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DeGette lauds Salazar for staying course on categorical exclusions despite Lamborn...

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., today lauded Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for sticking to his guns on the issue of categorical exclusions that allow oil and gas companies to skirt environmental regulations for drilling operations on federal lands.

Gardner on GAO report: Massive waste

When was the last time you heard a politician campaign on promises of cutting government waste? When was the last time those promises turned out to be empty? When was the last time waste turned out to mean schools and health care? Maybe it is different this time.

New GOP House bill reopens debate on gays in the military

With the "Obamacare-repeal" legislation passed yesterday in the U.S. House, California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter has introduced the next Republican Congress repeal effort. Hunter's "Restore Military Readiness Act" is reopening debate on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the 17-year-old policy lifted by lawmakers in December that banned gay soldiers from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Forces. Hunter's bill, which Colorado's Doug Lamborn signed onto as a co-sponsor, is already being criticized not as a true policy initiative but as a way to revisit the issue of gay rights and military readiness that generated sparks during the last days of the previous Democratic-controlled session of Congress.

Boulder nuke worker widow scores new hope from Harkin

Boulder resident Bo Fellinger's husband Michael worked with nuclear material at the Ames Laboratory in Iowa during the cold war and died of...

Iowa’s Harkin spurring movement at last on Udall nuke worker bill

Michael Fellenger died in April 2008 of lung failure stemming from his work with nuclear material at the Ames Laboratory in Iowa. His wife...

Udall nuke-worker bill stalls; another widow denied compensation

Boulder resident Bo Fellinger is disgusted. She recently discovered that the Department of Labor yet again denied her husband Michael’s claim to compensation for chronic lung disease. Fellinger doesn't have a good word to say about the department or its Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA). Her husband, a grad student at the Ames Laboratory in Iowa, died of lung failure in 2008 at age 62, his claim shuttled back and forth among bureaucrats for nearly four years.

Salazar wants to rein in wild-horse costs by setting up preserves

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar wants the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to get into the wild-horse preserve business at a cost of nearly $100...