U.S. National Park Fees Leap Higher Overnight

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/01/2018, 1:00 PM

When Americans woke up this morning (June 1), they discovered it would cost them a lot more to enter their national parks. Nearly all the major parks hiked their entry rates by a hefty $5. Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands (pictured), Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Mount Rainier, Olympic, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion—all of them, and many more, saw their prices jump $5, regardless of whether it's for a vehicl...

TSA, Airports, and Congress Get Security Wait Times Under Control

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2016, 4:00 AM

After a frustrating spring filled with long, slow-moving security lines at airports, Congress, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), airlines, and airports banded together to take action in June—and it looks like it paid off, at least in the short term.  While getting through security regularly took an hour or more in May, the TSA says that by the end of July the average wait t...

Congress Votes On Airline Seat Sizes

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/08/2016, 6:15 PM

Descheboard/Flickr Sorry, America: No space for you! The United States Senate has voted down an amendment that would have told the airlines that they are no longer permitted to keep reducing the amount of room passengers get. New York's Charles Schumer had attempted to add the regulatory measure to the FAA reauthorization bill, noting that passengers have lost half a foot of s...

A Bevy of New Exhibits Explore the "Art of Creation" in Washington, DC

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/07/2014, 1:30 AM

German chancellor Otto van Bismarck famously remarked: "There are two things you don’t want to see being made—sausage and legislation.” And though visitors to Washington, DC get to watch debates on the floor of the Congress and arguments before the Supreme Court, they rarely, if ever, are allowed to witness the decision-making process that shapes laws. That happens behind closed doors.   I...

In this Holiday Season, Shouldn't We at Least Begin to Think of Measures that Will Ensure Proper Vacations for Low-Income Americans?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/30/2013, 12:45 AM

     Although there isn't the slightest chance that the current Congress will pass such legislation, I continue to yearn for the day when we as a nation will assist the poor to travel.  In the spirit of the holiday season, let me set forth the reasons for my dream, repeating much of the same language I composed some 25 years ago.  That background is as follows:      While m...

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