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WASHINGTON — Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have served longer together than any other pair of California senators — 20 years — and will soon replace Iowa's team as the current longest-serving tandem. In a chamber where the...
WASHINGTON — The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are in an unusual position in today's era of Washington austerity: They could soon receive more federal money. A bill sent to the Senate by a committee chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)...
As finance director for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Ronald Lederkramer didn't need to do much driving to keep an eye on the stadium's books. But he has charged taxpayers about $7,600 for gasoline since 2008, even for fill-ups near Las Vegas and in...
In his final two years running the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Patrick Lynch enjoyed around-the-clock use of a 2009 Cadillac owned by the landmark stadium. The car had been an upgrade, replacing a 2005 model from the Coliseum fleet. But Lynch didn't...
Nation NowMass transit bill: Environmentalists, unions and conservative groups all agree on a highway and mass transit bill headed to the House this week -- they hate it....
Nation NowOil drilling: A measure that would allow new oil drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration is headed for a vote in the Republican-controlled House. It is expected to be...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterRep. Michele Bachmann has been propelled into the 2012 presidential contest in part by her insistent calls to reduce federal spending, a pitch in tune with the big-government antipathy gripping many conservatives. But theMinnesota Republican and her...
Nation NowCongressional Republican leaders are drafting legislation that would steer money from new offshore energy production into highway construction....
Opinion L.A.To quote famed philosopher Mel Brooks, "It's good to be king." Except, we don't have kings in the United States. No, in America, "It's good to be rich." How good? Well, check out The Times this week for some examples.......
president of the Blue Frontier Campaign (bluefront.org), and author of "Blue Frontier -- Dispatches from America's Ocean Wilderness" and "50 Ways to Save the Ocean."THE FEDERAL Emergency Management Agency said last week that it has run out of money to pay insurance claims from this year's hurricanes. Not counting Wilma, the claims top $22 billion. So you'd think the troubled agency would be eager to reduce future...
Tags: Hurricane Damage, Homes, Allen Boyd, FEMA, Natural Resources
It's time once again for a new round of Pin the Tail on the Porker, a game Congress plays every time an appropriations bill comes along. The rules are simple: Rail about wasteful earmarks your colleagues (preferably from the other party) are inserting...
Times Staff WritersWASHINGTON — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vows to make reform of congressional earmarks a priority of his tenure, arguing that members need to be more transparent when they load pet projects for their districts into federal spending...
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