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  • Convicted murderer Troy Davis loses last ditch plea to prove innocence

    09/21/2011 10:36:43 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:39 PM on 21st September 2011 | By Associated Press
    Georgia inmate Troy Davis's last-ditch request for a lie detector test to try to prove his innocence ahead of tonight's planned execution has been denied by Georgia Department of Corrections. Defence lawyer Stephen Marsh said he had hoped the polygraph would convince the state pardons board to reconsider a decision against clemency, which was rejected yesterday. Davis, 42, is scheduled to die at 7pm tonight. It is the fourth time in four years that Davis' execution has been scheduled by Georgia officials.
  • Does SWAT Need to Be Explained?

    09/13/2011 12:18:02 PM PDT · by Immerito · 37 replies
    Tactical Response ^ | September 2011 | Ed Sanow
    Does SWAT Need to Be Explained? Written by Ed Sanow I get frustrated with the educational sessions at chief’s conferences on SWAT. The attendees are treated like kindergarten kids. “There are some vewy, vewy bad people out there. They won’t do what the nice police officers tell them. So, sometimes, those nice police officers need help from ‘special’ police officers.” You got to be kidding me! Some 90% of agencies serving populations of more than 50,000 people, and 70% of agencies serving smaller populations have some kind of SWAT team. Yet, SWAT has to be explained like it is something...
  • Feds plan their exits: Interest surges in retirement seminars

    09/13/2011 8:05:02 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 13 replies
    FedSmith ^ | September 12, 2011 | Stephen Losey
    Earlier this year, Army employee Louis Bornman watched the news grow worse and worse. Pay freezes. Budget cuts. Politicians demonizing federal employees. But for Bornman, the final straw was when Congress began looking at cutting federal pensions as a way to reduce the deficit. His last day as an operations research analyst at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., was July 30. "I couldn't afford not to retire," Bornman said. "You never know when things will change." Bornman's not alone. Federal employees across the nation are becoming more nervous about proposals to slash their benefits, and many are eyeing the exit door to...
  • Contract Dispute Grounds Firefighting Planes (Sit idle in CA grounded by Obama Admin)

    09/07/2011 10:41:16 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 33 replies
    09/07/2011 | Audrey Hudson
    Firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration Nearly half of the federal government’s firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration in a contract dispute just weeks before wildfires swept through Texas killing a mother and her child, and destroying 100,000 acres. The massive blazes forced Texas Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry to abruptly call off a campaign appearance in South Carolina earlier this week to respond to the crisis, and may force him to cancel his first debate appearance Wednesday night....
  • Gibson Guitar Corp. Responds to Federal Raid

    08/30/2011 3:31:57 AM PDT · by Son House · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Gibson Guitar Corp, ^ | Aug 26, 2011 | Gibson Guitar Corp.
    Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., has responded to the August 24 raid of Gibson facilities in Nashville and Memphis by the Federal Government. In a press release, Juszkiewicz said: "Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights. Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of ANY wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence."
  • I Earned These Entitlements

    08/29/2011 7:22:55 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 278 replies
    Redding Record Searchlight ^ | August 29, 2011 | John Cleckner
    I earned these 'entitlements' I believe that most citizens do not understand what a federal entitlement program is. There are earned entitlements versus a special government entitlement that is given to an individual who needs assistance that is mandated by law. What is a government entitlement? Note below that some are free and some are not! Why the government is lumping these programs together is beyond me: Only Congress would think this was a proper thing to do. How can a program like military retirement be linked with food stamps? The programs I am associated with should never be diminished...
  • What's happening with Irene's wind speeds?

    08/27/2011 4:27:23 PM PDT · by chaosagent · 144 replies
    What's going on with Irene's wind speeds? StormPulse says the winds are 80mph with Irene just off the NC/VA border. But WeatherUnderground show winds at Norfolk and Virginia Beach less than 30 mph. Drudge had a mention of this also. So are they overhyping this or what?
  • Direct Federal Subsidies to 'Clean' Energy Up 186.6%

    08/17/2011 5:22:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/17/11 | Andrew Herzog
    ( – In addition to the 2009 economic stimulus law which, among other things, created financial incentives for clean energy, a new report by the Department of Energy shows that direct federal subsidies to alternative energy increased 186.6 percent between 2007 and 2010, up from $5.1 billion to $14.6 billion. Around the same time the report was released, a large solar energy company in Massachusetts, touted by the Obama administration as benefiting from the economic stimulus, announced it was filing for bankruptcy.
  • Judge: White House visitor logs subject to FOIA

    08/17/2011 2:36:39 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 08/17/2011 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is ruling against the Secret Service, saying records of visitors to the White House are subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. The Secret Service had argued that the visitors' logs were presidential records exempt from public disclosure. But U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell on Wednesday disagreed. Howell sided with government watchdog group Judicial Watch, which had sued for records from the first eight months of the Obama administration. Howell said the Secret Service must disclose the records, except individual entries that fall under exemptions like for national security. In September 2009, President Barack...
  • Video: Federal woodpecker regulation ruins 11-year-old humanitarian’s summer

    08/17/2011 12:05:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/17/11 | Mary Katharine Ham
    In which I complain about a federal agent dropping the hammer on an 11-year-old for having the temerity to rescue a protected species of woodpecker. The fine on the young girl has since been rescinded, not thanks to common sense, but thanks to media coverage.
  • US Debt Problem Visualized

    07/30/2011 8:13:13 AM PDT · by Tudorfly · 16 replies ^ | unknown | A great visual about our current federal problem. Excellent for visual learners.
  • Bachmann links Pawlenty to Obama

    07/24/2011 1:49:57 PM PDT · by Rational Thought · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/24/2011 | Gabriella Schwarz
    (CNN) – After repeated attacks on her record from Republican presidential rival and fellow Minnesotan Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann hit back Sunday, vehemently contrasting her record in Congress with his as governor. Bachmann said that while she was working against excessive spending, cap and trade, TARP and the individual health care mandate, Pawlenty was praising the same plans and leaving his state with a budget crisis. "Executive experience is not an asset if it simply means bigger government and more intrusive government," Bachmann wrote in a statement. "Actions speak louder than words." Ahead of the high stakes Ames straw poll...
  • FBI Official to Federal Judge: OKC Bombing Videotapes ‘Might Have Been Misfiled

    07/02/2011 10:52:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Big Government ^ | Bob McCarty
    In a response filed yesterday to a federal judge’s order May 11, an FBI official offered no denials about the existence of video images captured by more than 20 surveillance cameras operating prior to 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, in the vicinity of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Instead, he explained that officials at the bureau merely cannot find the tapes and raised the possibility that they “might have been misfiled and thus could be located somewhere other than in the OKBOMB file (though it would be impossible to know where).”
  • Failure to Raise U.S. Debt Cap Seen Idling 800,000 (federal so-called) Workers

    06/29/2011 8:41:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 49 replies
    Link only - Failure to Raise U.S. Debt Cap Seen Idling 800,000 Workers
  • Federal ATF chief said to resist pressure to step down

    06/23/2011 8:50:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 6/23/11 | Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
    Kenneth Melson of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms faces controversy over the agency's surveillance program that allowed U.S. guns into Mexico. He is said to be eager to testify to Congress. The acting director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is strongly resisting pressure to step down because of growing controversy over the agency's surveillance program that allowed U.S. guns to flow unchecked into Mexico, according to several federal sources in Washington.
  • Federal jury duty: questions, questions.

    06/12/2011 10:46:04 AM PDT · by swami7774 · 27 replies · 1+ views
    I've gotten a letter notifying me to report for federal jury duty(in Boston) on July 11th. Not a federal GRAND jury, just federal district court jury. I've filled in the online questionnaire and am supposed to call the court the night before the first day. Questions: the notice says "Monday, July 11 THROUGH Friday, July 29th." Does this mean that even if I am dismissed on the first morning I am required to keep calling for the entire two-week period? I live 62 miles--one way--from the courthouse. What is the mileage reimbursement(if there is one)? Is there a hotel reimbursement?...
  • Here Comes Peter Cottontail Hopping Down the Statist Trail: Feds Fine Missouri Farmer $90,000

    06/09/2011 8:21:50 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 37 replies
    The New American ^ | Thursday, 09 June 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    The definition of “totalitarian” is: “of or pertaining to a centralized government that does not tolerate parties of differing opinion and that exercises dictatorial control over many aspects of life. [Emphasis added.]” And while we’re not quite there yet — we still do hear other (mostly stupid) opinions — read the following and tell me if our government doesn’t meet the italicized portion of the above definition. Rural Missouri farmer John Dollarhite was just fined $90,000 by our central government for engaging in a commercial endeavor. Was he an illegal alien running drugs across our border? No, such people benefit...
  • Taxpayer identity theft is soaring

    06/02/2011 5:39:39 AM PDT · by upchuck · 15 replies
    ass press/youhoo ^ | June 1, 2011 | Larry Margasak
    Imagine filing your tax return and learning that someone else got your refund. With your name and Social Security number, no less. The IRS is grappling with a nearly five-fold increase in taxpayer identity theft between 2008 and 2010, a Government Accountability Office official plans to tell a House hearing Thursday. There were 248,357 incidents in 2010, compared to 51,702 in 2008. The GAO findings don't begin to describe the pain for a first-time victim, who must wait for a refund while the IRS sorts out which return is real and which is a fraud. Many identity thieves don't get...
  • 77,000 feds paid more than governors

    06/01/2011 5:18:35 PM PDT · by libertycause13 · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6/1/2011 | Stephen Dinan
    "More than 77,000 federal government employees throughout the country — including computer operators, more than 5,000 air traffic controllers, 22 librarians and one interior designer — earned more than the governors of the states in which they work. The findings, from a Congressional Research Service report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, were released at a time when public workers’ salaries and benefits are under scrutiny across the country as governments try to streamline...."
  • S.C., founding fathers, and immigration vs. naturalization!

    05/30/2011 6:48:14 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 9 replies
    American Constitutional Research Service ^ | 5/28/2011 | John William Kurowski
    SEE: SCOTUS Upholds AZ Law Imposing Penalties On Employers Published: May 26, 2011 WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an Arizona law that imposes harsh penalties on businesses that hire illegal immigrants. ___cut___ The challenge to the Arizona law that was the subject of Thursday’s decision was brought by a coalition of business and civil liberties groups, with support from the Obama administration. They said the law in question, the Legal Arizona Workers Act, conflicted with federal immigration policy. Now, just for the record, let us review our founding fathers own words regarding immigration and naturalization. The big...
  • Strange names in the Heartland

    05/28/2011 12:51:00 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 20 replies
    The CourierPress ^ | 5/28/11 | allison Borgelt
    EVANSVILLE — An Evansville man and a Rockport, Ind., woman are facing federal charges for allegedly illegally buying and selling weapons. An eight-count indictment announced Friday charges Farshad Ghiassi, 38, also known as Freddy Ghiassi, with illegally possessing firearms and Alicia Wiseman, 32, with five counts of providing false information in the acquisition of a firearm. Wiseman allegedly worked with Ghiassi in February and March to make straw purchases at Evansville's Gander Mountain store and Clarksville, Ind.'s Bass Pro Shops, U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett said. The indictment alleges that Ghiassi would pick out the firearms he wanted, and then Wiseman...
  • IRS staff committed tax credit fraud--More than 100 workers filed claims

    05/23/2011 8:41:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 23, 2011 | Stephan Dinan
    More than 100 employees of the Internal Revenue Service cheated the government by fraudulently claiming a first-time homebuyer tax credit included in the 2008 and 2009 economic stimulus packages, according to federal investigators. The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration, in several reports over the past few years, has identified a total of 128 IRS employees who claimed the credit but who also made other claims that showed they either weren’t first-time buyers or bought their homes outside the eligibility period for the credit, which was worth up to $8,000. Meanwhile, one other IRS employee has been charged with...
  • How many federal and postal workers can retire?

    05/20/2011 8:01:18 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 21, 2011 | Ed O'Keefe
    About 550,000 full-time career federal government and U.S. Postal Service could hang it up and move on at anytime because they are eligible to retire, according to government statistics. The eligible workers represent about a quarter of the 2.4 million permanent full-time employees collecting government or postal paychecks.
  • Sell a few rabbits, earn $200 – Obama fines you $90,000

    05/20/2011 8:00:25 AM PDT · by Steve495 · 66 replies
    Radio Vice Online ^ | May 20, 2010 | Steve McGough
    That’s right. I’m putting this right at the feet of the president himself. A family in Missouri has been fined more than $90,000 by the US Department of Agriculture for selling more than $500 of the furry creatures in less than one year. The families profit was a whopping $200 for the year.
  • Insolvency looms for federal entitlement programs, government warns ("TurboTaxCheatTimmy" says)

    05/13/2011 12:08:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 109 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/13/11 | Noam N. Levey
    Caught in the sluggish recovery from the last recession, Social Security and Medicare face an increasingly dismal fiscal future, the federal government reported Friday in its annual review of the two mammoth entitlement programs. Medicare, which now provides health insurance to some 47 million elderly and disabled Americans, could begin running a deficit in 2024, five years earlier than projected last year. And Social Security, which last year began paying out more in benefits than it collected in taxes, now faces insolvency in 2036, compared to 2037 in last year’s projections. Over the years, the Social Security and Medicare trustees...
  • Gov. John Kasich says federal workers have 'zippo, zero' ability to collectively bargain

    05/11/2011 8:06:53 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 21 replies ^ | May 11, 2011 | Politifact
    Equity among workers is one of Republican Gov. John Kasich’s most consistent arguments in favor of Ohio’s new collective bargaining law. The law, Senate Bill 5, will bring Ohio’s public workers closer in line with private sector workers, who, on average, pay more for health care benefits and have weaker pensions, Kasich repeatedly has said. Now the governor is weaving collective bargaining for federal workers – or lack thereof – into his support for the law. Even though SB 5 restricts collective bargaining for the state’s 360,000 public workers, they would still be better off than federal workers, Kasich recently...
  • Billions Wasted Annually on Unused Property [Clearing Out the House]

    05/10/2011 9:16:35 AM PDT · by 92nina · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2011-05-05 | Katerina Bricker
    ...The White house has created an interactive map that highlights over 7,000 of the underused properties the U.S. government owns. You can view it by state and see how many properties the government owns along with the type of structure it is, the name of the structure, the use of the building, and the size of it. In the District of Columbia, it lists 5 properties as being unused and in the state of California a staggering 1,151 properties are listed. The White House defines excess properties to be an assortment of things, ranging from office buildings to labs to...
  • Arizona calls for online donations in bid to build fence along entire border with Mexico

    05/08/2011 11:22:21 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6:55 AM on 9th May 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Arizona lawmakers want to erect a fence along the border with Mexico - whether the federal government thinks it's necessary or not. They've got a plan that could get a project started using online donations and prison labour. If they get enough money, all they would have to do is get cooperation from landowners and construction could begin as soon as this year. Governor Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that sets the state on a course to building a permanent barrier along its borders, and a website is being launched to raise money for the work.
  • Immigration bill cracks down on cities

    05/05/2011 7:11:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/5/2011 | Erika Lovely
    A bill unveiled today by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Penn.) would slash federal funding for cities whose local law enforcement don’t enforce immigration laws. The legislation, the “Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act,” would crack down on more than a hundred American cities, Barletta said during a press conference today. “Local officials who choose not to enforce immigration laws are aiding illegal immigrants,” Barletta said. “My bill makes sure that sanctuary cities no longer get federal money as long as federal officials ignore federal law.”
  • No Proposed Change to Federal Retirement, Pay Systems in Budget Proposal

    04/19/2011 5:54:22 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 11 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | April 15, 2011 | Ralph Smith
    Before the president's speech this week, there was speculation that he would adopt the recommendations of the deficit recommendation commission. The commission made its recommendations late last year and, among other things, recommended changes to the federal retirement system and the federal employee health insurance system as part of reducing the federal government's massive spending deficit. But that did not happen.
  • Eliminating the U. S. Department of Education. Save big money and improve education at the same time

    04/16/2011 4:18:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/16/2011 | Frank Ryan
    Cosmetic budget cuts will not solve our nation's debt woes.  Real change is required to right our county.  Waste must be identified, isolated, and eliminated. One such change is to abolish the U.S. Department of Education. The Department of Education was established to promote "student achievement and prepare them for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and insuring equal access." Since 1979 when the Department of Education was created and with the passage of laws regulating education, such as the No Child Left Behind, the result has been an education system where compliance with laws becomes the rule of...
  • Three largest online poker sites indicted and shut down by FBI

    04/15/2011 1:23:56 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 63 replies · 1+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/15/2011 | Nathaniel Popper
    The founders of the three largest online poker sites were indicted by the FBI on Friday in what could serve as a death blow to the thriving industry. Eleven executives at PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker were charged with bank fraud and money laundering in an indictment unsealed in a Manhattan court. Two of the executives were arrested on Friday morning in Utah and Nevada. Federal agents are searching for the others. Prosecutors are seeking to immediately shut down the sites and to eventually send the executives to jail and to recover $3 billion from the companies. By...
  • FACT CHECK: Are federal workers overpaid? [retread zot]

    04/11/2011 3:26:07 PM PDT · by Got Long Form? · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 4/7/11 | Sam Hananel
    Republican leaders in Congress think so, and they are calling for an overhaul of the entire federal pay system to help slash government spending. Democrats and other defenders of the government work force say federal workers are actually underpaid compared with their private counterparts. A closer look at the data shows that both sides have a point but that supporters of federal workers are a bit closer to reality.... That argument is backed up by a 2002 study of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. It found that federal salaries for most professional and administrative jobs lagged well behind compensation offered...
  • Americans Overestimate Federal Benefit Costs

    04/11/2011 5:57:48 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 13 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | April 11, 2011 | Carol Schmidlin
    As the possibility of a federal government shutdown loomed over thousands of Americans, the article in CNN, April 2, 2011: “Americans Flunk Budget IQ Test”, was quite intriguing. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, most Americans think that the government spends a lot more money than it actually does on Government pensions and benefits. On average, Americans think the federal government spent 10 percent of its 2010 budget on pensions and retiree benefits; the OMB figures indicate the real number is about 3.5 percent. Another area that is not often talked about is the big difference for federal workers...
  • Democratic Party Engineers 2011 Shut Down During 2010 Session

    04/08/2011 4:04:31 PM PDT · by Walt Griffith · 4 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, April 8, 2011 | 2:03 a.m. | Joseph Schillmoeller, Las Vegas
    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Government ‘shutdown’ a result of politics Joseph Schillmoeller, Las Vegas Friday, April 8, 2011 | 2:03 a.m. First, let’s put this hysteria to bed. The government “shutdown” being contemplated is not a shutdown at all. Essential services like the Homeland Security Department (including the Transportation Security Administration), the FBI, the CIA, the Defense Department (military personnel) and many other federal offices will be fully operational and functioning. Thus, the use of such doomsday language is disingenuous at best. Second, the reason we are in this situation is due to political strategy. The Democratic Party controlled the...
  • Largest federal worker union sues for pay lost in event of shutdown (Hussein violates Constitution?)

    04/08/2011 2:10:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/08/11 | Kevin Bogardus
    Largest federal worker union sues for pay lost in event of shutdownBy Kevin Bogardus - 04/08/11 02:25 PM ET The nation's largest federal employee union sued the Obama administration Friday, seeking the repayment of wages lost during a government shutdown. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) says in its lawsuit that the administration has violated the Constitution's appropriations clause and the 13th Amendment by requiring employees to work without pay during a federal closure. “Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be required to work during a shutdown, and there’s no guarantee that Congress will keep the administration’s promise...
  • Idled Federal Workers Will Still Get Some Pay, Via Jobless Benefits

    04/08/2011 11:14:32 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 4 replies · 1+ views
    NASDAQ ^ | April 8, 2011 | Louise Radnofsky
    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- If Congress shuts down the federal government, Washington will still end up paying hundreds of thousands of employees who are sent home. Idled federal workers can apply for unemployment compensation from the states in which they work, and the federal government will pick up the tab. Whether they get their full back pay once a shutdown is resolved is less clear. After the 1995 and 1996 federal government shutdowns, Congress approved back pay for furloughed employees. Federal employee unions say they will fight for a similar measure again. The Department of Labor has told state unemployment agencies...
  • I Am A Federal Employee

    04/07/2011 6:13:38 PM PDT · by Poundstone · 117 replies ^ | April 6, 2011 | Kelly Arsenault
    As we draw closer to a government shutdown, I have been reading with great interest. You see, I am a federal employee employed at Fort Drum as a civilian mail clerk. I am looking at the possibility of a furlough for as long as it takes for Congress to reach an agreement. It could be days or it could be weeks, but regardless of how long, I am more concerned at how much. How much will this affect my family? How much will it hurt us financially? The uncertainty is maddening as I, and my fellow federal workers, watch the...
  • Federal Government Hiring Plunges in March. U.S. Job Creation Index at 2 1/2-year high

    04/06/2011 6:33:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Gallup ^ | 04/06/2011 | Dennis Jacobe
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup's Job Creation Index in March showed the jobs picture within the federal government turning sharply negative to -9, with 25% of federal employees reporting that their employer was hiring and 34% saying their employer was letting people go. This marks a rapid deterioration from the +1 of February and +18 in April 2010. Job conditions are now negative across all three levels of government. More state government employees report that their organizations are letting people go (32%) than hiring (19%), for an index score of -13. The same is true among local governments, with 20%...
  • Federal Workers in Shutdown Limbo

    04/05/2011 6:09:15 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 43 replies
    Money ^ | April 4, 2011 | Charles Riley
    With just five days left before a government shutdown, federal workers are pressing lawmakers to cut a deal that will keep the government open for business. The stakes are high. If lawmakers fail to pass some kind of spending bill by the end of Friday, hundreds of thousands of government employees are likely to be furloughed, and their paychecks stopped. The National Treasury Employees Union and the National Federation of Federal Employees, which represent a combined 260,000 workers, announced Monday they have asked their members to call lawmakers and encourage them to strike a deal.
  • Public Housing Likely for Suburbs of Green Township Ohio

    04/02/2011 9:49:18 AM PDT · by Howard Morrison · 10 replies
    Cincinnati News | April 1, 2011 | Howard
    Green Township is being singled out because federal investigators believe the housing authority blocked new public housing there for at least the past two years. More public housing for the poor is likely headed to Green Township and some other communities as part of a deal to resolve a discrimination complaint against Cincinnati's housing authority.
  • Federal Auditor: Border Patrol Can Stop Illegal Entries Along Only 129 Miles of .. Mexican Border

    03/31/2011 12:49:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies ^ | 3/31/11 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - Richard M. Stana, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office (which is responsible for “auditing agency operations to determine whether federal funds are being spent efficiently and effectively”), told the Senate Homeland Security Committee yesterday that the federal government can actually prevent or stop illegal entries into the United States along only 129 miles of the 1,954-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border. That leaves 1,825 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border where the Border Patrol cannot prevent or stop an illegal entry. Nonetheless, Stana told the committee, the Border Patrol itself says it has established “an acceptable...
  • Education Spending Has a Simple Solution

    03/22/2011 7:56:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | March 22, 2011 | Phyllis Schlafley
    As the new Republican House majority wrestles with ways to cut our unsustainable budget deficit, Barack Obama threw down the gauntlet. On March 14, he said, "We cannot cut education." But why not? If we are going to cut programs that are proven to have failed to achieve their goals, federal spending on education should be at the top of the list. Federal spending on public schools (which is only a small percentage of their school budgets) was given specific goals in the 2002 law called "No Child Left Behind," the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It...
  • Federal Reserve reports record profit (2010 - $81.7 billion)

    03/23/2011 11:45:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/22/11 | Peter Schroeder
    Federal Reserve reports record profitBy Peter Schroeder - 03/22/11 12:12 PM ET The Federal Reserve turned a record $81.7 billion profit in 2010, up 53 percent from 2009, the central bank reported Tuesday. The vast majority of the Fed's profit — $79.3 billion — will be turned over to the Treasury Department, with the rest being paid out to member banks in dividends. A substantial chunk of that profit came from increased interest income from the $1 trillion in mortgage-backed securities the Fed purchased during the financial crisis to help stabilize the housing market. The Fed made $24.4 billion more...
  • Out of 1.2 Million Federal Employees, Only 737 Denied Raises for Poor Performance

    03/22/2011 1:37:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/22/11 | Mark Hemingway
    Here's your eye-popping statistic of the day, courtesy Stephen Losey at Federal Times: Does job performance play a factor in employee raises and step increases? Unions defending the General Schedule say yes. But the latest numbers say clearly no. Only 737 out of more than 1.2 million GS employees — or one in every 1,698 — were denied a regularly scheduled step increase and accompanying raise in 2009 because of poor performance, according to data provided by the Office of Personnel Management at Federal Times' request. That equates to a 0.06 percent denial rate, which is far lower than any...
  • GOP targets salaries, 'offensive' bonuses of federal workers

    03/10/2011 8:12:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/09/11 | Erik Wasson
    GOP targets salaries, 'offensive' bonuses of federal workersBy Erik Wasson - 03/09/11 08:50 PM ET Cost-cutting House Republicans on Wednesday made it clear that they are eyeing the salaries of federal workers. And they don’t like what they see. During a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing, panel Chairman Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) noted that “federal employees on average earned $101,628 in total compensation in 2010, nearly four times more than the average private-sector worker.” He argued President Obama’s two-year pay freeze for federal workers, enacted in December, “wasn’t really a freeze” because it did not include all increases. He...
  • NPR, PBS campaigns to keep federal funds called unlawful (using taxpayer loot to lobby)

    03/09/2011 2:30:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/07/11 | Seth McLaughlin and Stephen Dinan
    NPR, PBS campaigns to keep federal funds called unlawfulBy Seth McLaughlin and Stephen Dinan The Washington Times 8:47 p.m., Monday, March 7, 2011 NPR and PBS stations nationwide are rallying their audiences to contact Congress to fight against Republicans’ proposed spending cuts, but some affiliates’ pleas may violate laws preventing nonprofits or government-funded groups from lobbying. Interrupting popular programs, the stations air warnings that cuts could end beloved children’s television shows such as “Sesame Street.” Some stations urge their audience to call and let Congress know their feelings, while others go further, instructing viewers to “stop the Senate” or “defend...
  • Are Federal Workers Overpaid? Watch Heritage vs the Unions Wednesday

    03/07/2011 10:40:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies ^ | 3/7/11 | staff
    The Federal Times calls it a “steel cage match” in which “two wonks enter, one wonk leaves.” Congressional hearings are never that exciting, but Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing on federal pay does promise some spirited debate. At issue is how the federal government pays its civilian workers—and, more importantly, whether it pays them too much. Leaders of the Office of Personnel Management and National Treasury Employees Union will confront critics of federal pay for the first time in public. Those critics – “in the red corner” as the Federal Times puts it – are Heritage’s James Sherk and Andrew...
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  • Jared Loughner is indicted on 46 new charges in Tucson shooting - and could face death penalty

    03/05/2011 9:46:17 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 12:06 AM on 5th March 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Suspected Tucson gunman Jared Loughner has been indicted on 46 new charges, including the murders of a federal judge and an aide to congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The new indictment, by a federal grand jury in Arizona, is the first step in a formal Department of Justice process to decide whether to seek the death penalty against the 22-year-old.