Perils of Invisible Government

The American Rescue Plan is huge and yet little noticed. More than a decade ago, the political scientist Suzanne Mettler coined the phrase “the submerged state” to describe a core feature of modern American government: Many people don’t realize when they are benefiting from a government program. “Americans often fail to recognize government’s role in society, even if they have experienced it in their own … Continue reading Perils of Invisible Government

Biden’s plan to bring down gas prices could take weeks. Here’s how to get relief now

( CNBC.com ) Filling up at the pump comes with a hefty dose of sticker shock. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and global supply concerns have sent gas prices to record highs — hitting $6 in some parts of the country. To combat the spike in energy costs, the White House said it will release 1 million barrels of oil per day from the nation’s strategic reserves “to serve as … Continue reading Biden’s plan to bring down gas prices could take weeks. Here’s how to get relief now

Supreme Court blocks nationwide vaccine and testing mandate for large businesses, allows health care worker vaccine mandate to take effect

( CNN.com ) The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden’s vaccine and testing requirement aimed at large businesses, but it allowed a vaccine mandate for certain health care workers to go into effect nationwide. The decision is a huge hit to Biden’s attempts to use the power of the federal government to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The President has emphasized the necessity of getting vaccinated against the virus … Continue reading Supreme Court blocks nationwide vaccine and testing mandate for large businesses, allows health care worker vaccine mandate to take effect

The Biden administration sets a Jan. 4 vaccination deadline for private sector workers.

NYTimes.com The Biden administration said on Thursday that large companies have until Jan. 4 to ensure that their workforces are fully vaccinated under a sweeping new coronavirus health measure that will cover 84 million private sector workers. The plan was first announced in September by President Biden, who directed the Labor Department to invoke its emergency powers over the safety of workplaces to require businesses with … Continue reading The Biden administration sets a Jan. 4 vaccination deadline for private sector workers.

Horse patrols temporarily suspended at Haitian migrant camp in Del Rio, Texas

USAToday.com The Biden administration continued to face questions on Thursday about its handling a surge of Haitian migrants crossing the southern border, even after temporarily suspending horse patrols in the area.  Images of horseback patrols pursuing Haitians spread earlier this week, drawing outrage from Republicans and Democrats in Congress as well as the White House. On Thursday, both the Department of Homeland Security and White House confirmed those … Continue reading Horse patrols temporarily suspended at Haitian migrant camp in Del Rio, Texas

Biden Signs Bill into Law Making Juneteenth a National Holiday

CNN.com (CNN) President Joe Biden said that signing legislation into law on Thursday establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day — a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States — will go down as “one of the greatest honors” of his presidency. “I have to say to you, I’ve only been president for several months, but I think this will go … Continue reading Biden Signs Bill into Law Making Juneteenth a National Holiday