Brian Naylor

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Sleepy, Southern And Segregated: What D.C. Was Like In '63

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fifty years ago this week, when hundreds of thousands of demonstrators came from across the country to take part in the 1963 March on Washington, the city was not yet the cosmopolitan capital that it arguably is today.

But it was a mecca for African-Americans, says historian Marya McQuirter.

"Washington ...

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Hitting The Road Without A Driver

Monday, August 19, 2013

The cars we drive have gotten ever more sophisticated. They can just about park themselves; they tell us if we're drifting out of our lane; they can prevent skids. Some even automatically apply the brakes if they sense that a collision is imminent.

Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University in ...

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Can Congress Figure Out How To Rescue The Post Office?

Thursday, August 08, 2013

The U.S. Postal Service lost some $16 billion last year and continues to bleed red ink. Congress has been unable to agree on a rescue plan.

The latest proposal would allow the post office to end Saturday delivery in a year and enable it to ship wine and beer.

The ...

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Obama Nominee For IRS Chief Has History With Tough Tasks

Friday, August 02, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service, under attack by congressional Republicans, has been operating without a permanent commissioner. President Obama nominated John Koskinen on Thursday for what might be seen as a thankless job.

The president called his nominee "an expert at turning around institutions in need of reform." But Koskinen will ...

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Lack Of Leaders Puts Strain On Homeland Security Department

Monday, July 22, 2013

Janet Napolitano's announcement that she'll be stepping down as Department of Homeland Security secretary after four years on the job leaves an opening at the top of the key Cabinet agency. But it's not the only job opening at Homeland Security.

Fifteen top posts at DHS, including secretary, are now ...

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Leak Case Highlights Troubles With Security Clearance Checks

Monday, July 01, 2013

The case of Edward Snowden has put a spotlight on the large number of people who have security clearances: 5 million people in the United States have been granted the authority to look at classified information.

And 1.4 million of them have top-secret clearances, the highest classification.

Everyone with a ...

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How A Merger Could Affect Congress' Favorite Airport

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

If the US Airways-American Airlines merger announced earlier this year is approved, the combined airline would control two-thirds of the takeoff and landing slots at Reagan National Airport, outside Washington, D.C.

The government could force the airline to give up some of those slots as a condition of the merger. ...

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Many Agree Bridges Are Unsafe, But Few Agree On Fixes

Saturday, June 01, 2013

As you head out for summer vacation, ponder this: There's a 1 in 9 chance that the bridge you're crossing has been deemed structurally deficient or basically in bad shape by the federal government.

The collapse of the I-5 bridge in Washington last week has once again raised questions about ...

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Public Employee Unions Take Issue With Immigration Overhaul

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A bill that would overhaul the nation's immigration laws is headed to the Senate floor early next month, where it will need all the friends it can get to pass. The measure would give the estimated 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally a path to citizenship, as well ...

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Nonconservative Groups Say IRS Scrutinized Them, Too

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The IRS was in the hot seat Friday, with its outgoing acting commissioner testifying before a House committee. A Senate panel is scheduled for Tuesday. Congress is prodding to find out why the agency singled out conservative groups for special scrutiny.

Attention has focused on the IRS' flagging of ...

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One Reason To Apply For Tax-Exempt Status: Anonymity

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted some conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny have put a spotlight on a part of the tax code increasingly popular with political groups: section 501(c)(4).

But what's the benefit for organizations to get approved for 501(c)(4) status?

The Mississippi ...

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Push To End Teens' Distracted Driving Targets Parents, Peers

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The statistics are grim: Highway crashes are the leading cause of death for young Americans. While such fatalities had declined in recent years, overall highway deaths were up last year. Deaths of 16- and 17-year-olds increased nearly 20 percent from the previous year, based on preliminary data.

The government has ...

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