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Budget Cuts Get Personal; Those Who Are Hurt, Holler

Budget Cuts Get Personal; Those Who Are Hurt, Holler

Image Source/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The federal budget sequester may be dampening a rise in economic optimism: Nearly four in 10 Americans now say sequestration has hurt them personally, up substantially since it began in March — and they’re …

Army Leaders: Sequestration Could Hurt Fight Against Sexual Assault

Army Leaders: Sequestration Could Hurt Fight Against Sexual Assault

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The secretary of the Army and the Army chief of staff have told senators that sequestration could hurt efforts to deal with sexual assaults within their branch of the military.
In a written statement submitted to t…

USO Fundraises to Salvage Fleet Week

USO Fundraises to Salvage Fleet Week

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard M. Wolff(NEW YORK) — It’s not the Air Force holding a bake sale to buy a bomber, but the United Services Organization is holding a fundraiser to keep Fleet Week afloat after it w…

FAA Suspends Air Traffic Control Furloughs

FAA Suspends Air Traffic Control Furloughs

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Federal Aviation Administration announced Saturday that it is suspending employee furloughs and will restore normal staffing levels at air traffic facilities by Sunday evening, easing more than a week…

Typo Delays Signing of Bill Ending Air Traffic Controller Furloughs

Typo Delays Signing of Bill Ending Air Traffic Controller Furloughs

iStockphoto(WASHINGTON) — Legislators were quick to pass a bill this week that ends furloughs for air traffic controllers in response to the numerous flight delays their absence caused. However, it seems they may have been a little too hasty, as the s…

White House Likes Reid’s Plan to Delay Sequester Cuts

White House Likes Reid’s Plan to Delay Sequester Cuts

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — With the effect of across-the-board spending cuts rippling throughout the country, the White House said Wednesday President Obama supports Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s proposed plan t…

Airport Delays Point to Sequester Cuts

Airport Delays Point to Sequester Cuts

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Air travel is likely to become even more frustrating than usual, starting Sunday. The Federal Aviation Administration has begun furloughs resulting from mandatory budget cuts for some of its 47,000 agency employees.It…

Charity to Cover Govt. Cuts to Scholarships for Iraq, Afghanistan Vets

Charity to Cover Govt. Cuts to Scholarships for Iraq, Afghanistan Vets

Nick M Do/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla.) — A Florida-based charity announced Wednesday that it will cover the funding cut from scholarships for children of military members who died fighting in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars caused by sequestra…

Charity to Cover Govt. Cuts to Scholarships for Iraq, Afghanistan Vets

Charity to Cover Govt. Cuts to Scholarships for Iraq, Afghanistan Vets

Nick M Do/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla.) — A Florida-based charity announced Wednesday that it will cover the funding cut from scholarships for children of military members who died fighting in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars caused by sequestra…

Kids Tell Washington: ‘The White House Is Our House! Please Let Us Visit!’

Kids Tell Washington: ‘The White House Is Our House! Please Let Us Visit!’

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hundreds of school kids who have dreamed of visiting the White House on their spring break are now dealing with disappointment.  Their plans have been dashed.Less than 24 hours after the Obama administra…

Poll: Most Back Sequester Cuts Overall, But Not for Military

Poll: Most Back Sequester Cuts Overall, But Not for Military

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For all the dire warnings, most Americans welcome a five percent cut in overall federal spending this year. But the defense budget is another matter.The public by nearly 2-1, 61-33 percent, supports cutting the over…

White House Tours Cancelled Due to Sequester Cuts

White House Tours Cancelled Due to Sequester Cuts

The White House(WASHINGTON) — There are about to be a lot of unhappy tourists in the nation’s capital. The White House is canceling all public tours of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as a result of the sequester spending cuts, a senior administration …

House Likely to Pass Continuing Resolution on Thursday

House Likely to Pass Continuing Resolution on Thursday

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — House Republicans unveiled a stopgap measure Monday to fund the federal government through the rest of the fiscal year, a move intended to mollify a deeply divided Congress that has fought through three years…

Debt Group Pans White House Call for ‘Petit Bargain’

Debt Group Pans White House Call for ‘Petit Bargain’

Image Source/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As the sequester spending cuts begin to take effect, the White House Monday pointed to one potential silver lining: significant progress in the battle to tame the nation’s deficit and debt.“The &lsqu…

Janet Napolitano: Border Is Less Secure Because of Budget Cuts

Janet Napolitano: Border Is Less Secure Because of Budget Cuts

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says that, although safety is her top priority, there is no way around cutting back on border patrol agents monitoring the country’s borders because of the across-the-bo…

Politicians Prepare for Long Haul After Automatic Spending Cuts

Politicians Prepare for Long Haul After Automatic Spending Cuts

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The White House and congressional leaders are giving no indication that the $85 billion in mandatory across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester will be lifted any time soon.Two days have pass…

Sequester: What Will Happen, What Won’t Happen and What We Don’t Know

Sequester: What Will Happen, What Won’t Happen and What We Don’t Know

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — When it comes to critical elements of the sequester timeline, not much is known — because federal agencies have been tight lipped. Asked when specific effects will be felt, officials at three federal departments d…

Sequester: The 6 Ways Politics Hurts America’s Special Ops

Sequester: The 6 Ways Politics Hurts America’s Special Ops

Mate 2nd Class Eric S. Logsdon(WASHINGTON) — Days after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told ABC News the sequester will make America less safe, the nation’s most elite troops – the men and women tracking and taking out terrorist threat…

Obama’s Weekly Address: Yet Another Call For Compromise On The Sequester

Obama’s Weekly Address: Yet Another Call For Compromise On The Sequester

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The morning after $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts kicked in, President Obama is calling once more for lawmakers to compromise to halt the damaging impact the sequester will have on t…

Sequester Government Shutdown Looks Unlikely

Sequester Government Shutdown Looks Unlikely

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It may not be readily obvious from the blizzard of news out there Friday on the “sequester,” but a government shutdown became significantly less likely Friday, even as the automatic budget cuts barreled…

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