Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
The government wants to charge people for taking pictures of wilderness. Two senators say that violates the Constitution.Posted October 1, 2014 at 1:40 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Two senators are asking the Obama administration to withdraw a rule that would require people to pay as much as $1,500 for a permit in order to take pictures or videos of U.S. wilderness areas.
Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Tuesday after the U.S. Forest Service proposed a rule that requires commercial enterprises taking video of wildlife areas to first obtain a permit. The senators said the rule is vague and dangerous, and should be struck down or re-written.Read More »
Nancy Pelosi supports Dem call for resignation of Secret Service directorPosted October 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that she supports the recommendation of a key House Democrat, who says Secret Service Director Julia Pierson should resign.
Reports surfaced Tuesday that Secret Service agents allowed Obama to get onto an elevator earlier this month with a man who had a gun. That report outraged both Republicans and Democrats.
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Watch: Montel Williams’s emotional plea for President Obama to save Sgt. TahmooressiPosted October 1, 2014 at 11:45 am by Pete Kasperowicz
TV and radio host Montel Williams, who is also a retired Navy lieutenant commander, delivered an emotional message to President Barack Obama on the need to quickly bring U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi home, and ensure others with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are given proper care in the United States.
Tahmooressi has been held prisoner in Mexico since March, after he mistakenly crossed the border with guns in violation of Mexican law.Read More »
Lawmakers Say Mexico Close to Releasing Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi from PrisonPosted October 1, 2014 at 10:28 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
UN Health Group Plotting Massive Global Tax on Tobacco, Without U.S. InputPosted October 1, 2014 at 9:37 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Senate Dems want Kroger to ban guns from its supermarketsPosted October 1, 2014 at 8:54 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Three Democratic senators are asking a major supermarket chain to stop allowing people to openly carry firearms in their stores.
Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Tuesday wrote to Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen to warn that Kroger’s current policy has led some people to display a wide range of weapons in Kroger stores.Read More »
First-Ever Case of Ebola Diagnosed in U.S.Posted September 30, 2014 at 4:57 pm by Pete Kasperowicz411 Comments »
GOP lawmaker says VA full of ‘pep talks and empty platitudes’Posted September 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) on Tuesday criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs for continuing to talk tough about employee discipline, but refusing to fire anyone involved in the VA health care scandal.
Coffman wrote just a day after the VA announced it had settled three cases involving retaliation against VA workers who blew the whistle on corruption and shoddy practices at the VA heath center in Phoenix. While the VA said it doesn’t tolerate retaliation against whistleblowers, it gave no indication that it will actually fire or do anything else to discipline the retaliators.
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House Dem suggests higher fence to protect White House from unwanted intrudersPosted September 30, 2014 at 3:34 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) on Tuesday suggested that the Obama administration should consider building a higher fence around the White House in order to deter fence-jumpers and other intruders from entering the grounds.
“I want to know whether you have considered before today simply asking that a higher fence be built, one that, for example, could curve,” Norton asked Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.Read More »
Secret Service: White House front door was not hooked up to security systemPosted September 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testified Tuesday that a fence-jumper was able to enter the White House earlier this month through the front door because that door was not connected to a system that allowed it to be locked remotely.
Pierson admitted to this security shortfall in questioning before the House Oversight Committee, which took place in the wake of several press reports about other security failures, including a 2011 shooting at the White House that the Secret Service dismissed as a backfiring car.Read More »
House Dem tries to blame Secret Service failure on sequesterPosted September 30, 2014 at 12:58 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) on Tuesday argued that the failure of the Secret Service to quickly detain a man who jumped the fence and ran into the White House is related to budget cuts under the sequester of last year.
But Republicans rejected that argument in a House Oversight Committee hearing and said Congress has made sure the Secret Service has received healthy funding levels for salaries and expenses.
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Watch: Secret Service Can’t Answer Key Trey Gowdy Questions on 2011 White House ShootingPosted September 30, 2014 at 12:14 pm by Pete Kasperowicz194 Comments »
Jason Chaffetz Slams Secret Service for Its ‘Tremendous Restraint’ with White House Fence-Jumper: ‘That’s Not What We’re Looking For’Posted September 30, 2014 at 10:53 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
So far, VA not firing those who retaliated against whistleblowersPosted September 30, 2014 at 9:53 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Veterans Affairs is refusing to say it will fire employees involved in retaliating against whistleblowers who helped publicize the VA health care scandal, even though it says it won’t tolerate retaliation.
The VA announced Monday that it reached a settlement with three VA employees who were victims of retaliation after they spoke up against shoddy VA practices. But while the existence of settlements indicates that some retaliatory actions did take place, the VA is silent on whether or how any of the retaliators might be punished.Read More »
Study: Obama’s Immigration Plan Could Let Convicted Drunk Drivers Escape DeportationPosted September 30, 2014 at 12:16 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
The next big fight: How much direction should Congress give to Obama in the war against the Islamic State?Posted September 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Congress appears to be headed toward a fight over exactly how it should authorize the Obama administration to fight the Islamic State, as a key Republican indicated he wants to hold out the option of ground troops, a provision many Democrats would likely oppose.
When Congress to campaign in the mid-term elections, it did so under a loose consensus that Obama has the right, in the short term, to increase airstrikes against the Islamic State under his own authority. But many Republicans and Democrats said a longer-term authority is needed to keep up a campaign that is expected to last several years, according to the administration’s own estimates.Read More »
Dems propose government-funded savings accounts for kidsPosted September 29, 2014 at 2:24 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Two House Democrats have introduced legislation that would set up a new federal government program aimed at helping kids save money, in part by having the government make contributions to those accounts.
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) introduced the bill, which would create new USAccount Funds for kids under the age of 17.Read More »
Steny Hoyer slams Ayn Rand: ‘Compromise is not evil’Posted September 29, 2014 at 12:17 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Monday accused Republicans of following author Ayn Rand’s advice that “compromise is always evil,” and warned that letting Republicans take over Congress would only lead to more gridlock and partisanship.
Hoyer delivered a speech in Washington in which he asked voters to elect Democrats who would work with President Barack Obama — instead of Republicans, who he said oppose “anything President Obama presents.” Hoyer accused House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and others as following Rand’s teachings when it comes to operating Congress.Read More »
Does school start too early? Dems propose a government studyPosted September 29, 2014 at 10:50 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Three House Democrats are proposing that the federal government conduct a study on whether kids are getting up too early for school, and whether the government should recommend later start times for older kids who need to get more sleep.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced the ZZZ’s to A’s Act, which would require the Secretary of Education to conduct a study that examines the relationship between school start times and student health. The study would include comparisons between students at schools that start at different times.Read More »
The State Department just spent more than you make in a year (probably) on ‘award frames’Posted September 29, 2014 at 9:27 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The State Department appears poised to start handing out thousands of framed awards to its employees and others over the next few years, as it just agreed to spend lots of money on “award frames.”
State finalized a contract award of $172,013.50 to an Alabama company for these frames, which the company will supply over the next five years. That amount is more than three times the U.S. median household income, which was just over $51,000 in 2012.
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Dempsey again raises possibility of U.S. ground troops fighting Islamic StatePosted September 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
President Barack Obama’s top military adviser on Friday insisted that ground troops will be necessary to fully defeat the Islamic State in Syria, and warned again that he would not hesitate to recommend U.S. forces for the job.
However, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey indicated his preference would be that forces from other countries take on that role.Read More »
GOP senator says Obama favoring illegals over Americans for military servicePosted September 26, 2014 at 3:11 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Friday accused President Barack Obama of favoring illegal immigrants over U.S. citizens by allowing them to join the U.S. military, and said the move is a blow to the thousands of Americans who are being forced to leave the military.
“The president is launching a new effort to recruit illegal immigrants and visa overstays for the military at a time when thousands of career military personnel are facing layoffs — meaning that the president’s recruitment program will directly displace American military personnel,” he said. “Military service is a high calling, and a noble career, and is most certainly not a job Americans won’t do.”Read More »
Paper money that can be read by the blind likely delayed until 2020Posted September 26, 2014 at 2:11 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Government Accountability Office released a report Friday that said the Bureau of Engraving and Printing has fallen behind in its plans to produce U.S. paper money with raised bumps on them than visually impaired people can read behind.
The Bureau’s quest to produce these “tactile features” on U.S. current stems from a 2002 law suit against the Treasury Department by the American Council of the Blind. As a result of that suit, a Washington DC court ordered Treasury to make its currency more accessible to the blind and those with vision problems.Read More »
Dem proposes federal grants to video record all police interrogationsPosted September 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) has proposed legislation that would create new federal grants that states would use to ensure all interrogations by police are video recorded.
Her Custodial Interrogation Recording Act doesn’t mention any specific incident as a motivating factor, but many members have proposed legislation in the last few weeks aimed at reining in the police in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed black student by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and the police response to the protests that followed. The trend of filming police in action during traffic stops and other encounters also seems to have picked up, partly as a result of the events in Ferguson.Read More »
The Small Detail the VA Left Out After Announcing It Might Finally Fire SomeonePosted September 26, 2014 at 11:28 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
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- The government wants to charge people for taking pictures of wilderness. Two senators say that violates the Constitution.
- The video that really won't help Nancy Pelosi seem like she's a regular American
- Nancy Pelosi supports Dem call for resignation of Secret Service director
- Seven books currently on Glenn Beck's nightstand
- Watch: Montel Williams's emotional plea for President Obama to save Sgt. Tahmooressi