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  • GOP seeks creative ways to avert a shutdown (Even if Obama uses executive action on immigration

    11/18/2014 9:29:25 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/17/2014 (8:04 PM EST) | Jake Sherman and Manu Raju
    Republican leaders have intensified their planning to prevent a government funding shutdown, weighing legislative options that would redirect GOP anger at Barack Obama's expected action on immigration and stave off a political disaster, according to sources involved with the sessions. Obama plans to use his executive authority to change the enforcement of immigration laws by the end of the year, a move that top Republicans warn could derail efforts to pass a long-term spending bill by a Dec. 11 deadline. Increasingly, some top Republicans believe that it will be difficult to pass the year-long spending package that they originally envisioned,...
  • Shutdown cost national parks at least $414M

    03/04/2014 8:47:05 AM PST · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    ap.org ^ | 3/4/14 | MATTHEW DALY-ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the shutdown was a striking reminder that national parks are a powerful economic engine for local economies across the country. The report released Monday said five states, including California and Arizona, lost more than $20 million during the 16-day shutdown.
  • Where was Tom Brokaw?

    01/22/2014 11:01:15 AM PST · by HalTa · 41 replies
    I know this is a few months old, but it's something that has been puzzling me. Where was Tom Brokaw when the "Greatest Generation" was being publicly disrespected and humiliated at the World War 2 memorial? All they wanted to do was visit this open air monument, {many in wheelchairs} that was dedicated to them. IN my mind, Brokaw should have been there, leading the charge to remove the barriers. I guess he had to make the choice, Greatest Generation or Obama. He chose Obama.
  • Guess who Ted Cruz blames for the shutdown [Houston paper reports a 16-week shutdown]

    12/29/2013 12:21:18 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 29, 2013 | Compiled by Andy Warren
    Texas tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz tells ABC's Jonathan Karl on "This Week" that he has no regrets about the 16-week federal government shutdown. In fact, he blames President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders, ABC News reports in a story on its website.
  • The Employment Situation of Nonessential Federal Workers

    11/13/2013 7:32:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Political Calculations
    Going by age demographics, the October 2013 Employment Situation Report released last Friday revealed the following numbers. 578,000 fewer adults (Age 25 and above) were counted as having jobs in the household survey portion of the report.22,000 fewer young adults (Age 20-24) were counted as being employed in October 2013.135,000 fewer teens (Age 16-19) were working in October 2013. The big story, of course, was the partial federal government shut down that saw 815,932 government workers be furloughed at the beginning of October 2013. Here though, that number was quickly cut nearly in half as the Defense department recalled most...
  • Obama says he doesn't want to hear about spending cuts

    10/25/2013 5:37:34 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 56 replies
    Obama says he doesn't want to hear about spending cuts By Justin Sink - 10/25/13 04:41 PM ET President Obama told Republicans in Congress that he doesn't want to hear about additional cuts to government programs after the 16-day shutdown. The president said the country can afford to make investments in areas like education, and he noted that the shutdown cut into the economy. “Don't tell me we can afford to shut down the government, which costs our government billions of dollars, but we can't afford to invest in our kids,” Obama said at a school in Brooklyn. “This obsession...
  • Michelle Obama rips shutdown, defends Obamacare

    10/25/2013 8:58:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 58 replies
    politico.com ^ | October 25, 2013 | JOSE DELREAL
    First lady Michelle Obama on Friday joined in the battle over Obamacare, talking up her husband’s health-care program after a rough rollout and taking on those behind the government shutdown. “When a small group of folks in Congress shuts down our government to try to shut down Obamacare, and we watch as our President stands strong, that’s not just some political fight in Washington — it is a battle about our most fundamental values and aspirations,” the first lady told the audience at the Women’s Leadership Forum Conference in Washington, D.C. “[I]f you’re not happy about what you’ve seen in...
  • GOP: IRS picks Obamacare over regular taxpayers

    10/23/2013 6:00:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/23/2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS said this week it is delaying the start of the tax filing season, leading Republicans to argue that the agency is putting its focus on implementing Obamacare at the expense of helping average taxpayers. The IRS blamed the government shutdown, saying that when it furloughed 90 percent of its employees it lost too many work days to begin processing returns on time in January. But House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp said the IRS this year was able to begin processing returns on time despite major changes to tax laws in the "fiscal cliff" deal Congress...
  • History of a Shutdown (Long article)

    10/23/2013 5:42:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    NRO ^ | October 23, 2013 | Heather Higgins
    Clashing tactics led to squandered opportunities, but the Right can still unite to defeat O’Care. The developing narrative, whether on talk radio or in these pages and other publications, about the shutdown fight — who was on what side, what the options were, and what was gained or not — often starts from incorrect premises, based on incomplete or erroneous assumptions. Since we need to understand how we got here if we want to do better, as a team, next time, it’s important to lay out some of the unpublished history. The ACA passed Congress without a single Republican vote....
  • Rand Paul caught on Hot Mic; reveals secret intentions

    10/20/2013 8:49:02 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 33 replies
    Live Leak.com ^ | 10/03/2013
    I'm surprised no one has posted this yet, well at least I'm unaware if someone has, but as a former Rand Paul fan I am furious, I am enraged, I am disappointed. I'm at a loss for words, I don't even know what to say. The Tea-party jihadists, RP & McConnell discussing their true intentions to bulls**t and waste as much time as they can on a Mic they didn't know was on. While 800,000 + people just got laid off of work... WE NEED TO CLEAN THE HOUSE AND START OVER AGAIN!
  • The Frog Pot Hypothesis

    10/20/2013 11:40:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 17, 2013 | Robert Tracinski
    So what was accomplished by the government shutdown? Peter Beinart declares that, contrary to conventional wisdom, the resolution of the shutdown was a Republican victory because their "surrender" consisted of perpetuating federal spending at sequester levels. But I think what was accomplished was bigger. What was accomplished was that the conservative base communicated how serious it really is about reducing the size of government. The usual game in which the Democrats try to grab for as much as they can get, and Republicans fight back by giving them only half of it—and the result is that government still keeps growing,...
  • GOP Sanity Caucus: “Never again”

    10/17/2013 5:08:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 117 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 16, 2013 | By: Carolyn Lochhead
    <p>Senate Republicans emerged Wednesday from the Capitol meeting that ended the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis at least for a couple of months, saying, “Never again,” followed by, “I told you so.</p>
  • DNI Clapper Admits Obama Admin Put U.S. at Risk by Furloughing Intelligence Workers

    10/17/2013 7:18:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 10/17/2013 | AWR HAWKINS
    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted that furloughing "nearly three-quarters of the workers at the government's intelligence agencies" due to the shutdown "put the United States at greater risk of terror attacks."According to McClathcyDC, "lawmakers, former intelligence officials and national security experts say they were shocked that the administration furloughed the bulk of federal workers at 16 intelligence agencies, many of them tasked with the most important job in government: safeguarding lives."Former CIA Director Leon Panetta said a justification for the furloughs was "difficult for [him] to understand." He added: "People that are involved in our intelligence are critical....
  • If a government shuts down in the forest, and nobody hears it, that's the sound of liberty dying

    10/17/2013 11:08:29 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 13 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | October 14, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    If a government shuts down in the forest, and nobody hears it, that’s the sound of liberty dying. The so-called shutdown, as noted last week, is mostly baloney: 83 percent of the supposedly defunded government is carrying on as usual, impervious to whatever restraints the people’s representatives might wish to impose, and the 800,000 soi-disant “nonessential” workers have been assured that, as soon as the government is once again lawfully funded, they will be paid in full for all the days they’ve had at home. But the one place where a full-scale shutdown is being enforced is in America’s alleged...
  • 'Gestapo' tactics meet senior citizens at Yellowstone

    10/08/2013 5:54:10 AM PDT · by freeandfreezing · 227 replies
    Eagle-Tribune ^ | October 8, 2013 | Staff
    NEWBURYPORT — Pat Vaillancourt went on a trip last week that was intended to showcase some of America’s greatest treasures. Instead, the Salisbury resident said she and others on her tour bus witnessed an ugly spectacle that made her embarrassed, angry and heartbroken for her country.... For many hours her tour group, which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in a Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard.
  • When Parasites Attack

    10/17/2013 5:08:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    Lost in the news shuffle of the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate this week was the story progressives are quite happy you likely missed. But the story is important to note now, especially since we are on the verge of a massive expansion of the welfare state. The Electronic Benefits Transfer system went down for a couple of days. The EBT system replaced food stamps with a debit card to remove the stigma attached to using food stamps and is “reloaded” with a recipient’s government allotment once per month. When the money is gone, it’s gone, until the next...
  • Jonah Goldberg: Don't Underestimate The Things That Obama Will Do For Spite (video)

    10/16/2013 4:33:47 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 9 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 16, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
  • GOP blasts National Park Service for shutdown closures (Director Had to Be Subpoenaed)

    10/16/2013 1:33:45 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 20 replies
    Hill ^ | 10/16/13 01:09 PM ET | Laura Barron-Lopez
    House Republicans on Wednesday assailed the National Park Service director for erecting barriers at national monuments during the government shutdown. They accused Jonathan Jarvis of violating federal law by putting up the barricades at 401 national monuments and parks with no apparent imminent threat. In a joint hearing Wednesday, the House Natural Resources, and Oversight and Government Reform committees met to review the actions of the Park Service since the government shutdown took effect Oct. 1. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) charged the NPS with violating the Antideficiency Act in barring visitors from the parks during the shutdown. The law prohibits...
  • Nancy Pelosi to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell: Harry Reid a ‘Master at Work’ During Shutdown

    10/16/2013 12:22:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 41 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sat down with MSNBNC anchor Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday to discuss what appears to be a deal which is poised to end the government shutdown and raise the nation’s borrowing limit. She criticized the unfocused Republican members of Congress and praised Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) who she said had been “a master at work” during the shutdown. “Have you ever seen anything quite like this, a battle over what most people felt was nothing — nothing relevant to the issues at hand?” Mitchell asked. “I think that Republicans even forgot what they...
  • Boxer: EPA will return to full strength as quickly as possible after shutdown

    10/16/2013 12:40:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    thehill.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | Julian Hattem
    The head of the Senate panel overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that the agency’s chief is committed to restarting its operations as soon as possible once the government shutdown ends. “Knowing Gina McCarthy the way I do, Administrator McCarthy, she will get up and running as fast as she can,” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said at a press conference on Wednesday. “And knowing the workers as well as I know them, they care deeply," she added. "Their morale is low, but they know that America is behind them." Boxer’s comments came as House and Senate leadership was scrambling...
  • Park Service Director: I Discussed Closing Monuments With White House

    10/16/2013 9:53:24 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard Blog ^ | October 16, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    National Park Service director Jarvis said he discussed closing the open-air monuments and memorials with the White House, as well as the secretary of the Interior Department.
  • Oath Keepers Establishing Rotating Honor Guard to Ensure WWII Veterans’ Access to Their Memorial

    10/15/2013 8:37:06 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 33 replies
    http://oathkeepers.org ^ | October 14, 2013 | Stewart Rhodes
    Time to Back Up World War II Vets as They Continue to Storm ‘Obama Beach’ First Honor Guard Shift: Wed., October 16 to Sunday, October 20 Every Day, Dawn till Dusk (you pick the day(s) you can serve) World War II Memorial, Washington D.C. (and other D.C. area war memorials, if we have enough volunteers) To Volunteer, RSVP by posting a comment to this article, giving us at least your first name, and telling us what day(s) and times you can be there, at the WWII memorial. See below for more details. In yet another intolerable act, the Obama Administration...
  • Feds Blocking Road to Open-Air Flight 93 Memorial

    10/14/2013 2:09:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 14, 2013 - 12:12 PM | Eric Scheiner
    Americans who want to honor and reflect upon the memory of the crew and passengers who perished aboard United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001 will find that the federal government has blocked the road four miles down from the open-air memorial near Shanksville, Pa. CNSNews.com photographed the spot of the road closure this past weekend. The steel barrier blocking vehicles from passing says: “Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed.” …
  • The Obama-Reid Gamble

    10/13/2013 7:12:05 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 47 replies
    The dance we are watching this weekend is a very important moment in modern American history with big implications for how the executive and the legislative branches interact in the future. The House Republicans have staked out a position that they can use their constitutional power of the purse to force the President to negotiate over key issues. President Obama and Senate Democratic Leader Reid believe they can break the House Republicans and force them to reopen the government and pass a debt ceiling hike with no negotiations and no conditions. Senate Republicans are split between a majority who want...
  • Feds: Tenn cost for reopening Smokies $60K per day

    10/15/2013 5:58:05 AM PDT · by don-o · 41 replies
    AP via WJHL ^ | October 14, 2013 | ERIK SCHELZIG
    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says a deal to open the Great Smoky Mountains National Park parks in Tennessee for the weekend came too late for the state to send money to the federal government. The price tag? $60,000 per day.
  • Unions poised to win delay of ObamaCare tax in budget deal

    10/14/2013 6:07:39 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/13 05:25 PM ET | Elise Viebeck -
    Labor unions are poised to score the delay of an ObamaCare tax in the bipartisan budget deal emerging in the Senate. The bargain under negotiation would make small adjustments to the healthcare law, including delaying the law's reinsurance fee for one year. The three-year tax is meant to generate revenue that will stabilize premiums on the individual market as sick patients enter the risk pool. The tax applies to all group health plans, but unions argue it will raise their healthcare costs while providing them no benefit.  The reinsurance tax figured prominently in discussions at a recent AFL-CIO convention, where...
  • Where Are the Arrests Over the World War II Memorial Protest?

    10/14/2013 5:09:44 PM PDT · by kristinn · 99 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, October 14, 2013 | Colbert I. King
    A crowd of demonstrators converge upon U.S. government property closed to the public. The demonstrators know that they are prohibited from entering the property. Nonetheless, they push through the metal barricades, chanting, “Tear down these walls.” That incident occurred yesterday at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. Not confining their protest to the World War II Memorial, some of the protesters then picked up the government’s metal barricades and carried them blocks away to the White House, where the barricades were deposited outside the gates. Television recorded police struggling to keep the protesters away from the White...
  • Congressmen (and Reporters) Get Free Flu Shots During Shutdown

    10/14/2013 3:30:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 14, 2013 - 11:56 AM | Penny Starr
    Operating through an “emergency and health services” protocol, congressional representatives, senators, their staff, credentialed journalists, other credentialed media personnel, and U.S. Capitol Police are still receiving free flu shots at health units in the Capitol and at locations in office buildings. … According to a “Contingency Staffing Plan for Operations” for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, page 3, the partial government shutdown will, however, prevent the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from performing its role to protect the citizenry from influenza. …
  • Boxer Accuses GOP of Acting Like Domestic Abusers

    10/14/2013 12:42:49 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | October 14, 2013 | Emily Pierce
    Sen. Barbara Boxer likened GOP lawmakers to people who abuse their spouses on Monday when discussing the current government shutdown and the looming debt limit deadline. The California Democrat, who like most in her party, blames the lack of government funding and current impasse over raising the debt ceiling on Republicans who have insisted on passing measures aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. First she compared the current budget crisis to walking down the street on a nice day and then deciding to bash yourself in the head with a rock. Then she said: “It’s a...
  • Over 30 Senate Democrats vote to repeal the medical device tax (Now Carrot for McConnell)

    10/14/2013 10:30:10 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 3/14/13 | Erika Johnsen
    As I mentioned yesterday, the medical device tax that went into effect last January is just one of the many insidious job-killing measures contained within ObamaCare, but it is an especially terrible one. The 2.3 percent excise tax is meant to raise a handsome $30 billion to pay for ObamaCare over the next decade, except that, added bonus: It’s going to stifle innovation and competition in an industry that provides all manner of life-saving medical devices, from MRIs to pacemakers to blood tubes. And this hasn’t just been a Republican refrain, by the way. Thursday night, the Senate voted overwhelmingly...
  • Report: Reid offers McConnell deal that wo

    10/14/2013 10:13:14 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | posted at 12:51 pm on October 14, 2013 | by Allahpundit
    The terms: Government re-opens and is funded until mid-December, debt ceiling is raised for another six to nine months, and Democrats maybe agree to repeal ObamaCare’s medical-device tax and reinstate anti-fraud measures for O-Care applicants — depending upon what Republicans give them in return.Peace in our time? The proposal would set up a framework for larger budget negotiations with the House over the automatic sequestration spending cuts and and other major deficit issues, the sources said…McConnell is still reviewing the offer and is privately huddling with groups of GOP senators Monday who could be key to providing enough votes in...
  • Harry Reid makes budget offer to Mitch McConnell

    10/14/2013 9:33:37 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/14/13 | MANU RAJU, JOHN BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has privately offered Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a deal that would reopen the government until mid-to-late December while extending the U.S. debt ceiling until next year, according to several sources familiar with the talks. The proposal would set up a framework for larger budget negotiations with the House over the automatic sequestration spending cuts and other major deficit issues, the sources said. Moreover, Senate Democrats are open to delaying Obamacare’s medical device tax and a requirement that those receiving Obamacare subsidies be subject to income verification — but they would have to get something...
  • The Obamacare implosion is worse than you think

    10/14/2013 8:52:34 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 103 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 14, 2013 | Marc Thiessen
    Obamacare is imploding. But thanks to the government shutdown, everyone is talking about the implosion of the GOP instead. The shutdown drama has distracted from the fact that Obamacare’s debut is worse than many realize — and it threatens the fundamental viability of the law itself. The administration claims the Obamacare online exchanges crashed because the Web site got more than 8 million hits in the first week. Please. You know how many people visit Amazon.com every week? More than 70 million. The difference is: 1.) Amazon seldom crashes, and 2.) on Amazon, people actually buy something.
  • Radio Lefty Bill Press Calls Paying Soldiers’ Families Death Benefits ‘Big Mistake’

    10/14/2013 8:29:59 AM PDT · by kcvl · 19 replies
    http://newsbusters.org/archive#ixzz2hi7VTnjD ^ | October 11, 2013 | Randy Hall
    Radio Lefty Bill Press Calls Paying Soldiers’ Families Death Benefits ‘Big Mistake’ Just hours before the Senate voted to approve a measure that was passed by the House on Wednesday in a 425-0 vote to restore the death benefits paid to the families of fallen soldiers, liberal radio talk show host Bill Press showed his true colors when he said it would be a “big mistake” for the government to do that because “once the government starts making special exceptions, it allows the shutdown to continue.”
  • WaPo Writer Refers to Cruz as 'Ted bin Laden'

    10/14/2013 7:49:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    breitbart ^ | 10/14/13 | John Nolte
    On the pages of The Washington Post, columnist Kathleen Parker (who poses as a Republican) compared the Republican Party to a fictional mafia crime family and refers to Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz as "Ted bin Laden," an obvious reference to the Osama bin Laden, the Islamist terrorist responsible for the murder of thousands of Americans: In trying to understand the Republican Party’s internal battles, it helps to think of Michael and Sonny. Corleone, that is. … That would be Ted Cruz, the Texas senator who grabbed headlines by speaking for 21 hours against Obamacare. Cruz is neither Michael nor...
  • Snit fit redux: Barrycades ordered back up at WWII Memorial; A simple suggestion [pics]

    10/14/2013 7:38:35 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 38 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10-14-2013 | Twitchy Staff
    President Stompyfeet send essential govt employees to re-install barricades at WWII memorial https://twitter.com/DaveFox5DC/status/389720494737727488 …
  • BEDFORD: How Cruz, Lee and Paul shut down Obama’s agenda

    10/14/2013 7:25:37 AM PDT · by libstripper · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Oct. 14, 20113 | Chrisopher Bedford
    After Republicans drifted for years without a pilot, Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have taken the helm of the GOP, steering their party and its grassroots into a much-needed, head-on battle with the Democrats. On the campaign trail on the way to his win in November 2012, President Barack Obama promised to finish the work he’d gone to Washington to do: “fundamentally transforming the United States.” Things look tough for the right in Washington today, but the reality is these three conservative Republicans, aided by friends in the Senate
  • GOP: Democrats' request for higher spending hurting deal chances

    10/14/2013 6:33:02 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 19 replies
    Bradenton Herald (from McClatchy) ^ | Oct 13, 2013 | Anita Kumar and William Douglas
    WASHINGTON — Several Republican senators said Sunday a Democratic request to increase government spending is hurting chances of a deal to end the 13-day-old shutdown. Leaders of the Democratic-led Senate were dismissive of a proposal Saturday, in part, because it kept in place for too long the automatic spending cuts that went into effect earlier this year. Another round of those decade-long cuts -- dubbed the sequester and approved by Congress and the White House in 2011 -- is expected in January. The Republican complaints came as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke...
  • Obstructing Conservatives

    10/14/2013 5:59:34 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 10/14/13 | Erick Erickson
    Columbus didn’t sail the Ocean Blue to discover a land where we wait around for Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid to decide the future of our lives. We decide. Not the power brokers in DC. We haven’t gone all this time and risked so much over two hundred years to turn the keys over now to others to run our lives. The Veterans on the Mall today don’t deserve a country the leaders of which play games with a memorial dedicated to them and their fallen brethren. Mitch McConnell is the single obstacle we have this week to taking our...
  • Fox News Alert at 0842: Barricades Are Back Up

    10/14/2013 5:44:34 AM PDT · by OwenKellogg · 140 replies
    Fox News on Air ^ | 10/14/2013 | Fox News On Air
    FOX NEWS ALERT! The barricades are back up!
  • Walmart shelves in Springhill, Mansfield, cleared in EBT glitch

    10/13/2013 8:39:36 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 143 replies
    MANSFIELD, LA (KSLA) - Shelves in Walmart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, LA were reportedly cleared Saturday night, when the stores allowed purchases on EBT cards even though they were not showing limits. Additional Links Computer issue, not government shutdown, likely cause of EBT card failures The chaos that followed ultimately required intervention from local police, and left behind numerous carts filled to overflowing, apparently abandoned when the glitch-spurred shopping frenzy ended. Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd confirms they were called in to help the employees at Walmart because there were so many people clearing off the shelves. He says...
  • ‘You’re Wrong There!’: Gohmert Battles Fox News Anchor Over Who’s to Blame for the Mess in Wash

    10/13/2013 8:15:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 13, 2013 | Becket Adams
    [With video] Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert got into a tense back-and-forth Saturday with Fox New’s Arthel Neville over who is to blame for the partial government shut down and the frightening possibility of a debt-ceiling breach. The Republican Congressman insisted that President Barack Obama and his Democrat allies in the U.S. Senate are responsible for the current mess in the nation’s capital. [SNIIP] The Fox News anchor wasn’t satisfied with Rep. Gohmert’s analysis. “You’re not saying that either, Congressman?” Neville said. “Let’s have some honest talk here.” The Congressman repeated that it’s the Democrats, especially Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,...
  • Video — A Snarling Judge Jeanine Pirro Declares: Throw Them All Out !

    10/12/2013 8:09:38 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 52 replies
    Condemning the stupefying incompetence and callous disregard for the families of veterans who died during the “shutdown”, Judge Jeanine lambastes the Obama administration, the Pentagon, and the whole collection of Washington political hacks. She is especially tough on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The judge also decries our gargantuan national debt and the president’s desire to raise the debt ceiling yet again. In the judge’s view, any Congress that leaves us with increased debt should have all members forfeit their entire Congressional pension. Better yet, she says, throw all of them out — both parties, both houses.
  • Obama: End Shutdown So We Can Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform (double backstab?)

    10/12/2013 2:19:42 PM PDT · by amnestynone · 48 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 10/12/212 | Tony Lee
    In his weekly radio address on Saturday, President Barack Obama said the government shutdown needed to end so Congress could work on comprehensive immigration reform. Obama rejected a House Republican proposal that would have re-opened the government and raised the debt-ceiling for six-weeks in return for an agreement on a "framework" on negotiations on more long-term budgetary issues. He said "this Republican shutdown" had to end "because there is so much else we should be focusing our energies on right now" and cited immigration as one of the things the government had to "fix." "We’ve got to create more jobs,...
  • Xerox Statement on Temporary EBT Systems Outage

    10/12/2013 2:41:23 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 74 replies
    Yahoooo ^ | 10/12/2013 | Xerox
    NORWALK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- During a routine test of our back-up systems Saturday morning, Xerox’s Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system experienced a temporary shutdown. While the system is now up and running, beneficiaries in the 17 affected states continue to experience connectivity issues to access their benefits. This disruption impacts EBT beneficiaries who rely on the system for SNAP and WIC. Technical staff is addressing the issue and expect the system to be restored soon.
  • EBT system down for some parts of US, CNY apparently not affected

    10/12/2013 10:54:12 AM PDT · by workerbee · 48 replies
    CNYCentral ^ | 10/12/13 | Laura Hand
    Some grocery and food shoppers who were trying to used government benefit cards to pay got a rude awakening on Saturday morning: their EBT cards were not working. A check here in Central New York, however, showed that grocery chains were apparently unaffected. We are being told that a technical services vendor (Xerox) had a power outage which did affect being able to pay with a benefits card in several states. As of early Saturday afternoon, the debit system was back up and the SNAP program was being rebooted, with expectations that all services would be back up shortly.
  • Bridge Cards reportedly not working - EBT Food stamps system experiencing glitches

    10/12/2013 11:15:21 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 67 replies
    ClickOnDetroit ^ | 10-12-2013 | Joanne Marie Hoopes
    Bridge Cards reportedly not working EBT Food stamps system experiencing glitches in Michigan, other states Joanne Marie Hoopes Oct 12 2013 01:54:13 PM EDT DETROIT - The Local 4 newsroom has been flooded with calls and emails from people reporting problems with their Michigan EBT Food stamp card. Viewers say they attempted to use their Bridge Card but the system is not working and they are left unable to purchase groceries. Local 4 contacted the Michigan Department of Human Services; a spokesperson says the issue with client cards is not on the DHS end. The spokesperson says the issues are...
  • Food stamp debit cards not working in many states(Interesting pic at link;)

    10/12/2013 1:21:20 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 100 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 10/12/2013 | Associated Press
    People in Ohio, Michigan and several other states found themselves unable to use their food stamp debit cards on Saturday, after a routine check by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure. Shoppers from Maine to Oklahoma had to abandon baskets of groceries because they couldn't access their benefits.Ohio's cash and food assistance card payment systems went down at 11 a.m., said Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio's cash system has been fixed, however its electronic benefits transfer card system is still down. All states that use Xerox systems are affected...
  • Food stamp fiasco results in declined benefits at some Coast, statewide stores (MS)

    10/12/2013 12:23:21 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 180 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | Oct 12, 2013 | By MARY MARGARET HALFORD and JUSTIN MITCHELL
    Food stamp users across Mississippi and neighboring states were being declined Saturday morning as they tried to use their EBT, or Electronic Benefit Transfer, cards at grocery, dollar and convenience stores. A Sam's Club member services representative, however, said the cards would work if purchases were broken down into smaller increments worth less than $90, but one food stamps user said his card wouldn't work for a $4 purchase.
  • NATIONWIDE ELECTRONIC FOOD STAMP SHUTDOWN REPORTED, COMPUTER SYSTEM UPGRADE BLAMED

    10/12/2013 2:00:44 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 226 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Oct. 12, 2013 3:51pm | by Dave Urbanski
    (TheBlaze/AP) — Major problems were reported Saturday all across America with the Electronic Benefits Transfer System, as consumers were stuck with no way to pay at registers, notes WBZ-TV in Boston. WBZ reported that a computer-system upgrade was to blame, while the Associated Press reports that a routine check by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure. People in Ohio, Michigan and several other states found themselves unable to use their food stamp debit cards while shoppers from Maine to Oklahoma had to abandon baskets of groceries because they couldn’t access their benefits.