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Obama: ‘Nobody Shares the Frustrations of the American People More Than I Do’

6:14 PM, Oct 15, 2013

President Obama understands "the frustrations of the American people" more than anybody else. At least, that's what he told WABC in an interview:

"One thing that I've shown is that if I say I'm prepared to compromise on something, I can deliver votes and we can get it done," Obama said. "So, look: Nobody shares the frustrations of the American people more than I do because I see day in and day out the damage that something like a shutdown does."

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Another Casualty

10:29 AM, Oct 15, 2013

In the White House garden, tomatoes are rotting on the vine and the weed growth is unchecked.  Reuters is reporting that:

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Republicans Should Fight or Give Up

There is nothing in the middle.
12:31 PM, Oct 11, 2013

The findings of the newly released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll are simply brutal for congressional Republicans. Not only are they getting the lion's share of the blame for the government shutdown, but President Obama's numbers have actually improved. Worse, Obamacare's numbers are improving, as well.

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Well, That's Large of Them

8:34 AM, Oct 11, 2013

Headline from the Hill:

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The Park Police, Part Deux: Hot Cops

In the name of the Government, stop recreating!
11:23 AM, Oct 10, 2013

Since first writing about the conduct of the National Park Service yesterday, events have accelerated somewhat.

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94 Congressmen Question Park Service's Decision to Close Select 'Urban, Open-Air Memorials'

9:06 AM, Oct 10, 2013

In a letter sent yesterday to Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, 94 members of Congress question the federal government's decision to close open-air memorials during the federal government shutdown.

All signatories are Republicans. The letter was sent to 23 Democratic offices in the House, but all refused to sign on.

The members of Congress have 6 basic question for Jarvis:

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Closed for the Busy Season

12:18 PM, Oct 07, 2013

Northern New England is in its glory; now and for the next week or so.  The leaves are nearing peak color and until yesterday, there has been a big high pressure zone parked over the area so the weather has been what would once have been described as "heavenly." It has been raining now but in a few days, the sun will shine again and the leaves will still be there, in full.  And for that, Washington can take no credit.

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Iwo Jima Memorial Closed, Barricades Erected (Update: Vets Break Through)

1:01 PM, Oct 05, 2013

Another open-air memorial in the Washington area is closed and barricaded off: the Iwo Jima Memorial, just across the bridge from D.C. in Rosslyn, Virginia. A source sends along this picture of the barricade set-up at the memorial, which is also called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial:

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Washington State Dems: Federal Shutdown Takes Food From Half of Babies in Our State

12:58 PM, Oct 03, 2013

In an attempt to dramatize the effects of the federal government shutdown, Washington state Democrats may have revealed more about their state and about the state of the economy under President Obama than they intended.  The Advance, official blog of the Washington state house Democrats, posted the following on Thursday:

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Despite Gov't Shutdown, Army Awards $2,163 Contract for 'Massage Chair'

12:01 PM, Oct 02, 2013

Sometimes timing is everything.

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1,350,000 'Essential' Federal Government Employees Continue to Work

9:00 AM, Oct 02, 2013

The federal government is shutdown. That means only federal government employees that are deemed "essential" are going in to work.

We're led to believe it's a bare bones operation (Michelle Obama won't be tweeting, the National Park Service website is down, etc.). But in reality it appears the number of folks working is higher than half the federal employees. Or, in raw numbers, about 1,350,000 "essential" federal government employees are still working. And that does not include the 589,000 postal employees, who are working, too.

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Park Service Workers Erect WWII Barricade

Could just open the Memorial...
8:36 AM, Oct 02, 2013

At least four National Park Service workers are erecting a barricade around the World War II memorial, John McCormack reports:


4 National Park Service employees maintaining WWII memorial barricade. Guess they don't know CPR. pic.twitter.com/wOXeLbPs44

— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) October 2, 2013


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Parks: Private Sector & Public Sector

8:14 AM, Oct 02, 2013

Not all parks are closed during the present unpleasantness.  Recreational Resource Management is announcing on its website that:

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Reid: 'We Support the Federal government. That's Our Job. That's What We Do.'

3:54 PM, Oct 01, 2013

Harry Reid, speaking earlier today on the Senate floor about the government shutdown:

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Michelle Obama's Twitter Account to Go Dark

12:55 PM, Oct 01, 2013

Michelle Obama will not be tweeting as frequently, due to the federal government shutdown. The announcement was made today on ... the first lady's Twitter account. 

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Special Report Panel on the Shutdown

7:44 AM, Oct 01, 2013

Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard, Juan Williams, and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

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Biden Still Gets 12 Staffers; Obama 129

7:11 AM, Oct 01, 2013

The federal government has shutdown. So what does this mean for the White House? Vice President Joe Biden keeps 12 staffers and President Barack Obama keeps 129.

As the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday, in preparation for a government shutdown:

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Fossil Fuel Production on Federal Land Down 4% in 2012

1:58 PM, Aug 12, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports today that sales of fossil fuels produced on federal and Indian land continue to decline, dropping 4 percent in fiscal year 2012.  The slide continues a decade-long trend that accelerated in 2010, as the chart accompanying the report shows:

The report explains:

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IRS Chief: I Want to Keep My Health Care Plan, Not Switch to Obamacare

11:02 AM, Aug 01, 2013

IRS chief Daniel Werfel says he wants to keep his health care plan, not switch to Obamacare:

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Dead Men Don't Farm

7:41 AM, Aug 01, 2013

They do, however, receive subsidies from the Department of Agriculture according to a recent GAO investigation that discovered that, as Mark Micheli at Government Executive writes:

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Detroit Mayor: No Federal Bailout 'Yet'

10:17 AM, Jul 21, 2013

Detroit mayor Dave Bing tells ABC's George Stephanopoulos that there's no bailout "yet":

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Furloughed Federal Workers Offered Sequester Deal of '30% Off the Regular Greens Fee'

"Furloughed to Fairways."
3:21 PM, Apr 30, 2013

Furloughed federal employees who like to play golf are in luck. There's a deal waiting for them, courtesy of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

"Thousands of area federal employees will be furloughed on certain days between April and September this year as a result of the Federal Sequester.  In response, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) is offering a special deal for those furloughed federal employees who enjoy the outdoors and a good round of golf," the group writes in a press release, announcing its sequester deal.

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Michelle Obama: 'Federal Workers Are This Invisible Face'

"No one knows what they do, what it means, how much they benefit us."
2:32 PM, Apr 23, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama praised federal workers in remarks today, calling them an "invisible face." Her remarks were delivered at the Department of Interior.

"I ... know that the work that you do isn’t easy, especially right now during these times.  I know that budget cuts mean that you all are juggling even more responsibilities with fewer resources.  And I know that many of you are stretched thinner than ever before," said the first lady.

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Gov't Awards $467,755 Contract to Research 'Methods for Explosive Detection at Standoff'

Contract awarded to Northeastern University in Boston.
12:41 PM, Apr 18, 2013

In what may be just an eerie coincidence, the Defense Department posted a contract award notice today to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts for research into "Methods for Explosive Detection at Standoff." Of particular concern are Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that have become a favorite among terrorists and gained widespread attention during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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Feds to Allow Nicorette to Ease Off Warning Labels

8:56 AM, Apr 02, 2013

The federal government will now allow companies that sell "nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products," such as Nicorette, not to put warning labels on their merchandise, the Food and Drug Administration announced. The change, the FDA now admits, is because the warnings, which were mandated for the last 30 years, were misguided from the very beginning.

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Federal Gov't Closed

In the Washington, D.C. area.
7:23 AM, Mar 06, 2013

The federal government in the Washington, D.C. area is closed today. Here's the announcement, by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management:

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Federal Welfare Spending to Skyrocket 80 Percent in Next Decade

8:27 AM, Jan 15, 2013

Federal welfare spending will skyrocket 80 percent over the next decade, according to new analysis by the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee. Here's a chart, provided by the committee, detailing the growth in spending:

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Obama Orders Pay Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers

12:50 PM, Dec 28, 2012

President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.

According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he'll now make $231,900 per year.

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Homeland Security Ranked Worst Large Federal Agency to Work At

2:48 PM, Dec 17, 2012

According to bestplacestowork.org, the worst large federal agency to work at is the Department of Homeland Security. The second worst large federal agency to work at is the Department of Veteran Affairs, while the Department of Labor is the third worst.

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Feds Spend $110 Billion on 'Food Assistance' Per Year

8:16 AM, Dec 14, 2012

The federal government is now spending $110 billion on "all food assistance" per year, according to new analysis by the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee. The federal dollars spent on these programs has risen by nearly $70 billion in just ten years. 

Here's a chart from the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee, showing how spending has increased over the last dozen years:

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