moneyA 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.

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