Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
Federal Government Awash in Waste: Rabbit Massages, Paid Vacations, Billions Lost to FraudPosted October 22, 2014 at 12:02 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Government blowing money on zombie musicals, rabbit massages, watching grass growPosted October 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Tuesday offered a glimpse of his annual report on government waste, which this year will reveal how the government is subsidizing everything from studies on monkeys playing video games, to laughing classes for college students.
Coburn’s office released a video teaser of his latest Wastebook report that outlines several key elements of this year’s findings:Read More »
Government holds conference on the dangers of driving while tiredPosted October 21, 2014 at 3:35 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday held an all-day conference on the importance of staying fully awake while driving on public roadways — an event that flirted with the irony of putting viewers to sleep and at greater risk of getting in an accident while driving home.
The conference — “Awake, Alert, Alive: Overcoming the Dangers of Drowsy Driving” — was held at the NTSB boardroom, and used up most of the day hammering home the seemingly obvious point that driving while sleepy is dangerous.
It also attracted a very sparse audience. Pictures of the NTSB’s boardroom showed that attendees appeared to be comprised of panelists and maybe one or two others. When the second panel ended by mid-morning, the board room looked like this:Read More »
Read the Threatening Emails Sent to a VA Whistleblower After He Appeared on TVPosted October 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
George W. Bush’s former health secretary supports ‘very aggressive’ Ebola travel restrictionsPosted October 21, 2014 at 11:37 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Michael Leavitt, who served as Health and Human Services secretary under President George W. Bush, on Tuesday recommended “serious” travel restrictions on anyone trying to enter the United States from a country experiencing an Ebola outbreak, until the situation in West Africa is under better control.
“I don’t know that blanket travel bans have worked,” he said on CSPAN Tuesday morning. “But I think having very serious travel restrictions, even to the point of saying if you come from an area where Ebola is prevalent, that we’re going to restrict your travel, I think that’s a reasonable approach.”Read More »
Report says hundreds federal workers have been on paid leave for anywhere from 1 to 3 yearsPosted October 21, 2014 at 10:24 am by Pete Kasperowicz
A new report from the Government Accountability Office found that 263 federal workers have taken anywhere from one to three years of paid administrative leave between 2011 and 2013, and that taxpayers shelled out $31 million for all that paid time away from work.
The report also found that while 48 percent of federal workers took less than five days of paid leave from 2011 to 2013, 52 percent took six or more days of paid leave. GAO said 53,055 federal workers took one to three months of paid time off.Read More »
Nancy Pelosi wants to change federal regulations to let transgender people serve openly in the militaryPosted October 21, 2014 at 9:16 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling for a change to a decades-old military regulation so transgender people can serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
“Leader Pelosi believes there is no place for discrimination in the U.S. Armed Forces, including on the basis of gender identity,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told the Washington Blade last week.
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After lying to members of Congress, VA caught hiding the truth from American LegionPosted October 20, 2014 at 4:35 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A report late last week said the Department of Veterans Affairs purposefully withheld information from the country’s largest veterans’ group about how many veterans were still waiting for a decision about their eligibility for VA health care.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the American Legion — which has 2.4 million members — asked the VA’s national Health Eligibility Center in 2013 how many veterans were waiting on the VA for an eligibility decision. But in response, deputy chief business officer Lynne Harbin prepared slides that purposefully did not answer the question.
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Obama’s Labor secretary says adding more foreign workers would boost U.S. wages, not depress themPosted October 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Labor Secretary Tom Perez asserted Monday that allowing more foreign workers into the United States would have the effect of increasing U.S. wages, contrary to the findings of several studies, and the law of supply and demand, which say more workers would mean reduced wages.
Perez delivered a speech in Washington in which he cited a Congressional Budget Office study that said the Senate’s immigration reform bill would increase U.S. economic activity by 5.4 percentage points over the next two years.Read More »
A college professor is pushing to shut down a Virginia radio station for using the word ‘Redskins’ on airPosted October 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A radio station is in the middle of a fight at the Federal Communications Commission over its right to broadcast, as a college professor has petitioned the FCC to shut it down because it uses the word “Redskins.”
WWXX in Buckland, Virginia, is owned by Dan Snyder, who also owns the Washington Redskins. The name of his football team has been under attack all year from Democrats who say the word “Redskins” is racist and is a slur against American Indians.Read More »
House Dem writing bill to stop Nazis from getting Social Security benefitsPosted October 20, 2014 at 11:33 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said Monday she’s preparing to write a bill to make sure Nazi war criminals aren’t given U.S. Social Security benefits.
Her comment was a reaction to an Associated Press investigation that found some Nazis and Schutzstaffel, or SS guards, have collected millions worth of Social Security benefits. The AP found that at least 38 suspects kept their benefits after being forced out of the United States since 1979.Read More »
Four Unsettling Ways the CDC Has Changed the Way It Talks About EbolaPosted October 20, 2014 at 10:13 am by Pete Kasperowicz178 Comments »
USDA says you don’t always need to feed your preschoolerPosted October 20, 2014 at 9:17 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday said people should make one meal for the whole family, and not make separate, smaller meals for picky preschoolers.
And if a kid doesn’t like the meal being served, USDA said it’s fine if the kid eats nothing.Read More »
Republicans trash Obama’s pick for Ebola czarPosted October 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Republicans on Friday slammed President Barack Obama’s pick to head the federal government’s response to Ebola, charging that Obama chose a political operative instead of someone with expertise in solving a health crisis.
Obama named Ron Klain as his new Ebola “czar,” and in doing so picked someone with years of experience working on campaigns for Democrats and lobbying. Klain worked on the campaigns of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, and most recently was Vice President Joe Biden’s chief of staff.Read More »
Pending rule will force colleges to expand definition of ‘hate crime,’ boost protections against sexual violencePosted October 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Education next week will publish a final rule requiring colleges around the country to broaden their definition of “hate crime” and take other steps aimed at limiting dating violence and sexual assault.
Among other things, it will require educational institutions to add gender identity and national origin as a new basis for determining whether “hate crimes” have taken place. It will require schools to outline the disciplinary processes used to deal with cases of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.Read More »
GOP lawmaker looks to force Obama’s hand with Ebola travel ban legislationPosted October 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) said Friday he would introduce legislation to ban all travel between Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa and the United States, and prevent the issuance of any new travel visas to people in those countries.
Poe’s bill is the latest sign of pressure from members of Congress who have pushed for some kind of travel restriction, only to see the Obama administration continually reject that idea.Read More »
Is the Federal Reserve helping the Obama administration carry out its secretive Operation Choke Point?Posted October 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Republicans this week asked the Federal Reserve to explain if it has in any way helped the Obama administration implement Operation Choke Point, a secretive program critics say is being used by the Obama administration to quietly shut down companies it doesn’t like.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and regulatory affairs subcommittee chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) wrote to Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen on Thursday to ask if the Fed is playing any role in that program.Read More »
Countries blowing off urgent U.N. request for Ebola fundsPosted October 17, 2014 at 11:21 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Four weeks after the United Nations made a request for $1 billion to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the U.N. has collected only 38 percent of that amount from member nations, and is warning that the shortfall is hurting efforts to fight the deadly virus.
“It’s time that those other countries who really have capacity, (that) they would provide financial support and other logistical support,” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, according to a Reuters report.
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Years Later, Justice Department Still Covering Up Aftermath of Fast and Furious ScandalPosted October 17, 2014 at 9:46 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Watch: CDC’s Frieden can’t answer whether White House has ruled out an Ebola travel banPosted October 16, 2014 at 4:54 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden had a tough time answering questions about whether he or the White House have ruled out imposing a travel ban to help stop the spread of Ebola.
Frieden faced members of a House subcommittee on Thursday, and many Republicans pressed him on why a ban on travel from West Africa hasn’t been imposed. Frieden said several times that a ban would make it harder to help West Africa recover from Ebola, and make it harder to track people who may have the virus.
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Obama Admin. Launches New Program to Improve Quality of Parent-Child Talks at Home, Boost ‘Language Nutrition’Posted October 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
GOP docs demand Frieden’s removal, call for House vote on Ebola travel banPosted October 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden on Thursday lost the support of two Republican members of the House who are also doctors, as one called for Frieden’s removal, and the other called for a House vote on imposing an Ebola-related travel ban.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) released a statement saying the first step to combating Ebola should be to remove Frieden for failing to be more careful about stopping the spread of Ebola in the United States.Read More »
House Dems side with Obama, oppose Ebola travel banPosted October 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Democrats said Thursday they oppose a travel ban on people coming from Ebola-stricken countries in Africa, going against Republican calls for some form of travel restriction in order to protect Americans from Ebola.
The Democratic comments in the House also support the position taken by the Obama administration, which says it does not support banning people flying from West African countries that have seen Ebola outbreaks.Read More »
Merry Christmas! A New Government Rule Says Your Holiday Lights May Soon Be Illegal…Posted October 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm by Pete Kasperowicz196 Comments »
Health official: Work on Ebola vaccine ‘highly complex’ and will ‘take time’Posted October 16, 2014 at 9:45 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Obama administration health officials are indicating that a vaccine for Ebola is still many months and possibly years away, as the handful of drugs that show some promise are no where close to being mass produced and sold to consumers.
Top officials from the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services will testify before a House panel Thursday on efforts to produce an Ebola vaccine. While neither estimated when one might be ready in their prepared testimony, both said possible vaccines are still at the early stage of development.Read More »
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