Friday’s eight-hour shutdown was not the non-event it seemed from the outside.
Friday’s eight-hour shutdown was not the non-event it seemed from the outside.
There are growing signs that the Deep State is seeking to thwart legal orders from President Trump. This is dangerous.
Eliminating the department would mean parceling out most of its activities to other federal agencies, a sleight of hand maneuver that might create the appearance of smaller government but would disrupt the ordinary operations of the federal government.
Top officials of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have taken jobs in the industry they were regulating.
It looks like Congress has averted a budget fight for the second straight year.
Should the Legislature take back legislating from the Executive?
Freedom Of The Press, if you can afford to pay the fee.
In a tale that seems it’s right out of Catch-22, the Army apparently cannot track spending on a project that is designed to help it track spending: More than $725 million was spent by the Army on a high-tech network for tracking supplies and expenses that failed to comply with federal financial reporting rules meant […]
Back in July, a three judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the tax subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act could only be applied to policies purchased under exchanges established by an individual state, not to policies purchased via the exchange set up by the Federal Government for the 30-odd […]
Contradictory rulings from two Federal Courts of Appeal show that statutory construction isn’t a simple thing.
The Selective Service is cracking down on people who didn’t register for the draft, unfortunately, the people in question were all born nearly 120 years ago and most likely dead: Are you a man born in Pennsylvania between 1893 and 1897? If so, a government agency may have just reminded you to register for the draft. […]
Nearly a month after Eric Shinseki resigned amid the growing scandal at Veterans Administration hospitals, President Obama will name a replacement today: WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday intends to nominate Robert A. McDonald, a former chief executive of Procter & Gamble, to be the next secretary of Veterans Affairs, a White House official said […]
The IRS’s claim that it lost some unknown number of Lois Lerner’s emails doesn’t really add up.
All of a sudden, the IRS announced it doesn’t have communications records it once claimed it did have.
The Internal Revenue Service missed the deadline to upgrade systems still running Windows XP and will be paying millions of dollars for security patches: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged this week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support, and will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of […]
Was the Jobs Report released one month before Election Day 2012 rigged? Despite a new report, there’s no evidence to suggest that it was.
The mounting troubles of the PPACA continue.
The FDA is declaring war on trans fats. That’s a bad idea on many levels.
Finally, the FAA acts to end a pretty dumb rule.
CNN is reporting that the Obama Administration was warned about problems with the website hosting the Federal Obamacare exchange a month before the site went live: Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration was given stark warnings just one month before launch that the federal healthcare site was not ready to go live, according to a confidential […]
Even if it were functioning properly the Federal Health Care Exchange website would still have problems.
The bad roll out of the Affordable Care Act is starting to lead to calls for delays in enforcement of the law.
Cadets at the Air Force Academy may be facing a problem in the near future: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As the federal shutdown ground into its third day on Thursday, Fort Carson civilian workers voiced their frustrations with a noisy protest at the post’s main gate. Dozens of members of the American Federation of Government […]
Ordinarily, Friday morning at 8:30am would see the release of the September Jobs Report. However, with the government shutdown there’s a good chance we won’t see a report at all: The government shutdown that started Tuesday could prevent the Bureau of Labor Statistics from releasing its monthly employment report, which serves as the basis of an economic […]
After yesterday’s incident in which World War II veterans visiting the National Mall, with the apparent help of some unnamed individuals, essentially dismantled the barricades separating them from the World War II Memorial, the National Park Service has decided that enforcing vague and confusing shutdown rules was less important than creating what would obviously have […]
Air Force lieutenant colonel (designate) Erik Brine is so unessential that it hurts.
The news PPACA controversy appears to be based on a complete misunderstanding of one provision of the law.
The federal government won’t have money to pay its workers come Tuesday but it’ll spend like a drunken sailor on Monday.
The VA created an incentive system that rewarded fast, half-assed claim processing that denied complicated requests.
The Pentagon is considering making military retirees ineligible for civil service pensions.
There really is no reason for Congress to confirm so many posts.
There are over 1,000 Executive Branch positions requiring Senate approval. That seems excessive.
In making an announcement about how it will handle employee benefits in the light of the Supreme Court striking down Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Federal Government stated what I would think is the rather obvious: The Obama administration will not extend federal-worker benefits to domestic partners under the Supreme Court ruling that […]
Apparently, the State Department is really, really concerned about the number of people that “like” it on Facebook: Ostensibly web-savvy State Department employees spent $630,000 to earn more Facebook “likes,” in an effort that struggled to reach its target audience, according to a searing Inspector General’s report from May. Between 2011 and March 2013, the department’s Bureau […]
A new round of documents from the IRS, that aren’t really new, doesn’t really change the basic narrative on the IRS “targeting” story.
Last night on CNN, Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash did a report on the IRS’s latest scandal about overspending on conferences and revealed the rather amusing fact that the IRS cannot locate its own receipts:
Several top Administration officials have secret email addresses, the Associated Press reports.
Another example of government waste: The Internal Revenue Service, already under fire after officials disclosed that the agency targeted conservative groups, faces increased scrutiny because of an inspector general’s report that it spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012. The report by the Treasury Department’s inspector […]
Shouldn’t medical advances available in Germany be available in the United States and vice-versa?
When a massive tornado devastated the town of Moore, Oklahoma early last week, a group of Canadians took it upon themselves to gather relief supplies for the people in need. Their generous gift, though, has been stopped at the U.S.-Canadian border: A Canadian shipment of relief goods bound for storm-ravaged Oklahoma has been stopped at […]
Apparently, some people don’t want to let the facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory.
When does politics become the “primary activity” of a 501(c)4?
Inside the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration investigation into the IRS scandal.
Lois Lerner, one of the IRS employees at the center of the political targeting scandal, has been placed on administrative leave: Lois Lerner, the head of the tax-exempt organizations division of the IRS, has been placed on administrative leave, an administration official has confirmed to CBS News. Lerner has come under fire for failing to […]
Ezra Klein was out this morning with a column calling for “heads to roll,” as he put it, at the IRS. Josh Marshall agrees with him, and says that it should start with Lois Lerner: Yesterday we noted that Lois Lerner, the IRS official in charge of the unit overseeing tax exempt groups, would apparently plead the […]
The Wall Street Journal is out today with a report that the White House Counsel’s Office was aware of the Inspector General’s investigation of IRS political targeting several weeks ago: The White House’s chief lawyer learned weeks ago that an audit of the Internal Revenue Service likely would show that agency employees inappropriately targeted conservative groups, […]