Brian Naylor http://wfpl.org en Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services http://wfpl.org/post/post-office-could-rack-billions-offering-money-services As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money each year, a new report suggests a way to add to its bottom line: offer banklike services, such as a check cashing card that would allow holders to make purchases and pay bills online or even take out small loans. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:47:13 +0000 Brian Naylor 8507 at http://wfpl.org Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services How Kennedy's Assassination Changed The Secret Service http://wfpl.org/post/how-kennedys-assassination-changed-secret-service Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, a moment that left an indelible mark on those who remember it.<p>It also permanently changed the agency charged with protecting the president — the U.S. Secret Service.<p>Looking back at the images of Kennedy, first lady Jackie Kennedy, Texas Gov. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:21:24 +0000 Brian Naylor 7480 at http://wfpl.org How Kennedy's Assassination Changed The Secret Service Not-So-Fond Memories From The Last Government Shutdowns http://wfpl.org/post/not-so-fond-memories-last-government-shutdowns For those old enough to remember, the government shutdown skirmishing now underway in Washington brings back some not-so-fond memories of late 1995 and early 1996.<p>That's the last time a divided government, unable to settle its differences before the money from previous years' spending bills ran out, forced dozens of agencies to close. Some 800,000 federal workers were told to stay home and millions of Americans were shut out of everything from their national parks to small-business loans.<p>In fact, in 1995 and '96 there were two government shutdowns. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 10:15:40 +0000 Brian Naylor 6928 at http://wfpl.org Not-So-Fond Memories From The Last Government Shutdowns Cincinnati's Airport: Best In The U.S.? http://wfpl.org/post/cincinnatis-airport-best-us In the grand days of railroad travel, passengers arrived in monumental terminals. There was grandeur, style and comfort — qualities that today's equivalent for long-distance travel, the airport, mostly lack. Especially in the United States.<p>In a survey of international travelers by the British firm Skytrax, not a single U.S. airport ranked anywhere near <a href="http://www.worldairportawards.com/Awards_2013/top100.htm" target="_blank">the top of the list</a>. Singapore got top honors, while the best the United States could do was Cincinnati's airport — which came in at No. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 11:45:19 +0000 Brian Naylor 6694 at http://wfpl.org Cincinnati's Airport: Best In The U.S.? Many Agree Bridges Are Unsafe, But Few Agree On Fixes http://wfpl.org/post/many-bridges-are-unsafe-few-agree-fixes As you head out for summer vacation, ponder this: There's a 1 in 9 chance that the bridge you're crossing has been deemed structurally deficient or basically in bad shape by the federal government.<p>The collapse of the I-5 bridge in Washington last week has once again raised questions about the state of the nation's infrastructure. But there is no consensus on how to tackle the problem or how to pay for proposed solutions.<p>The I-5 bridge was not one of the nearly 67,000 bridges across the nation deemed structurally deficient. Sat, 01 Jun 2013 11:50:46 +0000 Brian Naylor 5619 at http://wfpl.org Many Agree Bridges Are Unsafe, But Few Agree On Fixes Nonconservative Groups Say IRS Scrutinized Them, Too http://wfpl.org/post/nonconservative-groups-say-irs-scrutinized-them-too The IRS was in the hot seat Friday, with its outgoing acting commissioner <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/17/184712231/congress-due-to-grill-ousted-irs-chief">testifying before a House committee</a>. A Senate panel is scheduled for Tuesday. Congress is prodding to find out why the agency singled out conservative groups for special scrutiny.<p>Attention has focused on the IRS' flagging of these groups starting in 2010. Sun, 19 May 2013 11:20:39 +0000 Brian Naylor 5457 at http://wfpl.org Nonconservative Groups Say IRS Scrutinized Them, Too Senate Mostly Blamed For Agency And Court Vacancies, But Obama Isn't Helping http://wfpl.org/post/senate-mostly-blamed-agency-and-court-vacancies-obama-isnt-helping <em>Hear Brian Nayor, Julie Rovner, Yuki Noguchi and Carrie Johnson talk with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep about the many federal entities operating without permanent leadership by clicking the audio link.</em><p>Some workers may dream about how productive they'd be without a boss. But for thousands of federal employees, being without a boss is a reality. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 19:29:55 +0000 Brian Naylor 4403 at http://wfpl.org Senate Mostly Blamed For Agency And Court Vacancies, But Obama Isn't Helping One Place You May Notice The Sequester: At The Airport http://wfpl.org/post/one-place-you-may-notice-sequester-airport Unless Congress acts, across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to take effect March 1 will be felt throughout the government. Some of the most visible effects will be noticed by air travelers.<p>Officials predict that cutbacks at the Federal Aviation Administration could lead to takeoff delays and fewer flights overall.<p>The FAA's work is done largely out of public view, in airport control towers and regional radar centers, in hangars and workshops. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:53:29 +0000 Brian Naylor 4118 at http://wfpl.org One Place You May Notice The Sequester: At The Airport Get A Social Security Check? Treasury Says It's Time To Go Electronic http://wfpl.org/post/get-social-security-check-treasury-says-its-time-go-electronic Every month, the government sends out about 5 million checks to Americans who receive federal benefits. On March 1, the Treasury Department is making those paper checks a thing of the past.<p>Since May 2011, all new Social Security recipients are required to get direct deposit of their benefits. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:56:54 +0000 Brian Naylor 4066 at http://wfpl.org Get A Social Security Check? Treasury Says It's Time To Go Electronic Key Player In '94 Assault Weapons Ban: 'It's Going To Be Much More Difficult' Now http://wfpl.org/post/key-player-94-assault-weapons-ban-its-going-be-much-more-difficult-now President Obama's proposed renewal of a ban on assault-style weapons is expected to be based on the legislation approved by Congress in 1994 that expired 10 years later.<p>But when the first assault weapons ban was approved — outlawing 19 specific weapons — it was a very different time, and Congress was a very different place.<p>Democrats controlled both the House and Senate, and the nation's crime rate was a major concern. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:04:33 +0000 Brian Naylor 3490 at http://wfpl.org Key Player In '94 Assault Weapons Ban: 'It's Going To Be Much More Difficult' Now