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  • CO and Nine Other States May Sue Obama Administration for Payment of Mineral Lease Royalties

    08/23/2013 12:19:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | August 23, 2013
    Another day, another law disregarded by the Obama camp. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and representatives from nine other states have signed a letter to the Obama Administration demanding the administration pay up on mineral lease revenues owed to the states under the 1920 Mineral Leasing Act. This nearly century-old contract requires a certain percentage of the royalties collected by the federal government to be returned to the states where the minerals were produced. The administration now is trying to trim these payments under the guise of sequestration, saying that these royalties are subject to across the board spending cuts...
  • Obama Spends $100M on African Trip But Cancels Marines' July 4th Fireworks

    07/01/2013 5:58:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    AP ^ | July 01, 2013
    Independence Day celebrations have been canceled at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and at the Army's Fort Bragg, both in North Carolina. The annual July Fourth celebration also has been scrapped at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga. The reason is money — namely the lack of it.
  • DOD furlough plan to affect 9 in 10 civilians

    05/14/2013 3:09:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 5/14/2013 | Chris Carrol
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a sweeping furlough plan Tuesday that will hit well over 90 percent of the Defense Department’s 750,000 U.S. civilian employees squarely in the pocketbook this summer. Employees from every service and agency in the department will be furloughed for up to 11 days, losing up to 2 days of pay in each two-week pay period through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Selected groups of DOD civilians – including Navy shipyard workers, educators, foreign nationals and employees deployed to war zones – will be fully or partially exempt from furloughs, however. The...
  • Obama Admin Announces Military Pay Cuts, Gives $102 Million To Foreign Terror Group

    04/20/2013 10:58:43 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    Despite the organization being linked to Al-Qaeda and after having several pictures surface online of fighters grilling a decapitated human head, the United States pledged to give Syrian opposition forces $123 million in new defense aid – doubling the aid previously pledged by the Obama Administration. The announcement was made early Sunday morning by Secretary of State, John Kerry, who is meeting in the Turkish capital with opposition leaders. -snip Dave Frederick, a defense analyst is baffled by the administration’s behavior. “This is a true embarrassment for our country and something the Obama Administration should be very ashamed of. In...
  • Jay Carney on furloughs and flight delays: Hey, don’t say we didn’t warn you (About Sequestration)

    04/24/2013 12:17:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/24/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Yes, you also warned us that we wouldn’t have meat inspections and that children would be denied vaccinations, remember? During Tuesday’s briefing, after the news from the FAA that employee furloughs were starting to cause flight delays (watch the vid at RCP): I find it fascinating that Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican Party in the Senate, is decrying the sequester that he decried in the past and then supported. This is a result of the sequester being implemented. We made it clear that there would be these kinds of negative effects if Congress failed to take reasonable action...
  • Obama: Pass My Budget or Suffer More 'Pain'

    04/29/2013 11:44:12 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 14 replies ^ | 4/27/13 | Craig Bannister
    And, there's more pain on the horizon, Obama warned: "These cuts are scheduled to keep falling across other parts of the government that provide vital services for the American people." Then, Obama declared that the only way to avoid more sequester pain is to pass his budget: "There is only one way to truly fix the sequester: by replacing it before it causes further damage. "A couple weeks ago, I put forward a budget that replaces the next several years of these dumb cuts with smarter cuts; reforms our tax code to close wasteful special interest loopholes; and invests in...
  • Obama: Pass My Budget or Suffer More ‘Pain’

    04/29/2013 11:31:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 27, 2013 | Craig Bannister
    In his weekly address, Pres. Obama threatened Americans with more sequester “pain” if they don’t convince Congress to pass his budget. First, Obama exploited the sequester’s effect on children, the elderly, and airline travelers … And, there’s more pain on the horizon, Obama warned: “These cuts are scheduled to keep falling across other parts of the government that provide vital services for the American people.” …
  • Army Captain Demands DHS Give Up Their Weapons Of War

    03/25/2013 10:21:08 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 19 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Mar. 25, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Hestilow encouraged readers to “copy and properly amend this letter to send to your own senators and members of the U.S. House.” The following is his letter in its entirety. The Honorable Senator John Cornyn, State of Texas United States Senate 517 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Re: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and that agencies preparation for war against citizens of the United States of America. Dear Senator Cornyn, It is with gravest concern that I write to you today concerning the recent appropriation of weapons by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that can only be...
  • Breaking: House passes bill to end FAA furloughs

    04/26/2013 10:14:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/26/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    On a slow news day, this qualifies as breaking news. Democrats and Republicans have come together in rare bipartisan fashion to slap down the FAA’s sequester antics by increasing the spending flexibility of the agency to deal with a 4% reduction of a budget that’s gone up almost 10% over the last six years: In rare bipartisan accord, normally quarrelsome U.S. lawmakers passed a measure designed to end budget-related air traffic controller furloughs blamed for widespread flight delays.The House of Representatives approved the legislation, capping a major congressional initiative as delays snarled traffic at airports. The House vote comes a...
  • U.S. Senate approves bill to end air traffic controller furloughs

    04/25/2013 6:05:10 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 25 Apr13 | Richard Cowan and Doug Palmer
    <p>WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate late on Thursday approved legislation to provide enough funding for federal air traffic controllers through Sept. 30 to end furloughs that have brought widespread airline delays. Several Senate aides said an agreement had been reached on a bill giving the Department of Transportation new flexibility to use unspent funds to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration.</p>
  • Washington Exempts Itself From Obamacare and Airport "Sequester" Delays

    04/25/2013 8:41:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/25/2013 | Tyler Durden
    The uncomfortable effects of government actions are being felt everywhere. Obamacare concerns are, anecdotally, delaying hiring, causing firms to change benefits for the people, and increasing taxes on the great majority. On the other hand, in the context of the "sequester", which is merely a slowdown in the breakneck rate of government spending, anyone who has traveled by plane in the last month knows the full court press efforts under way to ensure the American public knows just how 'devastating' the sequester cuts are - with delays rising exponentially with every dollar removed from the FAA budget. But there...
  • Flying the Government Skies (The 4% FAA "sequester" spending cut that somehow delays 40% of flights)

    04/25/2013 8:45:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    As travellers nationwide are learning, the White House has decided to express its dislike of the sequester—otherwise known as modestly smaller government—by choosing to cut basic air traffic control services. We wrote about this human- rights violation on Tuesday in "Flight Delays as Political Strategy," but the story gets worse the closer we look. Start with the Federal Aviation Administration, better known as the Postal Service without the modern technology. Flyers directly fund two-thirds of the FAA's budget through 17 airline taxes and fees—about 20% of the cost of a $300 domestic ticket, up from 7% in the 1970s. Yet...
  • Extortion in the Skies

    04/25/2013 5:52:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | April 25, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    This week, the Obama administration furloughed 14,500 air traffic controllers -- staffers will lose two days of work per month -- ostensibly to comply with the 2011 Budget Control Act's $85 billion in sequester cuts this year. The Federal Aviation Administration's share is $637 million. So expect delays at the airport. That's the idea, but it didn't have to be. The Obama administration has chosen to hold airline travel hostage in its never-ending effort to extort further tax increases from the GOP. The administration argues that its hands are tied. By law, the FAA must cut spending across the...
  • Since the sequester was a cut in the increase, why the furloughs for air traffic controllers?

    04/23/2013 1:01:30 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    4/23/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Since the sequester was a cut in the increase, not a cut in the baseline spending, why is the FAA cutting $600 million dollars and blaming the furloughs on the sequester? Did I miss something? BTW, didn't Bob Woodward say that the sequester was Lew's idea and was jumped on by Obama?
  • USGS Threatened and Endangered Stations (Flood gages taken off-line due to sikester)

    04/22/2013 8:07:35 PM PDT · by SERKIT · 22 replies
    US Geologocal Survey ^ | April 22, 2013 | USGS
    USGS to Discontinue Streamgages Due to Sequestration: The U.S.Geological Survey (USGS) will discontinue operation of up to 375 streamgages nationwide due to budget cuts as a result of sequestration. Additional streamgages may be affected if partners reduce their funding to support USGS streamgages. The USGS is working to identify which streamgages will be impacted and will post this information as it becomes available. Streamgages are used nationwide to predict and address drought and flood conditions by monitoring water availability. The USGS and over 850 Federal, State, and local agencies cooperatively fund the USGS streamgaging network, which consists of over 8,000...
  • FAA warns of 3.5 hour flight delays this summer (Make them feel the pain)

    04/18/2013 3:58:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/18/2013 | Andrea Shalal-Esa and Alwyn Scott
    Flight delays of up to 3-1/2 hours are expected at some busy U.S. airports this summer because of furloughs of air-traffic controllers, the top U.S. aviation regulator warned on Thursday. The estimate from the Federal Aviation Administration is the first to detail, in minutes and hours, the potential delays from the agency's decision to furlough 10 percent of its staff, starting Sunday, as it struggles to meet budget cuts required under so-called sequestration. Other groups, including the air-traffic controller's union, have warned of potentially long delays and reduced capacity to handle airplanes, which could force airlines to cut flights. But...
  • Another Exclusive Party at W.H.—at Taxpayer Expense

    04/09/2013 7:58:54 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 37 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Apr 9, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    On Barack and Michelle Obama's schedule for today, this event is listed: 7:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY host a concert celebrating Memphis Soul music as part of their “In Performance at the White House” series; THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks As the White House has previously announced, Justin Timberlake (who will be making his White House debut), Al Green, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples, and others will be performing at the exclusive event. But while the performers are known, the guest list for the private event has not yet been...
  • Cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients. Blame the sequester.

    04/03/2013 4:02:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2013 | Sarah Kliff
    Cancer clinics across the country have begun turning away thousands of Medicare patients, blaming the sequester budget cuts. Oncologists say the reduced funding, which took effect for Medicare on April 1, makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially. Patients at these clinics would need to seek treatment elsewhere, such as at hospitals that might not have the capacity to accommodate them. “If we treated the patients receiving the most expensive drugs, we’d be out of business in six months to a year,” said Jeff Vacirca, chief executive of North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates in New...
  • Obama to return 5 percent of his pay to Treasury (Give it all back!)

    04/03/2013 12:36:45 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    politico ^ | 4/3/2013 | By JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Obama will write checks back to the Treasury equal to five percent of his full annual salary in a sign of solidarity with government employees facing furloughs because of sequestration, an administration official said. "The salary for the president, as with members of Congress, is set by law and cannot be changed," the official said. "However, the president has decided that to share in the sacrifice being made by public servants across the federal government that are affected by the sequester, he will contribute a portion of his salary back to the Treasury." The announcement that the president send...
  • First Couple hosts celeb-filled concert amid sequestration

    04/03/2013 12:39:25 PM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 3, 2013 | Patrick Howley
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will host a star-studded roster of music legends April 9 for another glitzy installment in the “In Performance at the White House” concert series, according to a White House press released issued Tuesday. The concert comes as the White House is emphasizing cuts caused by sequestration and criticizing reporters for not paying enough attention to the hardship caused by the mandatory slowdown in the rate of spending increases. Though the White House notably ( canceled all visitor tours) in March, ostensibly due to sequestration, the First Couple’s series of White House concerts —...
  • Obama to Return 5 Percent of Salary

    04/03/2013 12:41:02 PM PDT · by OKRA2012 · 83 replies
    ABC ^ | 4/3/13 | Arlette Saenz
    President Obama will return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury Department, a senior White House official tells ABC News, a sign of solidarity with the federal workers who face furloughs due to the sequester cuts. “The president has decided that to share in the sacrifice being made by public servants across the federal government that are affected by the sequester, he will contribute a portion of his salary back to the Treasury,” a White House aide said.
  • Offutt Air Show canceled due to military budget cuts.

    04/03/2013 11:28:50 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 14 replies
    The Omaha World Herald(Buffet's Rag) ^ | April 3, 2013 | By Henry J. Cordes
    For the first time since 1971, there will be no air show at Offutt Air Force Base this year. Base officials announced Wednesday that because of operating budget uncertainties tied to the federal budget sequestration, the show and open house scheduled for Aug. 24-25 have been canceled. “The Department of Defense and the Air Force are facing difficult fiscal challenges, which requires us to make some tough decisions here at Offutt,'' said Col. John Rauch, commander of Offutt's 55th Wing. “One of these tough decisions includes cancelling this year's air show.''
  • Sequester? Good Times still Rolling at the White House

    04/03/2013 9:44:58 AM PDT · by opentalk · 13 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | April 3, 2013 | KEITH KOFFLER
    The tours for the public may be canceled, but the fun continues at the White House, where President Obama and First Lady Michelle are indulging in exclusive entertainment even as furloughs begin to hit the White House itself. Tuesday evening, the Obamas were treated to a viewing of the movie “42,” which chronicles the life of Jackie Robinson, watching it in the White House theater with the film’s cast and crew in attendance. Earlier, in the day, the White House added an official gloss to the event by throwing in a “42 Film Workshop” for kids in the State Dining...
  • First Couple hosts celeb-filled concert amid sequestration

    04/03/2013 7:24:40 AM PDT · by illiac · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/3/13 | Patrick Howley
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will host a star-studded roster of music legends April 9 for another glitzy installment in the “In Performance at the White House” concert series, according to a White House press released issued Tuesday. The concert comes as the White House is emphasizing cuts caused by sequestration and criticizing reporters for not paying enough attention to the hardship caused by the mandatory slowdown in the rate of spending increases. Though the White House notably canceled all visitor tours in March, ostensibly due to sequestration, the First Couple’s series of White House concerts — billed...
  • White House 'Memphis Soul' Concert to Feature Justin Timberlake, Al Green, Queen Latifah, and Others

    04/02/2013 4:12:01 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 2, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    Next week Justin Timberlake, Al Green, Queen Latifah, and many others will perform at the White House in a "Memphis Soul" concert, the White House announced today. "As part of their 'In Performance at the White House' series, the President and First Lady will invite music legends and contemporary major artists to the White House for a celebration of Memphis Soul music. The program will include performances by Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Al Green, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples and Justin Timberlake, with Booker T. Jones as music director...
  • Heated Exchange Between Fox News' Ed Henry and Jay Carney (VIDEO)

    04/02/2013 11:27:03 AM PDT · by JesseWatters · 12 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | April 2 | Staff
    A testy exchange broke out today between Fox News' Ed Henry and White House press secretary Jay Carney over border patrol furloughs. Henry challenged Carney on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s claims that America was going to be less safe due to the sequester furloughing border patrol agents. The border agency announced yesterday that it would be postponing the furloughs.
  • One-Third of Illegal Aliens Released by ICE in Florida Have Criminal Records

    03/27/2013 11:39:07 AM PDT · by montag813 · 13 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 03-27-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaWebsite | Facebook | Twitter Releasing illegal alien criminals - it's not just for Arizona anymore... In a political hissy fit, the Obama administration canceled White House tours and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released thousands of detainees ahead of the implementation of sequestration, all in attempt to make the public “feel” the effects of the forced spending cuts. But effort has largely backfired on Obama from a public relations standpoint, with children being denied access to “the people’s house” and the American public outraged at the potential harm from the release of illegal immigrant...
  • Obama Prioritizes Family Spring Break Over White House Tours (Party on Odinga!)

    03/26/2013 9:16:57 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/25/13 | Mike Flynn
    As spring break begins for schoolchildren across the country, thousands of students will travel to Washington, DC. The trips, funded by bake sales and other events throughout the year, will allow the students to take in Washington's historic landmarks. One premier destination is off-limits this year, however. A few weeks ago, the Obama Administration announced it was suspending public, self-guided tours of the White House as a result of the automatic sequester cuts that the administration proposed in 2011. While America's students stand outside the White House fence, the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia, are enjoying spring break with friends...
  • White House: Easter Egg Roll Still on Despite Sequester Cuts

    03/08/2013 10:14:21 AM PST · by drewh · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/7/13 | By Susan Crabtree
    <p>The White House is moving forward with the White House Easter Egg Roll, despite closing its doors to all public tours because of the sequester spending cuts.</p> <p>The White House Easter Egg Roll, a day full of games and food on the South Lawn for children and families, is a 135-year tradition. It will take place this year on April 1 and 35,000 people are expected to attend.</p>
  • Senate keeps White House closed, gov’t promoted winery music, cook books, iPhone apps...continue

    03/20/2013 3:50:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/20/2013 | Caroline May
    The Senate on Wednesday voted to leave the White House closed to public tours, instead leaving funding in place for government-promoted winery music, cookbooks, iPhone apps and winter festivals, according to Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn’s office.The amendment to reopen the White House for tours, which was introduced by the Oklahoma Republican, would have reduced National Heritage Area funding by $8.1 million and directed $6 million of the savings toward keeping the White House and other National Parks open. It failed by a 54-45 vote.“In effect, with this vote, the Senate decided the following activities which are promoted by the government-funded...
  • (South Texas:)Rancher says Border Patrol budget cuts are stab in the back

    03/13/2013 1:51:28 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KGBT ^ | 3/11/2013 | Brett Crandall
    As Washington struggles to find a solution to the federal budget cuts in the recent sequester, the U.S. Border Patrol has begun to cut back, and the numbers are already beginning show immigrants are taking advantage of it. Border Patrol stats leaked to our newsroom show the RGV sector detained almost twice as many immigrants in February as they did in January. While Border Patrol agents will likely lose overtime and face up to 14 furlough days, one south Texas rancher says he’s going to lose too, security he depends on. Just 4.5 miles north of the Falfurrias checkpoint, Mike...
  • Official: Release of detained immigrants ‘just efforts to live within our budget’

    03/19/2013 11:24:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 19, 2013 | Carrie Dann
    The head of the nation’s immigration enforcement agency said Tuesday that the decision to release over two thousand detained illegal immigrants was done for budgetary reasons alone and independent of political pressure, pushing back against critics who claim the Obama administration publicized the release of criminals to highlight the consequences of budget sequestration. “There are no mass releases of dangerous criminals underway or any plan for the future, just efforts to live within our budget,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.....
  • Rep. Gowdy Hammers ICE Director Morton Over Release of Illegal Alien Felons (Video)

    03/19/2013 8:36:19 PM PDT · by montag813 · 7 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 03-20-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona Today's House Judiciary Committee hearing showed exactly why we would love to see S.C. Rep. Trey Gowdy replace the disgraceful Lindsey Graham in the U.S. Senate next year.Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Gowdy (R), the Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee, grilled ICE Director John Morton and DHS officials about the release of thousands of illegal immigrants from detention, including Level I violators (aggravated felons).The Obama administration has claimed that sequestration budget cuts forced them to release the detainees. But it has since been revealed that DHS and its division have spent hundreds of millions on other,...
  • White House Easter Egg Roll May Be Cancelled Due to 'Funding Uncertainty'

    03/19/2013 8:52:53 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 36 replies
    At the Washington Post's Post Politics blog on Monday, Juliet Eilperin revealed that the White House has notified participants invited to the April 1 Easter Egg Roll that the event "is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty surrounding the Executive Office of the President and other federal agencies."
  • Dems preserve US-Mexico food stamp 'partnership,' while USDA prepares for meat inspector furloughs

    03/18/2013 1:59:13 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 18, 2013
    Salmonella outbreaks. E. coli outbreaks. Millions of dollars in economic losses. These are among the scenarios the Obama administration warned about last month as it claimed the sequester would force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to furlough meat inspectors. But while the administration prepares to take that step, it continues to pursue a "partnership" with the Mexican government to "raise awareness" about food stamps among immigrants from that country. When a top Senate Republican proposed cutting off funds for that program last week -- in the form of an amendment to a budget resolution -- Democrats on the Budget Committee...
  • White House Press Secretary Contradicts Obama's Claims About Cancellation of Tours, ABC Ignores

    03/14/2013 9:43:40 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 3 replies
    In an "exclusive" interview with ABC, Barack Obama on Wednesday dodged responsibility for the ending of White House tours, stating, "I have to say this was not a decision that went up to the White House." The President placed the responsibility on the Secret Service. Later in the day, press secretary Jay Carney contradicted Obama and admitted that the White House cancelled the tours. ABC's World News on Wednesday and Good Morning America on Thursday didn't bother to cover updates on Obama's denial. Appearing on the Washington D.C. radio show Mornings on the Mall, former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino...
  • Obama: "Not my fault" - White House to Re-Open (Nothing ever is)

    03/14/2013 7:15:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | March 14, 2013 | Bob Beauprez
    Four days after slamming the doors of the White House closed, Barack "It's-not-my-fault" Obama says he's going to ask the Secret Service if to reconsider. Contradicting previous statements, Obama told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News this morning that neither he nor his staff had anything to do with closing the public out of the White House. This time, he threw the Secret Service under the bus. “I have to say this was not a decision that went up to the White House,” Obama said in the interview with Stephanopoulos. “But what the Secret Service explained to us was that they’re...
  • Under Pressure, Obama Caving on White House Tour Ban (Michelle's Spring Break starts 3/23?)

    03/13/2013 7:40:55 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/13/13 | Fox News
    In the face of a public outcry, President Obama opened the door in an interview broadcast Wednesday to resuming White House tours -- after they were suspended in a decision purportedly meant to save the Secret Service money while it deals with sequester cuts. -snip- Obama, speaking with ABC News, tried to distance himself from the decision, pinning it on the Secret Service -- though other accounts have indicated both the Secret Service and White House had a role in the move.
  • Obama: I Didn't Cancel W.H. Tours, Secret Service and Congress to Blame

    03/13/2013 7:59:49 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 63 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | MAR 13, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama says he's not the one who canceled the White House tours. He made the comments in an interview with ABC News. "[O]ne more question about the spending cuts," said the interviewer from ABC News. "You’ve been takin’ a lotta heat for this cancellation of the White House tours. They get– the Secret Service says it’s costs about $74,000 a week. Was canceling them really necessary?" "You know, I have to say this was not– a decision that went up to the White House. But th– what the Secret Service explained to us was that they’re gonna have to...
  • Sequestration’s Impact: The AmeriCorps Case Study (BARF!!)

    03/12/2013 5:43:23 PM PDT · by DBeers · 17 replies
    Nonprofit Quarterly ^ | March 4, 2013 | Rick Cohen
    ~SNIP~ For example, among the formula of budget sequestration’s across-the-board cuts, split 50-50 between military and non-military spending, AmeriCorps will likely lose out. This core program, supported and used by many nonprofits, will likely lose member slots—in the thousands—and in all likelihood there will be a reduction in the level of federal commitment to each AmeriCorps member. Young Invincibles and the National Priorities Project reported that the likely cut in the AmeriCorps program itself would be $38 million. Remember that AmeriCorps is actually a suite of programs, including AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community...
  • Desperate times: Marines told to 'save every round'

    03/11/2013 1:03:00 PM PDT · by Greystoke · 40 replies
    CNN.Com ^ | March 11th, 2013 | Kevin Liptak
    United States Marines are being told to preserve ammunition and gasoline as a deal softening the impact of automatic spending cuts continues to elude leaders in Washington. Marine Corps Commandant James Amos urged personnel in a video posted online Friday to "save every round, every gallon of gas," and to "take every single aspect or opportunity in training to get the most bang for the buck," a reminder of the cuts' immediate effect on the U.S. military.
  • DHS plans to release 5,000 illegal immigrants due to sequestration

    03/06/2013 12:13:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 5, 2013 | Joel Gehrke
    House investigators learned Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials developed plans to release about 5,000 illegal immigrant detainees, although Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has denied responsibility for the decision. “An internal document obtained by the House Judiciary Committee shows that Administration officials at ICE prepared cold calculations to release thousands of criminal aliens onto the streets and did not demonstrate any consideration of the impact this decision would have on the safety of Americans,” committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced. The ICE document contains a table that proposes “reduc[ing] invoiced daily population by 1,000 weekly.” Between February 22...
  • Email tells feds to make sequester as painful as promised

    03/05/2013 7:07:00 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 5, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The White House announced Tuesday that it is canceling tours of the president’s home for the foreseeable future as the sequester spending cuts begin to bite and the administration makes good on its warnings of painful decisions. Announcement of the decision — made in an email from the White House Visitors Office — came hours after The Washington Times reported on another administration email that seemed to show at least one agency has been instructed to make sure the cuts are as painful as President Obama promised they would be.
  • White House Staff Not Pleased Tours Canceled Due to Sequestration

    03/05/2013 9:15:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 56 replies
    US News ^ | Elizabeth Flock
    Whispers hears that staff aren't too pleased with the announcement Tuesday that the White House is canceling all future tours of the building due to sequestration, the across-the-board spending cuts that went into effect last Friday. White House staff members are now tasked with informing numerous spring and summer constituents who booked White House tours that the walk-throughs have been canceled. [OFFICIALS: Sequester to Bite Slowly] White House tours, which are actually self-guided and take place in the mornings on Tuesday through Saturday (except on federal holidays), are generally reserved through a constituent's congressman or congresswoman. The White House is...
  • White House cancels tours over sequester cuts, as lawmakers call decision political (ya think?)

    03/05/2013 2:48:20 PM PST · by LUV W · 31 replies ^ | March 5, 2013 | Fox News
    Sorry, Washington-bound spring-breakers. Your White House tours have been canceled. The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will cancel all tours starting this weekend, due to sequester cuts. The move prompted swift condemnation from Republican lawmakers, who described the decision as the latest attempt to make the sequester seem worse than it is. Read more:
  • W.H. Closed for Sequestration

    03/05/2013 12:41:54 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    W.H. Closed for Sequestration Daniel Halper March 5, 2013 2:59 PM The White House sent out this email earlier today, announcing that it's close for sequestration: ATTN Interested Parties, Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013 until further notice. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule affected tours. We very much regret having to take this action, particularly during the popular Spring touring season. For updates regarding this situation, please contact the White House Visitors Office 24 Hour Hotline at (202) 456-7041....
  • Janet Napolitano: The border is less secure because of budget cuts

    03/04/2013 10:27:17 PM PST · by South40 · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/4/2013 | Jim Avila, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says that, although safety is her top priority, there is no way around cutting back on border patrol agents monitoring the country's borders because of the across-the-board spending cuts, known as "the sequester," that went into effect over the weekend. "The number of border patrol hours that will need to be reduced equates to the equivalent of 5,000 border patrol agents, so we have fewer border patrol agents between the ports of entry," the secretary of homeland security told ABC's senior national correspondent Jim Avila in an exclusive interview. "We're going to do everything we...
  • Email tells feds to make sequester as painful as promised [Mainstream Media Ignores]

    03/05/2013 11:18:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 54 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/5/13 | Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration denied an appeal for flexibility in lessening the sequester’s effects, with an email this week appearing to show officials in Washington that because they already had promised the cuts would be devastating, they now have to follow through on that. In the email sent Monday by Charles Brown, an official with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office in Raleigh, N.C., Mr. Brown asked “if there was any latitude” in how to spread the sequester cuts across the region to lessen the impacts on fish inspections. He said he was discouraged by officials in Washington, who...
  • More sequester pain: White House cancels tours (Will Michelle cancel her Spring Break vacay?

    03/05/2013 11:58:47 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/5/13 | Stephen Dinan
    The White House announced Tuesday that it was canceling all public tours of the president’s home because of the sequester spending cuts.
  • White House cuts tours, citing sequester

    03/05/2013 12:00:51 PM PST · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    The White House is cancelling all tours for visitors starting Sunday in an effort to save money during sequestration, a senior administration official confirmed to POLITICO. In an email sent to Republicans on Capitol Hill, the White House said: :Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours will be canceled