The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it." ~ BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 1787
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spent almost $29 million to cover Medicare Part D prescription drugs for 4,139 individuals “unlawfully present” in the U.S. and thus ineligible to receive federal health care benefits, according to an audit by Daniel Levinson, inspector general of the Department of Health & Human Services.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is planning to spend $450,000 in Fiscal Year 2014 for “family planning services” in the Navajo Nation’s tribal lands, even though U.S. Census data shows that the population there declined nearly 4 percent between 2000 and 2010.
U.S. Department of Labor employees racked up an estimated $3.8 million in unauthorized or undocumented expenses over the past two-and-a-half years, including charges at Hilton Naples Grande Beach Resort, Wal-Mart, Target and Chick-fil-A, according to an Inspector General (OIG) audit released earlier this month.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a $25 million grant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to research ways to build smarter machines that think more like human brains.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a grant of $100,000 for a multimedia game teaming players with an alien who fights to improve women’s auras damaged by negative self-esteem, discrimination and eating disorders.
Despite a 22 percent cost overrun, glitches found testing key weapons and radar systems on the U.S.S. Gerald Ford will require the Navy to enter its first new generation aircraft carrier into maintenance soon after its 2016 commissioning, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
New York’s Coney Island has been awarded $7.2 million to pump 600,000 cubic yards of sand along the beachfront, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced Friday. But that’s more than twice the amount washed away by Hurricane Sandy.
Alabama is balking at refunding the federal government $88.2 million in “unallowable” Medicaid bonus payments for fiscal years 2009 and 2010, according to an audit by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
In a speech Tuesday at the National Press Club, outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano touted her accomplishments, discussed lessons learned, and warned her successor of "serious" challenges ahead, including a "serious" cyber attack and the effects of climate change.
The Department of Defense plans to spend $25,883 to count giant fairy shrimp, butterflies, Argus land snails and other invertebrates at its airborne weapons testing and training facility in China Lake, California, located in the northeast Mojave Desert.
A $2.2 million, multi-year study by University of Illinois researchers on the risks of contracting HIV by married male migrant laborers from Tajikistan who have sex with female prostitutes in Moscow has been extended to 2014, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is funding the research.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $179,784 grant to “experimental economists” who will study what drives one’s work incentive – personal gain and employer profit or contributing to causes that help the “needy.”