After four years of wrangling and one shutdown, the beleaguered Federal Aviation Administration will soon get a bill of its own. The bill would give it long-term funding for airport construction, expansion and NextGen — or modernization of the air traffic control system from one based on radar to one based on GPS satellites. Congress has resolved long-simmering issues about unionization, not to mention landing slots and rural subsidies.
In Las Vegas Thursday, Mitt Romney picked up the endorsement of multimillionaire businessman Donald Trump. Trump's endorsement comes one day after the former Massachusetts governor stirred up controversy — on the left and the right — by saying he's "not concerned about the very poor."
Obama made a number of statements grounded in the religious imperative to help the poor. It's not surprising that he would make such observations at a prayer breakfast. But there appeared to be more of an emphasis on society's obligation to the poor in Thursday's version of the prayer breakfast speech than in the past.
The once-booming clean-tech industry is facing hard times, in part because of cheaper natural gas, the effects of the financial crisis, China's growing solar industry and the Solyndra bankruptcy. Reporter Juliet Eilperin, who covers the industry's struggles in Wired's February issue, explains.
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