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OMB puts its thumb on the scale against the environment

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

The Office of Management and Budget's effort runs counter to the administration's strong and positive agenda on energy efficiency, renewable energy and the environment in general.

Ride Your Bike!

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Today is National Ride Your Bike to Work Day, where commuters across the nation -- from the 3rd District of Oregon to the nation's capital -- will be encouraging people to drop their car keys and pick up a helmet.

Educating Congress About Mass Transit

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

There's nothing better than when a good idea catches on. Especially when the idea concerns Los Angeles and mass transit.

Preaching to the Choir: Metro and 30/10 Revisited

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With a tip of my Metro cap to Bob Dylan for his special telling of the sacrifice of Isaac, over the weekend I took a virtual drive out on Highway 61. ...

Those Toyotas: You've Been Taken for a Ride!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

What'll it take to put you behind the wheel of a brand-spanking-new 2010 Toyota? It's Non-Stop Bargain Days here at Frantic Fred's Four-Star Motors -- and it looks like highway robbery!

American Eagle, Flying Planes With Known Safety Problems

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Negroni

According to the FAA in 2008,American Eagle flew four airplanes with gear door problems on more than 900 flights.

Toyota Recall: : Corporate Culture's Role in Epic Breakdown

TIME | Robert Galbraith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Not only is Toyota producing more flawed cars than in the past, but an organization known for its unrivaled ability to suss out problems, fix them and...

Toyota Recall: Automaker Delayed And Gave Excuses, Gas Pedal Problems First Noticed In 2003

Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The recall of nearly 8 million Toyota vehicles was years in the making and was complicated by excuses offered to regulators and by delay tactics emplo...

Toyota's Gift to Detroit

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andy Ostroy

Toyota's crisis is the biggest gift to American automakers since the government's bailout eighteen months ago. If Detroit is smart, we'll be hearing a lot of "Buy American" very soon.

Once a Crisis, Always A Crisis? Obama and Cities

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

When Washington politicians speak about cities, their speech is reliably punctuated with catchphrases about decline, crumbling infrastructure, and Detroit. This is a strange phenomenon.

Toyota Says Cup Holders Still Working Great

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

"Feel free to enjoy the beverage of your choice and know that you can rest it in one of our cup holders with confidence," said Tokyo spokesman Hiroshi Kyosuke. "Our cup holders are world-class."

LaHood: 10 House Republicans Could Back Health Care

The Atlantic | Matthew Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I mentioned on Friday that I'd gone to see Ray LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation. LaHood, as you probably know, was a Republican congressman fro...

Less Than Sacred Hoops

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Why is Arne Duncan going to Copenhagen? Maybe the IOC will want to hear what steps he is taking to ensure that the rest of our nation's public schools begin performing at the level of those in Chicago.

Drunk-Driving Arrests Among Women Up 28.8 Percent Since 1998

wsj.com | Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The number of women arrested for drunken driving has jumped nearly 30% in the past decade, the Transportation Department said Wednesday....

'Clunker' Program Leads To Boost In Foreign Car Sales

washingtonpost.com | Dana Hedgpeth and Sholnn Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Four of the five top-selling cars in the government's "Cash for Clunkers" program are made by foreign automakers, according to new data released Tuesd...

Bulletin - Clunker Program May Already Be Over!

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

I've said when program was first announced that the slated $1 billion would run out well before the time limit. But I don't think anyone expected this!

Jeff Muskus

Menendez: Transportation Missing From Climate Change Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The next phase of the climate change debate began Tuesday morning in the Senate, but with a big piece missing. The heads of all the relevant governmen...

Behind The Scenes With Obama's Cabinet (SLIDESHOW)

The Huffington Post | Cara Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Cabinet members: they're more than just bureaucratic figureheads. They will also paint your house, fertilize your lawn and serve you lunch, as reveale...

How Obama Will Keep Michigan Blue in 2010

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan J. Demas

If the Republicans win the governorship here, the national media will trumpet that as an Important Trend. And a sign of the president's impending doom in 2012.

Is Stimulus Spending Fast or Slow?

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ProPublica

To date, the department has obligated $15.7 billion, according to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's latest blog post last night. That is a third of the department's overall stimulus budget.

Commerce Secretary Locke: Rail Can Revive Auto Industry

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan J. Demas

Linking up with rail makes perfect sense for a contracting industry, at a time when environmental and economic factors make expanding public transit a necessity.

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: May 18, 2009

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Folks, if you hear just one interview with Department of Transportation Secretay Ray LaHood conducted as the secretary made his way by car to Peoria, ...

Midwest High-Speed Rail Network To Get Stimulus Money: LaHood

Chicago Tribune | Jon Hilkevitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today that a proposed Midwest passenger high-speed rail network is among six corridors likely to share a...

Blagojevich, Springfield Gridlock Helped Illinois Stimulus Projects: LaHood

Chicago Tribune | Rick Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois' long-dysfunctional government ultimately helped the state gain quick approval for a large share of federal stimulus money to fix roads and b...

High-Speed Rail: States Seek Stimulus Money For Train Network With Chicago Hub

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Eight states want stimulus funds for a network of high-speed trains with Chicago as its hub. Governors from Illinois, Missouri, India...