Sequester Will Clip Air Passengers’ Wings

The nation’s air traffic controllers can’t hang out a “closed for the day” sign, so starting April 21 travelers will start to see the impact of furloughed staff. Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta testified April 18 that all of the agency’s 47,000 employees, many of them air traffic controllers, will be furloughed. Between April 21 and Sept. 30, each employee will be forced to take 11 days off without pay, leaving control towers short staffed. That means many snowbirds …

Harrison Ford: High-Flying Political Activist

Sometimes it’s pretty tough to get the attention of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. But politicians, fortunately, are as starstruck as the rest of us. That’s why celebrities ranging from Angelina Jolie and Bono to George Clooney, who testified to Congress a year ago about the dire situation in war-torn Sudan, regularly descend on Washington to raise awareness for their pet causes. (Check out this AARP slideshow of the top 20 celebrity activists of all time.) The latest superstar spokesperson to …

Sequester: Doom or Snooze? 5 Points of View

Everyone’s got an opinion on the sequester, from “the sky is falling” to “ho-hum.” Here are a few more perspectives on the impact of the $85 billion in federal spending cuts that kick in March 1. The sequester saves Social Security. Laura Clawson on Daily Kos Daily Kos staffer Clawson makes the argument that an alternative deal to stave off sequester likely would “gut Social Security.” Social Security and Medicare benefits are protected from the automatic cuts. But she quotes Rep. …