Sam Palmasano

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Which Americans will feel pinch first from federal government shutdown?

The first shutdown of the federal government in 17 years kicked in at 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday.<p>The lack of a resolution meant the government’s spending authority expired -- with national parks expected to close, homebuyers probably facing delays on government-backed mortgages, and an estimated …

Atheist Pledge Of Allegiance Case Goes To Massachusetts' Supreme Court

(RNS) Massachusetts’ highest court on Wednesday (Sept. 4) will consider whether the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is a violation of students’ rights.<p>Since the addition of the phrase “under God” in 1954, the pledge has been challenged repeatedly as a violation of the separation of …

Ripping Off Young America: The College-Loan Scandal

The federal government has made it easier than ever to borrow money for higher education - saddling a generation with crushing debts and inflating a …

Finance

Supreme Court may strike new blow to campaign funding laws

WASHINGTON — In what may be Act 2 in the decline and fall of campaign funding laws, the Supreme Court appears poised to lift the lid on the total amount the wealthy can give directly to all candidates and political parties.<p>Increasingly, the money that funds election races for<p>Congressand the …

Government

D.C. Navy Yard Shooter Had Ties to HP Contractor

The suspected gunman in the shooting incident at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard that has left 12 people dead had worked for a contractor to …

Military

How Sony Could Beat Microsoft At Its Own Game And Win The Living Room War

Sony has wisely marketed its PlayStation 4 as a system designed with the “core gamer” audience in mind.<p>The PS4 has social apps, video streaming, and all the other bells and whistles the competition has, but first and foremost it’s a machine designed to play games. Or at least that’s the …