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White House quarrels with press on sequester

7:12 pm Feb. 28, 2013

Reporters in recent days have been taking a much more skeptical view of White House claims related to how automatic budget cuts will impact Americans in coming weeks, as reporters on Wednesday again tangled at a briefing with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney over the central issue of whether …

GAO reports on travel by Attorney General, FBI Director

9:54 am Feb. 28, 2013

Congressional investigators report that the feds spent $1.5 million over four years just to fly a plane to the main airport in Washington, D.C., in order to put that aircraft into position to then fly the Attorney General and FBI Director on both official and private trips. Overall, the tab …

More wrangling over sequester, but no deal

10:07 pm Feb. 27, 2013

After a closed door meeting with GOP leaders on Wednesday, rank and file Republicans in the House signaled their approval of plans to push ahead next week with a bill to fund the operations of the government, a plan which would also maintain the $85 billion in budget cuts in …

Senate Democrats roll out sequester bill

8:30 pm Feb. 26, 2013

Senate Democrats have unveiled a bill dealing with pending automatic budget cuts which would ward off some of the cuts by focusing spending reductions on farm and defense programs, and also includes tax increases on wealthy Americans and the oil and gas industry. “It would replace half of the first …

Release of illegal immigrants irks GOP

2:51 pm Feb. 26, 2013

In a move that could inflame partisan tensions over both automatic budget cuts and efforts to move immigration reform legislation through the Congress, the Obama Administration has started releasing some illegal immigrants now being held by the feds. This was the story from the Associated Press earlier today that confirmed …

More questions about automatic budget cuts

3:34 pm Feb. 25, 2013

As the deadline approaches on $85 billion in automatic cuts to the federal budget this Friday, there is one question that keeps getting repeated by my listeners and readers – are these cuts real? Again, I will say that they are real cuts in the short term. Really.   “I …

White House goes state by state on sequester

10:27 pm Feb. 24, 2013

Rejecting assertions of fear mongering, the White House on Sunday rolled out details of how $85 billion in automatic budget cuts scheduled to hit on Friday would hit all fifty states and Washington, D.C., painting a picture of job losses, economic hardship, health troubles and education setbacks. “Unless Congress acts …

Not all budget cuts are created equal

9:00 pm Feb. 24, 2013

As Washington, D.C. furiously plans for $85 billion in budget cuts that could kick in starting this Friday, most federal employees will not feel an immediate change, as any furloughs won’t begin until April. That’s because under federal law, workers get a 30 day notice of possible furloughs, and they …

FAA may close air traffic towers at smaller airports

12:50 pm Feb. 22, 2013

The threat of across the board budget cuts has the U.S. Department of Transportation also talking about furloughs of workers at the Federal Aviation Administration, and that could mean both delays in air travel for travelers and the closure of air traffic towers at smaller airports nationwide. Here is a …

White House push back continues on sequester

7:17 am Feb. 22, 2013

Stung by criticism in an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times, the White House continued its aggressive campaign to push back on issues related to automatic budget cuts set to hit on March 1, rejecting talk that the President has not been specific on what he wants to do …