A 101-year-old woman who works for the Nebraska Legislature has been chosen as America's Outstanding Oldest Worker for 2010. Sally Gordon has been an assistant sergeant-at-arms for the Nebraska Legislature for 26 years, helping with its day-to-day operations when it's in session. Before that, she worked as a secretary for three Nebraska governors and as a model.
Gordon accepted the award from Experience Works, the nation's largest nonprofit training center for older workers, at the Nebraska Capitol. It hadn't even been built when she was born in 1909. "I used to be a model," Gordon said. "Now I feel like a Model T." Still, she has no plans to retire and advises young people to "try to learn new techniques, listen and be kind to co-workers."
U.S. census work is $1.6B under budget
The U.S. Census Bureau is $1.6 billion under budget for conducting the 2010 survey, due primarily to avoiding the catastrophic problems that some had predicted, top Obama administration officials said Tuesday. Currently the census is 22 percent under budget, according to the bureau. In response to doomsday predictions of possible glitches in new survey software, Congress allocated a contingency fund to tap if anything arose that would hinder the survey. That fund went untouched, but Robert Groves, the Census Bureau's director, said the allocation was worthwhile, noting that the 1990 census ran out of funds.
Rangel: Don't leave me swinging in wind
A combative Rep. Charles Rangel told the House on Tuesday he's not resigning despite 13 charges of wrongdoing and demanded the ethics committee not leave him "swinging in the wind." Rangel, who is 80, spoke without notes in an extraordinary, often emotional 37-minute speech that defied his lawyers' advice to keep quiet about his case. The New York Democrat and 40-year House veteran had a sharp message in dismissing fellow Democrats who, worried about election losses, want him to quit: "If I can't get my dignity back here, then fire your best shot in getting rid of me through expulsion."
U.S. writers protected from foreign libel suits
President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill protecting American authors, journalists and publishers from foreign libel judgments that undermine free speech. Under the law, U.S. federal courts will be prevented from recognizing or enforcing a foreign judgment for defamation that is inconsistent with the Constitution's free speech guarantee. Defendants in foreign cases can obtain a U.S. court order declaring that a foreign judgment would not be enforceable under American law.
47,000 are deported in fingerprint program
A rapidly expanding illegal immigration enforcement program, known as Secure Communities, has led to the deportation of nearly 47,000 people over 18 months when the Homeland Security Department was sifting through millions of fingerprints taken at local jail bookings. ICE posted the data on its website late Monday in advance of the group's release of the data today. From October 2008 through June of this year, 46,929 people identified through Secure Communities were removed from the United States, the documents show. Of those, 12,293 were considered noncriminals and 9,831 were labeled as having committed the most serious crimes.
Glitch slows $600M border security bill
A $600 million bill to beef up border security should have been on its way to President Barack Obama for signature after the House approved it Tuesday, but instead it was derailed by a procedural glitch that requires a do-over by the Senate — which has adjourned until September. The technical misstep put the brakes on quick approval of funding for Obama's plan to deploy another 1,500 Border Patrol and other law enforcement personnel along the U.S. border with Mexico. The rules require that all spending bills originate in the House, but the Senate acted first, approving the measure last week.