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Settlement Reached In FEMA Trailers Lawsuit

AP | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | Posted 07.29.2012 | Green

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A class-action settlement agreement has been reached to resolve nearly all the remaining court claims over allegations that govern...

Nuclear Power Regulators Scale Back Emergency Readiness Efforts

AP | JEFF DONN | Posted 07.16.2012 | Green

Without fanfare, the nation's nuclear power regulators have overhauled community emergency planning for the first time in more than three decades, req...

When Government Competes With Aid Organizations In Relief Efforts

Paul Clolery | Posted 06.27.2012 | Impact
Paul Clolery

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) has introduced S. 2202, the Preparedness and Resilience Foundation Act. The bottom line is that tax dollars apparently are not enough and the federal government wants to be able to fundraise outside the scope of its actual authority.

Texas Tornadoes: Climate Change - and Climate Deniers - in the Lone Star State

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This week two seemingly unrelated but very connected events took place: freak tornadoes struck the Dallas area yesterday with unexpected ferocity and the hard-hit area's Member of Congress bragged about cutting funds for... predicting storms and reducing their impact.

FEMA Again Denies Disaster Funding To Tornado-Ravaged Town

Reuters | Posted 05.22.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO - The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied for a second time Illinois' request for disaster aid to recover from violent storms last mo...

Governor In Tornado-Ravaged State Asks FEMA To Reconsider Funding

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2012 | Chicago

By Andrew Stern CHICAGO, March 16 (Reuters) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday appealed a federal decision to reject disaster aid th...

Commemorating AmeriCorps Week: Expanding Opportunity Through Service

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Greenblatt

Last year, AmeriCorps received a record of more than 580,000 applications for just 80,000 positions. More than half a million people applied to join the program, not for financial gain, but because they were driven to make real community impact.

FEMA Denies Disaster Funding To Demolished Town After Storm Killed 7

Posted 03.12.2012 | Chicago

Illinois lawmakers spoke out this weekend after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied disaster funding to an Illinois town that was de...

For Victims Of Natural Disasters, IRS Offers Break

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2012 | Money

(The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are her own.) By Amy Feldman NEW YORK, March 9 (Reuters) - The recent string...

'Green News Report' - March 6, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.06.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Iran war ...

'Green News Report' - March 1, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.01.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: March roa...

FEMA Takes Part Of Ike Victim's Social Security To Collect Debt | Posted 01.09.2012 | Fifty

PORT BOLIVAR - Roy Mooney was surprised to learn early last year that the federal government was deducting $180 each month from his $1,200 Social Secu...

Hurricane Katrina Victims Fight To Keep FEMA Aid Money

AP | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | Posted 02.27.2012 | Impact

NEW ORLEANS — When the Federal Emergency Management Agency mailed out 83,000 debt notices this year to victims of Hurricane Katrina and other 20...

Americans Are Greater Together

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

"We all do better when we all do better." Republicans don't ascribe to that. They want to set up a country where every person is responsible for every aspect of daily life, from ensuring drinking water is safe to reducing workplace hazards.

President Obama OK's Quake Disaster Declaration For D.C.

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.08.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Tuesday approved a disaster declaration for the District of Columbia from August's 5.8 magnitude earthquake. Accor...

The Only Major Counterweight to Economic or Political Power Is People Power

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.17.2011 | New York
Howard Steven Friedman

In a democracy, it is the people who need to have the power, not just the rich and powerful. Let us hope that Americans learn that their rights are very tenuous and need to be protected, rather than simply taken for granted.

No Federal Help For Virginia Town After 3 Disasters

AP | By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 12.15.2011 | DC

LOUISA, Va. -- Residents of this rural community just outside Richmond know they may be lucky, seeing as how no one died in the earthquake, hurricane ...

The 99%: "We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For"

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

"We are the ones we have been waiting for."- thus said candidate Barack Obama who used it for a Presidential campaign speech in February 2008. Althou...

Andrea Stone

House Bill Would Authorize Czar To Watch Islamist Extremists But Not Other Domestic Terrorists | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A House bill set for markup on Wednesday would give protection against civil lawsuits to those who report suspicious activity, designate...

North Dakota Flood Victims Start Moving Into Temporary Homes

AP | By JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 12.04.2011 | Green

MINOT, N.D. -- With winter coming quickly in North Dakota, federal officials are racing to finish up to 2,400 temporary homes for Minot residents disp...

Government Shutdown Averted -- Again (For Now)

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House passed a spending bill Tuesday to fund the government for six weeks, delaying a series of battles over spending and polic...

House Poised To Pass Government Funding Bill, Avert Shutdown

Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- The House has passed a short-term spending bill that keeps the government running for six weeks an...

Friday Talking Points -- What I'd Call "Class Warfare"

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back, everyone, to this week's edition of So You Think You Can President?!? Just to remind everyone, this year we've got the Republican field of candidates for the party's nomination.

'Green News Report' - September 29, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Climate c...

Fibbing About the Record for Emergency Appropriation Offsets

Scott Lilly | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

The office of Majority Leader Cantor continues to actively misrepresent the facts concerning how Congress in recent years has handled emergency spending and whether or not offsetting natural disasters has been a common practice.