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Obama to announce $600 million in grant programs to prepare workforce for jobs
President Obama will announce Wednesday a pair of grant programs designed to bring academic institutions and businesses closer together in preparing the American workforce for jobs that may otherwise go unfilled.
Jimmy Carter comes out against Keystone XL pipeline
Former president Jimmy Carter has joined a group of Nobel laureates who oppose construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, warning President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry, "You stand on the brink of making a choice that will define your legacy on one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced climate change."
Google faces new pressure from states to crack down on illegal online drug sales
Several state attorneys general are pressing Google to make it harder for its users to find counter­feit prescription medicine and illegal drugs online, marking the second time in the past three years that the firm has drawn government scrutiny for its policies on rogue Internet pharmacies.
Ukrainian troop defections escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine - Tensions escalated in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, with pro-Russian gunmen storming City Hall in the sprawling city of Donetsk and a cluster of Ukrainian troops meant to be restoring order in the region apparently defecting to the side of separatists.
Almost 300 missing in South Korean ferry disaster; death toll expected to rise
SEOUL - Almost 300 people were missing after a South Korean passenger ferry capsized Wednesday off the country's southern coast, officials said, with fears growing that the death toll could rise sharply amid a protracted and challenging rescue operation.
Syrian opposition fighters obtain U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles
Syria's opposition fighters have been supplied with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles, the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands.
China growth slows as property fears rise
BEIJING - China's economic growth slowed in the first three months of this year to 7.4 percent from a year earlier, government data showed Wednesday, dragged down by a slowdown in property investment growth as concerns rise about a possible slump in the real estate market.
Federal Eye: Conservatives not swayed by IRS plan to revise proposed nonprofit rule
The head of the Internal Revenue Service this week signaled that his agency will re-write proposed new limits on the political activities of nonprofit advocacy groups, quelling concerns from the left about overreach but failing to win over conservatives.
In the Loop: Pay down the debt: 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls still owe money
It was this week two years ago when the never-ending free-for-all known as the 2012 Republican presidential primary effectively ended with Rick Santorum calling it quits. (Newt Gingrich didn't officially drop out for another few weeks, and claimed to be the last conservative standing, but Santorum was the only "real" thorn left in Mitt Romney's side in April 2012.)
She The People: Rep. Marsha Blackburn joins the wish list of GOP women contenders for 2016
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), fresh off a barn-burner of a speech in New Hampshire this weekend, is also the latest Republican who's name is being floated as a contender for the top of the GOP ticket in 2016 whether she likes it or not.
The Fix: The Fix's first quarter fundraising winners and losers
Tuesday wasn't just the deadline to file your taxes. It was also the deadline for congressional candidates to file their fundraising totals from the first three months of 2014 with the Federal Election Commission.
Federal Eye: Listen to the 'largest ever' phone scam involving IRS impersonators
Treasury officials have warned of a widespread and sophisticated phone scam involving callers who impersonate Internal Revenue Service representatives and demand immediate payments with pre-paid debit cards and wire transfers.
Bloomberg launches new $50 million gun control effort
Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) plans to spend as much as $50 million on the 2014 elections aiming to push new gun control measures in 2014 through a new organization announced Wednesday.
GovBeat: Michigan governor wants to double recycling rates
Michigan is good at many things, like building automobiles, growing cherries and blueberries and making cereal. What it's not terribly good at, according to Gov. Rick Snyder (R), is recycling.
Howard Dean: Dems would win back House if not for health-care Web site woes
Former Vermont governor Howard Dean (D) says Democrats would be in strong position to win back the U.S. House majority this year if not for the troubled rollout of the federal health-care Web site last fall.
WorldViews: Why the temperature of the Yellow Sea is a big deal, and other questions about the South Korean ferry disaster
A South Korean ferry capsized Wednesday with 459 aboard, most of them teenagers on a high school trip. Here is what we know so far:
Rescuers race to find survivors after South Korean ferry sinks
SEOUL - Three people have died and 293 remain unaccounted for after a South Korean passenger ferry slowly sank Wednesday off the country's southern coast, officials said.
The Switchboard: Yahoo earnings show signs of life
Yahoo earnings: Marissa Mayer's strategy may be starting to pay off. "Yahoo showed small but encouraging signs of growth Tuesday, reporting better than expected first quarter results and offering hope that chief executive Marissa Mayer's turnaround strategy may be working," reports the Post's Hayley Tsukayama. "The tech giant is now out of an era of decline, Mayer told investors during a live video conference. But, she admitted, Yahoo still had far to go before a turnaround was complete."
Qiagen begins consolidating Maryland operations at Germantown headquarters
Biotechnology company Qiagen plans to begin moving 250 employees and manufacturing operations from an office in Gaithersburg to the company's headquarters in Germantown as part of a years-long plan to consolidate its business operations in Maryland.
Williams & Jensen lobbyists leave to start own firm
Several partners at Washington lobbying powerhouse Williams & Jensen have left to start their own shop, Alignment Government Strategies, the new firm plans to announce Wednesday.
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Latest state and local issue stories and analyses from stateline.org and the Pew Center on the States.

States move slowly toward digital textbooks
Despite enthusiasm for digital textbooks at the national level, states have been slow to get on board. But the movement is gaining strength.
Indiana gov squashes vp speculation
TODAY'S TAKE: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is the latest GOP governor who says he's not interested in becoming Mitt Romney's running mate.
Note to readers: A new Stateline is coming soon
Stateline and the Pew Center on the States are launching a new website at Pewstates.org
AZ: Arizona's immigration law gets its day in U.S. Supreme Court
When Paul Clement walks into the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday he's going to try to convince at least five justices that Arizona has an inherent right to enforce federal immigration laws.
NC: North Carolina judge vacates death penalty under racial justice law
In a landmark ruling, a North Carolina judge on Friday vacated the death penalty of a black man convicted of murder, saying prosecutors across the state had engaged in deliberate and systematic racial discrimination when striking black potential jurors in death penalty cases.
NJ: New Jersey drops out of lawsuit against EPA over ozone
New Jersey has dropped out of a lawsuit challenging the White House decision to bypass strict ozone standards that the EPA had recommended as necessary to protect human health.
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Current Issues U.S. Budget for FY 2004
Information and resources on the FY 2004 federal budget:

The Federal Budget for FY 2004 was deliverd to Congress on Monday, Feb. 3, 2003. The budget proposal and related documents can be found at:
  • Budget of the US Government, FY 2004: Budget documents (White House,02/03/03)
  • Fiscal Year 2004 Budget (GPO Access)
  • General Explanations of the Administration's Fiscal Year 2004 Revenue Proposals (Treasury Dept.)
  • S.CON.RES.23, FY 2004 Senate Budget Resolution
  • H.CON.RES.95, FY 2004 House Budget Resolution
  • Senate Votes on SCONRES 23, Budget Resolution FY2004
  • House Votes on HCONRES 95, Congressional Budget for FY 2004
  • House Votes on H.R. 2, Jobs and Growth Reconciliation Tax Act
  • Conference Report for H.R. 2, the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003

    Other Key Documents: News: Budget Agencies: Congressional Committees: Agency Budget Detail:
  •  Governing.com - State and Local News
    Governing.com
    The Way We Tax: A 50-State Report
    The vast majority of state tax systems are inadequate for the task of funding a 21st-century government. Most of those tax systems are also unfair. They break the golden rule of tax equity: collect the lowest possible rates on the widest possible base of taxpayers.
    Governing February Issue
    Articles:
  • Assessments: Alan Ehrenhalt on living with "lifestyle centers"
  • Potomac Chronicle: Donald F. Kettl on the states as beggars
  • Technology: Thomas R. Davies on outside resources for new IT leaders
  • Tax Talk: David Brunori on the principles of sound tax policy
  • Economic Development: William Fulton on how a city's size affects its competitiveness
  • Environment: Tom Arrandale on the risks of weakening longstanding laws


  •  White House Update
    White House schedule information and recent statements and news releases.

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