May 03, 2013


Amtrak is getting reimbursed for the $20 million it spent pumping water out of flooded train tunnels during Sandy and additional money to fix infrastructure damaged in the storm. The federal government will give $30 million to the publicly subsidized company, which has said it suffered $60 million in damages from Sandy and needs $250 million to adequately prepare for the next storm

For comparison, the NY MTA, which runs the NYC subway and commuter rail lines was much harder hit in its miles of electrified underground tunnels. The MTA estimates $5 billion in losses with several billion more needed to prepare for future storms. That agency has received $2 billion in federal relief funds with another $6 billion on the way. 

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It's A Free Blog

A Year of Stucknation: More Stuck than Ever, a Movement is Born

Sunday, October 23, 2011

What President Obama and the Republicans can't address is actually what's happening that keeps us stuck. In our era of global speculation there's no countervailing force that acts in the public interest on a worldwide scale as a check on corporate power and reach.

-Bob Hennelly, Stucknation columnist

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Rep. Jim Himes: Budget Debate 'Profoundly Dishonest'

Monday, April 04, 2011

We're spending almost $800 billion every single year on the Pentagon, on our security. That's more money than every other country on the planet combined spends. That's not a sustainable thing, neither are the now three combat actions around the world. If we're going to be serious about long term sustainability, we're going to have to do, frankly, what [Defense] Secretary Gates proposed, which is $130 billion in cuts to the defense apparatus.

Jim Himes, U.S. Congressman (D-CT-4), discussed the budget negotiations on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Debate Over Role of Local Police in Immigration Enforcement

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Secure Communities," the federal initiative by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is supposed to find and deport illegal immigrants who have committed violent crimes. ICE aims to do this by requiring states to forward the fingerprints of people booked by local police to federal immigration officials. But is that how the program really works? More than a fourth of the people deported under the Secure Communities policy have no criminal record at all. Some local law enforcement groups say that if illegal immigrants fear they'll be deported after interacting with the police, they will avoid calling them, even when crimes are being committed.

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The Takeaway

Is Mandated Health Care a State's Rights Issue?

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Attorneys general from 16 states are challenging the health care legislation that was signed into law by President Obama last month. They're contesting the constitutionality of the law.

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