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NEWSLINK: Obama administration warns states that road funds near gone

Highway Interchange

[“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

NEWSLINK: Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels

Syria Map

[“Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels” – BBC – 6.26.14] BBC covers reported plans by the Obama administration to request a half-billion dollars from Congress to provide military training and equipment to Syrian rebels, specifically a subset apparently to be deemed moderate. However, one focus would be not simply assisting rebels opposing Syrian strongman Bashas al-Assad, but also countering Islamic group “ISIL,”

VIDEO & MEMO TEXT: Speaker John Boehner suing Obama over executive actions and failure to faithfully execute laws

U.S. Capitol

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has confirmed his intention to sue President Barack Hussein Obama over Obama’s misuse of executive power and failure to faithfully execute the laws of the United States. Video of Boehner’s June 25 news conference and the text of his memo to Members of Congress are below.  Boehner also discussed other issues, such as Iraq, terrorism, problems at the Department of

NEWSLINK: In Europe, Obama gets second chance to explain his Russia policy

Commonwealth of Independent States, European States, adapted from CIA image through Library of Congress

[“In Europe, Obama gets second chance to explain his Russia policy” – Reuters 6.1.14] Reuters covers President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to Europe, including a visit to Poland for their celebration of Freedom Day, a G7 meeting in Brussels and a D-Day commemoration in France. Of particular interest is whether Obama can offer a more robust response to Russian aggression against Ukraine and whether his

VIDEO: Romney critical of Obama “naivete” and “bad judgment” over Ukraine, Russia

Russian Naval Vessel at Crimean Base in Ukraine

Appearing on Sunday-morning chat show “Face the Nation,” former Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney raised concerns over failed leadership by President Barack Obama when addressing Russia and the turmoil in Ukraine. Said Romney: Well, there’s no question, but that … the President’s naivety with regards to … Russia and his faulty judgment about Russia’s intentions and objectives [have] led to a number of foreign

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

IRS Building file photo

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

Senator Rand Paul Filibusters Obama CIA Nomination (UPDATE 1)

U.S. Capitol and Environs at Twilight

(Update: the filibuster concluded just before 1 AM, lasting roughly 13 hours, and the CIA nominee was confirmed later in that new day; more talking filibusters are promised in the future however) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and others are twelve hours and counting into a U.S. Senate filibuster of the confirmation vote for President Barack Obama’s nominee for CIA Director, John Brennan.  Ongoing speaking by

VIDEO: House Speaker Weekly Briefing: Boehner Addresses Budget and Sequester

U.S. Capitol and Environs at Twilight

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), on Thursday, February 28, 2013, addressed the federal budget in his weekly briefing.  He did so on the eve of automatic cuts, or sequestration, kicking in on Friday, March 1, 2013. As Boehner points out, the National Debt is now at more than $16 trillion, roughly $52,000 for every person in the United States. The Speaker argues that the federal