A branch of the AFL-CIO confirmed last Friday that the Office of Management and Budget is in the process of considering unionization. The largest office within the executive branch, the OMB is a primarily neutral entity responsible for overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and supervising the administration of other executive branch agencies. It prioritizes funding and assesses competing funding demands among agencies. Because the OMB is responsible for what The Blaze calls "White House number-crunching," its unionization could pose problems in terms of the number crunching being nonpartisan.
The economic free-fall of the beleaguered state of California is continuing apace. In January, when Governor Jerry Brown took office, the state's deficit was a mind-numbing $26.9 billion. Its fiscal woes could not have come as a surprise to the Brown family — Jerry, Pat, and Kathleen — all of whom have spent years in state political offices and have actually been involved in the creation of this deficit.
Just one year ago this week the Senate Special Committee on Aging, headed up by wealthy and aging Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), announced that massive shortfalls in funding for Social Security could be papered over with just a few modest "tweaks":
Modest changes can be made over time that will keep the program in surplus. They are not draconian, as the report points out, and they can be done and [they] will be done.
Putting aside the fact that Social Security is not "in surplus" and has not ever been actuarially sound since it began in 1935 (the same year Kohl was born), the "modest changes" he and his committee recommended at the time were, in fact, "draconian":
It looks like the Indians upset about the military's using the code-word Geronimo during the operation to kill Osama bin Laden can settle down and smoke the peace pipe.
According to Fox News, the name of the famous Chiracahua Apache was not the code name for Osama. The news emerges in a long, dramatic story that details the raid. The mission to kill the world's most wanted man, Fox reports, nearly failed.
Few were surprised, and many were relieved, at Donald Trumps announcement on Monday that he was ending his campaign for the Presidency:
After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.
It may seem hard to believe now, but it was just 11 years ago when Texas Governor George W. Bush, then campaigning for President, was telling America that he wanted our nation to play a "more humble" role in the world and that he was opposed to "nation building" in other lands.
The push to establish same-sex marriage in the state of New York is being backed, financially and otherwise, the New York Times reported Friday, by "an unexpected source: a group of conservative financiers and wealthy donors to the Republican Party, most of whom are known for bankrolling right-leaning candidates and causes." Their donations totaling about $1 million, delivered in recent weeks to a coalition of "gay rights" organizations "could alter the political calculus of Albany lawmakers," theTimes noted, "especially Republican state senators in whose hands the fate of gay marriage rests."
America could see the kind of violent uprisings that have cost countless lives and convulsed societies in the Middle East if the nation does not stop rolling up massive deficits and devaluing its currency, Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate warned in a front-page interview published in the New Hampshire Sunday News.
Late Friday afternoon, May 13, the Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed 138-0 H.B. 1937, which would ban "intrusive touching of persons seeking access to public buildings and transportation." According to a press release issued by the office of state Rep. David Simpson, the bill's author, H.B. 1937 is "the first bill in the country that would actively restrict the TSA's [Transportation Security Administration's] intrusive screening practices to pass a legislative vote."
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Friday he did not know when he would decide whether he would launch another campaign for President. But where he said it might give some indication of what that decision might be. Giuliani was in New Hampshire, recalling the events of 9/11. And he answered questions about his own possible presidential plans in "an exclusive sit-down" interview with the Boston Herald, during which he also knocked potential rival Mitt Romney over the former Bay State governor's health insurance program, commonly called "RomneyCare."