Hoyer Says Federal Budget May Not Be Balanced for 20 Years
Washington (CNSNews.com) House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on Tuesday it may take as many as 20 years to balance the federal budget after years of deficit spending in Washington. Hoyer noted that even his 20-year estimate was based on a robustly growing economy.
Republicans Expose 'Legislative Fraud' in ObamaCare
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is blasting Democrats for "legislative fraud of the highest order." She says the Democrats' health care bill contains baked-in funding to be used for implementing Obamacare, which will make the law even more difficult to repeal. She is demanding that Democrats give back the advance appropriations that were buried in the enormous bill.
Republican Lawmaker Accuses HHS Secretary of Budget Shenanigans: 'Youre Double Counting'
(CNSNews.com) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted at a House hearing last week that $500 billion in Medicare cuts contained in the Democrats health care law is being counted in two ways: both to shore up Medicare and to fund health-care reform. There is an issue here on the budget, because your own actuary has said, you cant double-count, Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) told Sebelius.
U.S. Treasury Drew Down Its Cash Balance by $81.6 Billion in Just First 4 Days of March
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Treasury is depleting its cash at an accelerating pace, drawing down its cash balance by $81.6 billion in the just the first four days of March, leaving the federal government with only $108.9 billion on hand, according to the Daily Treasury Statement released Monday afternoon. Were the government to continue to draw down its cash balance at the $20.4 billion-per-day rate that prevailed in the first four days of March, it would spend its way through its final $108.9 billion in little more than five days.
DHS Caught and Released 369 Nigerians in 9 Months After Flight 253 Attack; 15 Became Fugitives
(CNSNews.com) - Because of the Homeland Security Department's practice of catching and releasing suspected Nigerian immigration violators, 52 Nigerian illegal-alien suspects ended up becoming fugitives in the United States in fiscal years 2009 and 2010 alone. These 52 Nigerian fugitives include 15 who DHS caught and released in the 9 months following Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempt to blow up Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009.
Obama Administration Responding to 228 Proposals -- Some From Libya, Cuba, North Korea -- on Human Rights in the U.S.
(CNSNews.com) The United States human rights record will be back in the spotlight at the U.N. Human Rights Council next week, when the U.S. delegation provides its response to more than 200 recommendations made by other governments, ranging from liberal democracies to the repressive regimes ruling Libya, Iran, Cuba, North Korea and China. The recommendations cover a broad range of issues, from combating Islamophobia to scrapping Arizonas controversial immigration law.
Rep. Waxman: Climate Change is 'Moral Issue' Comparable to Civil Rights
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Mich.) says climate change is a moral issue, and he criticized Republicans for their attempts to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agencys authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Republicans have adopted anti-science views and compared the climate change issue to the debate in America on civil rights.
Pakistan Government Not Expected to Challenge Blasphemy Laws
(CNSNews.com) Almost a week after Pakistans only Christian government minister was shot dead by Islamists angered by his opposition to national blasphemy laws, the U.S.-backed government has given no indication that it is willing to confront radicals determined to keep the laws in place. In a Washington Post op-ed, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari appealed for more understanding and patience from the international community as Pakistans confronts what he called the battle between extremism and moderation.
White House Avoids Comment on Botched ATF Project Gunrunner Operation, Wont Say If President Is Aware
Washington (CNSNews.com) The White House would not weigh in Monday on a brewing controversy over a botched sting operation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in which guns that the ATF funneled to smugglers in the U.S. ended up at crime scenes in Mexico where U.S. law enforcement agents were killed.
FDA Draft Report Says Menthol Cigarettes No Riskier Than Others
(CNSNews.com) After reviewing years of tobacco industry data and independent science, the Food and Drug Administration cannot find evidence that menthol cigarettes are any more harmful than any other type of cigarette. However, an FDA committee left a back door open to some sort of regulation, saying that because of their flavor, menthols may be harder to quit or may encourage people to begin smoking.
NPR Gets a Tremendous Amount of Criticism for Being Too Conservative, CEO Schiller Says
(CNSNews.com) - "Certainly we do get criticized about all manner of things, National Public Radio President and CEO Vivian Schiller said on Monday. She said she wishes that NPR's critics "could be in our editorial meetings and see what goes on and the care that our reporters and our journalists and other editors take to get it right." She admitted that when it comes to liberal bias, NPR has "erred in the past," but "we make corrections, and we always strive to do better.
Taxpayer 'Investment' in 'Public Media' Is Key to NPR's Success, CEO Says
(CNSNews.com) - The president and CEO of National Public Radio (NPR), Vivian Schiller, said federal funding is critical to NPRs success. The fact that we have four sources of revenue - listeners, philanthropy, corporate and government - helps ensure that public media is not beholden to any one source of revenue, said Schiller. Indeed, it is through this diversity of funding that we are able to maintain our journalistic independence.
Washington (CNSNews.com) President Barack Obama has ended a two-year ban on military trials for terrorism suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, signing an executive order Monday that reverses the policy he put in place shortly after he took office. Obama stressed that his administration still may try terror suspects in civilian courts, a point of major controversy.
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