Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
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 »
Eric Holder says voter fraud problem ‘doesn’t exist’Posted September 26, 2014 at 10:24 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Just a day after announcing his resignation as Attorney General, Eric Holder told the Congressional Black Caucus that voter ID laws are an answer to a problem that “doesn’t exist,” implying that he does not believe voter fraud is a problem.
Many Republican states have reported voter fraud, and have imposed voter ID laws in part to ensure that illegal immigrants aren’t able to vote. But Holder indicated Friday that he believes those claims are exaggerated, and have led to laws at the state level that can end up disenfranchising voters.Read More »
EPA’s Next Target: America’s DentistsPosted September 26, 2014 at 9:23 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Could Holder’s resignation help Democrats keep the Senate?Posted September 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A conservative radio host theorized Thursday that President Barack Obama could try to use the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder to help Democrats keep the Senate this fall, and that Holder’s resignation may have even been timed to help produce that result.
Andrew Wilkow of the Wilkow Majority show on Sirius XM said Thursday that the resignation will allow Obama to pick a controversial nominee to become the next Attorney General, which could help motivate Democrats to run out and vote to keep Democrats in charge of the Senate. With just a handful of weeks left before the election, Democrats appear to be at great risk of losing the Senate.
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Watch: U.S. airstrike takes out Islamic State-controlled oil refineryPosted September 25, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Defense Department on Thursday released video of a U.S. airstrike against a mobile oil refinery in Syria, one of the 12 refineries controlled by the Islamic State that were targeted by U.S. missiles on Wednesday night.
Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby told reporters that the U.S. targeted refineries that are capable of producing 300 to 500 barrels of refined petroleum each day. While small, the refineries are seen as a key source of revenue for the Islamic State, also known as ISIL.Read More »
Conservatives Mock Holder on the Way Out: Only AG to ‘Disagree with Both the 1st and 2nd Amendments’Posted September 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Oops… EPA chief says costs of saving the environment ‘outweigh the benefits’Posted September 25, 2014 at 11:45 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy slipped up while making a speech Thursday by saying the costs of protecting the environment are larger than the benefits.
“The health and economic benefits of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments by themselves… the costs outweigh the benefits,” she said in remarks at Resources for the Future.Read More »
Members of Congress, Staff Complain About Lack of Info on Obama’s New War on TerrorismPosted September 25, 2014 at 10:27 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
U.S. Immigrant Population Hits Record High: One in Six Adults is Foreign-BornPosted September 25, 2014 at 7:50 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Senate Dem Has a New Plan for Reducing Student Loan Debt — But Only for Government WorkersPosted September 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Obama administration gives schools millions in anti-gun violence grant moneyPosted September 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Education has committed nearly $250 million to the nation’s schools under a program aimed at countering the gun violence.
The grants are part of the White House’s “Now Is The Time” program announced in 2013, which was a response to shootings around the country, including the one at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut.Read More »
Steve King says Obama’s immigration policy aimed at flooding the nation with future DemocratsPosted September 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Wednesday warned that President Barack Obama’s immigration policy is designed explicitly to make it easier for left-leaning illegal immigrants enter the country and stay, in the hopes that they can eventually become lawful voters who vote for Democrats.
“This administration, they want to flood this country with people who either are or will become Democrats,” he said in an interview with TheBlaze. “They know that political calculation.”Read More »
Census Bureau: College enrollment plummeted over the last two yearsPosted September 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday that U.S. college enrollment dropped by 463,000 people from 2012 to 2013, and has fallen by about 930,000 over the last two years.
As of 2013, there were 19.5 million college students, compared with about 20.4 million two years earlier. Census said that two-year drop is larger than any decline it’s seen from 1966 up until the Great Recession.Read More »
Obama fails to hit up UN members for unpaid parking ticketsPosted September 24, 2014 at 11:32 am by Pete Kasperowicz
President Barack Obama on Wednesday asked members of the United Nations to work together to end violence and bigotry around the world, even though many of the diplomats he addressed have refused to cooperate on a more basic level by paying off their New York City parking tickets.
A Wall Street Journal report this week said diplomats owe the city about $16 million in unpaid tickets, most of which are more than a decade old and seem likely to never be repaid.
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GOP bill forces feds to pay states for detention, education costs of illegalsPosted September 24, 2014 at 10:25 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) has proposed new legislation that would require the federal government to reimburse states for the costs they incur by detaining and educating illegal immigrants.
Her Accountability in Foreign Aid Act reflects a longstanding Republican complaint that states are bearing the brunt of the Obama administration’s failure to enforce the border, and attempts to allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the country.Read More »
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- The next big fight: How much direction should Congress give to Obama in the war against the Islamic State?
- Dems propose government-funded savings accounts for kids
- The two words conservatives can say to win any argument about climate change, according to Will Cain and S.E. Cupp
- Steny Hoyer slams Ayn Rand: 'Compromise is not evil'
- Does school start too early? Dems propose a government study