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Inside GOP science, part 2: the brawl over National Science Foundation grants

latimes.com — In part 2 of our interview with Rep. John Culberson (R-Tex.), we turn to the controversy over another agency under his jurisdiction as chairman of the House Appropriation Committee's subcommittee on commerce, justice, and science: the National Science Foundation , which distributes about $7 billion annually in grants--about one-fourth of all federal research grants to academic and research institutions.

Inside the GOP's science policy: A talk with Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas

latimes.com — Republican control of both houses of Congress gives the GOP extraordinary power over science policy in the United States. Last month, we had a lengthy discussion of the party's interests and outlook in scientific research with Rep. John Culberson , R-Tex., who had been named chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on commerce, justice, and science.

Nasdaq at 5,000: Time to be very, very afraid?

latimes.com — For the longest time, I promised myself that I would stay in the stock market until the Nasdaq Composite Index reached its Dot-com era peak of just above 5,000. Then I'd bail out. My will power and resistance to self-delusion are about to be tested, along with my intestinal fortitude.

Actually, that 'off-target' 1995 anti-Internet column was amazingly on-target

latimes.com — Back in 1995, astronomer and computer expert Clifford Stoll wrote an article for Newsweek dismissing all the excitement about something called the Internet. It was headlined, "The Internet? Bah!" Stoll ridiculed the claims of "Internet hucksters" that we might someday buy books, music and airline tickets over the Internet, or make restaurant reservations, or that we'd live in a world of telecommuting workers and interactive libraries.

Watch 'Meet the Press' treat climate change as a big joke

latimes.com — As you may have heard, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., who astonishingly enough is chairman of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee, brought a snowball to the floor of the U.S. Senate last week to debunk "all this hysteria about global warming."

A nimble comeback by unions?

latimes.com — One consequence of the steady decline of unions in America is that we've forgotten what little we used to know about what organized labor even means. Union members are often depicted as lazy and overpaid, and job actions as a threat to the livelihoods of average Americans.

Is GOP finally getting nervous that the Supreme Court might gut Obamacare?

latimes.com — It wasn't so long ago that Republicans were viewing the prospect that the Supreme Court might overturn a key provision of the Affordable Care Act with unalloyed glee. The Court might "ultimately take it down," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., crowed in December.

How NFL stadium promoters are snowing the city of Inglewood

latimes.com — The city council of Inglewood on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to build a $1.86-billion National Football League stadium in their municipality. The vote proves nothing, except that money causes blindness. In this case, the money includes the nearly $120,000 in campaign donations the stadium's developers have given to elected city officials since 2006.

Hewlett-Packard shows how to fatten shareholders while firing workers

latimes.com — Shareholders of the big high-tech company Hewlett-Packard have done pretty nicely over the last year. Their stock gains have outpaced the Standard & Poor's 500 Index by about 14 percentage points, and in 2014 they pocketed a handsome $2.7 billion through share repurchases and $1.2 billion in dividends.

How Congress connives in the offshoring of American IT jobs

latimes.com — This month Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, spoke out against Southern California Edison's misuse of the government's H-1B visa program to outsource its American information technology jobs. Reports of Edison's behavior are "deeply disturbing," said Issa, who wants to expand the H-1B program to help high-tech companies import high-quality computer engineers and other top-flight workers from abroad--and whose district abuts Edison's service area.
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Mar 04, 2015

GOP Rep. Culberson: National Science Foundation should avoid funding social science research that generates headlines fw.to/osgT9AF

Mar 04, 2015

Even before law's passage MT @charlesornstein This hed couldve been written before arguments! NYT: Court Appears Sharply Split on Health Law

Mar 04, 2015

Dear SCOTUS: Please wrap up the King v Burwell arguments--I can't get anything done because I have too many live blogs to follow

Mar 04, 2015

Inside GOP science, part 2: the brawl over National Science Foundation grants fw.to/osgT9AF

Mar 04, 2015

Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), a key man on GOP science policy, speaks out on NASA, climate change and more fw.to/kCWuA7Y

Mar 04, 2015

Don't believe what you've heard: Cliff Stoll's 'off target' 1995 anti-Internet column was amazingly prescient: fw.to/SJEcJfR

Mar 04, 2015

.@wjosephcampbell Anyone who doubts Stoll got a lot right should read Jaron Lanier and Evgeny Morozov, who pick up where he left off.

Mar 04, 2015

.@wjosephcampbell Stoll predicted "Cacophany...When most everyone shouts, few listen." Isn't that exactly what's happening here?

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