Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
Obama Buys Press Silence for a Piece of Chocolate CakePosted October 31, 2014 at 5:13 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
‘Adults should walk sober’: Obama administration launches multiagency Halloween safety blitzPosted October 31, 2014 at 4:09 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Obama administration Friday made a multiagency push to make sure everyone enjoys Halloween as safely and effectively as possible.
Government blogs often fill up with reams of holiday-themed advice, but Halloween in particular seems to put federal policy makers in the mood to make sure people are doing it correctly. While it’s unclear if the Friday effort was coordinated by a Halloween czar, several federal agencies participated.Read More »
EPA: Climate change can’t be stopped, prepare for wildfires, hurricanes, rising seasPosted October 31, 2014 at 2:39 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Environmental Protection Agency released a grim report Friday that said it must start planning for the worst possible effects of climate change, and predicted a future world filled with rising sea levels, raging wildfires and more severe storms.
All of these factors will combine to create droughts, expose humans to dangerous chemicals and create other conditions that will put the human race at risk.Read More »
Defense Department admits that former Guantanamo Bay prisoners are back fighting against the U.S.Posted October 31, 2014 at 1:18 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday acknowledged that some of the former prisoners the U.S. had been holding in detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have returned to the battlefield and are fighting against the United States.
Hagel admitted this after being asked whether he was worried about former prisoners taking up arms against the U.S. in Iraq and Syria.
Dems Laying the Groundwork to Blame 2014 Losses on RacePosted October 31, 2014 at 12:39 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Eric Holder’s Justice Department has bungled ANOTHER Fast and Furious-style operation, this one involving grenade partsPosted October 31, 2014 at 9:47 am by Pete Kasperowicz
A watchdog for the Department of Justice has found “serious failures” with how the department handled the investigation of a man who was suspected of moving grenade components from the U.S. to Mexican drug cartels.
The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General compared the department’s failures to the botched Fast and Furious investigation, in which department officials tried to track guns being shipped to Mexican drug cartels, but then lost track of those guns. One of the lost guns later ended up at the murder scene of a U.S. border official.Read More »
GOP Sen: Taxpayers Funding Organic Garden, Petting Farm, Guitar Lessons for Illegal Immigrant ChildrenPosted October 30, 2014 at 4:33 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Ted Cruz calls for hearings, subpoenas over IRS audit of conservative news sitePosted October 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday called for Senate hearings over the IRS’s decision to audit the Breitbart News Network.
Cruz also said the Senate Judiciary Committee should be ready to subpoena the IRS for more information about its audit of the conservative website, after the IRS failed to answer Cruz’s questions about the audit.Read More »
Halloween-obsessed Energy Department wants you to guide trick-or-treaters with energy-saving lightsPosted October 30, 2014 at 3:08 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Energy this week has orchestrated an all-out blitz to get people to celebrate Halloween in an energy-saving way, including by using compact fluorescent bulbs to light the way for trick-or-treaters, and even using an energy-saving stove to heat up your apple cider.
The department is also producing reams of Halloween-themed advice on how to save energy, such as ways to fight “energy vampires” in the home.Read More »
Poll aggregator says GOP has a 67.2 percent chance of winning the SenatePosted October 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A trusted poll aggregator said Wednesday that Republicans now have a better than two-in-three chance of taking back the Senate in next week’s midterm election.
FiveThirtyEight, the firm run by polling guru Nate Silver, said its latest model — which analyzed more than 1,500 polls about the election — says there is a 67.2 percent chance that the GOP will win a majority. To get there, Republicans will need to win a net six seats, which would give them 51 GOP senators.
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Want to help West Africa? IRS will let you donate paid time off to fund the fight against EbolaPosted October 30, 2014 at 11:58 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The IRS announced Wednesday that it will let people turn their their vacation, sick or personal leave at work into cash that they can donate to help victims of Ebola in West Africa.
Under the new IRS guidance, employees will have the option of giving up any of their paid days off, which will let their companies turn that into a cash equivalent. Those companies will then be able to donate that money to qualified tax-exempt organizations that are working to help people deal with Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Any donated leave will not be counted as income for the employee, and companies will be able to deduct payments made to qualified relief organizations.
“Employees can forgo leave in exchange for employer cash payments made before Jan. 1, 2016,” the IRS said.
The IRS also announced that it has designated the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as a qualified disaster area. That change will allow qualified relief payments related to the outbreak, such as payments to U.S. employees living in West Africa, will not be included as part of their income for the purposes of their U.S. tax return.Read More »
Jeff Sessions: GOP takeover of the Senate is the best way to stop Obama’s immigration plansPosted October 30, 2014 at 10:25 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Thursday that the best chance America has to beat back President Barack Obama’s immigration plans is to let Republicans control the Senate, which could allow Congress to starve Obama of the funding he needs to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.
Obama has said he would take some unilateral action on immigration after the election. The best guess is a plan to extend green cards to millions of people over the next few years, since the government is planning to ramp up production of green cards.
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Are U.S. Taxpayers Subsidizing Obamacare Plans for Foreign Diplomats?Posted October 30, 2014 at 9:09 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Obama’s Labor secretary touts Germany’s 12 months of paid time off for new parentsPosted October 29, 2014 at 4:44 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Wednesday praised Germany’s policy of giving new parents a full year of paid time off from work, and suggested the U.S. should adopt similar policies.
Perez issued a statement from Germany, which he visited as part of his tour of Europe to explore “new models for workforce innovation.”Read More »
Michelle Obama Inspires Federal Office to Ban Halloween Candy…From Kids’ Halloween ParadePosted October 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
State Department says there are ‘no plans’ to treat non-citizen Ebola patients in the U.S.Posted October 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The State Department insisted Wednesday that it has no plans to allow non-U.S. citizen Ebola victims to be treated in the United States, after a memo surfaced this week indicating that at least some officials in the department were considering that policy.
The stated purpose of the memo was to consider treating non-U.S. citizens in the U.S. in order to “show leadership” in the fight against Ebola. It also recommended that some system be devised to allow some people to receive treatment in the United States.
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State Department Says It Won’t Try to Find Out Which U.S. Official Called Netanyahu a ‘Chickens**t’Posted October 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Russia outshines U.S. with successful cargo mission to International Space StationPosted October 29, 2014 at 10:55 am by Pete Kasperowicz
A Russian rocket successfully launched and docked with the International Space Station on Wednesday, giving Russia a space-race victory of sorts over the United States after a U.S. cargo rocket exploded Tuesday night just seconds after lifting off.
Russia’s Progress 57 ship docked at the space station shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday, after having successfully launched from Kazakhstan early the same morning. Russia’s ship supplied the space station with about three tons of food and supplies for the crew.Read More »
Where there’s a wheel, there’s a way: Border agents find crystal meth strapped to legs of paraplegicPosted October 29, 2014 at 9:40 am by Pete Kasperowicz
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported Tuesday that they found more than a pound of crystal methamphetamine taped to the legs of a paraplegic man at the border between Mexico and Presidio, Texas.
“Smugglers have no scruples when it comes to getting narcotics across the border,” said John Deputy, CBP’s Presidio port director. “It is unfortunate, but even individuals with disabilities can serve as an avenue to smuggle drugs.”Read More »
Obama Administration Boosts Security Around Federal Buildings in Response to Terror ThreatsPosted October 28, 2014 at 5:41 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Andrew Tahmooressi’s Family Hopeful for His Release From Mexican Prison by Veterans DayPosted October 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
The IRS sees dead people…and is mailing them stuffPosted October 28, 2014 at 3:14 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General said Tuesday that the IRS has sent out thousands of personal ID numbers to taxpayers who have died, and warned that these letters are only making it worse for the families of the deceased.
“Sending unnecessary IRS notices to surviving spouses and grieving families increases their burden,” the OIG advised the IRS.Read More »
Federal jury convicts friend of Boston Marathon bomber suspectPosted October 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for lying to police during the investigation of the bombing that killed three and left several people injured.
The jury found Robel Phillipos guilty of lying to police during two separate interviews on April 20 and April 25, 2013. Phillipos is a college friend of Tsarnaev, is scheduled to be sentenced in January.Read More »
Obama’s election guide for kids miscounts number of Senate racesPosted October 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Obama administration has released a kids’ guide to the midterm elections that tells kids there are 33 Senate seats in play, instead of the 36 seats that are being contested next week.
“This year, there are 33 Senate seats up for grabs,” the guide stated.
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Lawmaker says Obama wants to treat West Africa Ebola patients in the United StatesPosted October 28, 2014 at 10:49 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) says he has evidence that the Obama administration is preparing to bring Ebola patients from West Africa to the United States for treatment, a policy change he opposes because of the increased risk it poses to U.S. health care workers.
Speaking on Fox News Monday night, Goodlatte said his office has seen “confidential information” from within the Obama administration that the plan is being considered.
“There’s increasing evidence that they are making those plans,” he said.Read More »
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- Ebola becomes a big issue in this Senate race
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- EPA: Climate change can't be stopped, prepare for wildfires, hurricanes, rising seas
- Defense Department admits that former Guantanamo Bay prisoners are back fighting against the U.S.