Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
Here’s How You Can Check Whether the Government Released Illegal Immigrants with ‘Homicide-Related’ Convictions Into Your TownPosted August 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Boehner blasts Obama’s ‘lapse in judgment’ by releasing the Taliban FivePosted August 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Friday that President Barack Obama made a critical tactical error earlier this year by releasing five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, especially as the threat of the Islamic State continues to grow.
“At a time when we are grappling with the evil terror of the self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’ in Syria and Iraq – a group whose leader was once an American detainee, before being released – it is difficult to imagine a more potentially serious lapse in judgment by the Obama administration,” Boehner said.Read More »
Lawmaker: Best way to let VA officials know reform is needed is to ‘fire a few people’Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) said Thursday that the best way to get Department of Veterans Affairs employees to improve their performance on the job is to fire the bad ones.
In an interview with NewsRadio 1620 in Pensacola, Miller said that most VA employees understand that it’s time to respond to the VA health care scandal by focusing on getting heatlh care to the nation’s veterans. But even after the national scandal, Miller said some in the VA are still part of the problem, and should be fired.Read More »
States struggling to control fraud in federal food stamp programPosted August 22, 2014 at 10:40 am by Pete Kasperowicz
States around the country are finding it more difficult to monitor and prosecute fraudulent efforts to obtain federal food stamp benefits in large part because state enforcement budgets have fallen even as the number of food stamp beneficiaries has increased dramatically.
Another problem cited in a new Government Accountability Office report Thursday is that even when fraud is detected, state prosecutors often decide not to prosecute because of scarce resources. And in some cases where fraud is prosecuted, states are finding that juries are often sympathetic to the food stamp scammer.
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VA official accused of lying to Congress placed on administrative leavePosted August 22, 2014 at 9:21 am by Pete Kasperowicz
A senior Veterans Affairs official accused of lying to a member of Congress has been placed on administrative, along with another top official at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System.
CAVHCS Director James Talton was placed on leave, along with Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson.Read More »
Report Says Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Violated Two U.S. LawsPosted August 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
State says Foley execution won’t change government’s mind on paying ransomPosted August 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A State Department spokeswoman said Thursday that the execution of James Foley by a member of the Islamic State is not leading to new discussions within the government about whether it should pay ransoms to terrorist groups who kidnap Americans.
“We do not make concessions to terrorists.,” said Spokeswoman Marie Harf. “That includes, we do not pay ransoms.”Read More »
Obama Administration Wants Schools to Rearrange Lunchrooms to Push Healthier Food on StudentsPosted August 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Rick Perry hits Obama on link between weak border enforcement, ISIS threatPosted August 21, 2014 at 1:12 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) warned Thursday that the unsecured southern U.S. border is creating a real risk that Islamic State agents could try to enter the U.S. and commit acts of terrorism.
In a speech at the Heritage Foundation that sounded very much like a warmup to a presidential run, Perry started by blasting President Barack Obama for failing to adequately enforce the border. That failure, Perry said, created the conditions that have prompted thousands of children and other illegal immigrants to try to cross into the United States.Read More »
One senator’s response to Ferguson: $5.5 billion in new spending to deal with ‘black youth unemployment’Posted August 21, 2014 at 11:53 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday proposed legislation that would provide billions of dollars to states, which would be charged with creating “summer and year-round employment opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth.”
Sanders proposed the Employ Young Americans Now Act, which would give $4 billion to states directly, and award another $1.5 billion to provide training to low- and moderate-income youth and disadvantaged adults.Read More »
Obama Administration Sued for Data on Sexual Misconduct by TSA Airport ScreenersPosted August 21, 2014 at 10:43 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
VA secretary: Discipline ‘doesn’t automatically result in firing’Posted August 21, 2014 at 9:28 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Wednesday that while he wants to hold poorly performing employees accountable, that doesn’t necessarily mean these employees will be fired or disciplined.
Instead, he indicated that the VA is willing to help work with and even train those employees.Read More »
Beyonce, Jay Z Cleared of Violating Sanctions Laws in 2013 Cuba VisitPosted August 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Obama still shying away from ‘boots on the ground’ in SyriaPosted August 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A State Department spokeswoman indicated Wednesday that the Obama administration is still not entertaining the thought of sending ground troops to Syria to attack the Islamic State, even after the terrorist group shocked the country by publicly executing a U.S. photojournalist.
Video released of the execution of James Foley prompted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to call for a direct attack against the Islamic State in Syria.Read More »
Warren Buffett’s company hit with $896,000 fine from Justice DepartmentPosted August 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Warren Buffett, the inspiration for the Obama administration’s push for higher taxes on the wealthy, agreed to a different kind of income redistribution on Wednesday.
According to the Justice Department, Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway consented to paying an $896,000 fine for not telling regulators about a 2013 investment in USG Corp.Read More »
Issa probes telework scam at U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficePosted August 20, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Tuesday asked Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker for information related to an internal report showing abuses of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s “telework” program that allows employees to work from home and with flexible hours.
The letter builds off a damaging Washington Post story that said employees at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have abused the agency’s telework policy for years. That story said USPTO employees “lied about the hours they were putting in,” and received bonuses for work they never finished.Read More »
McCain calls on Obama to attack Islamic State in Syria after execution of U.S. photojournalistPosted August 20, 2014 at 11:56 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday called on President Barack Obama to attack the Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria, after a video was released showing the apparent execution of American photojournalism James Foley by the group known as ISIS or ISIL.
“The more he (Obama) delays and the more he acts incrementally, the more ISIS adjusts and the more difficult they will become,” McCain said, according to the Arizona Republic. “And one of the decisions that he has to make is to attack ISIS in Syria because they are moving the captured equipment there and they are fighting there and their enclaves are there.”Read More »
Tick tock: 111 days later, former Phoenix VA official still getting paidPosted August 20, 2014 at 10:33 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ broken health care clinic in Phoenix, Arizona is still being paid her $170,000 salary 111 days after being released in the wake of the VA health care scandal.
Concerned Veterans for America has launched a web page tracking how long Sharon Helman is still getting paid, despite constant promises from the VA that officials involved in the scandal will be held accountable.Read More »
Poll: Most Oppose Obama’s Immigration Plan, Back Tougher Border EnforcementPosted August 20, 2014 at 6:01 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Obama’s Labor secretary embarks on cross-country junket to promote Labor DayPosted August 19, 2014 at 4:34 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Labor Secretary Tom Perez has embarked on a week-long tour across America in order to meet five people and fill up the Labor Department’s website with pictures and stories about people at work, a sort of pre-celebration of Labor Day.
A Labor Department spokesperson didn’t respond to questions from TheBlaze about how many people were on the trip or how much it will cost.Read More »
IRS Bungles Collection of Obamacare’s 2.3 Percent Medical Device TaxPosted August 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
UPDATE: The VA’s (nearly!) unreachable press shop: $7.7 million a year, very hard to reachPosted August 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Veterans Affairs boasts an Office of Public Affairs that has 54 full-time equivalent employees and a $7.7 million budget, but makes it very difficult reach any of these people by phone or email on the VA’s website.
It’s almost as if the VA doesn’t want to take calls from reporters.Read More »
A Possible New Hurdle to Quickly Firing VA Officials: The Constitution?Posted August 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Border agents arrest Central American sex offenders with criminal records in the U.S.Posted August 19, 2014 at 10:20 am by Pete Kasperowicz
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday that border agents near Eagle Pass, Texas arrested two illegal immigrants from Central America who were later discovered to be sex offenders with U.S. criminal records.
While the two men were caught, the arrests will likely be seen by some Republicans a sign that it is too easy for people with criminal records to move back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico. Many Republicans have argued that the failure to secure the border is making it too easy for illegal immigrants to enter the country and commit crimes against U.S. citizens.Read More »
GOP lawmaker says detained immigrants living better than deployed members of the militaryPosted August 19, 2014 at 9:08 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told an audience in Iowa late last week that many of the illegal immigrants being detained at the southern U.S. border are enjoying better living conditions than U.S. soldiers who are deployed overseas.
“I’ve never seen poorer conditions than those of our military,” King said according to the New Hampton Chickasaw County Tribune. “When our military is deployed they are in tent city for a year or more. I didn’t see any of our illegal aliens living in tents.”Read More »
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