In the past five weeks, 178 dolphins have beached themselves on Cape Cod. This unprecedented behavior has strained the resources of local rescue teams responding to the situation. The rescue teams working around the clock to save the struggling mammals rely heavily on government funds to support their efforts.
The U.S. House and Senate have competing transportation bills that both seem stalled as bills that once enjoyed broad, bipartisan support are trapped in the partisan and even intra-Republican squabbling that has been a hallmark of this legislative session.
Republicans and Democrats have agreed to a proposal that would extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits through year's end -- though it will include a reduction in the length of time a person can receive unemployment benefits.
In December, Republicans and Democrats managed to extend a payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits and a fix for Medicare payments. That extension runs out at the end of the month but, at least when it comes to the payroll tax cut, Republicans are willing to offer another extension through the end of the year.
Some 40 buildings were set ablaze as protesters in Athens, Greece, rallied in the streets to demand the government stop imposing more austerity measures on the country -- conditions that European finance ministers have insisted on in order to release the latest round of bailout funding.
As President Barack Obama prepares to release his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1, the Government Accountability Office is expected to take a hit that will reduce its head count to the lowest level in 75 years. The G.A.O. is responsible for investigating fraud and wastes of government money.
Though the Pentagon budget is reduced from what had been projected, the actual spending will increase more than $30 billion over 10 years, though the increases are small enough that when adjusted for expected inflation, they amount to minor reductions.
About this time last year, President Barack Obama was trumpeting his plan to build a high-speed rail network for the country. By the end of the year, rails had faded and it was back to roads and bridges.
In North Branch, Minn., voters have repeatedly said they're not interested in raising their taxes to make up for declines in state funding. So, after cutting 90 employees over five years, the district decided to try something else: switching to a four-day school week.
In an appearance at the Pentagon, President Barack Obama outlined his policy on national defense and how he would decrease the size of and spending on he military.