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  • Federal Managers Have Some Bad News For Government Workers

    08/17/2017 5:02:18 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | August 16,2017 | Jazz Shaw
    They’re going to have to start laying some people off, and for much of Washington, DC, that’s a completely foreign concept. Agencies are “pretty certain” they will need to institute reductions in force as they aim to satisfy an executive order from President Trump and ensuing guidance from the Office of Management and Budget, said Leslie Pollack, deputy associate director of OPM’s HR Strategy and Evaluation Solutions, on WJLA’s “Government Matters” program. Those documents required executive branch agencies to reorganize themselves and, in the process, cut the size of their workforces. Pollack’s office, which provides human resources consulting to federal...
  • Mayor, D.C. Councilmembers Want Statue Of Confederate General On Federal Land Removed (Albert Pike)

    08/17/2017 5:48:08 AM PDT · by haffast · 22 replies
    dcist ^ | Aug 15, 2017 4:49 pm | Rachel Sadon
    The mayor, more than half of the D.C. Council, and the D.C. attorney general have joined activists in calling for the removal of a statue of a Confederate general from federal land in Judiciary Square. "Albert Pike was a strong proponent of slavery and fought to try to preserve that in this country. Regardless of what he did in other parts of his life, it's inappropriate to honor him," says At-large Councilmember David Grosso, who sent a letter today to the acting director of the National Park Service calling for a statue of Pike at 3rd and D streets NW...
  • Md. judge denies DC sniper Malvo’s bid for new sentence

    08/16/2017 3:17:36 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | August 16, 2017 12:55 pm | AP
    ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) _ A man convicted of taking part as a teenager in deadly sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington area has lost a bid for a new sentence in Maryland. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert Greenberg said in a ruling dated Tuesday that Lee Boyd Malvo’s “physical, mental and emotional state” and the influence of John Allen Muhammad was given full consideration before he was sentenced to life without parole for six counts of first-degree murder. Malvo was convicted in Maryland, and in Virginia, of playing a role when he was 17 in the 2002 shootings that...
  • Lincoln Memorial vandalized with explicit graffiti

    08/15/2017 5:44:30 PM PDT · by Hadean · 35 replies
    abc news ^ | August 15, 2017 | SAISHA TALWAR DAKSHAYANI SHANKAR
    The Lincoln Memorial was vandalized with bright-red graffiti early Tuesday morning at around 4.30 a.m. Officials with the National Park Service (NPS) said the red spray paint appears to state “[expletive] law” on one of the memorial’s columns overlooking the National Mall. Another instance in silver spray paint was also discovered on a Smithsonian wayfinding sign in the 1400 block of Constitution Avenue. Work to remove the graffiti is already underway using a mild, gel-type architectural paint stripper, according to the NPS. The gel won’t affect the preservation of the memorial’s historic stone. The crew will apply the treatment and...
  • Lincoln Memorial Vandalized With Red Spray Paint

    08/15/2017 11:25:57 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 57 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | August 15, 2017
    Someone has vandalized the Lincoln Memorial, the National Park Service says. The words "F--- law" were found written in red spray paint early Tuesday on a pillar at the monument that overlooks the Capitol building and National Mall, NPS said Tuesday afternoon. The graffiti was found about 4:30 a.m. Work to remove the words is underway. A preservation crew is using a "mild, gel-type architectural paint stripper" to remove the paint without damaging the stone. The crew is applying a layer of the gel, rinsing it, checking how effective it was and repeating as necessary. Additional vandalism, in silver spray...
  • IRS Rehires 213 Employees Ousted for Falsifying Documents, Avoiding Taxes, Other Offenses

    08/15/2017 5:08:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    The Daily Signal. ^ | August 14, 2017 | Fred Lucas
    The Internal Revenue Service rehired 213 employees who ducked taxes, falsified documents, were convicted of theft, or made unauthorized use of taxpayer data, an inspector general’s report says. The Office of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which also first discovered the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups in 2013, examined the agency’s hiring from January 2015 through March 2016. For these 15 months, the IRS official in charge was Commissioner John Koskinen, an appointee of resident Barack Obama. House Republicans for months sought to impeach Koskinen for obstructing a congressional probe into the agency’s targeting of the applications for tax-exempt...
  • Marijuana activists plan eclipse service in DC basilica to bring peace

    08/14/2017 1:05:39 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 5 replies
    A group that believes cannabis has a secret historical role in Christianity is forging ahead with plans to visit the largest Roman Catholic church in the nation during next week's solar eclipse, where members intend to light incense doused with cannabis-infused olive oil. Yet church leaders say the event won't happen. Anne Armstrong, founder and deaconess of Rhode Island's Healing Church, said the Monday afternoon service could "end degeneration, disaster and war" by consecrating the Americas to the Virgin Mary. ... "I don't anticipate any trouble, but if there is, we'll go outside," she said. "If they tell us to...
  • Jury orders blogger to pay $8.4 million to ex-Army colonel she accused of rape

    08/12/2017 7:51:32 AM PDT · by ptsal · 105 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 11, 2017 | Tom Jackman
    Col. David “Wil” Riggins, after a highly decorated Army career that included multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was on the verge of promotion to brigadier general in July 2013 when he got a phone call at the Pentagon from the Army’s Criminal Investigative Division to come in for a meeting. Once there, he learned that a blogger in Washington state had just accused him of raping her, when both were cadets at West Point in 1986. An investigation was underway.Then, Riggins sued Shannon for defamation, claiming that every aspect of her rape claim on the West Point campus was...
  • Google And Facebook Co-Sponsoring Protest Of Pro-Life Women’s Health Care Clinic

    08/11/2017 6:00:35 PM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8.11.17 | Peter Hasson
    Two of the most powerful companies in the world are co-sponsoring a protest against a pro-life women’s health care clinic that provides free medical services and counseling to pregnant women — just not abortions.
  • Hayes: State Dept Did Everything They Could to Hide Clinton-Benghazi Emails

    08/10/2017 10:15:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | 8/10/2017 | Steve Hayes
    A federal judge is ordering the State Department to try again to find emails top Hillary Clinton aides wrote about the Benghazi attack. U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta ruled that the State Department had not done enough to try to track down emails in the official government accounts for Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Jacob Sullivan related the 2012 terror attack that left four Americans dead. ... Mehta ruled that the State Department must now search through its own internal records, which it previously neglected to do. ... He said it was obvious, however, that the State Department was...
  • ACLU suing Metro Over Removal of Ads involving Milo Yiannopoulos, PETA

    08/10/2017 7:26:43 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 4 replies
    WMAL ^ | Aug 8, 2017
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) – Groups whose ads for buses and trains were rejected by a District of Columbia transit agency are suing.</p> <p>The groups that sued the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on Wednesday are the American Civil Liberties Union, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a women’s health care group, and conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos’ company. The groups say parts of WMATA’s ad policies violate the First Amendment.</p>
  • The Race To 2020 Trump's DC hotel outperforms early expectations, earning $2 million in profit

    08/10/2017 6:26:43 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Aug 10, 2017, 8:47 PM | by Josh Siegel |
    Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., outperformed company expectations by making a $1.97 million profit in its first four months, according to a report Thursday. The Trump Organization had projected that it would lose $2.1 million during the first four months of 2017, federal documents cited by the Washington Post show. Guests have paid an average of $652.98 a night to stay at the hotel, besting the company's expectations by 57 percent, according to documents posted online by the General Services Administration. Trump administration Cabinet members and others in the president's inner circle have frequently been spotted at the...
  • Anthony Scaramucci: 'Pence can't believe what the f*** is going on'

    08/10/2017 7:13:25 AM PDT · by 4Runner · 52 replies
    AOL.com NEWS ^ | August 9, 2017 | VEUER
    The interview Anthony Scaramucci gave to the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza seem to be the gift that keeps on giving. In newly released quotes from the interview, Scaramucci suggests that Mike Pence's new chief of staff was hired to protect the Vice President from political chaos in the Trump Administration. "Why is Nick there, bro," Scaramucci asked Lizza.
  • EXCLUSIVE: ‘Poisonous Atmosphere’ Grips McMaster’s National Security Council As Accusations Fly

    08/09/2017 7:07:16 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Richard Pollock
    Finger-pointing erupted within the National Security Council following a major leak to The Washington Post of telephone transcripts between President Donald Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Australia, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned. And as the U.S inches closer to war with North Korea, the White House body charged with discussing and coordinating U.S. foreign policy is engulfed in what one administration official called a “poisonous environment.” Initial leak accusations from two White House officials focused on Megan Badasch, the National Security Council (NSC) deputy executive secretary, who manages the NSC’s document portal. The portal...
  • Common Sense Uncommon in Washington

    08/08/2017 10:18:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    "Sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence." -- Dictionary.com's definition of common sense. Sometimes what used to be called "common sense" can seem radical in Washington, which is used to practicing senseless policies and funding programs that don't work. Immigration is a perfect example. Everyone says the system is broken. There have been no substantive policy changes since the '60s, but until last week few had put forth a sensible and credible plan for fixing what ails it. Thanks to Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA), we now have...
  • Liberal Anti-Trump Media Matters Goes All In for Embattled Gen. McMaster

    08/06/2017 7:14:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | Aug 2017 | PENNY STARR6
    Media Matters for America, the George Soros-funded progressive activist organization, is praising Trump’s National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, for terminating some members of President Donald Trump’s National Security Council, criticizing conservative media for questioning his loyalty to the president, and his decision to allow former NSA Susan Rice continued access to classified information. “Media in support of President Donald Trump are calling for the ouster of Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, accusing him of being a ‘globalist’ ‘traitor’ who is ‘aligned with the enemies of Trump and America,’ ” Media Matters wrote on its website on Friday. Media Matters,...
  • Energy expert Daniel Fine examines Trump plan for U.S. energy ‘dominance’

    08/05/2017 9:54:34 PM PDT · by brownwill6767 · 5 replies
    The Trump administration has pushed an energy policy based on the notion of American self-sufficiency and energy “dominance.”
  • McConnell to consider bipartisan plan to pay health insurers

    08/05/2017 8:22:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 80 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 5, 2017 4:54 PM EDT | Adam Beam
    A week after an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’d consider a bipartisan effort to continue payments to insurers to avert a costly rattling of health insurance markets. McConnell told reporters Saturday there is “still a chance” the Senate could revive the measure to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” but he acknowledged the window for that is rapidly closing. The Kentucky senator noted Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is working on “some kind of bipartisan approach” that would involve subsidies for insurance companies. Alexander recently said he will work with the...
  • Robert Mueller has crossed Trump's 'red line,' now looking into President's finances, report says

    08/05/2017 5:40:42 PM PDT · by ptsal · 69 replies
    cnn ^ | August 04, 2017 | CNN staff
    **snip**Sources described an investigation that has widened to focus on possible financial crimes, some unconnected to the 2016 elections, alongside the ongoing scrutiny of possible illegal coordination with Russian spy agencies and alleged attempts by President Donald Trump and others to obstruct the FBI investigation. Even investigative leads that have nothing to do with Russia but involve Trump associates are being referred to the special counsel to encourage subjects of the investigation to cooperate, according to two law enforcement sources....the President's attorney, Jay Sekulow, said, "President's outside counsel has not received any requests for documentation or information about this. Any...
  • Trey Gowdy Smashes Lying Loretta Lynch For Protecting Hillary Clinton

    08/05/2017 4:35:18 PM PDT · by ptsal · 39 replies
    Youtube ^ | Nov. 28, 2016 | Amicus Humani Generis-Trey Gowdy
    Trey Gowdy takes testimony from Attorney General Loretta Lynch regarding the use of email, particularly non-government email. Loretta makes a clear statement about Federal employees using private email.Loretta has a credibility problem. Elizabeth Carlisle has a credibility problem.