In the farm bill it passed earlier this month, Congress tightened a loophole dubbed “Heat and Eat” that has made it possible for states to artificially boost the amount of food stamp benefits a household receives.
Here’s how it works: Some food stamp households that receive Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefits are automatically eligible for higher deductions on their utility bills. A higher deduction means eligibility for more food stamps. So some states had simply been mailing out LIHEAP checks for amounts as small as $1 to trigger the higher food stamp benefits.
The findings suggest that technology and innovation can benefit from the exploratory learning and probabilistic reasoning skills that come naturally to young children, many of whom are learning to use smartphones even before they can tie their shoelaces. The findings also build upon the researchers’ efforts to use children’s cognitive smarts to teach machines to learn in more human ways.
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, said the nation is in need of more open space on the unlicensed spectrum, which devices like cordless phones and garage door openers also use to operate.
“Every day, in countless ways, our lives are dependent on wireless connectivity,” she said at the event in Washington, according to prepared remarks. “In fact, they are getting more dependent every day.”
Public dissatisfaction with the president, concerns about his healthcare overhaul and a sluggish economy, and a series of retirements by key Democratic senators in conservative states have made a rugged year for Democrats even more so, analysts and strategists in both parties say.
Republicans, who are widely expected to retain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, need a net gain of six seats to take back the 100-member Senate. Recent polling indicates they have big leads in three states – Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia – where longtime Democratic senators have retired or will retire in January.
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) threatened last month to subpoena those documents after criticizing the IRS for failing to comply with his request.
“This is a significant step forward and will help us complete our investigation into the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups,” Camp said in a statement.
The announcement comes just days after Lerner, the IRS official who first acknowledged the IRS’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups in May, for the second time invoked her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination before the House Oversight Committee.
A new, joint series called ‘Obstetric Care Consensus’ is being introduced by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. The first issue addresses the rapid increase in cesarean births. In 2011, one in three pregnant women in the U.S. delivered babies by cesarean delivery. While cesarean delivery may be life-saving for the mother, the baby or both, the rapid increase in cesarean birth rates since 1996 without clear indication raises concerns that this type of delivery may be overused.
The figure for ransomware as a whole seems even more eye-opening, with almost 1 in 10 reporting having fallen victim.
The survey was organised by the University of Kent’s Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security, by a team composed of both computer scientists and psychologists, and conducted using Google’s Consumer Surveys platform.
As the Environmental Protection Agency takes its first step in killing a multi-billion dollar copper-and-gold mine proposal in Alaska’s outback without having seen the plan, critics of the EPA’s “preemptive veto” warn the action could have a chilling effect well beyond the boundaries of the Ohio-sized Bristol Bay region – where brown bears outnumber human inhabitants.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have discovered a promising new class of antibiotics that could aid efforts to overcome drug-resistance in tuberculosis (TB), a global killer. The drugs increased survival of mice infected with TB and were effective against drug-resistant strains of TB. St. Jude led the international research effort, results of which appear in the current issue of the journal Nature Medicine.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday that he would decide whether to seek a contempt vote by the end of next week. Issa made his remarks after an explosive hearing in which the IRS official, Lois Lerner, again invoked her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.
Earlier in the day, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that “at some point I believe she has to testify, or I believe she should be held in contempt.”
Obviously, every administration wants a fresh start with long-time rivals. That’s why there have been four “resets” with the Russians since 1991, including George W. Bush’s famous soul-searching gaze into Vladimir Putin’s eyes and Hillary Clinton’s comic effort to give the Russians a “reset” button (that actually said “overcharge” on it).
In 2012, Obama mocked Mitt Romney for his claim that the Russians are our “No. 1 geopolitical foe,” and scoffed: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”
That scorn looks embarrassing enough given recent events. But the truth is Obama’s hostility to Romney’s policies had little to do with their being outdated. Obama didn’t like America’s Cold War policies during the Cold War.