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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
    cnsnews.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 —...