1:08 PM, Dec 16, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
With the price of oil plunging, the ruble crashing against other currencies, and its interest rates soaring, Russia has announced to the world that it:
...has the right to deploy nuclear weapons in the Crimean peninsula, which it seized from Ukraine in March
As Sergei L. Loiko of the Los Angeles Times reports:
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Interfax news agency. “Now Crimea has become part of a state which possesses such weapons in accordance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
“In accordance with international law,” he added, “Russia has every reason to dispose of its nuclear arsenal … to suit its interests and international legal obligations.”
How, exactly, Crimea became a part of that state is left to one’s understanding of the way these things work. And that, according to the old Russian standby principle is by … force.
While Russia may be powerless to force the price of oil to rise or its interest rates to go down, there are other applications and it doesn’t appear to be shy about employing them.
12:01 PM, Dec 16, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
When President Obama visited Brisbane, Australia in November for the G-20 summit, the large U.S. delegation required multiple hotels and thousands of "room nights" for the length of the stay, though the president himself spent only one night in his hotel.
Will spend $336M over 10 years8:05 AM, Dec 10, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
In the last five years, the Department of Defense (DOD) has spent over $130 million to store unused satellites from eight different satellite programs, and plans to spend another $206 million on storage over the next five years. Storage costs for individual pieces of equipment range from $40,000 up to an estimated $120 million for one particular satellite. Costs vary depending on the amount of care needed for each satellite.
7:24 AM, Dec 9, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Along with the primary goal of expanding the availability of health insurance, the Affordable Care Act aims to make the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) universal. This plan actually began with the 2009 stimulus (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), which included the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.
7:14 AM, Dec 8, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
President Obama stayed only one night in Australia for the G-20 summit, but the entire presidential delegation required over 4,000 rooms costing in excess of $1.7 million for the entire stay. Rooms at three different hotels were reserved for the U.S. delegation, and due to the large number of countries involved in the summit, the Australian government parceled out available hotels to each nation's delegation. The majority of the U.S.
7:34 AM, Dec 5, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In Thursday’s lead editorial, the Wall Street Journal argues that congressional “Republicans can’t win by shutting down the government”; thus, they should not attempt to deny President Obama the funding he needs to carry out his unconstitutional executive amnesty for 5 million illegal immigrants. Instead, Republicans’ “goal should be…to form coalitions with as many Democrats as possible to put pro-growth reforms on Mr. Obama’s desk,” while accepting that “they aren’t likely to overturn his immigration decree unless they take the White House.”
Awarded $1.8 million emergency contract to Verizon less than four weeks before open enrollment9:08 AM, Dec 2, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Less than four weeks before the launch of 2015 open enrollment for Obamacare, the government agency that runs Healthcare.gov suddenly realized the Marketplace site was heading for a repeat of last year's debacle.
7:04 AM, Dec 1, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently solicited quotes from contractors to recruit minors ages sixteen and seventeen to purchase "regulated tobacco products" on the Internet. The purchase attempts must be made from a facility located in Virginia and shipped to a P.O. Box provided by the FDA for purposes of this probe. The FDA is careful to note that the contractor must "debrief minors on the dangers of tobacco use" and that the minors "[agree] NOT to attempt to purchase tobacco products" outside of the FDA investigation.
7:38 AM, Nov 25, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
New York senator Chuck Schumer will head to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to tell Democrats to "embrace government."
3:01 PM, Nov 21, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
In a 2011 blog post titled "There's a New Sheriff in Town," the White House announced that Vice President Joe Biden was spearheading a new "effort to root out wasteful spending at every agency and department in the Federal Government" called the
11:25 AM, Nov 6, 2014 • By JIM SWIFT
When President Obama finally offers his executive action on illegal immigration, the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is going to get a bit busier.
The EOIR is tasked to "adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws."
'I'm going to squeeze every last little bit of opportunity ... over these last two years'4:21 PM, Nov 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama labeled the U.S. government "the most important organization on earth" and said that he'd "squeeze every last little bit of opportunity" from his position as president of the United State over the next two years. Watch here: