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Obama’s “Jedi Mind Meld” a Sci Fi Faux Pas

Obama’s “Jedi Mind Meld” a Sci Fi Faux Pas

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — It had no real bearing on his press conference about the very serious matter of the U.S. deficit and the upcoming sequester, but the President showed himself to be neither committed Trekkie nor St…

Obama Calls Sequester ‘Dumb,’ Blames Uncooperative Republicans

Obama Calls Sequester ‘Dumb,’ Blames Uncooperative Republicans

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Dumb, inexcusable and unnecessary. Just a few of the adjectives President Obama used to describe the $85 billion in spending cuts that will kick-in Friday after a last ditch effort to broker a compromise with congressional leade…

Airport Travel Won’t Be Affected Right Away by Sequester

Airport Travel Won’t Be Affected Right Away by Sequester

ICHIRO/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) — You’re not an employee with a federal agency but you’re worried anyway about the sequester because you’ve booked a flight and have been hearing all kinds of nightmare scenarios about air travel.
If this description fi…

Sequester May Revive ‘Amtrak Joe’ Biden

Sequester May Revive ‘Amtrak Joe’ Biden

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Coming soon, “Amtrak Joe” may be riding the rails once again.At a meeting in Washington Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden told the nation’s attorneys general there was one good thing about…

Upcoming Fiscal Deadline May Prove Helpful in Dealing with Sequester

Upcoming Fiscal Deadline May Prove Helpful in Dealing with Sequester

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As unbelievable as it might seem, yet another fiscal deadline hangs over Washington. Unless Congress agrees to extend funding by March 27, the federal government will shut down, but this latest deadline may actuall…

Journalist Clashes with White House over Sequester Report

Journalist Clashes with White House over Sequester Report

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) — Veteran journalist Bob Woodward is embroiled in a public clash with the White House over his reporting on the sequester.Woodward has been making the rounds on cable TV and print outlets, accusing a “very senior …

When Does the Sequester Go into Effect?

When Does the Sequester Go into Effect?

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It had been widely assumed that the dreaded across-the-board spending cuts would go into effect at midnight on Thursday, as the calendar turns to March 1.  But that is not the case.
By law, President Obama must iss…

White House Says It’s Not Behind Release of Illegal Immigrants

White House Says It’s Not Behind Release of Illegal Immigrants

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The White House said on Wednesday that it was a decision by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release hundreds of illegal immigrants from detention in anticipation of budget cuts that would be brough…

Pre-Sequester Pink Slips? Duncan Stretches Impact on Teachers

Pre-Sequester Pink Slips? Duncan Stretches Impact on Teachers

Paul Morigi/WireImage(WASHINGTON) — At the White House Wednesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan sounded the alarm over looming automatic cuts to the nation’s school system, warning that as many as 40,000 teachers could lose their jobs with som…

ABC News Exclusive: Eric Holder Sounds the Sequester Alarm

ABC News Exclusive: Eric Holder Sounds the Sequester Alarm

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The looming budget sequestration will make Americans less safe, Eric Holder says — and anyone who says otherwise isn’t telling the truth.”This is something that is going to have an impact on the safety of this c…

Obama Backs Off Warnings About Sequester

Obama Backs Off Warnings About Sequester

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — After weeks of outlining the dire consequences of the looming across-the-board spending cuts, President Obama on Wednesday night softened his warnings, saying the sequester is “not a cliff, but it is a tumbl…

Bloomberg Tells White House ‘Spare Me’ on Budget Cuts Scare

Bloomberg Tells White House ‘Spare Me’ on Budget Cuts Scare

Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic(WASHINGTON) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a message for the White House about the dire warnings they keep issuing about looming spending cuts: “Spare me.”“There’s a lot of posturing — …

TSA Head: Possible Hiring Freeze Before Sequester Furlough

TSA Head: Possible Hiring Freeze Before Sequester Furlough

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — We’ve heard the doomsday scenarios of how automatic spending cuts from the sequester might impact airports: Travel Security Administration (TSA) workers could be furloughed, stretching security resources t…

Poll: On the Brink of Sequester, More Damage for GOP than Obama

Poll: On the Brink of Sequester, More Damage for GOP than Obama

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Most Americans think both President Obama and the Republicans in Congress are mishandling government spending — but, on the brink of across-the-board budget cuts, it’s the GOP that receives disproportio…

Poll: On the Brink of Sequester, More Damage for GOP than Obama

Poll: On the Brink of Sequester, More Damage for GOP than Obama

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Most Americans think both President Obama and the Republicans in Congress are mishandling government spending — but, on the brink of across-the-board budget cuts, it’s the GOP that receives disproportio…

Obama Denies Sequester ‘Spin’ in Shipyard Speech

Obama Denies Sequester ‘Spin’ in Shipyard Speech

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(NEWPORT NEWS, Va.). –  President Obama took aim Tuesday at skeptics of his dire warnings about the sequester, insisting the “meat-cleaver” approach to deficit reduction will harm the military, defen…

McConnell: President Is Offering ‘Armageddon or Tax Hikes’ to Avert Sequester

McConnell: President Is Offering ‘Armageddon or Tax Hikes’ to Avert Sequester

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said President Obama is offering only two options to avert the looming sequestration cuts — “Armageddon or tax hikes.”“Instead of engaging with us, the p…

Bernanke on Sequester Cuts: Too Much, Too Soon

Bernanke on Sequester Cuts: Too Much, Too Soon

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The chairman of the Federal Reserve says if lawmakers can’t reach a deficit reduction deal by Friday the resulting mandatory budget cuts known as “the sequester” could become a case of too much, t…

Sequester Timeline: When Will Cuts Be Felt?

Sequester Timeline: When Will Cuts Be Felt?

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Little is known about when, exactly, the “sequester” will wreak its expected havoc on the nation, but the process begins on Friday.Each federal agency will implement its cuts differently, on its own timeline…

Homeland Security Chief Warns of Sequester Fallout

Homeland Security Chief Warns of Sequester Fallout

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The sequester will affect the nation’s ability to defend itself from threats at the nation’s borders, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claimed on Monday.Napolitano, the latest member of President Obama’…

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