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Want to work for Eric Holder? There is an app for thatPosted September 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Justice Department on Monday announced a new app for the iPhone that will let people search for jobs at the department.
Justice said the app — DOJ Law Jobs — was designed because people need to read about department jobs while they’re on the go.Read More »
McCain says Obama administration ‘the worst that I have ever seen’Posted September 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blamed President Barack Obama for creating the conditions that allowed the Islamic State to flourish in the Middle East, and declared that in his long life, he’s never seen a worse administration.
“What’s happening in the Middle East today is not like a hurricane or an earthquake or a dust cloud that’s just sort of an accident of nature,” McCain said Monday in an interview with KFYI radio in Arizona. “It is because of a failed, feckless foreign policy on the part of this president, which we’re going to be paying for for a long, long time.”Read More »
Dems say global warming could cause mental health problemsPosted September 22, 2014 at 11:06 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Democrats in the House and Senate are advising that global warming could cause mental health problems in addition to physical health problems, and have proposed legislation that would require the federal government to come up with a plan to help health professionals to deal with this effect.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) proposed the legislation last week known as the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act. The bill provides an unspecified amount of money that the Department of Health and Human Services would give to health professionals so they can help people cope with climate change.Read More »
Clinton’s top military adviser asks: ‘Are we really serious about winning the war?’Posted September 22, 2014 at 9:50 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Bill Clinton said Monday that he disagrees with President Obama’s decision to say publicly that he won’t send U.S. ground troops to fight the Islamic State.
“What’s lacking here, what’s very worrisome, is that we say we might win this without boots on the ground, and I think limiting ourselves in that matter sends the wrong signal to the enemy,” said Henry Shelton, who served from 1997 to 2001 under Clinton, and briefly under President George W. Bush.Read More »
White House planning a party for companies that hire immigrants and help them become citizensPosted September 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Obama administration is asking people to identify companies that hire immigrants and help them apply for U.S. citizenship, and wants to invite some of these companies to the White House for a celebration.
A post on the White House website said immigrants “make up the backbone of many small, large, and emerging businesses,” and said immigrants help expand the skills of the U.S. workforce.Read More »
GOP looks to stop government from asking ethnicity of gun buyersPosted September 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Two House Republicans are trying to stop the Obama administration from collecting information about the race or ethnicity of people who buy guns.
According to a report from the Washington Times, the ATF is requiring people to fill out a form when buying a gun that asks purchasers whether they are Hispanic or Latino, and then to identify themselves as being Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white.Read More »
Can legislation stop government workers from watching porn at work?Posted September 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) this week proposed new legislation aimed at stopping government employees from accessing pornography or other supposedly not-safe-for-work content while using government computers or equipment.
Meadows’s bill is the Eliminating Pornography from Agencies act, or the EPA Act. The acronym is dig at the Environmental Protection Agency, since a report found that one EPA worker was watching as much as six hours of porn a day in his government office.
An official with the EPA’s Office of Inspector General said that when an OIG official met with this employee, “the special agent witnessed the employee actively viewing pornography on his government-issued computer.”
“Subsequently, the employee confessed to spending, on average, between two and six hours per day viewing pornography while at work,” the official said. That employee has not yet been fired.
“It’s appalling that it requires an act of Congress to ensure that federal agencies block access to these sites at work,” Meadows said Thursday.
His legislation would require all federal agencies to set up safeguards to prevent their workers from accessing pornography using government equipment.
The bill doesn’t set out any new penalties against government officials. However, it would penalize agencies that don’t have a plan in place to stop people from surfing porn.Read More »
Joe Biden’s Unfortunate Statement to a Democratic Women’s GroupPosted September 19, 2014 at 11:27 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
House Republican leader says ground troops may be needed in IraqPosted September 19, 2014 at 10:52 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday wrote that the U.S. may have to insert ground troops in Iraq in order to fight the Islamic State, a call that many Republicans have hinted at but have not made explicitly.
“The reality is that airstrikes alone may not get the job done and we should acknowledge this reality,” McCarthy wrote in an op-ed for USA Today. “Certainly we will not reoccupy Iraq, but some special operations forces may be necessary to supplement our airpower and augment the capabilities of moderate indigenous forces we want to see ascendant when the smoke clears.”
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Obama’s new plan to help veterans find jobs: Turn them into solar panel installersPosted September 19, 2014 at 9:32 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Obama administration on Thursday announced a new program aimed at training military veterans so they can get jobs installing solar panels, and “become the leaders of the nation’s clean energy economy.”
The Department of Energy already has an initiative — the Solar Instructor Training Network — that helps train people to join the solar industry. The new initiative will have that program partner with up to three military bases this fall, and train up to 30 active service military personnel on how to install solar panels.Read More »
Senate Easily Approves Obama’s Plan to Arm and Train Syrian Rebels in Fight Against Islamic StatePosted September 18, 2014 at 6:37 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Rand Paul says Dems are ‘intellectually dishonest’ by claiming war authorityPosted September 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) charged Thursday that the Obama administration is violating the Constitution by falsely claiming it has the power to step up efforts against the Islamic State, without first getting explicit authorization from Congress.
Paul is one of many members who say the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force allowing the U.S. to fight terrorists is not enough to authorize efforts against the Islamic State. But despite these complaints, the administration is expected to start its effort without securing any approval from Congress, although it will get approval for some specific actions in Syria.Read More »
Dem Interrupts Senate Syria Debate to Celebrate the Baltimore OriolesPosted September 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Eric Holder launches federal effort to reduce racial tensions between cops, communitiesPosted September 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Attorney General Eric Holder launched a new program Thursday designed to “combat distrust and hostility” between police and the cities and towns they patrol.
Under the initiative, a $4.75 million grant will help fund a training program for cops and community leaders. The effort is a direct result of the race-related protests in Ferguson, Missouri that followed the shooting of an 18-year-old black student by a white police officer.Read More »
Sen. Bernie Sanders cut a record in 1987 and it’s exactly what you’d expectPosted September 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Bernie Sanders, the quirky, socialist and Independent senator from Vermont, recorded a folk album in 1987 that could get people even more interested in his possible presidential run. Or, possibly, less interested.
Seven Days, a Vermont website, found the old record, which features his singing and music from 30 Vermont artists. More importantly, the site posted some sharable songs from the record.
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Here’s What a Retired General Thinks of Obama’s ‘No Boots’ Plan for the Islamic StatePosted September 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
‘One cannot win the war with blankets’: Ukraine President Poroshenko’s address to CongressPosted September 18, 2014 at 11:16 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the United States to take the lead in beating back Russia’s ongoing aggression toward Ukraine, and asked directly for the U.S. to provide more aid, including military aid.
“They need more military equipment, both lethal and non-lethal, urgently,” he said of Ukraine’s fighters in a speech to a joint session of Congress on Thursday.Read More »
Here’s What Some GOP Lawmakers Want to Do With the ATFPosted September 18, 2014 at 10:00 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
VA announces pay hikes as high as $35,000 for VA doctors and dentistsPosted September 18, 2014 at 8:43 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Veterans on Thursday announced it will increase the maximum salaries for doctors and dentists within the Veterans Health Administration by as much as $35,000, which will come on top of salaries that can exceed $200,000 or even $300,000 per year.
The announcement comes just weeks after complaints that the VA’s health providers don’t work full schedules. It also comes in the midst of an ongoing scandal in which veterans had to wait months and even years to get a health appointment, as VA officials delayed those appointments and in some cases covered up their actions.Read More »
House Authorizes Obama’s Plan to Arm, Train Syrian RebelsPosted September 17, 2014 at 5:12 pm by Pete Kasperowicz223 Comments »
Lawmaker slams Obama, Biden, Kerry as ‘three senators… exercising terrible judgment’ on Islamic State authorityPosted September 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee criticized President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State John Kerry for failing to seek proper congressional authority to expand airstrikes against the Islamic State, and said this failure is all the more unbelievable given that they all served in the Senate.
“We have three senators — the president, vice president, and secretary of State — that are exercising terrible judgment right now,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said at a hearing where Kerry was testifying.Read More »
IRS: Reports that Lois Lerner’s emails were backed up are ‘erroneous’Posted September 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday dismissed recent press reports saying that the lost emails of former IRS employee Lois Lerner might still be recoverable.
In August, the government watchdog group Judicial Watch said it was told by an IRS lawyer that Lerner’s emails still exist and were backed up in some form. That led to GOP complaints that Koskinen didn’t tell the whole truth about the status of those emails in various hearings before Congress.Read More »
Texas lawmaker says U.S. government should only speak EnglishPosted September 17, 2014 at 2:46 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) proposed legislation this week that would declare English as the official language of the federal government.
“The English language has long been a unifying aspect of the United States,” Stockman said in a letter to House colleagues seeking support for the bill.Read More »
The House just voted for a full audit of the Federal ReservePosted September 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to require a full audit of the Federal Reserve, an action more and more members support in light of the Fed’s increasing importance and role in the U.S. economy.
Republican leaders called up the Federal Reserve Transparency Act on Tuesday, and approved it in a 333-92 vote Wednesday afternoon — all but one of the “no” votes came from Democrats. The bill calls for a full audit of the Fed, including its private discussions related to monetary policy, by the Government Accountability Office.Read More »
Can You Catch the Difference Between How Trey Gowdy and Elijah Cummings Recite the Benghazi Victims’ Names at Wednesday’s Hearing?Posted September 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm by Pete Kasperowicz355 Comments »
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