Washington — President Barack Obama has signed a bill to continue financial benefits to families of fallen troops during the government shutdown. The White House says Obama signed the measure into law Thursday hours after the Senate cleared it for his signature. Final passage came a day after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said a military charity, the Fisher House Foundation, would make the benefit payments during the shutdown. The lapse in funding meant the Pentagon had no authority to continue the payments. (Snip) Twenty-nine members of the military have died during active duty since parts of the government shut down
Comments: Boehner and his boys are putting a "Putin slap" on Zero and Dingy Harry!
this is disgusting........the military did not serve, fight and die for the Fisher House Foundation.....they fought and died for the United States of America.........the offer was a generous one but it is not appropriate to turn over that responsibility to them.......Obama has made a dreadful mistake by not signing death benefits...
Sometimes it´s good to go through hard times. It´s a learning experience. I only suspected that all Park Rangers disdained the little people, those uneducated, bothersome, irksome, environmentally dumb city dwellers. I thought they were inordinately proud of themselves, but alas, we now know the truth... they are just brown shirt Nazi´s who hate your guts for fouling the park air. It´s their park, don´t you know.
Well, if we ever get a good Republican in the WH again, we should start a program of hiring real people to run the parks, not gun toting, overpaid would be armed enforcers. Better yet, let the job out to the lowest bidder. That would still be an improvement.
I will never forget how these people acted during this Obama fake crisis.
I actually thought that the death benefit was bought from private insurance.Guess I was misinformed.
But forget the argument over paying these benefits,how are we losing so many soldiers in a war Obama has already surrendered on? There´s talebans still alive and well because Obama gave the orders to stop killing them and the standard excuse is they´re too close to civilians so Pentagon lawyers call off attacks all the time. The talean headquaters itself around schools,hosiptals etc. as human shields,one of the dirtiest tactics in the Islamic playbook.
Really laughable that Obama suddenly remembers we have laws. Amazing how he suddenly decides to follow one that denies death benefits to the families of our fallen soldiers. This is the most despicable act of any President in my lifetime.
Anybody of sound mind who´s paying the least bit of attention to the ´facts´ knows this outrageous turn of events regarding our four dead American heroes lies squarely on the shoulders of Obama, Hagel, Holder and other administration officials. They and their disdain, lack of respect and their disregard for our military men and women - particularly on this issue - are despicable and disgusting.
That this bunch would use this particular issue - grieving families of these dead soldiers - to ´get at´ the republicans is unspeakably evil. This shameful episode in our nation´s history is something most of us will never forget, or forgive.
This is driving me nuts. Fox News keeps asking has anyone confirmed if WH attorneys were involved in the decision not to pay the death benefits. They don´t need confirmation. Every federal department and agency has a general counsel; a staff of govt attorneys and there is at least one who is the special counsel between the department and the Spite House. These special counsel alert the Spite House to anything sensitive at the dept level and the Spite House Counsel´s office monitors department´s response to anything sensitive;or even routine. The Spite House does not operate in a vacuum; having no clue what each department is doing. There are weekly reports, etc. The Spite House aka Obama knew exactly what was going on; well, he was briefed, but I doubt it registered with him.
#14 is correct and there is also a departmental liaison to the WH.
Congress passed the Pay Our Military bill before the shutdown to prevent disruptions at DoD, specifically those telegraphed by Pentagon CEO Ashton Carter, who along his comptroller chose to intentionally violate that law...Carter was forced to resign yesterday...
On Friday, September 27, three days before the shutdown, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale briefed reporters in coordination with the WH on an eight page plan he developed for a shutdown...among other things, he told reporters -- military personnel would not be paid until Congress reaches a deal to fund the government...AND...military death benefits to families could be delayed in some cases, but workers involved in transferring the bodies of war dead and conducting funeral services for members of the armed forces would continue their duties—Hale also showed the draconian cover memo for this plan signed by his boss, Aston Carter...
With neither Valjar or Barry being real quick on the uptake, it may have finally occurred to them that their sinking approval rating is related to their hostile actions against America. And who knows, they may even have noticed that an election is only a year away.
Never forget that ALL decisions about how to implement the (partial) shutdown are made by the Executive branch of the Federal government. That is, the President and his appointees. Obama is responsible for all of the hurt inflected on the American people.
Through both word and deed, Obama is showing himself to be a really nasty piece of work!
This whole "close the parks scam" has a purpose of course, to add yet another militaristic against the citizens armed uniformed body. A new SS. A new Nazi beginning. Anything to intimidate citizens. Chaos is here, and our communist media and Congress are playing along with it all.David Horowitz article yesterday, was a great opening shot at turning this propaganda war around 180. He says, what I´ve been saying for years, Stop calling dedicated, destructive Communists by the good names of "liberals" and progressives". Simple, take away their FAKE ID !
From Silicon Valley to Wall Street, simplicity is the new watchword. Books with titles like "Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity" and "The Laws of Simplicity" are must reading in boardrooms. (Snip) The Government Accountability Office last year calculated that for the IRS alone, implementing ObamaCare would be a "massive undertaking that involves 47 different statutory provisions and extensive coordination." Among them: "disclosure of taxpayer information for determining subsidy eligibility," "drug manufacturer tax" and "high-cost health plan tax." Senate staffers created a mind-boggling graphic showing ObamaCare´s various agencies and regulators, which can be viewed at http://1.usa.gov/acamess
The Republicans´ obsession with Obamacare has been variously described as a tactical ploy to preserve the semblance of unity in a divided party or as a fundraising magnet to raise money from the sort of folks who think President Obama is a reincarnation of Lenin. It may be either (or both). (Snip) Focusing on Obamacare in general, and mandatory coverage in particular, could prove a plausible strategy for broadening the anti-Obama coalition to include voters in their 20s and 30s by bringing attention to what economists call the "cross-subsidy" inherent in any insurance system based on mandatory coverage.
California is spending nearly $15 million to build 10 hydrogen fueling stations, even though just 227 hydrogen-powered vehicles exist in the state today. (Snip) The project is part of a sprawling but little-known state program that packs a powerful financial punch: It spent $1.6 billion last year on a myriad of energy-efficiency and alternative-energy projects. Even as California has scaled back education, law enforcement and assistance to the disabled in this era of financial stress, the energy program has continued unrestrained and is expected to grow significantly in coming years. State agencies have invested in milk trucks that run on
Buenos Aires - Argentina is studying authorizing crude imports from Nigeria to help counter a long decline in oil and natural gas output that has hurt its trade balance, two newspapers reported on Saturday, both citing an anonymous source with knowledge of the matter. South America´s No. 2 economy has tough import barriers and strict currency controls meant to stem capital flight, making it tricky for oil companies to meet their needs.(Snip)The plan under analysis mulls establishing a quota system to permit imports of Nigerian Bonny Light crude oil, daily La Nacion reported. Argentina, estimated to hold 802 trillion cubic
The US shale gas boom will spread "far and wide," the head of Saudi Aramco said Monday, announcing the state oil giant was set to supply gas to a massive Saudi power plant project. The world´s largest oil exporter launched an unconventional gas program in northern Saudi Arabia two years ago, as it sought alternative domestic fuel supplies that would allow an expansion of lucrative oil exports. (Snip) Oil Minister Ali Naimi estimated in March that Saudi Arabia had 600 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas. With domestic energy consumption rising, Saudi Arabia has less oil available for
Pope Francis will make his first visit to Israel in March. The pope told his close friend, Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka, of his lifelong dream to visit the Holy Land, and of his intentions to visit Israel and Bethlehem, Channel 2 reported on Sunday. Skorka is expected to join Pope Francis on his visit. According to Channel 2, the pope hopes his visit will bring a message of reconciliation. He dreams of embracing Rabbi Skorka in front of the Western Wall, in order to send out a message against anti-Semitism. Last week, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein visited the Vatican and
Iran´s Jewish community has called on US President Barack Obama to seize an "unrepeatable" opportunity to mend ties with Tehran following Iranian President Hassan Rouhani´s overtures to the US, AFP reported on Sunday. "If the US and the international community do not make the best of this golden and perhaps unrepeatable opportunity, then it will be in the benefit of those who are against the normalization of ties between Iran and the US," the head of the Jewish community in Tehran wrote in an open letter to the US president. Homayoun Sameyah Najaf Abady also rejected the suggestion made by
London-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the window for diplomacy with Iran over its nuclear program is "cracking open," but that "no deal is better than a bad deal." Kerry made the comments in a speech Sunday via satellite from London to a foreign policy conference in California by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel lobbying organization in the United States. (Snip) The focus on Iran´s number program comes before the start of negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany that are set for Tuesday and Wednesday
It is feared a deadly drug known as ´cannibal heroin´ which eats flesh from the inside out is about to hit the UK. Krokodil, which is like heroin and originated in Russia 10 years ago, turns users into zombies as their bodies begin to rot leaving addicts with reptilian skin. (Snip) In Russia around 30,000 people die from the affects of the drug every year yet it is thought about a quarter of a million people in the country are now hooked on the poison. Addiction is spreading among young people and even those who manage to quit come away
Millions of Americans may be wrestling with computer glitches to try to sign up for Obamacare, but many people eligible just won’t bother and will pay a price for it. Some will flout the mandate to buy coverage on ideological grounds, a health insurance version of civil disobedience. Some will opt for the penalty because it’s cheaper than paying for insurance, even with subsidies, as long as they don’t get sick and have to pay their own medical bills. And some are so confused about the president’s health care law that they may not even realize they have to pay
The shipwreck off Malta that claimed the lives of more than 30 migrants revealed yet another facet of Syria´s humanitarian nightmare, the largest displacement of people in decades. Since the start of the Syrian uprising in March 2011 some seven million people, nearly a third of the population, have been displaced, with two million of them fleeing across the border, according to UN figures. (Snip) Some 47,000 Syrians have sought asylum in Europe, leading to calls from several nations for a unified EU response which has yet to materialise. Since the start of the year, Syrians have filed some 13,000
Thousands rioted Sunday in Moscow, bashing in the doors and windows of a shopping centre and beating up security guards in a nationalist protest sparked by a murder blamed on a migrant. The crowd, chanting "Russia for Russians", also beat down the doors of a nearby vegetable warehouse where many immigrants were working, an AFP photographer reported. (Snip) The riot in Moscow´s southern Biryulyovo district broke out over the killing Thursday of a 25-year-old local man who was stabbed to death as his fiancee watched. The murderer fled the scene but was caught on surveillance cameras that suggested he could
The rights of a transgendered Colorado high school student are being put ahead of girls the boy harasses in the girls bathroom. A male student at Florence (CO) High School who claims to be transgendered has caused controversy by harassing female students in the girls room, but will not face any discipline – this despite vocal protests from the girls’ parents. ‘The boy’s rights as a transgender trump their daughters’ privacy rights,’ the school has told concerned parents, according to CBN. Unidentified because all involved are minors, the students are being threatened with removal from sports teams or even hate crime charges
The Los Angeles Times headline said it all: "Rep. Paul Ryan Fails to Close Republican Divide." When this became Ryan´s job, or whether his now "controversial" Wall Street Journal op-ed was even an attempt at doing that, is anyone´s guess. But once again, Republicans have decided to cannibalize themselves viciously and needlessly instead of uniting over common goals. To be clear, the divide on the right isn´t over policy. No Republican I´ve met thinks Obamacare is good legislation. No one is suggesting capitulation on the debt ceiling. Everyone wants spending cuts, entitlement reform and deficit reduction. Where we´re divided is over tactics. Incidentally, Ryan
It’s a buyer’s market for President Barack Obama. With House and Senate Republicans preparing competing proposals to end the government shutdown and avert a default on the nation’s debt, Obama hasn’t shown any inclination to jump at the first offer. The plan House Republicans presented to the White House on Thursday night wasn’t enticing enough, and there is a sense in Washington that the GOP’s scramble to avoid further political pain from this latest fiscal crisis will give Obama plenty of opportunity to define the terms of a settlement. At this point, White House officials won’t even describe
Every week during halftime of Sunday Night Football, Bob Costas gets to recite a personal essay about whatever hot topic strikes his fancy. This Sunday he chose the Redskins name, and spent a few minutes offering his commentary on the subject. Here is his statement in full. With Washington playing Dallas here tonight, it seems like an appropriate time to acknowledge the ongoing controversy about the name, “Redskins.” Let’s start here: there’s no reason to believe that owner Daniel Snyder, or any official or player from his team, harbors animus towards Native Americans, or chooses to disrespect them. This is
When I have described the well-considered, coherent political and economic strategies of the conservative white South, as I have done here, here and here, I am sometimes been accused of being a “conspiracy theorist.” But one need not believe that white-hooded Dragons and Wizards are secretly coordinating the actions of Southern conservative politicians from a bunker underneath Stone Mountain in Georgia to believe that a number of contemporary policies — from race-to-the-bottom economic policies to voter disfranchisement and attempts to decentralize or privatize federal social insurance entitlements — serve the interests of those who promote them, who tend to be
Ted Cruz’s “aw shucks” act is wearing thin. The Republican senator from Texas likes to pretend he is above the fray of Washington bickering, focused on large issues and too big to engage character assassination. But the reality is that Cruz is the Republican king of nasty attacks. He explodes rhetorical nuclear bombs on his opponents, only to feign outrage when his victims respond in kind, or in many cases, with relative spitballs. Take his defund Obamacare effort. The tactic to eliminate President Obama’s health care law had zero prospect of success, which Cruz undoubtedly knew despite what he sold the conservative
Good morning. Over the past few days, I’ve met with Republicans and Democrats from both houses of Congress in an effort to reopen your government and remove the dangers of default from our economy. It’s a positive development that House Republicans have agreed on the need to avoid the economic consequences of not meeting our country’s commitments. Because once the debt ceiling is raised, and the shutdown is over, there’s a lot we can accomplish together. We’ve created seven and a half million new jobs in the past three and a half years. Now let’s create more. We’ve cut our deficits in half over
Boston – A possible glitch in a computer system upgrade was causing major problems nationwide with the Electronic Benefits Transfer System on Saturday, as a countless number of shoppers found themselves stranded at the register. Reports from around the country began pouring in around 9 a.m. on Saturday that customers’ EBT cards were not working in stores. The glitch, however, did not appear to be part of the government shutdown. At 2 p.m., an EBT customer service representative told CBS Boston that the system was currently down for a computer system upgrade. The representative said the glitch is affecting people
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) attended a rally protesting the closure of the World War II Memorial, according to reports. The lawmakers and the former governor – and 2008 GOP vice-presidential nominee – joined a crowd that removed barricades at the memorial and chanted “tear down these walls,” according to Washington, D.C., radio station WTOP. (Snip) The presence of a Confederate flag at the protest, which later moved to the White House, sparked an uproar on Twitter.
WASHINGTON — In March, Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the Obama administration’s new online insurance marketplace, told industry executives that he was deeply worried about the Web site’s debut. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience,” he told them. Two weeks after the rollout, few would say his hopes were realized. For the past 12 days, a system costing more than $400 million and billed as a one-stop click-and-go hub for citizens seeking health insurance has thwarted the efforts of millions to simply log in. The growing national outcry has deeply embarrassed the White House, which
HONOLULU — A unit of the U.S. Department of Defense has been holding so-called "arrival ceremonies" for seven years, with an honor guard carrying flag-draped coffins off of a cargo plane as though they held the remains of missing American service men and women returning that day from old battlefields. After NBC News raised questions about the arrival ceremonies, the Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that no honored dead were in fact arriving, and that the planes used in the ceremonies often couldn´t even fly but were towed into position. The solemn ceremonies at a military base in Hawaii are a sign of the
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called on House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to work with House Speaker John Boehner to pass a grand bargain deal that would end the government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling, and protect Obamacare by not delaying or defunding it. On ABC News’ This Week, Graham said Ryan should team with Boehner to pass some kind of deal “that doesn’t delay or defund [Obamacare] but would be good government.”