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Where Exactly is the White House Making Sequester Cuts?

Mar 8, 2013 6:36 AM PT

Earlier this week, the White House announced that they will halt all public tours of the White House on account of the mandated sequester cuts that kicked in on March 1.  The WH tour cuts will save $74K a week which is around $2M for the fiscal year which ends on September 30.

However, "according to the Secret Service, officers normally assigned to the public tours are being reassigned to other posts." If these agents are merely being reassigned, they are still working and getting paid. So, where are the cuts?

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Foreign Affairs

Bottom Line: Their First Instinct Was To Lie

Mar 7, 2013 9:08 PM PT

In response to The sadly predictable denoument of the Samira saga:

 The charitable take on all this is the one I offered above: Kerry, Clinton, Obama, and their teeming hordes of sequestration-proof aides never thought to review the full spectrum of Ibrahim's rhetoric, in their desperate haste to find a few passably progressive Muslim heroines they could hang medals from.  The uncharitable take is that they knew, but didn't care, and somehow talked themselves into believing it would never get out. 

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Gun Control

Herding the grassroots cats

Mar 7, 2013 9:01 PM PT

In response to Crumbs in exchange for party unity:

I suspect you're right about the likely results of attempting to herd the GOP's grassroots cats, with anything approaching the coordination Obama forced upon the gun control lobby.  One might go so far as to cite this as either a problem, or virtue, of the Tea Party movement.  They never had an "official" leadership to broker a big pile of carefully cut and measured ballots.  Individual Tea Party groups and activists tended to display loyalty toward their principles, which didn't always line up perfectly on an internal basis, let alone with the Republican Party at large.

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Foreign Affairs

The sadly predictable denoument of the Samira saga

Mar 7, 2013 8:42 PM PT

If you needed any further evidence of terrifying Obama State Department incompetence after the Benghazi debacle, the Samira Ibrahim saga should do it.  She was due to be honored by Secretary of State John Kerry and First Lady Michelle Obama today, for speaking up against the terrible abuse of forced "virginity tests" administered by the Egyptian military.

As laudable as this crusade might be, it apparently never occurred to one person in the immense staffs of Kerry, his predecessor Hillary Clinton, the First Lady (whose entourage is big enough to make Saudi royalty blush) or anyone at State to investigate what else Ibrahim might have been saying, even though they were admittedly aware of the rather obvious clue that she wrote a high-school paper that "criticized Arab leaders' insincere support for the Palestinian cause."

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Foreign Affairs

Drone Them All

Mar 7, 2013 4:12 PM PT

In response to HuffPo's radical drone policy:

Should we have expected any less from the Huffington Puffington Post? Leftists hate that Paul's message and criticism of Obama's has resonated with Americans from both sides of the political aisle. Aside from the "Blame Bush Zombies" on the left who read HuffPo, most Americans with a bit of commonsense agree with Senator Rand Paul and his opposition to "Droning" Americans here at home. 

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