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Secret Service chief faces barrage on security breach

2:46 pm Sep. 30, 2014

Taking responsibility for a September 19 security breach that allowed a man to jump the fence and get deep into the White House, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson faced a barrage of bipartisan criticism at a U.S. House hearing, as lawmakers denounced what they labeled a “stunning” and “outrageous” lapse by agents protection the Presidential mansion.

“It is clear that our security plan was not executed properly,” said Pierson.

“I take full

5 weeks to Election Day – U.S. House

2:06 am Sep. 30, 2014

With five weeks until the November elections, there is no doubt that Republicans are the heavy favorite to retain control of the U.S. House. The only question is whether they can expand their advantage in a small number of races that could go either way on Election Day.

Currently, Republicans enjoy an advantage in the House of 233 to 199 seats; of the three vacant seats, two trend to the Democrats

Traficant just one piece of House history

9:18 pm Sep. 28, 2014

The news that Ex-Rep. Jim Traficant (D-OH) had died this weekend after a tractor accident brought back memories of both his time in Congress and the fact that he had been pushing the limits of

Ex-GSA ‘hot tub’ official indicted for fraud

10:00 pm Sep. 25, 2014

Over two years after drawing the ire of Congress about conference spending by the General Services Administration, ex-GSA official Jeff Neely was indicted by a grand jury for fraud, accused by the feds of submitting

Two very different reactions on Eric Holder

1:18 pm Sep. 25, 2014

For over five and a half years, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been a political lightning rod in Washington, D.C., winning strong support among Democrats and bitter denunciations from Republicans.  So, when news of his resignation hit, the reaction of lawmakers was right along those party lines.

Holder has scrapped repeatedly with GOP lawmakers over Operation Fast and Furious, the investigation of whether the IRS targeted more conservative groups and

IG faults use of Star Trek movie in team building

8:54 pm Sep. 24, 2014

An internal investigation at the Commerce Department has faulted a ‘team building’ exercise for a group of government and contract employees involved in a major weather satellite program, where workers first went to lunch and then spent an afternoon watching a matinee showing of a Star Trek movie.

“Even if watching a Star Trek movie as a unit results in greater unity or cohesion, such an event should not be considered

Strikes also hit Al Qaeda splinter group

3:38 pm Sep. 23, 2014

As the Pentagon announced that the U.S. had not only attacked Islamic State targets inside of Syria, but also an Al Qaeda splinter group described by President Obama as “seasoned al Qaeda operatives,” officials said the attack was undertaken to thwart the possibility of a planned terror attack that might even be aimed at the United States.

“These strikes were undertaken to disrupt imminent attack plotting against the United States and

6 weeks to Election Day – Governors

9:14 pm Sep. 22, 2014

From Jacksonville, Florida –

While the fight for control of the U.S. Senate has garnered most of the attention in recent months, there may actually be more races for Governor that could go to either party in the rush to Election Day, as the GOP tries to hold on to its 29-21 edge in statehouses nationwide.

Democrats already are pretty much assured of winning back the Governor’s chair in one state, as

Obama stimulus law still chugging along

2:00 am Sep. 22, 2014

It has been over five and a half years since President Obama signed an economic ‘stimulus’ plan into law, and even though it was intended to immediately spur new economic growth, money from the original $787 billion package is still being spent by federal agencies in 2014, long after it was originally designed to create new jobs.

Just last week for example, Social Security awarded two different contracts with 2009 stimulus

Obama health law enrollment shrinks

12:06 pm Sep. 19, 2014

After trumpeting “over eight million” enrollments just a few months ago in the exchanges for the Obama health law, a top Obama Administration official told Congress on Thursday that the latest report on the number of Americans signed up has shrunk by as much as 10 percent.

“As of August 15 of this year, we have 7.3 million Americans enrolled in the health insurance marketplace coverage,” said Marilyn Tavenner, who heads