Posted by: Chuck | October 2, 2013

BREAKING NEWS AND STRAIGHT SCOOP


Members of Congress are exempt from furloughs. Are you kidding me?? News updates for you follows here.

Breaking News:US Shutdown: Deadline Passes Without ApprovalFederal Government Shuts Down –After a long night of talks, politicians fail to approve a federal budget, meaning some government services will now be shut down.  01 Oct. 2013 US lawmakers have failed to avert a partial shutdown of government services after a deadline to agree how federal money should be spent passed without agreement. The Democrat-dominated Senate and Republican-controlled House of Representatives refused to back down in a clash over President Barack Obama’s controversial healthcare law, known as Obamacare. The deadlock means non-essential services, including some of America’s most famous tourist attractions, will be forced to close, while hundreds of thousands of workers face the prospect of being sent home without pay. It is the first US shutdown in 17 years.

 More Breaking News:OMB memo directing federal agencies to shut down01 Oct. 2013 Office of Management and Budget memorandum directs federal agencies to begin an orderly shutdown after Congress failed to reach an agreement to fund the government after Sept. 30.

Fukushima owner to receive $6.1b 30 Sept. 2013 Creditors are set to provide $6.1 billion in financing to Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), a person involved in the talks has revealed, offering a lifeline to the owner of the crippled [radiation-leaking] Fukushima nuclear plant. Tepco’s major banks are prepared to provide 500 billion yen ($6.1billion NZD) in financing in December – 200 billion yen in loan rollovers and 300 billion yen in new financing – said the person, who has been involved in financing talks as a representative of one of the utility’s major creditors. Tepco on Friday applied to restart its Kashiwazaki Kariwa facility, the world’s largest nuclear plant in northwestern Japan, although approval is uncertain and any restart is many months away.

BP accused of lying to gov’t during Gulf oil spill30 Sept. 2013 BP lied to the U.S. government and withheld information about the amount of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico after its well blew out in 2010, attorneys told a judge Monday. Brian Barr, an attorney for residents and businesses who claim they were hurt by the spill, said BP failed to prepare for a blowout and compounded the problem by misleading federal officials. BP had a 600-page oil spill response plan that only included one page on “source control.” It simply called for assembling a team of experts to devise a way to stop a blowout, Barr said.

Two Marine generals fired for security lapses in Afghanistan 30 Sept. 2013 The commandant of the Marine Corps on Monday took the extraordinary step of firing two generals for not adequately protecting a giant base in southern Afghanistan that Taliban fighters stormed last year, resulting in the deaths of two Marines and the destruction of half a dozen U.S. fighter jets. Fifteen insurgents entered a NATO airfield and destroyed almost an entire squadron of Marine AV-8B Harrier jets, the largest single loss of allied materiel in the almost 12-year Afghan war. The two, Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, the top Marine commander in southern Afghanistan at the time, and Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant, the senior Marine aviation officer in the area, “failed to exercise the level of judgment expected of commanders of their rank,” the commandant, Gen. James F. Amos, said.

Dick Cheney: ‘Reagan proved deficits don’t matter’Economy fears ‘dismissed by Cheney’ claim 12 Jan. 2004 Further damaging revelations about the internal workings of the Bush administration have been made by the former US treasury secretary, Paul O’Neill – this time about the economy. Mr O’Neill claims that when he raised concerns of a looming fiscal crisis he was told “deficits don’t matter”. Mr O’Neill, who was fired in a shake-up of Bush’s economic team in December 2002, said in an interview with Time magazine that he tried to warn the vice-president [sic], Dick Cheney, that growing budget deficits – expected to top $500 billion this fiscal year alone – posed a threat to the US economy. Mr Cheney cut him off, according to the interview posted on the Time website yesterday. “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter,” he said. Cheney continued: “We won the midterms (congressional elections). This is our due.” A month later, Mr Cheney told the treasury secretary he was fired.

President signs bill ensuring military personnel will be paid during shutdown 30 Sept. 2013 A sharply divided Congress has found common ground on one thing: military personnel should be paid on time even if a shutdown occurs at midnight tonight. On Monday, the Senate approved the House’s plan to make sure military personnel – as well as the contractors and civilian personnel that directly support them – will be paid in the event of a shutdown. President Barack Obama signed the measure late Monday night.

Poison ivy-eating goats removed ahead of shutdown30 Sepy. 2013 For months now they’ve bleated at each other, locked horns and whiled away their days on the hill. But enough about Congress. The budget impasse in Washington, D.C., has chased a herd of ivy-eating goats from the Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, N.J., ending their summer long smorgasbord

Senate rejects House amendments to spending bill as shutdown looms30 Sept. 2013 The Senate rejected House amendments to a short-term spending bill Monday, killing a provision that would delay President Obama’s health-care law and moving the U.S. government closer to its first shutdown in nearly two decades. The Senate vote came shortly after Obama said he was not resigned to a shutdown and plans to continue talking to congressional leaders. The 54 to 46 party-line vote made good on a vow by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) to reject a funding bill approved by the House early Sunday.

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Thank you for taking a moment to read the breaking news, Uncle Chuck

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