Christopher Flavelle was an intern at ProPublica. He has written for Newsweek, Slate and The Washington Post, and produced videos for The New York Times' Web site. He is also a contributing writer for The Big Money, Slate's new business and economics site. Before studying at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Christopher was chief speechwriter to the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, and an assistant editor at The Walrus magazine in Toronto. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University.
President Obama has signed a bill providing federal subsidies directly to school districts for construction, rather than relying on lenders to offer lower interest rates because of prospective tax credits.
The anniversary of the stimulus brings the government’s claims that it's working, with 2 million jobs created or saved, and brings praise from some corners. Some critics -- and Republicans, of course -- beg to differ.
The agency in charge of distributing millions in civilian aid to Pakistan has asked for help training the local organizations that will spend it, saying they "do not meet the minimum standards for managing" U.S. government funds.