Today's the day that Adam Smith was born, IBM was incorporated, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, and rocket pioneer Werner von Braun died. But that's the past...here's today's news:
In an attempt to thwart government counterfeiters, the government has designed a $100 bill even it can't print correctly. The redesigned C-note's February release had to be postponed after printing problems cause some bills to come out creased and partially blank. Here's a look at current U.S. monies, by the numbers.
The Science and Technology Chairman written has just written $1.2 billion for commercial rockets for astronauts into a new version of NASA's next funding bill. A new giant Shuttle-derived rocket is also ordered, to be ready within six years.
The House of Representatives approved a bill last week to snuff out access to porn on government-owned PCs. "Fair enough!" the more puritanical among you may think. But the bill's halo effect could be financially tricky.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is calling out the
Federal Trade Commission on a new bill that would expand its power to making it
easier for them to bring civil lawsuits and create new rules. The Consumer
Financial Protection Agency Act passed in the House Energy and Commerce
Committee last Thursday, and is expected to pass in the House as well.
Most of the projects in the the President's $900 billion stimulus package are the kind of public works the government has executed for decades: trains, bridges, and so on. But the "Energy" projects that will be eligible for funding are full of new technologies that have never before been implemented on a large scale. What exactly are they?
According to the House Committee on Appropriations, the House version of the bill reserves "energy" monies for the following project categories.