In the moments just before sleep and after the shelter staff banged on the door to enforce curfew, Sharisse Baltimore and her children said their prayers. The four oldest, curled up on small cots squeezed together in a row, always asked for “safety-ness, happiness and health.” In the fall, Baltimore added something else to the list. She wished for a subsidized housing voucher so her family could move into their own home. Last Friday, that happened. A shortage of affordable housing for larger families with four or more children is a big factor behind crowded conditions at the District’s main
Mindful of the repeated rounds of cuts the military has already endured, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, recently delivered a grim warning: "If you want [the military] to be doing what it´s doing today, then we can´t give you another dollar." His worries reflect reductions that started in 2009 and have reached crippling levels, even in President Obama´s proposals to avert sequestration. I take the general at his word, but I am concerned that the president does not. Sequester hurts national security, not just because 50% of the cuts fall on the military´s 18% share of the overall
The owner of a dog that was ordered put down after it repeatedly bit a Montrose woman last year has appealed, according to Montrose Municipal Court clerks. The appeal for Dutch the dog´s life will be taken up by Montrose County Court. Veteran Jeremiah Aguilar was convicted of owning a dangerous dog in violation of city ordinance. He was ordered on Feb. 14 to hand over Dutch to Animal Control, but did not do so, officials allege. (Snip) Aguilar´s case took the cyber world by storm after initial Internet reports erroneously stated the woman had severely beaten Dutch without provocation.
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is curbing taxpayer funding of congressional trips abroad as part of the belt-tightening prompted by automatic spending cuts that begin Friday, according to Republicans. In a Wednesday meeting with his Republican Conference, Boehner told the lawmakers that delegations headed abroad are forbidden from using taxpayer-funded military aircraft once the cuts take affect, according to Republicans in the room. This includes trips to review ongoing military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, severely limiting lawmakers ability to visit the war regions. The cuts, commonly known as the sequester, will trim $85 billion from federal spending
OKLAHOMA CITY -Dale Robertson, an Oklahoma native who became a star of television and movie Westerns during the genre´s heyday, died Tuesday. He was 89. Robertson´s niece, Nancy Robertson, said her uncle died at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., following a brief illness. Dale Robertson had bit parts in films including "The Boy with the Green Hair" and the Joan Crawford vehicle "Flamingo Road" before landing more high-profile roles such as Jesse James in "Fighting Man of the Plains." In the 1950s, he moved into television, starring in series such as "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957-62),
“Downton Abbey” fans can expects some big changes when the series returns for a fourth season. And no, we’re not just talking about Lady Mary’s new life as a single mother or wild child Rose’s impending move to the Crawley family abode. If a report from the British tabloid the Sun is to be believed, “Downton Abbey” will be adding its first black character next season. According to the paper, producers of the hugely popular period drama have put out casting calls for men ages 25 to 30 to play “Jack Ross,” described as “a musician (singer) at an exclusive club in the '20s.”
A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance. The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl’s constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem. Brinsdon, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and an American father, refused. She believed it was un-American to pledge a loyalty oath to
Wednesday night on CNN, legendary Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward stated that a “very senior person” in the Obama administration had threatened him in an email that Woodward would “regret” it if he continued to press the point that President Obama was the originator of the idea of sequestration, bore responsibility for it, and needed to stop redeploying defense resources to make political points. The Obama aide, Woodward told Politico, “yelled at me for about a half hour” as well. (Snip) So you might expect the rest of the media to stand with Woodward. You’d be wrong. They’re too busy
It’s not only the size of the sequester that has House Republicans fretting. It’s not like the GOP expects the stock market to plummet or furloughs across the federal government to drive up unemployment. House Republicans fear the massive spending cuts set to take effect Friday will result in Congress continuing to cede its constitutional power of the purse. Republicans are fretting that the $85 billion in cuts will transfer big power to the administration. Lawmakers say President Barack Obama’s administration will have unilateral leeway to shutter federal programs and spend the government’s
President Obama’s spokesman said Wednesday that the White House was not involved in the plan to release hundreds of immigrants from detention centers around the country over the past several days. The decision, he said, was made by "career officials” at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, “without any input from the White House.” Immigration officials have tied the mass releases, which began last week and came to light this week, to the looming budget cuts known as sequestration. The move has been welcomed by immigrants’ advocates
I presume everyone remembers how when the New York Times published information about a classified program designed to track the movement of alleged terrorist funding through the international banking system Bush administration officials threatened to prosecute Times reporters and management over what they had done? No you don´t, because although some conservatives and Republicans thought it might be a worth considering it didn´t happen. You can guarantee that if it had, it would have become a TV-radio-newspaper-Internet establishment press obsession for days on end.
It’s a strange place I find myself these days, in my late 30s, and faced with the reality of friends, SEAL brothers, lost and gone from my life. The most recent include my friend Chris Kyle, who was killed last month, and Glen Doherty, who died six months earlier. (Snip) We left the teams on top of our game, as chief petty officers with many career opportunities open to us. But we chose family first and left many people scratching their heads at our decisions. We spoke of this often in our short communications. Chris took no pleasure in taking lives as a sniper, and he doesn’t deserve the criticism that some,
ATLANTIC CITY - Within hours of announcing he would run for a third term as Atlantic City´s mayor, Lorenzo Langford on Wednesday was again embroiled in a long-distance altercation with Gov. Christie, who said the resort´s leader has "no idea what he´s doing" and runs the "most God-awful, wasteful" municipal government in the nation. Langford, 57, a Democrat who four years ago vowed that he had made his last run for mayor, fired back via e-mail that Christie´s record as governor is "one of hypocrisy." Langford did not return calls for direct comment. In a speech to party faithful Tuesday night,
J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP.N) on Wednesday reported its sharpest sales drop since announcing a grand transformation plan 13 months ago, a plunge Chief Executive Ron Johnson is trying to stop by largely reversing his failed no-discounts strategy. In the winter holiday season quarter, the most important for retailers, Penney´s comparable sales fell 31.7 percent, steeper than the 27.8 percent drop Wall Street was anticipating. (Snip) So he unveiled an updated pricing strategy on Wednesday in which Penney will offer deals primarily on its own private brands, but stick to "everyday low prices"
Earlier today the Associated Press reported that a Department of Homeland Security official had resigned in the wake of the Obama administration’s decision to release thousands of illegal aliens awaiting the judicial process. The department cited budget cuts as the reason for the releases, despite the fact that the cuts would hit about one percent of DHS’s budget, and they have not even happened yet. The AP’s story turns out to have been premature. No one has been fired or resigned in the wake of the release scandal. The senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting
On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke with Breitbart News exclusively regarding the upcoming sequestration, slated to hit this Friday. He spoke about the controversial new proposal from Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) to give President Obama almost full discretion on how to cut $85 billion from the budget this year, theoretically forcing him to own the distribution of the cuts; he spoke also about President Obama’s obvious photo-op last-minute invitation to the White House. He also talked at length about President Obama’s plan to stonewall the agenda of the American people
Washington - The United States is significantly stepping up its support for the Syrian opposition, senior administration officials said on Wednesday, helping to train rebels at a base in the region and for the first time offering armed groups nonlethal assistance and equipment that could help their military campaign. (Snip) The offer of nonlethal assistance is expected to come from Secretary of State John Kerry at a meeting on Thursday in Rome with opposition leaders. Mr. Kerry is also expected to raise the prospect of direct financial aid, though officials cautioned that the White House
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said Wednesday he was threatened by a senior Obama administration official following his reporting on the White House´s handling of the forced federal spending cuts set to take effect on Friday. "They´re not happy at all," he said on CNN´s "The Situation Room," adding that an e-mail from a senior administration official - who he would not name - communicated a message which caused him great concern. "It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this," he said. Woodward penned a 2012 book reporting that the idea for the spending cuts,
After getting the most recent update from WHI I had to do some research on one of the more interesting/entertaining portions of that communication – the descriptions of Jim Messina aka “Mr. Poltergeist”…Here is the actual description received by White House Insider regarding Mr. Messina: “Jim is a creepy looking guy. I look odd. Some might say handsome in an odd kind of that guy needs to tone it down a notch kind of way. Messina is just total creepy. Flat out cold sweats keep him away from me creepy.
The City Council overwhelmingly passed two bills on Wednesday that would further restrict New York’s cooperation with federal authorities seeking to deport immigrants. (Snip) Under the program, the fingerprints of a suspect booked at a local jail are sent to the Homeland Security Department and compared with those in its files. If officials find that a suspect is in the country illegally or is a noncitizen with a criminal record, they may issue “a detainer” — a request that the police hold the person so that he or she can be transferred to federal custody. The program has drawn the opposition of immigrants’
A six-year-old boy who has been told that he cannot use the girls’ restroom at his elementary school is being discriminated against, because he is transgender, an LGBT advocacy group claims in a civil rights complaint, according to a report in a Colorado Springs newspaper, The Gazette. Coy Mathis’ mother said her son has lived as a girl, including dressing in girls’ clothing, using the girls’ bathroom at school and having teachers refer to her as a girl. “We socially transitioned her to a girl, which at that age means merely changing pronouns and growing her hair out,”
In a closing commentary on Wednesday, Hardball´s Chris Matthews ranted that opposing gun control could lead to the assassination of a future American president or politician. Matthews fumed that he supports new restrictions because "the next mass shooter could well emerge out of this pack" of the "politically nutty." He lobbied, "Check the shooters of John F. Kennedy and Jerry Ford, who got shot at twice. Look at the men that shot Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and George Wallace. They all had political motives and they all had guns."
Inflation-adjusted spending by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has increased by 51% since fiscal 2008, according to Treasury Department data. In 2008, EPA funding was $7,938,000,000, according to the final Monthly Treasury Statement for fiscal year 2008. That equals $8,464,894,460 in 2012 dollars, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator. Meanwhile, EPA funding was $12,796,000,000 in fiscal year 2012. That’s a 51.1 percent increase over four years. The Obama administration has argued that severe consequences would occur if the sequester
Washington - The historic Voting Rights Act appeared to be in deep trouble Wednesday after the Supreme Court´s conservative justices argued during a racially charged debate that targeting the South for special scrutiny was no longer fair. (Snip) When the Obama administration´s top courtroom lawyer rose to defend the law, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. asked whether the administration thought "citizens in the South are more racist than citizens in the North." No, U.S. Solicitor Gen. Donald Verrilli Jr. said, but there is reason to believe that discrimination in voting remains more of a problem across
First lady Michelle Obama´s three-day, four-city hop scotch to promote the third anniversary of her "Let´s Move!" initiative that cheers healthy eating and exercise will likely cost an estimated $50,000 or more, enough to fund a few programs for kids that the White House fears the sequester will kill. Obama left Washington Wednesday for Clinton, Miss. where she will join celebrity chef Rachael Ray to promote healthy school lunches. She was accompanied by White House chef Sam Kass, her food advisor, and who also manages the first lady´s veggie garden and brews the first family´s honey beer.