3 hrs ago
Issa immigration bill to boost high-skilled visas
Rep. Darrell Issa is preparing to introduce an immigration bill this week that proposes to boost the number of visas for highly skilled workers while eliminating the diversity visa program that Democrats are keen to preserve.
7 hrs ago
"Immigration Reform" and Political Parlance
The best way to win a political argument is by manipulating the rhetoric used to describe the two sides in a debate.
11 hrs ago
Key House chairman slams Senate immigration bill
A key House committee chairman on Wednesday sharply criticized a wide-ranging immigration bill just passed by a Senate committee, underscoring the difficulties ahead as the politically volatile measure moves forward in a divided Congress.
13 hrs ago
Asteroid Capturing Spacecraft Concept
NASA's plan to lasso an asteroid for astronauts as a deep-space dry run for a future mission to Mars has some members of Congress wondering if the space agency would be better off setting its sights on the moon instead.
American Institute of Physics
House Science Subcommittee Discusses Climate Change
"Challenging accepted beliefs through open debate and critical thinking is a primary part of the scientific process.
Tue May 21, 2013
Bad Astronomy Blog
The Forces that Narrow the Climate Debate
Last week on Twitter I lamented the simplistic public discourse on climate change, how it's often framed by those who dismiss the legitimate concerns of a warming planet and those who play up those concerns.
Mon May 20, 2013
The Washington Post
Overheated rhetoric on climate change doesn't make for good policies
Lamar Smith, a Republican, represents Texas's 21st District in the U.S. House and is chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Sun May 19, 2013
The Papillion Times
E.J. Dionne Jr.: Scandal hysteria obscures facts
"What if the government starts enforcing the espionage statute whenever there's a leak?" Steve Roberts, a former New York Times journalist who teaches at George Washington University, observed to the Baltimore Sun.
Thu May 16, 2013
National View: The false god of 'narrative'
"What if the government starts enforcing the espionage statute whenever there's a leak?" Steve Roberts, a former New York Times journalist who teaches at George Washington University, observed to The Baltimore Sun.
Acting IRS Commissioner Out After 'Rogue' Agents'...
Acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Steven Miller has resigned, amid a probe into a plot by the agency to target conservative groups.
The American Spectator
Holder Says IRS Scandal Investigation Will Be Nationwide
Attorney General Eric Holder said in a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee that the criminal investigation of the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS will be nationwide.
Wed May 15, 2013
The Electronic Frontier
This is perhaps the most inflammatory way to describe the current initiatives by governments all over the world to limit our online freedom, but that is what makes it the most appropriate.
NSF Says No to Congressman's Request for Reviewer Comments
The National Science Foundation today rebuffed a request from the chairman of the House of Representatives science committee to obtain reviewer comments on five social science research projects it is funding.
Sun May 12, 2013
The Wall Street Journal
Rep. Rogers Says More Benghazi Whistleblowers Coming
Rep. Mike Rogers , the head of the House Intelligence Committee and a Republican looking into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, said more "whistleblowers" have volunteered to supply information that could be valuable to a GOP-led investigation.
Fri May 10, 2013
NSF Delays Reply to Hill Query on Social Science Grants
The National Science Foundation needs one more week to reply to a controversial request from the chairman of the House of Representatives science committee to explain why five social sciences grants were approved.
The Border Hawks Have Already Won
Questioning the security of the border, a go-to tactic for the forces seeking to derail immigration reform, has lost some of its punch.
American Institute of Physics
Former NSF Directors and NSB Chairmen Ask House Science Committee to...
Three former Directors of the National Science Foundation and three former Chairmen of the National Science Board have written to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee asking them to "forego any further action on the process envisioned in this draft legislation and the request contained in the April 25 ... (more)
Congress Knows the First Giant Leap to Move Us All to Another Planet
So the House convened yet another hearing on Thursday, this time with some of the smartest space people in the country, to check in and see if they've found us a new planet to live on - preferably with water, oxygen, moderate temperatures, and giraffes.
Thu May 09, 2013
The Huffington Post
What It Really Sounds Like When Senators Fight
Instead of legislating, lawmakers frequently turn to partisan bickering, driving themselves into impassible stalemate.
A Science Laureate for the United States?
A bipartisan group of Congressional lawmakers wants the United States to have a Science Laureate.