Metro Goes Retro in Latest Disaster

(Washington, DC — January 19, 2015) – Senior managers for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) – commonly known as Metro – uncorked the champagne this morning and drank a toast to success. The reason? No passenger deaths in the past week. The story was not the same last Monday, when “an electrical arcing…

Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson a Regular Riot

Ferguson, MO – Officials in Ferguson appealed for calm. Officials in Ferguson appealed for non-violent protests. Officials in Ferguson appealed for peace. Officials in Ferguson appealed for understanding. Instead, they got rioting. The trouble in Ferguson began on August 9, when white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed African-American Michael Brown. He was…

The Politics of Ebola

(Washington, DC) – When FLATLINEgov first reported on the African Ebola outbreak on August 6, there had been 1,700 cases reported, 900 of whom died. America’s public health officials assured average, ordinary, everyday Americans that they had nothing to fear from Ebola. Two months later, average, ordinary, everyday Americans can see just how wrong the…

The Price is Right for Boehner v. Obama

(Washington, DC) – On July 30, the House of Representatives voted to sue President Obama (D-IL/Kenya). Today, taxpayers found out just how much the unnecessary lawsuit will cost them. The House, led by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), insists the lawsuit is necessary because Obama has overstepped his authority granted by the Constitution. Republicans are angry…

Cantor Can’t Comprehend or Counter Vote Count from Challenger

(Richmond, VA) – Over the past few weeks, the United States has witnessed several more school shootings. Extreme weather has threatened millions. Stemming from a severe car accident, comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition in a New Jersey hospital. And Iraq, where the country lost over 4,000 Americans in an attempt to give democracy…

CVS to Ban Tobacco Sales, Critics Huff and Puff

(Rockville, MD) – Pharmacy giant CVS announced today that it plans on halting sales of all tobacco products in its 7,600 stores by October 1, 2014. Not surprisingly, reaction was mixed and, in some cases, unfiltered. CVS stock futures dropped on the news; eliminating the sale of tobacco products could cost CVS $2 billion annually.…