Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
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 Kasperowicz222 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 Kasperowicz347 Comments »
Nancy Pelosi on possible Obama request for ground troops: ‘Whatever it is, I’m against it’Posted September 17, 2014 at 11:27 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that should would oppose any request from President Barack Obama to introduce ground troops into Iraq again.
That possibility was raised on Tuesday, when Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said circumstances could change in Iraq, which could require U.S. ground troops at some future point in order to fight the Islamic State more effectively.Read More »
One Dem’s proposal for the NFL: Tax the league, use the money for domestic violence programsPosted September 17, 2014 at 9:56 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has introduced legislation this week that would end the tax-exempt status of the National Football League and other professional sports leagues, and use the tax revenue to fund domestic violence programs.
Booker’s announcement came just as the NFL has come under increased scrutiny on the issue of domestic violence, as Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended from the league after a video surfaced in which he punches his wife unconscious in an elevator. Another running back, Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, has been suspended after he was indicted for child abuse.Read More »
House slaps down IRS for using personal emails for workPosted September 17, 2014 at 9:08 am by Pete Kasperowicz
In a late Tuesday night vote, the House easily passed legislation that would prohibit all IRS officials from using their personal email for work-related purposes.
It was one in a series of bills aimed at reining abuses at the IRS and elsewhere in the government. Members also approved a bill making it easier to punish senior officials for misbehavior, and making it harder for them to stay on administrative leave with pay.Read More »
Ted Cruz Says Obama’s Plan for Islamic State is ‘Defined by Its Confusion’Posted September 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Good news on Ebola: Health official confident U.S. healthcare system can contain the virusPosted September 16, 2014 at 4:04 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A top U.S. health official warned Tuesday that the Ebola virus is “ferocious and spreading exponentially” in Western Africa, but said the U.S. healthcare system should be able to prevent an outbreak in North America.
“It is important to note that we do not view ebola as a significant public health threat to the United States,” said Beth Bell, who directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.Read More »
The debt-ridden federal government is encouraging people to pay down their debtPosted September 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Obama administration’s Department of Labor is encouraging people to save money for retirement and make plans to pay down debt, advice the federal government itself hasn’t taken in more than a decade.
Labor posted an article on its website called “Do the Math — and Save” that directs people to several online tools they can use to estimate how much they need to save for retirement, develop a cash-flow plan, and “make a plan to reduce debt.”Read More »
Census Bureau: Noncitizen income rose 15 times faster than income of native U.S. workers in 2013Posted September 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday that household income for noncitizens working in the United States rose 6.0 percent between 2012 and 2013, 15 times more than the paltry 0.4 percent increase for households led by native-born U.S. workers.
Census said income households led by foreign-born workers, which includes noncitizens and naturalized citizens, rose 1.7 percent over the same period of time. That’s still about four times higher than the 0.4 percent increase for native born workers.Read More »
Dems Downplay Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi Probe, Say All Questions Have Been ‘Investigated and Answered’Posted September 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Republicans slam report that shows taxpayers are funding elective abortionsPosted September 16, 2014 at 10:47 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Republican leaders on Tuesday blasted a new government report indicating that taxpayer money is likely being used to subsidize the purchase of health care plans that cover abortion services, even though Democrats explicitly promised that public money would not be used to fund abortion.
The GAO report was produced at the request of House Republican leaders, who said it’s example of a broken promise by President Barack Obama and his supporters.Read More »
Arizona senators dare to ask: Why haven’t any VA officials been fired?Posted September 16, 2014 at 9:11 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) are pressing Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to quickly fire VA officials involved in the health care scandal, and are asking why nothing has happened several weeks after Congress passed a bill allowing the VA to quickly dismiss or demote employees.
“[W]e stress the importance of taking swift action and using the authority Congress has provided you to quickly remove the senior leaders at the VA who perpetrated the scandal of denied and delayed care for our nation’s heroes,” they wrote McDonald on Monday.Read More »
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- Rand Paul says Dems are 'intellectually dishonest' by claiming war authority
- This could be the nicest confrontation between a biker and a cop you've seen
- Eric Holder launches federal effort to reduce racial tensions between cops, communities
- Sen. Bernie Sanders cut a record in 1987 and it's exactly what you'd expect
- 'One cannot win the war with blankets': Ukraine President Poroshenko's address to Congress