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NEWSLINK: Obama administration warns states that road funds near gone

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[“Obama administration warns states that road funds near gone” – Reuters 7.1.14] Reuters reports that declining revenues from gas taxes could result in a slowing or hypothetical drying up of federal funds for state road projects. The Obama administration warned states on Tuesday that federal highway funds will be largely depleted in August, limiting the money states can expect to pay for road and bridge projects

With Obamacare Floundering, Widen Access to Health Care by Allowing Doctors Tax Deductions on Donated Services

File Photo of Doctors in Surgical Scrubs

While undoubtedly not a favorite idea among government or private sector bureaucrats and paper-pushers generally, if and when Obamacare completely stalls out of the gates, how far could we get, providing medical services to the uninsured — or others — by allowing doctors to eliminate their entire tax burdens by deducting donated services? Positive incentives and grass-roots mobilization, focusing on the doctor-patient relationship, would seem

High-ranking IRS official to “take the fifth” and refuse to testify before Congress on scandal

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According to news reports, an attorney for IRS official Lois Lerner has indicated that Lerner will invoke the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refuse to testify before Congress.   Lerner is the director of the IRS Exempt Organization Division, which deals with nonprofits, including those seeking 501(c)(4) status. Lerner was to be called before a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, May 22, aimed at continuing

Treasury Targets Money Exchange House Operator for Supporting the Taliban

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(Treasury Targets Money Exchange House Operator for Supporting the Taliban – Treasury Department Press Release – February 26, 2103 – http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1863.aspx) Action Targets Financing Linked to a Designated Hawala and the Taliban Narcotics Trade WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Mullah Ahmed Shah Noorzai (Ahmed Shah) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and their supporters. Ahmed Shah owns

U.S. Postal Service Announces New Delivery Schedule; Five Days of Mail Delivery to Street Addresses Begins August 2013

U.S. Postal Service Mail Delivery Two-Ton Truck

The U.S. Postal Service has announced that, beginning in August 2013, regular mail delivery to street addresses will no longer occur on Saturday, while package delivery will still take place.  Saturday delivery will still occur for post office boxes. The Postal Service projects a hoped-for $2 billion in savings from the move, part of a broader set of changes including the slashing of career workforce

VIDEO LINK: Former CIA Leadership Discuss Counterterrorist Interrogations, “Zero Dark Thirty”

File Photo of CIA Seal on Floor of Original Headquarters Building

C-Span provides video of an American Enterprise Institute event featuring former CIA Director, General Michael Hayden (ret.); John Rizzo, former CIA Deputy Counsel; Jose Rodriguez, former Director of the National Clandestine Service; and AEI Fellow Marc Thiessen, author of “Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack.” A main point of discussiong was enhanced interrogation techniques

NASA Researchers Studying Advanced Nuclear Rocket Technologies

Artist's Depiction of Nuclear Thermal Rocket

(NASA.gov – 01.09.13) A nuclear rocket engine uses a nuclear reactor to heat hydrogen to very high temperatures, which expands through a nozzle to generate thrust. Nuclear rocket engines generate higher thrust and are more than twice as efficient as conventional chemical rocket engines. Advanced propulsion researchers at NASA are a step closer to solving the challenge of safely sending human explorers to Mars and

Treasury Department Designates Militant Groups in the DRC

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(Department of Treasury – 1/3/2013) Sanctions Target Rebel Groups for Using Violence Against Children and Contributing to the Ongoing Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated two militant groups fomenting violence and instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This action against Mouvement du 23 Mars (M23) and the Forces Démocratiques de