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Published: 01/20/11

Congressional Office Cuts: A Dog and Pony Show -- Damaging to Oversight

By  Paul D. Thacker - Politics Daily
Congressional Office Cuts: A Dog and Pony Show  -- Damaging to Oversight

Shortly after taking over as speaker of the House, John Boehner moved to enact a campaign pledge: trimming five percent from congressional office budgets, saving taxpayers around $35 million a year. Not to be outdone in deficit cutting zeal, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers singled out his panel to take an even greater cut -- 9 percent. The measure, introduced by California Republican Rep. Dan Lungren, passed 410-13, with more than 177 Democrats joining a united Republican front. "The one and only mandate we received from the American people in November was to put our...

Published: 01/5/11

Report: Pentagon Didn't Fully Investigate Child Porn Allegations

By  Hugh Collins - AOL News
Report: Pentagon Didn't Fully Investigate Child Porn Allegations

The Pentagon is facing criticism after admitting that it failed to thoroughly investigate allegations that employees were viewing child pornography. "These cases were not considered a priority by the Defense Department in the first place, and they should have been,'' Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told The Boston Globe this week. In 2006, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency came up with a list of more than 5,000 Pentagon employees suspected of viewing child pornography. The Pentagon was asked to review the list, but only checked about two-thirds of the names. Pentagon...

Published: 11/17/10

Senate Republicans Grill Point Man on Health Care Law

By  Andrea Stone - AOL News
Senate Republicans Grill Point Man on Health Care Law

WASHINGTON (Nov. 17) -- Republican senators today grilled President Barack Obama's point man on the new health care law, vowing that the next Congress would keep a close eye on the federal agency that oversees coverage for one in three Americans. "You said you would be open and transparent. Many people may be a little skeptical of this comment," Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky told Donald Berwick, who as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services runs an agency with a budget larger than the Pentagon's. Saying Republicans had been "locked out" of writing the health care law,...

Published: 11/2/10

Is Chuck Grassley Married?

By  Nia J Stanley - Politics Daily
Is Chuck Grassley Married?

Chuck Grassley is the incumbent U.S. senator from Iowa and the Republican nominee running for re-election against Democratic nominee Roxanne Conlin. As part of a Politics Daily series about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about his life. Is Chuck Grassley married? Yes, Grassley is married. Who is Chuck Grassley's wife? Grassley's wife is Barbara Speicher Grassley. How old is Chuck Grassley's wife? Barbara Grassley is in her 70s. A Quad City Times article that addresses the fact that her husband "tweets" and she does not describes her as a...

Published: 11/1/10

How Old Is Chuck Grassley?

By  Nia J Stanley - Politics Daily
How Old Is Chuck Grassley?

Chuck Grassley is the incumbent U.S. senator from Iowa and the Republican nominee running for re-election against Democrat Roxanne Conlin. As part of a Politics Daily series about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Grassley's life. How old is Chuck Grassley? Grassley is 77 years old. When was Chuck Grassley born? Grassley was born Sept. 17, 1933. Where was Chuck Grassley born? Charles Ernest "Chuck" Grassley was born in New Hartford, Iowa. Who are Chuck Grassley's parents, and what do they do? Grassley's parents are Ruth (nee Corwin) and...

Published: 10/18/10

Campaign Ads Take Nastier, More Personal Turn in Midterms

By  Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
Campaign Ads Take Nastier, More Personal Turn in Midterms

They say all's fair in love and politics. Well, in politics these days, it's also pretty ugly. Not only is spending on ads hitting record levels, but personal attacks seem to be reaching all-time highs for nastiness. Last week in Colorado we've seen President Obama portrayed as a terrorist, illegal immigrant, gambler and homosexual all in the same billboard in Grand Junction, with the title "Vote DemocRAT." Then there's the online ad for Amendment 62, the so-called "personhood" amendment that would grant rights to "every human being from the beginning of the biological development of...

Published: 09/24/10

Before Sex Scandal, Bishop Long Built an Empire

By  not in system - AOL News
Before Sex Scandal, Bishop Long Built an Empire

(Sept. 24) -- Embattled Bishop Eddie Long is not only the pastor of a megachurch but the leader of a spiritual empire who is unapologetic about his success. "We're not just a church, we're an international corporation," Long told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2005, as he defended himself against criticism that he had profited too generously from a charity his church created. Between 1997 and 2000, the pastor earned $3 million from the charity, Bishop Eddie Long Ministries Inc., the paper showed. The North Carolina-born pastor seemed to bristle at the suggestion that he was being...

Published: 08/27/10

Immigration Cops Deporting Fewer, Focus More on Criminals, Security Threats

By  Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
Immigration Cops Deporting Fewer, Focus More on Criminals, Security Threats

Immigration officers are starting to cancel deportations of thousands of immigrants and shifting their focus to those who have been convicted of crimes or pose national security threats, a newspaper report said Friday. The change in direction, part of an effort to cut into big backlogs in immigration courts, was disclosed recently in a memo from John Morton, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the New York Times said. Advocates for immigrants hailed the policy shift as a common sense move, but some Republicans cited it as evidence that President Obama is going soft on...

Published: 08/24/10

Illegal Immigration Foes Say Memo Hints at Back-Door Amnesty Plan

By  Maggie Hyde - Politics Daily
Illegal Immigration Foes Say Memo Hints at Back-Door Amnesty Plan

Seventeen groups called on President Obama Monday to declare that he will not grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. In a press conference in Washington, the anti-illegal-immigration groups said they fear the president will go behind Congress' back and implement a plan that lets undocumented immigrants gain citizenship. They released a letter that began: "Dear Mr. President: There have been reports that your administration is considering usage of its administrative authority to effectively legalize significant numbers of illegal aliens. We strongly urge that you refrain from...

Published: 08/2/10

Summer Camp for Grown-Ups: Boomers, Bikes, Beer and Politics

By  Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
Summer Camp for Grown-Ups: Boomers, Bikes, Beer and Politics

When a paceline of bicyclists passes you singing along to the Doobie Brothers' "Black Water" played from speakers attached to a bike, you know these riders aren't your children. They're us, the baby boom. Last week, some 10,000 bicyclists rode across Iowa for seven days in the Register's Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI. The average age on the ride this year? Almost 44, with about 39 percent of the riders 50 or older, according to the sponsor, the Des Moines Register. Two of the five members of my group will celebrate their 50th birthdays this year. Two of us are already beyond...

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