Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
GOP probes environmental group’s influence over EPA on carbon emissions rulePosted September 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Republicans in the House and Senate have launched an investigation into whether a major environmental group colluded with the Environmental Protection Agency to help write a controversial carbon emissions rule outside the normal, open regulatory process.
Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee are working together on the investigation, and sent letters Tuesday to the EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council to ask for more information.Read More »
Dem Candidate for Congress Says Republicans ‘Worse’ Than Islamic StatePosted September 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
See State Dept. Spokeswoman’s Response When Asked If Obama Admin. Considers Islamic State Beheadings an Act of ‘War’Posted September 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Government plotting again to get school kids to eat fruits and vegetablesPosted September 2, 2014 at 12:53 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying once again to get kids to eat fruits and vegetables in school.
USDA announced Tuesday that it will soon launch a new pilot program that will allow as many as eight states use USDA funding to buy local, unprocessed fruits and vegetables.
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Who’s right? White House says labor force participation rate has stabilized, Labor Department says it’ll get worsePosted September 2, 2014 at 11:12 am by Pete Kasperowicz
White House argued Monday that the labor force participation rate has now stabilized, and went further by saying the last few months could indicate that the long-term unemployed are “finding their way back to work.”
But that goes against a December analysis from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, which predicted that the labor force participation rate will continue to fall over the next 10 years.Read More »
Senate preps bill letting 9/11 victims sue countries that funded attacksPosted September 2, 2014 at 9:48 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Senate is getting ready to move a bipartisan bill that would let U.S. victims of terrorism sue foreign governments that helped fund those terrorist acts.
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act is a response to court decisions that have said victims of the 9/11 attacks cannot sue Saudi Arabia and Qatar, even though those countries played a role in funding the terrorists involved in those attacks.Read More »
Census Bureau Looking to Bolster Data Collection From HispanicsPosted September 1, 2014 at 11:24 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Ted Cruz Gets Bronx Jeer for Pointing Out Crime in New YorkPosted September 1, 2014 at 8:58 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
GOP demands answers on DACA approvals, rejectionsPosted August 29, 2014 at 4:44 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The top Republicans on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Friday demanded that the Obama administration hand over key information about its deferred deportation program for illegal immigrants, including how many have been approved under the program, and why officials don’t do more to verify the information received by these immigrants.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Senate Judiciary ranking member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson that asked him dozens of these questions ranging from basic data to deeper policy-related issues.Read More »
Government publishes detailed instructions on how to safely roast marshmallowsPosted August 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The U.S. Forest Service on Friday published a nearly 700-word article on how to safely roast marshmallows, all in preparation for Saturday, which is National Roasted Marshmallow Day.
As one might expect, the article is riddled with safety tips that might make you think twice about even carrying matches into the forest at all, let alone actually igniting a marshmallow and putting your family’s life at risk.
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White House spokesman says border crisis over ‘for now’Posted August 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday that the crisis at the southern U.S. border is over given the reduced number of unaccompanied children coming across.
Earnest was asked by a reporter whether those reduced numbers mean the crisis is over. Earnest replied, “for now.”Read More »
White House Hints Obama May Delay Controversial Immigration Moves Until After the ElectionPosted August 29, 2014 at 1:28 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Senate GOP to push for vote to block Obama’s amnesty plansPosted August 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Thursday that Senate Republicans will look to force a vote in the coming weeks on legislation that would block President Barack Obama from expanding an amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.
“We’re going to demand a vote on the House-passed bill, which bars the president from expending any money to execute another five- to six-million-person amnesty,” Sessions said on Mark Levin’s radio show Thursday. “That is perfectly legal and proper for Congress to do.”Read More »
Lawmaker: Nerds, geeks needed to find Lois Lerner’s emailsPosted August 29, 2014 at 10:41 am by Pete Kasperowicz
After months of unsuccessful attempts to badger the IRS into handing over Lois Lerner’s supposedly lost emails, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is proposing a last, desperate measure: calling in the nerds and geeks.
“These things are backed up,” he said on Fox News. “I believe we need to bring in the nerds, bring in the tech geeks, and I think they will show and demonstrate that we can recover these emails. At least I’d like to try.”
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Another problem for veterans: VA can’t get medical records from DODPosted August 29, 2014 at 9:24 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General has released a new report saying the VA is having major problems getting medical records from the Department of Defense.
The VA itself has been shown to be a broken agency filled with systemic problems related to delays in getting veterans health care, and attempts to cover up those delays. But the VA’s OIG report indicated at the Defense Department may be contributing to the VA’s inability to deliver care promptly.Read More »
How much is the Department of Interior spending on conferences? Don’t ask the Department of InteriorPosted August 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A new report released Thursday says the Department of Interior is not tracking the money it spends on conferences, and is failing to report conference costs publicly, a violation of the Obama administration’s own policy.
The department’s Office of Inspector General’s report noted that the White House Office of Management and Budget has set out rules for conference spending, but said the Department of Interior isn’t following them at all.Read More »
Obama administration offers free ‘back to school’ tips, including what to pack for lunchPosted August 28, 2014 at 2:59 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Parents who might be growing nervous about sending their kids back to school this fall have nothing to fear, as the Obama administration has reams of free advice for both parents and students — right down to what you should pack in your kid’s school lunch.
This week, the Food and Drug Administration posted four different tips for a “healthy and stress-free lunchbox,” although much of the advice seems like a lot of hard work.
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Lawmaker rips DHS for ignoring questions on illegal immigrant transfers to ArizonaPosted August 28, 2014 at 1:29 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) on Thursday accused the Department of Homeland Security for ignoring his questions about what authority the department has to transfer illegal immigrants to Arizona and other states, often without giving any notice to those states.
Gosar’s staff asked this question of DHS staff more than three months ago, and even followed up with a letter to DHS after being told Gosar himself needed to ask them himself. But even after that second attempt, DHS has not replied, which Gosar said is an “insult.”Read More »
Republicans propose Syria travel restrictions to stop Americans from helping Islamic StatePosted August 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Republicans in the House are pushing for passage of a bill that would put new restrictions on U.S. travel to Syria, which they hope will make it harder for the Islamic State to recruit U.S. fighters.
The bill from Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) was introduced back in March, but it could start to enjoy widespread support in light of the news that two Americans may have died fighting for the Islamic State in Syria this week.Read More »
Key lawmaker says Islamic State poses ‘as dangerous a threat matrix’ as he’s ever seenPosted August 28, 2014 at 11:06 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said late Wednesday that the ability of the Islamic State to draw fighters from Europe, Canada and America poses a major security threat to the United States that must be dealt with immediately.
“This is as dangerous a threat matrix as I have ever seen in my time on the Intel Committee, which is about 10 years,” Rogers said on Fox News Wednesday night. “It is serious. We need to address it.”
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Are There Still 8.1 Million People Enrolled in Obamacare? GOP Senators Demand an UpdatePosted August 28, 2014 at 9:51 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
FDA sides with your parents, says tattoos hurt, could cause infectionPosted August 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Food and Drug Administration is warning people that getting a tattoo comes with several risks, including the possibility of being infected with HIV or hepatitis, allergic reactions, and other skin problems.
And if you ever decide to remove your tattoo later, the FDA is warning about “pain and high costs.”Read More »
Justice Department watchdog investigating $854K in payments to Amtrak secretaryPosted August 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General says it is investigating wasteful payments of $854,000 over 19 years to an Amtrak secretary for providing ridership information to the Drug Enforcement Agency that the DEA should have been able to get for free.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) highlighted the excessive payments earlier this month, and said this apparent case of wasteful spending was highlighted in an OIG assessment of Amtrak. That report listed the payments as an issue that could be the subject of a criminal action.Read More »
Steve King Threatens Government Shutdown Over Obama’s Pending Immigration MovePosted August 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Does it matter that Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was ‘wiped clean’? Maybe…Posted August 27, 2014 at 12:49 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
An IRS official told a federal court last week that the Blackberry used by former IRS official Lois Lerner was “wiped clean” in 2012, soon after Congress starting probing what would later become known as the IRS targeting scandal.
But according to the government watchdog group Judicial Watch, an IRS lawyer also said last week that the government has a backup system that should retain the emails of Lerner and other IRS workers.Read More »
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