Bridges, Roads and Power Grids: Our Aging Infrastructure
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Last week's bridge collapse on an Interstate freeway in Washington State has re-focused attention on America's aging infrastructure. Could it happen to you? What are the consequences for the economy? Is it time for federal spending for repair and construction, and to stimulate the economy? Also, the first drone strike after Obama's policy shift roils Pakistan, and Michele Bachmann drops out of politics.
Banner image: Workers remove the second vehicle from rive after the Skagit River Bridge collapse. Photo: Washington State Department of Transportation
First Drone Strike after Obama's Policy Shift Roils Pakistan ()
An American drone strike has killed the deputy leader of Pakistan's Taliban, a group with close links to al Qaeda. It's the first such attack since President Obama called for a new drone policy and two weeks since Pakistan's presidential election. Mark Mazzetti is national security correspondent for the New York Times and author of The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army and a War at the Ends of the Earth.
Will Fixing the Infrastructure Help Repair the Economy? ()
The collapse of the Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5 in Washington State has shut down a major artery between Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. All it took was a truck with an oversized load. A pickup truck and an SUV fell into very cold water. Both drivers and a passenger escaped with minor injuries, but the incident has refocused on aging infrastructure all over the country. State officials say hundreds of other bridges are vulnerable. Is America's vital infrastructure crumbling from age and neglect? President Obama wants public investment to fix it and stimulate the economy. Is that as easy as he makes it sound? Where's the money?
- Mike Lindblom: Seattle Times, @MikeLindblom
- Andrew Herrmann: American Society of Civil Engineers
- Veronique de Rugy: George Mason University, @veroderugy
- Daniel Wilson: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Michele Bachmann Is Calling It Quits ()
Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann won her fourth term in Congress last year by less than 5000 votes. Now says she won't run for re-election next year. Bachmann has a gift for raising money and for arousing the passions of conservative voters. What could her decision mean for the GOP — and for the Democrats? Reid Wilson is Editor-in-Chief of the Hotline, the National Journal's daily briefing on politics.
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