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  • Ceremony marks dedication of new Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

    03/20/2016 9:10:12 AM PDT · by MeganC · 5 replies
    Santa Rosa Press Democrat ^ | 19 March 2016 | ELOÍSA RUANO GONZÁLEZ
    State and federal officials Saturday dedicated the new Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument with a ceremony and festival. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Reps. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, gathered along with hundreds of other officials and conservationists at Cowboy Camp, a popular recreation site west of Williams, to dedicate the monument that takes in a 331,000-acre mountainous region running through Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Solano and Yolo counties. “After years of tireless work by countless numbers of people, the Berryessa Snow Mountain region finally has the permanent protection it deserves,” Thompson said...
  • Cash-only marijuana dispensaries flood California tax office with paper

    02/16/2016 12:04:23 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 56 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 16 February 2016 | Anita Chabria
    The Sacramento branch of the California tax collection agency reeks of marijuana. That's because it's cash day at the collection center - when marijuana dispensary owners are allowed to bring in paper money to pay their quarterly sales tax bill - and the smell of their inventory clings to everything. California, like all states with any form of legalized marijuana, faces a growing problem over the federal government's position that cannabis remains a Schedule 1 illegal drug, classified the same way as meth or cocaine, with no legal uses - and therefore no legal access to traditional banks. That means...
  • What Does the Constitution Say About Federal Land Ownership? (Prof Rob Natelson on Oregon Standoff)

    02/11/2016 8:31:18 AM PST · by xzins · 50 replies
    Our American Constitution ^ | February 6, 2016 | Rob Natelson
    The "Bundy stand-off" in Oregon at a federal wildlife refuge has triggered (or, rather, re-triggered) questions about the constitutionality of federal land ownership. Westerners in particular question why the federal government should own nearly 30% of the country. In the West, the issue is particularly important. The federal government has title to about half the territory of the eight Rocky Mountain states, the west coast states, and Alaska. The share of ownership in each of those states ranges from about 30% to about 88%. (Exact figures vary according to the mode of calculation.) Westerners who work with the land tend...
  • Courts: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals should be split into multiple courts

    02/10/2016 3:06:24 AM PST · by Steve Schulin · 11 replies
    Compleat Advocate ^ | Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
    One in five Americans do not get equal justice under the law ... because the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is simply too large, its scope is too wide, and it has long passed its ability to provide equal justice and to contribute as a functional court system... [T]here are 65 million people living within the boundaries of the Ninth Circuit. That represents 20 percent of the total population of the United States -- one in five Americans. That is almost two times as many people as there are in the next biggest circuit in the U.S....
  • VIDEO: Federal Employees Brag About Swindling WWII Vets Off Their Land

    01/20/2016 9:44:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    the gateway pundit ^ | 1/20/16 | VIDEO: Federal Employees Brag About Swindling WWII Vets Off Their Land Jim Hoft
    This will make your blood boil. Federal employees with the Park Service brag about how they swindled two World War II veterans off the land for pennies on the dollar. Federal employees revel in the fact that they swindle land from private property owners at pennies on the dollar, in astonishing admissions captured in a recently released video. “We went out to the mine and the owners were two little guys that had been in the Second World War,” a California park service employee recalls at a retirement celebration for Mojave National Preserve Superintendent Mary Martin in 2005. The employee...
  • The story behind the Oregon armed standoff

    01/03/2016 8:38:35 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 86 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 01/03/2015 | Staff
    How did an armed takeover of a federal nature reserve in Oregon come about? It dates back to when Eastern Oregon father-son ranchers, Dwight Hammond and his son Steve, were convicted of lighting fires on federal land. The Hammond Ranch story began in 1991, when Steven Hammond started a fire on his own land for noxious weed control. The fire escaped and burned an acre of BLM land that was leased by the Hammond family for cattle grazing. Then in 2001, the Hammonds started another fire on their property that ran off the Hammond land and consumed 139 acres of...
  • Full Story on What’s Going on In Oregon--Militia Take Over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge....

    01/03/2016 8:29:49 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 112 replies
    the conservative treehouse ^ | January 3, 2016 | sundance
    Grab a coffee, because this is soup-to-nuts. Many people will awaken today to the news of approximately 100 to 150 armed militia taking control of a closed Wildlife Park Headquarters, and not know the full back-story – so here it is: The short summary is: in an effort to draw attention to a ridiculous arrest of a father and son pair of Oregon Ranchers (“Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., 73, and his son, Steven Dwight Hammond, 46,) who are scheduled to begin five year prison sentences (turning themselves in tomorrow January 4th 2016), three brothers from the Cliven Bundy family and...
  • Three of Cliven Bundy's sons, militia seize federal building in Oregon

    01/02/2016 8:26:28 PM PST · by TBP · 298 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/2/16 10:04 PM | DAN FRIEDMAN, KYLE FELDSCHER
    Three of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's sons and what they claim are 150 militia members have occupied a federal building in eastern Oregon in order to keep two local ranchers out of prison, according to local reports. The group is believed to be heavily-armed. According to The Oregonian, the group seized the headquarters building at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge about 50 miles outside Burns, Ore. The remote facility was closed and unoccupied at the time. Bundy and his supporters were in Oregon after two men were scheduled to go to prison on Monday for setting fires on federal land, according...
  • Poll: Americans see big government as the biggest threat to our future

    12/27/2015 5:22:06 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 25 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 12/27/2015 | Matt Vespa
    Shocker! Gallup finds that 69 percent of Americans view big government as the biggest threat in the future. The figure is slightly down from 2013, where it stood at 72 percent. For those “Feeling the Bern,” we regret to inform you that only 25 percent feel that big business is a threat, followed by big labor at six percent. Another interesting aspect is the number of Democrats and Independent voters who also feel big government is a problem. Of course, almost every Republican–88 percent–agrees that big government poses the biggest threat to the country. But 53 percent of Democrats feel...
  • Banning Gun Sales to People on No-Fly List May Not Be Constitutional, Experts Say (Capt Obvious)

    12/11/2015 6:46:15 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 22 replies
    On Thursday, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced plans to issue an executive order barring anyone listed on federal terrorist watch lists from purchasing a gun in the state. But while the idea of “no fly, no gun” has found growing support following the mass shooting in San Bernardino last week, including that of President Obama, experts say such a policy may be unconstitutional. The problem lies with the terrorist watch lists themselves, which are both secret and routinely updated without the typical due process given to those who are accused of breaking the law, such as court proceedings. Without a...
  • List of United States federal officials convicted of corruption offenses

    12/02/2015 7:26:04 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ^ | visited 2015-12-02 | From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    This list only includes federal officials convicted of certain select corruption crimes. For a more complete list see: List of American federal politicians convicted of crimes and List of federal political scandals in the United States. Dozens of high-level United States federal officials have been convicted of public corruption offenses for conduct while in office. The majority of these were of the democratic political party. 27 democrats and 13 republicans have been convicted of select corruption charges. These officials have been convicted under two types of statutes. The first type are also applicable to corrupt state and local officials:[1] the...
  • SSD hearing judge to disabled vet: "Smoke the wacky tobaccy."

    11/30/2015 7:05:27 PM PST · by HiTech RedNeck · 26 replies
    The horse's mouth | 11/30/2015 | HiTech RedNeck
    By way of preamble, I know a lot of you folks are more or less down on the SSD program. Either that it's being abused or it shouldn't exist. That being said, a Marine buddy of mine whose attorneys expected him to have a slam dunk SSD case (multiple back injuries with multiple medical documentation) went into a Chicago courtroom this morning and left it wondering where Kansas went, so to speak. He got grilled and scoffed at and was told to go to a clinic where they do "wacky tobaccy." Federal judge, mind you, and this was all on...
  • CO-OP FLOP: The Biggest Obamacare Disaster You’ve Never Heard About

    10/18/2015 4:25:03 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 16 Oct 15 | Mark Tapscott
    It’s an Obamacare story with every imaginable outrage — blatant conflicts of interest, millions of tax dollars going to political cronies, thousands of Americans left without health insurance, lavish pay for incompetent executives, federal funds diverted illegally, multiple congressional investigations, insider trading convictions and big decisions made behind closed doors. Tragically, there is even a child abuser. But search the New York Times web site for “Obamacare co-ops” and nothing comes up. Just three entries appear for the same search on the Washington Post web site. Not so, Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. Pollock has...
  • Montana high school relinquishes $120,000 in federal funding drops Michelle Obama's lunch program

    10/17/2015 7:18:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 Oct 2015 | Evan Bleier
    Hundreds of students return to the cafeteria after Montana high school relinquishes $120,000 in federal funding and drops Michelle Obama's lunch program Bozeman High School officials dropped National School Lunch Program Program set limits on calories and fat and mandated more grains and fruit Students were leaving campus to get fast food instead of eating at cafeteria Since program was scrapped, traffic is up to about 1,000 customers a day By Evan Bleier For Dailymail.com Published: 09:37 EST, 16 October 2015 | Updated: 21:55 EST, 16 October 2015 The decision by officials at a high school in Montana to give...
  • EXCLUSIVE: U.S. officials conclude Iran deal violates federal law

    10/08/2015 5:08:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/8/15 | James Rosen
    Some senior U.S. officials involved in the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal have privately concluded that a key sanctions relief provision – a concession to Iran that will open the doors to tens of billions of dollars in U.S.-backed commerce with the Islamic regime – conflicts with existing federal statutes and cannot be implemented without violating those laws, Fox News has learned. At issue is a passage tucked away in ancillary paperwork attached to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, as the Iran nuclear deal is formally known. Specifically, Section 5.1.2 of Annex II provides that in...
  • American prisons to free 6,000 drug traffickers in biggest-ever inmate release

    10/07/2015 6:49:35 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 31 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 07 Oct 2015 | Harriet Alexander
    American prisons to free 6,000 drug traffickers in biggest-ever inmate release October 30 will see 6,000 drug dealers freed from American jails as the country struggles to cope with the world's largest prison population By Harriet Alexander, New York 07 Oct 2015 Six thousand drug traffickers are to be freed from American prisons at the end of this month, in the country's largest-ever mass release of prisoners. The men and women will be freed as part of a plan to reduce overcrowding. America is the world's biggest jailer, and a quarter of the whole world's prison population is in the...
  • Federal Air Marshals Under Investigation for Filming Sex With a Prostitute While On Duty

    "The two air marshals, based in Chicago, allegedly used their government-issued phones to record their own sexual encounters with a prostitute and then shared them using their personal email accounts, which they had connected to their work phones, according to TSA, government and law enforcement sources.
  • Obama’s “Community Schools” Aim to Replace Parents

    08/13/2015 4:40:41 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 43 replies
    The New American ^ | 8/12/2015 | Alex Newman
    Lawmakers and the Obama administration are plotting to unconstitutionally commandeer local schools and turn them into “full-service community schools” — government centers that will usurp vast new responsibilities over children that have traditionally been handled by parents and families. Under the plan, adopted in the Senate last month as part of a massive “education bill” solidifying federal control over children and schools, federally funded so-called community schools will “target” families and children for “services” covering their “academic, physical, social, emotional, health, mental health, and other needs.” If Congress and the Obama administration get their way, these full-service parent-replacement centers will...
  • Gun in San Francisco killing stolen from federal agent's vehicle, source says

    07/08/2015 11:14:44 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | July 8, 2015 | By Dan Simon, Sara Sidner and Ed Payne
    San Francisco (CNN)The gun used in the killing of a San Francisco woman in a case that gave new political prominence to the issue of illegal immigration was stolen from a vehicle belonging to a federal Bureau of Land Management agent, a source familiar with the investigation said Wednesday. Kate Steinle was shot to death on July 1 on one of San Francisco's busiest piers. The .40-caliber pistol was a personal weapon, not an official firearm, the source said. Investigators still are trying to determine how Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the man accused in Steinle's killing, allegedly obtained the weapon, according...
  • Call For An "Assembly Of The States" In May 2016

    07/05/2015 3:30:35 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 5, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    It is time for states to undertake specific steps to re-assert their 10th amendment rights against the usurpations of the federal government. We are, after all, the United States of America, not the United Federal Government of America.
  • Office of Personnel Management IT Was Running Out of… China

    06/18/2015 6:57:52 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 45 replies
    Ars Technica via Breitbart.com ^ | 18 Jun 2015 | John Hayward
    <p>The House Oversight Committee’s hearings on the massive OPM data breach have been absolutely astounding. The rank incompetence on display at this agency was mind-boggling...</p>
  • Gov’t OUTSOURCED management to IT workers with TOTAL ACCESS to database… in CHINA

    06/18/2015 4:43:56 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 36 replies
    <p>The technical details are a little difficult here so let’s put it this way – idiotic and utterly incompetent government officials outsourced IT management of highly sensitive information to companies that had some workers in China, and gave them complete and total access to that database.</p>
  • Wow – The Federal Cyber Breach Was Not Discovered By U.S. Govt., Was Discovered By Private Company

    06/11/2015 6:25:34 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 6-11-15 | sundance
    WASHINGTON DC – As officials of the Obama administration announced that millions of sensitive records associated with current and past federal employees and contractors had been exposed by a long-running infiltration of the networks and systems of the Office of Personnel Management on June 4, they claimed the breach had been found during a government effort to correct problems with OPM’s security. An OPM statement on the attack said that the agency discovered the breach as it had “undertaken an aggressive effort to update its cybersecurity posture.” And a DHS spokesperson told Ars that “interagency partners” were helping the OPM...
  • The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans

    06/02/2015 6:05:32 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 2, 2015 | Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker
    The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans Associated Press Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press Jun. 2, 2015, WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency...
  • Chicago schools chief resigns amid federal criminal investigation

    06/01/2015 3:26:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune via MSN ^ | 6/01/15 | Juan Perez Jr.
    CHICAGO — Barbara Byrd-Bennett has resigned as chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools amid a federal investigation into a $20.5 million no-bid contract. **SNIP** The investigation centers on a $20.5 million no-bid contract at CPS related to an elite nonprofit education group that has long been at the center of city school reform efforts. Federal corruption investigators have also sought records related to some of Byrd-Bennett's top deputies. Byrd-Bennett, who has not been accused of wrongdoing, acknowledged when she went on leave that her presence could divert attention from the pressing affairs of the district as it tackles labor...
  • What If a New Constitutional Convention Overthrows the Federal Reserve Act because of Lois Lerner?

    05/26/2015 9:42:10 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 5/26/2015 | Sacra Pizza Man
      I heard a man speak on Tony Brown’s Journal in the 1980s, on the thesis that the Federal Reserve System is a tax-farming system, creating monies out of nothing, loaning them to the United States, charging interest that must be repaid with taxes. It sounds paranoiac, until you learn that the Federal Reserve Act was closely associated with the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment to the US Constitution establishing the Federal Income Tax. Now that Texas is close to pushing us over the top of the number of states required to ask Congress to call a Constitutional convention, what might happen...
  • Obama moves to take control of local law enforcement

    05/25/2015 9:56:00 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    Beaufort Observer ^ | March 31, 2015 | Alex Newman
    March 31, 2015 We suspect many local law enforcement agencies in America are going to seriously regret seeking and accepting Federal dollars over the last few years. Accepting those funds, from whatever source and for whatever purpose, may now subject local agencies to Federal "standards" that will severely restrict local autonomy in policy development and implementation. To understand what may lie ahead of law enforcement one only needs to see what has happened in public education with the usurpation of local autonomy by the U. S. Department of Education. Alex Newman, writing at NewAmerican.com reports: The Obama administration and its...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • Judge orders 'rolling' release of Clinton's State Department emails

    05/19/2015 7:50:58 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | 5-19-2015 | Josh Gerstein
    A federal judge has rejected the State Department’s plan to release most of Hillary Clinton’s emails as secretary of state in one large batch, insisting that the agency parcel out releases of the records over time.
  • Baltimore Is Not About Race

    05/05/2015 7:04:45 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 4, 2015 | William McGurn
    Baltimore Is Not About Race Government-induced dependency is the problem—and it’s one with a long history. By William McGurn May 4, 2015 For those who see the rioting in Baltimore as primarily about race, two broad reactions dominate. One group sees rampaging young men fouling their own neighborhoods and concludes nothing can be done because the social pathologies are so overwhelming. In some cities, this view manifests itself in the unspoken but cynical policing that effectively cedes whole neighborhoods to the thugs. Opinion Journal Video Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Jason Riley on what prompted the violence and what comes next....
  • So you want to nullify violations of the Constitution?

    03/04/2015 7:29:06 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Dec 22, 2010 | Jon Roland
    Mr Douglas and Whitlow discuss how nullification might work to overcome usurpations by federal officials and agents after first examining the difficulties of reform through election or litigation.
  • Federal Worker Raided Student Data For Identity Theft

    03/03/2015 9:40:47 AM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/2/15 | Blake Neff
    Employees at the U.S. Department of Education have repeatedly treated the U.S. government’s trove of student information as a personal playground and piggy bank, according to a Freedom of Information Act release obtained by the Daily Mail.(excerpted)The Daily Mail’s inquiry found other cases of bizarre wrongdoing by the department’s 5,000 employees, including one worker who was caught searching for the student loan records of “Barrack Obama” (sic), apparently unaware that the president has already made most of his student loan details public. (excerpted)
  • CBS: Just how hard is it to fire a federal gov’t employee? [Watching Porn? No Problem]

    03/02/2015 1:13:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/02/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Thanks to the litigious nature of American culture, employers in the private sector have a tough time firing people for poor performance. Misconduct, especially that caught in the act, generally is an exception to that trend. CBS News discovers that’s not the case in the federal civil-service system, where chronic bad behavior and even spending half the day watching Internet porn doesn’t qualify for immediate termination. Instead, it starts a process that can last as long as two years, and often just means that managers shrug off bad behavior and bad performance … even when the employee presents a...
  • money for nothing the movie

    02/19/2015 8:29:40 AM PST · by entropy12 · 23 replies
    moneyfornothingthemovie.org ^ | 2013 | Liev Schreiber
    Nothing Inside The Federal Reserve is an independent, non partisan documentary film that examines America's central bank in a critical, yet balanced way. Narrated by the acclaimed actor Liev Schreiber, and featuring interviews with Paul Volcker, Janet Yellen, Jeremy Grantham and many of the world's best financial minds, Money For Nothing is the first film ever to take viewers inside the world's most powerful financial institution.
  • Senator’s husband profits for 15 years from federal funds (Feinstein-Blum)

    01/19/2015 5:56:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/19/15 | Richard Johnson
    My report Sunday on the lucrative deal Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband has to sell 56 post office buildings barely scratched the surface of her conflicts of interest. The California Democrat’s financier husband, Richard C. Blum, is estimated to be a billionaire from his shrewd investments in companies that profit from federal policies. “For at least 15 years, Feinstein has appeared to support government contracts that push federal funds toward companies co-owned or governed by her powerful, billionaire husband, Richard C. Blum,” Breitbart News reported.
  • Alan Dershowitz moves to sue lawyers representing alleged teen ‘sex slave’ for defamation, but ...

    01/06/2015 10:39:49 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 23 replies
    Legal eagle Alan Dershowitz is not taking the accusation that he bedded a teenage sex slave lying down. The former Harvard Law School professor has filed a sworn statement in Miami federal court "to protect his reputation" against what he calls "outrageously false" and "contemptible" allegations. Dershowitz also vowed to file disciplinary complaints against the attorneys representing his accuser, who has been identified as 30-year-old Virginia Roberts. But before Dershowitz could, the lawyers — Paul Cassell and Bradley Edwards — sued him for defamation.
  • The Year of the Breach: 10 Federal Agency Data Breaches in 2014

    01/01/2015 7:02:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 12/30/14 | Jack Moore, Nextgov Staff
    **SNIP** Over the past few years, the number of security incidents at federal agencies involving the potential exposure of personal information has skyrocketed -- from about 10,400 in 2009 to more than 25,500 in 2013, according to the Government Accountability Office. There’s no data yet this year on the total number of breaches at agencies in 2014. But with the year almost in the rearview mirror, Nextgov takes a look back at the 10 most impactful, high-profile or otherwise eyebrow-raising federal agency breaches. 1. White House Hacked The Obama administration has made cybersecurity a key priority, so it must have...
  • Only Yesterday—-How The Federal Debt Went From $1 Trillion To $18 Trillion in 33 Years

    12/08/2014 5:25:01 AM PST · by Robert DeLong · 13 replies
    David Stockman's Contra Corner ^ | December 5, 2014 | David Stockma
    In the great fiscal scheme of things, October 22, 1981 seems like only yesterday. That’s the day the US public debt crossed the $1 trillion mark for the first time. It had taken the nation 74,984 days to get there (205 years). What prompts this reflection is that just a few days ago the national debt breached the $18 trillion mark; and the last trillion was added in hardly 365 days.
  • Man Under Fire for Allegedly Posing as a Decorated Army Ranger

    12/03/2014 9:20:02 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 42 replies
    ABC News.com ^ | unknown (recent) | unknown
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  • Police: Suspect in downtown Austin shootings dead

    11/28/2014 4:42:52 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 18 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 28 November 2014 | Nicole Chavez
    6:25 a.m. update: A gunman targeted at least three buildings in downtown Austin — the Mexican consulate, the federal courthouse and Austin police headquarters — early Friday morning before being shot and killed by Austin police, authorities said. Assistant Chief Raul Munguia told reporters that the suspected shooter was killed near his vehicle. The suspect was found wearing a vest of some type, Munguia said, and that the suspect’s vehicle may contain an improvised explosive device. The police bomb squad has been dispatched to secure the vest and the white SUV the suspect was using. Munguia said police are also...
  • Federal Eye: More than 25,000 federal workers to lose their health plans next year

    11/06/2014 2:28:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/06/14
    More than 25,000 federal employees will lose their health plans next year as insurance providers drop out of the government’s coverage network, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Affected workers will have the option of switching to other plans within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, but the number of disruptions will reach the highest level since more than 61,000 enrollees had to change plans in 2009. Insurance providers drop out of the federal workforce’s health program every year, so this year’s changes are nothing new. Companies generally leave the network because they have not attracted enough enrollees to...
  • Republicans take control of US Senate, increase their House majority

    11/05/2014 6:20:38 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | Nov 5, 2014 | DAVID ESPO , Associated Press
    Republicans take control of US Senate, increase their House majority for Obama's final 2 years Article by: DAVID ESPO , Associated Press Updated: November 5, 2014 - 7:45 AM WASHINGTON — Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama's final two years in office. Republican Mitch McConnell led the way to a new Senate majority, dispatching Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky after a $78 million campaign of unrelieved negativity. Voters are "hungry for new leadership....
  • Feds Retaliate against the Bundy Ranch and the Southern Nevada People

    10/30/2014 1:23:00 PM PDT · by yoe · 37 replies
    From The Trenches ^ | October 29, 2014 | admin.
    Feds Retaliate against the Bundy Ranch and the Southern Nevada People On Friday October 10th, 2014 a Notice from the federal registry reveals that the federal government is mounting retaliations against the Bundy family and the Southern Nevada people. Federal Register / Vol. 79, No.197 Notice, outlines plans to make the Bundy ranch and most of the rest of Southern Nevada, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). 90 days from October 10th, 2014 these proposals will become federal law without consent from the Nevada State legislatures or the people of Southern Nevada. Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) are human...
  • Thousands of federal workers on extended paid leave

    10/21/2014 6:25:58 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 8 replies
    The Washington Post via Drudge Report ^ | October 20, 2014 | Lisa Rein
    Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more — while they wait to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work, government records show. During a three-year period that ended last fall, more than 57,000 employees were sent home for a month or longer. The tab for these workers exceeded $775 million in salary alone. The extensive use of administrative leave continues despite government personnel rules that limit paid leave for employees facing discipline...
  • Federal Judge Blocks Texas Voter ID Law Weeks Ahead of November Elections

    10/10/2014 7:40:52 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    AP via The Blaze ^ | 10/-09/14
    A federal judge on Thursday blocked Texas from enforcing voter ID requirements just weeks ahead of the November elections, knocking down a law that the U.S. Justice Department condemned in court as the state’s latest means of suppressing minority turnout. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi is a defeat for Republican-backed photo ID measures that have swept across the U.S. in recent years and mostly been upheld in court. However, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday night blocked Wisconsin from implementing a law requiring voters to present photo IDs.
  • Building Legacy Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench

    09/16/2014 4:19:13 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/16/2014 | Jeremy Peter
    WASHINGTON — Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy. For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees. Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took...
  • How to Eliminate Almost Every Federal Agency: Here's the List.

    08/15/2014 4:19:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Journal ^ | 08/14/2014 | JASON PLAUTZ
    This week, the Heartland Institute offered up a modest proposal: Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency's 15,000-person staff, move the headquarters from Washington to Topeka, Kan., and reload it with 300 state delegates. The policy brief from the libertarian think tank that promotes climate skepticism—written by Heartland science director Jay Lehr—is something of a dream scenario for tea partiers and other conservatives, who would like a smaller government and a chance to wipe clean EPA's federal regulations. Lehr writes that "incremental reform of EPA is simply not an option," hence his proposal for a "Committee of the Whole" made up of...
  • Federal Judge Orders IRS to Explain Lost Emails

    07/10/2014 12:48:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    abc ^ | 7/10/14 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press
    A federal judge ordered the IRS Thursday to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the tax agency a month to submit the explanation in writing. Sullivan said he is also appointing a federal magistrate to see if lost emails can be obtained from other sources. Sullivan issued the order as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group. He said the IRS declaration must be signed, under oath, by the...
  • 85 percent of ObamaCare ‘inconsistencies’ can’t be fixed

    07/02/2014 8:03:25 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/2/2014 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON — Federal officials can’t resolve 85 percent of 2.9 million “inconsistencies” on applications for ObamaCare even after nine months of trying, according to new data provided by the administration. Most of the problems involve certifying citizenship and income, key components of the national health plan. But some of the problems are downright nutty. One unidentified state-run marketplace cited situations in which infants and young children were “erroneously identified as incarcerated, according to federal data,” the inspector general for the Health and Human Services Department revealed Tuesday. Just 425,000 problematic applications have been resolved out of 2.9 million that states...
  • Obama: Vast Majority of Federal Employees Are Not Boneheads

    06/27/2014 9:11:56 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    GovExec ^ | 6/27/14
    President Obama declared Thursday that 99 percent of federal employees are not boneheads. "Are there some federal workers who do some boneheaded things? Absolutely,” Obama said at a town hall meeting in Minneapolis, Politico reported.  The president recalled something that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told him: “One thing you should know, Mr. President, is that at any given moment on any given day, somebody in the federal government is screwing up.” That, said Obama, is "is true because there are 2 million employees … If 99 percent of the folks are doing the right thing and only 1 percent aren’t, that’s...