The Office of the Inspector General has been investigating a meeting hosted by the Public Buildings Service, a subgroup of the General Services Administration, that was held near Las Vegas in 2010. The meeting cost taxpayers approximately $835,000, and the report released by the Office of the Inspector General reveals that officials at the Public Buildings Service not only knew about the expense of the trip beforehand, but joked about it as well.

When President Obama signs the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Start-up Act) bill into law today it will reflect the first sign in a long time that some in Congress are waking up to reality: government regulations stifle business growth. The bill passed the House 390-23 in March and then passed the Senate 73-26 last week but not without much weeping and gnashing of teeth from regulationists decrying the bill’s alleged resurrection of “deregulation.”

A team of United Nations-sponsored scientists is pushing for global government through a short film they released. The promo for the film, Welcome to the Anthropocene, contends it is “the story of how one species changed a planet.” The website promoting it indicates that it was set up by “researchers and communicators from some of the leading scientific research institutions on global sustainability.”

The film introduces nothing new in the area of science, prattling on with the same agenda with which the American people have become familiar: the Earth is overpopulated, the ice caps are melting, the sea level is rising, etc.

Residents of Anchorage, Alaska, defied the hopes of homosexual activists and the predictions of political pundits, voting down a proposal that would have added sexual orientation and “transgender identity” to anti-discrimination language in the city’s municipal code. While polls had suggested that the measure, known as Proposition 5, had plenty of voter support to win handily, at the end of the day the controversial proposal failed by a decisive 58 to 42 percent margin.

Without a concrete plan for funding, proponents of a California high-speed rail project began pitching their plan this week to legislators and the general public. Updated from a previous proposal, the new plan narrows the scope of the project and intends to speed up construction to save money. However, despite the spending reductions, the rail still leans on shaky funding sources that might never materialize.

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