Jim Mattis took a gigantic step forward when he testified Monday before the House Armed Services Committee about the state of America’s defenses.
He told Congress the truth: At a time of rising threats, America is disarming — and …
Obama’s Team Thinks the Public Doesn’t Know What the Sequester Is?
From Mike Allen’s “Playbook,” a.k.a. that other political morning newsletter:
THE REASON PRESIDENT OBAMA is giving an economic address tomorrow (in Galesburg, Ill.), per a briefing by senior administration officials: People feel stable, but not secure. Since the …
I Hope They’re Good T-Shirts.
Spared by the Sequester: $27,654.47 for “screened t-shirts” at the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.
61 Percent Say the Sequester Has Had No Impact on Them So Far
This morning’s big polling news focuses on the public’s reaction to the recent scandals#…#
Majorities of Americans believe that the Internal Revenue Service deliberately harassed conservative groups by targeting them for special scrutiny and say that the Obama administration is …
Unity, Nice While It Lasted
Sentiments like this one were destined to end at some point after this crisis…
… but it’s striking that the press felt the need to goad Congress into turning the attack in Boston into a partisan cudgel.
At his weekly Capitol …
Obama’s 5 Percent Solution for the Sequester
Today’s Morning Jolt is big and busy — more tensions in North Korea, with a lot of unfilled positions at the U.S. State Department; our new national pastime of giving marital advice to strangers; a debate on fire …
Spared by the Sequester: $11,000-Per-Classroom Audio-Visual Systems
Today’s edition of “Spared by the Sequester” features $101,931.97 spent to upgrade the audio-visual equipment in nine classrooms of the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.
The award notice states, “The classrooms are used for daily classes and …
Under Sequester, Debt Is . . . $36 Billion More than Same Period in 2012
Increase in the federal debt from March 1, when sequestration took effect, to March 19 of this year: $109 billion.
($109,134,270,782.20, to be exact.)
Increase in the federal debt from March 1, 2012, to March 19, 2012: $73 billion.
($73,223,651,961.17, to be exact.)
All figures from the Department of the …
Spared by the Sequester, So Far: Air Force Fantasy Football Program
We have a “Spared by the Sequester” Champion, courtesy Streiff:
The Air Force Personal Center Services Directorate (AFPC/SV) is seeking sources for providing the Air Force installations a Fantasy Football Program. The AFPC/SV is comprised of over 100 installations …
Spared by the Sequester: $2 Billion in Unspent Stimulus Funds
According to Recovery.gov, “Of the $804 billion awarded as of June 30, 2012, more than $2 billion appropriated by Congress expired — meaning the appropriations were not awarded or used within specified time frames. Agencies might also have adjusted an award amount with funds …
Will the Next Speaker Enforce Sequestration?
Whoever emerges from the current chaos to become the next House speaker, one of the first issues he or she will have to deal with is funding the federal government for the remainder of the current fiscal year. It won’…
Spared by the Sequester: Obama’s $60 Million to $100 Million Africa Trip
Spared by the Sequester: “$60 million to $100 million” for President Obama’s trip to Africa later this month.
Of course, foreign diplomacy has always been a presidential duty, and both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush made presidential visits to multiple African …
Spared by the Sequester: Catfish Inspections, $500K Hotel Stays, New U.S. Drone Complexes
Jazz Shaw notices more spending “Spared by the Sequester”: $14 million per year for catfish inspections.
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department spent $500,000 on lodging, hotel conference rooms. and other services in San Jose, Costa Rica; the cost is associated with …
Look Out! Sequester Air-Traffic Delays!
Okay, this time, they really mean it: The pain and suffering of Sequester has hit:
Commercial airline flights started backing up and delayed some travelers Monday, a day after air traffic controllers started going on furlough because of government spending …
Spared by the Sequester: $18.8 Million for Philippine Economic Development
I’m not vehemently opposed to all foreign aid; targeted and administered correctly, it can do a lot of good.
But we live in an era of $16.7 trillion in national debt. Ideally, we would be contemplating cuts to low-priority taxpayer-funded …
Spared by the Sequester: $3.8 Million to Improve Armenia’s Pension System
Today the “Spared by the Sequester” spotlight falls once again on the Agency for International Development. On March 29, USAID awarded $3,881,188 to Chemonics International, Inc. to help implement reforms to Armenia’s pension system.
From the award notice:
Over the last …
Obama’s $1 Million Flight to Denver for a Gun-Control Speech
The Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt features the “I Told You So” Coalition on Obamacare, some thoughts on whether conservative policies can alleviate the agony of traffic-ridden commutes, what our next ambassador to Japan can expect, and . . .
Obama’s $1 …
The Sequester Fight, Not Following the Left’s Playbook
The Thursday Morning Jolt examines the reports, and repercussions, of claims of chemical weapons being used in Syria, and then this development, closer to home:
Liberals Are Starting to Wonder if They Won’t Win the Sequester Fight After All
Spared by the Sequester: $24 Million for El Salvador
Today’s edition of “Spared by the Sequester” features a new U.S. Agency for International Development contract with Creative Associates International, for an amount “not to exceed $24,841,411,” to support national crime prevention efforts of the government of El Salvador. …
The Mystery of the Sequestration Signs at Miami Airport
From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Morning Jolt reader Dexter flew through Miami recently and encountered this sign:
Notice that NO ONE HAS BEEN FURLOUGHED YET.
For a short furlough of a covered employee, the law (5 U.S….