John McCaslin

"Just keeping on top of tips and referrals can be daunting," says Mr. Paredes, who counts an 1,100-member enforcement staff.


"Some of them have even suggested, 'Oh, he had time to fill out his NCAA bracket,' where he correctly had the Memphis Tigers going to the Sweet Sixteen. There's nothing wrong with that. President Obama is good on the Sweet Sixteen, and he's good on the economy."

[-] Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee Democrat


Taxpayers could soon be footing the bill for pregnant women who can't quit smoking for the good of their child growing in the womb.

A bill was introduced in Congress this week to "amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to encourage states to provide pregnant women enrolled in the Medicaid program with access to comprehensive tobacco-cessation services."


Three out of four Americans personally know somebody who has been laid off in the current economic crisis, while 40 percent know at least four people who have been laid off, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey.

"Democrats," for whatever reason, "are more than twice as likely as Republicans to say they would be afraid to say 'no' if their company asked them to take an unpaid furlough, fearing retaliation by their employers."

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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