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370,000 executive branch workers to be furloughed during shutdown

WASHINGTON – At least 370,000 employees of the Obama administration would be furloughed in the short-term during a government shutdown, according to data compiled by Government Executive. A shutdown would occur if Congress fails to pass a measure budget deal or resolution to continue funding the government after money expires…

D.C. residents pledge to dump trash at Boehner’s house

A government shutdown could literally be a mess for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Thousands of the Washington, D.C. residents who will be without trash service if the government shuts its doors are promising to take their garbage to the Speaker’s residence. A Facebook page is inviting people to join…

Exclusive: Grayson says GOP ‘taking the whole country hostage’

WASHINGTON – With a government shutdown less than 12 hours away, progressive firebrand and former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) on Friday afternoon compared the budget negotiations to the showdown that occurred last December over tax cuts. “Once again, the Republican Party leadership in Washington is taking the whole country hostage,”…

Sen. Kyl incorrectly claims ‘well over 90%’ of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortions

Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) made a startling misstatement on the Senate floor Friday, amid a heated debate on funding women’s health services — a key sticking point for Republicans and Democrats struggling to pass a budget that would keep the federal government from shutting down. “You don’t have to go…

New Hampshire politician now charged with rape got elected despite violent past

Jeffrey Gray is an elected member of the Salem, New Hampshire Planning Board charged with kidnapping a woman, keeping her in his house in Windham, NH for three days, and sexually assaulting her. But this isn’t the first time Gray has been accused of terrorizing women — in fact, his…

Maine lawmakers to let one-armed people carry switchblades

CONWAY, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Maine lawmakers on Wednesday approved legalizing switchblades for people with one arm, moving close to becoming the first state to make such an exception to laws that ban use of the spring-action knives. Backers of the measure say legalizing switchblades would eliminate a need for one-armed…

Redford: ‘The parallels are obvious’ between my movie and Bush-era policies

In Robert Redford’s new movie, The Conspirator, a cabinet official decides that what he thinks can assure the stability of the nation is more important that the individual liberties afforded by the Constitution of that nation. Thus, he pursues military tribunals instead of civilian trials for those he determines are…

Bickering intensifies as stances harden just hours before a government shutdown

WASHINGTON – The two key budget negotiators affirmed that a deal still had not been struck late Friday morning, as the bitter sparring between Senate Democrats and House Republicans escalated less than 14 hours before a shutdown. “When will the White House, when will Senate Democrats get serious about cutting…

‘U.S. Peace Index’ finds most violence in conservative southern states

Southern states are more violent than any region, according to a recently released crime index created with U.S. government statistics. The Institute for Economics and Peace said the index was their first U.S. Peace Index, and pulled from data compiled by compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the FBI,…

Wisconsin lobbyist’s son unexpectedly quits lavish government job

The son of a Wisconsin lobbyist whose firm heavily donated to Gov. Scott Walker (R) has unexpectedly quit his appointed post just days after media reports criticized the governor for picking him over candidates far more qualified for the lavishly paid state job. Brian Deschane, 27, was initially given a…

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