Good Enough For Goodell

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 7:05 am

The real bone of contention in The Great NFL Referee Lock-Out Destroying The Integrity of The Game Clusterfuck:

The Other Big Labor Dispute: The NFL Referees Lockout

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 2:23 pm

As we wait for the outcome of the most high-profile labor dispute currently happening in America, the Chicago Teachers Union strike, I want to call attention to the other big labor action out there. National Football League referees have been locked out of the job since the beginning of the year. Four weeks of preseason and two weeks of the regular season have been officiated by scabs, replacement referees from college and even high school. The NFL had to remove one referee from a New Orleans Saints game after he was outed as a fan of the team; another scab was recruited from the Lingerie Football League.

Responding to Comments on the Future of the Postal Service

By: Friday August 3, 2012 10:13 am

My article about the postal service got an unusually robust amount of play among the blogosphere, so I thought I’d respond to some of the comments.

Irresponsible Congress Abandons Key Bills, a Mark of Its Historic Dysfunction

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 6:45 am

It’s the time of the (election) season where Congress does everything it can to delay contentious issues until after November. As Felix Salmon writes, if Congress can’t sweat the small stuff, what’s the hope of them coming to a decent solution – or any solution – on the fiscal cliff? We throw around words like “worst ever” far too loosely, but in the case of the 112th Congress, it really does apply.

Congress Passes Student Loan/Transportation Package

By: Friday June 29, 2012 2:22 pm

Congress has quickly passed a series of bills, consolidated into one package, that freezes federal student loan interest rates at 3.4% for one year, and extends surface transportation funding for two years. The package also reauthorizes the federal flood insurance program for five years. Congress was clearly eager to get out of town for the Fourth of July recess, because they passed this giant package, in both chambers, in one day.

In Bipartisan Deal, Congress to Package Student Loan, Transportation, Flood Insurance Bills

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 6:25 am

As we await the Supreme Court ruling on health care, two of the other major stories of the week have reached a conclusion. Congress has reached agreement on a compromise package that will avert three separate deadlines and deliver some of the more robust lawmaking of the entire year to date.

Congress Nearing Compromise on Student Loan, Highway Bills, But Not There Yet

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 11:45 am

House Speaker John Boehner assured reporters today that bipartisan deals are near on two pieces of legislation that must be passed before expiration on Saturday. The two bills, one to prevent the federal student loan interest rate from doubling, and the other to extend surface transportation funding for two years, have been tied up in Congress for months.

Possible Deal on Student Loan Interest Rates in the Senate

By: Monday June 25, 2012 8:45 am

Just to set up this week, we’re going to see verdicts in two major Supreme Court cases, on the health care individual mandate and the Arizona immigration law; a contempt vote in the House against Attorney General Eric Holder; and in Congress, we have deadlines on two important pieces of legislation, the transportation funding bill and the student loan interest rate bill. Of all that, we’re probably closest to getting a satisfactory outcome on that interest rate bill, as Senate leaders have approached a deal to avoid a doubling of the interest rate.

Decision Time Nears for Student Loan, Highway Bills

By: Sunday June 24, 2012 7:03 pm

I’ve been tracking the two deadlines for Congress coming up in just over a week. If no action is taken, new federal student loans will see an interest rate of 6.8%, double the current 3.4%. And there will be no surface transportation bill, meaning that highway projects with federal participation will grind to a halt and the 18-cent-per-gallon federal gas tax would go uncollected (heck, at this point, that might be the only stimulus we see this year).

Highway Bill Unlikely to Emerge from Conference Committee

By: Monday June 18, 2012 1:30 pm

Congress appears poised to do what it does best – absolutely nothing. At issue are the doubling of the student loan interest rate, and the surface transportation bill. Both are stuck on an unwillingness to agree on whether/how to pay for them, and there’s little to encourage the members to agree as time runs out.

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