Pete Kasperowicz turns up the heat in Washington, providing an inside look into Congress
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 »
House to require reporting every three months on Obama’s Syria planPosted September 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The House Armed Services Committee on Monday introduced language that authorizes President Barack Obama to arm and train Syrian fighters against the Islamic State, but it also requires the administration to provide progress reports every three months.
The committee proposed the language as an amendment to a short-term government funding bill that the House is expected to pass this week. But as expected, Republicans were thought to be adding language that requires the Obama administration to give Congress constant updates about how its plan to arm Syrian rebels is faring.
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Obama forced to withdraw controversial Justice Department nomineePosted September 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
President Barack Obama on Monday formally withdrew a controversial choice to be an assistant Attorney General at the Justice Department, after the Senate — including seven Democrats — rejected the nominee earlier this year. The White House announced the Deb Adegbile was no longer in the running to work under Attorney General Eric Holder.Read More »
State rejects report that key Benghazi documents were withheldPosted September 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The State Department on Monday rejected a report saying that senior officials purposely withheld sensitive documents from the group that was investigating the 2012 attack against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Earlier in the day, the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal reported that senior officials worked to identify and withhold potentially damaging documents from the Accountability Review Board, which was investigating the incident. That story said former Deputy Assistance Secretary Ray Maxwell watched State Department officials and even some top aides to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sift through documents.
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Obama Hasn’t Figured Out Whether His Islamic State ‘Strategy’ Should Involve Bombing Terrorist LeadersPosted September 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
GOP demanding oversight of Obama’s plans for SyriaPosted September 15, 2014 at 11:12 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Republicans are looking to add significant oversight language to legislation authorizing the Obama administration to provide weapons and training to moderate Syrian rebels, in an effort to force the administration to keep Congress in the loop as it tries to stabilize the Middle East.
The House Armed Services Committee is working on language authorizing the administration to act in Syria, and is expected to have it ready for a House vote later this week, according to House aides.Read More »
GOP senator says Obama, like Teddy Roosevelt, thinks the Constitution is a ‘nuisance’Posted September 15, 2014 at 9:57 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Sunday said President Barack Obama is emulating one of the worst traits of GOP President Teddy Roosevelt — his disregard for the Constitution.
Grassley tweeted late Sunday night that Obama “considers the Constitution a nuisance.” While Grassley wasn’t more specific, many Republicans have complained about Obama’s various unilateral decisions to amend and delay Obamacare, change immigration rules, and even engage in military action without considering Congress.
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When Pres Obama says I hv pen and ph if Congress won't I will he's like the Roosevelts he considers Constitution a nuisance
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 15, 2014
The Phoenix VA is still paying its corrupt director, and hasn’t picked a replacementPosted September 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Arizona’s two senators and nine members of the House are calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to find a permanent director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs office, as the VA is still paying its director who has been accused of fraud and mismanagement, and has relied on interim directors in the meantime.
Sharon Helman was put on leave in the wake of the VA health care scandal, in which VA officials manipulated data to make it appear that veterans were not waiting very long before seeing doctors, and then tried to cover up that scandal.Read More »
White House says it doesn’t have ‘any plan’ to propose language authorizing Islamic State planPosted September 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The White House said Friday that it has no plans to send Congress proposed language that would authorize the Obama administration to carry out its plans to expand airstrikes against the Islamic State and help moderate Syrians.
“At this point, we have not, and I don’t know of any plan to do so at this point,” White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said when asked if the White House would send Congress language.Read More »
Lois Lerner fallout: GOP looks to stop IRS workers from using personal email at workPosted September 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Republican House next week plans to take up three IRS-related bills, including one that would prevent all IRS officials from using their personal email while at work.
The issue has come up in the GOP investigation of former IRS employee Lois Lerner and her role in the IRS targeting scandal. Not only has the IRS said it lost more than two years’ worth of Lerner’s emails, but it has become clear that Lerner used her personal email for work purposes.
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Garages with 27-foot ceilings: Government wastes millions building fancy houses for border officersPosted September 12, 2014 at 11:51 am by Pete Kasperowicz
A new report says U.S. Customs and Border Protection has wasted millions of dollars building excessively large homes with luxury amenities in Arizona for border officials, despite a recommendation to build much less expensive apartment-style housing.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General reported that CBP ended up spending an average of $680,000 per house for 21 family-style houses, in an area where the average home costs just $86,500.Read More »
Harry Reid Has Backtracked on a Bold Promise From Earlier This YearPosted September 12, 2014 at 10:16 am by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
The Latest Obstacle to Exercising Your Second Amendment Rights Could Be Your Local BankPosted September 12, 2014 at 8:55 am by Pete Kasperowicz182 Comments »
Obama said ‘America is safer,’ but these two senators disagreePosted September 11, 2014 at 4:07 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) argued Thursday that America is not safer under the Obama administration as President Barack Obama’s himself proclaimed in a nationally televised address to the nation.
Obama said Wednesday that his administration has “taken the fight” to terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, even as it has brought most troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.Read More »
Republicans just killed a Democrat plan to give Congress more power by amending the ConstitutionPosted September 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Senate Republicans stuck together on Thursday and voted down a Democratic proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution in order to let Congress regulate political speech by corporations.
Democrats have been arguing for months now that two recent Supreme Court cases have allowed companies to inject millions of dollars into the campaign system, money they say dampens the ability of regular people to have a say in elections.Read More »
Twenty-five Dems agree with GOP, vote for bill letting people keep their health insurance plan if they like itPosted September 11, 2014 at 1:39 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The House approved legislation Thursday that would let people keep their health care plans if they like them, with the help of 25 Democrats.
House Republicans called up the bill in an attempt to make President Barack Obama’s famous promise come true, that people who like their plans can keep them under the 2010 health care law.Read More »
‘An F-16 is not a strategy’: Boehner says GOP has doubts about Obama’s plan for Islamic StatePosted September 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday said many Republicans have significant doubts that President Barack Obama’s game plan for attacking the Islamic State will work, and indicated that Republicans believe a significant commitment of ground troops is the only way to defeat the terrorist group.
“The president’s made clear that he doesn’t want U.S. boots on the ground,” Boehner told reporters. “Well, somebody’s boots have to be on the ground.”Read More »
The One Word Obama Didn’t Use to Describe What We’re Doing in IraqPosted September 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm by Pete KasperowiczRead More »
Is Obama’s plan to fight the Islamic State enough for Republicans?Posted September 11, 2014 at 10:28 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Republicans indicated Wednesday night that they don’t believe President Barack Obama has developed an effective strategy for destroying the Islamic State, which could complicate efforts in Congress to authorize Obama to carry out his plan.
Obama delivered remarks Wednesday night in which he said he wants to increase airstrikes against the group, arm moderate Syrian rebels, offer intelligence services to U.S. allies, and provide humanitarian aid to victims of terrorism.Read More »
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- Good news on Ebola: Health official confident U.S. healthcare system can contain the virus
- The debt-ridden federal government is encouraging people to pay down their debt
- Census Bureau: Noncitizen income rose 15 times faster than income of native U.S. workers in 2013
- Republicans slam report that shows taxpayers are funding elective abortions
- The Cold War-era national security document that America could revive to win today