Sep 18, 2013, 12:25 pm EST
Call it GOP on GOP violence — and it could just mean a U.S. government shutdown come Sept. 30.
While shutdowns have been hyped and hyped each time a budget needs to be approved — and politicians on both sides of the aisle play chicken with each other — this one is gearing up to be a fight among House Republicans and leadership on how to win this hand.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is reportedly looking to move forward with a plan to cave to demands from conservative Republicans like Ted Cruz (R-Texas). The continuing resolution would put forth a government funding plan that also defunds Obamacare — something that has completely no chance of passing the Senate or even being approved by the president. Read
Sep 18, 2013, 11:41 am EST
The U.S. government is about to become the owner of a 36-story tower in New York City.
Federal authorities have been cleared by a judge to seize the office building after the government accused its owners of links to the Iranian government. The Department of Justice says that the seizure will mark the “largest-ever terrorism-related forfeiture,” USA TODAY notes.
Authorities claim that the owners of 650 Fifth Avenue, located not far from Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, helped launder money that was ultimately funneled to the Iranian government. The building is owned by a private foundation and a corporation. The foundation, which says its mission is to promote the Persian language and Islamic culture, announced plans to appeal the decision on its website. Read
Sep 18, 2013, 10:16 am EST
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) furloughs could cause flight delays to occur in Oct.
FAA officials have said that a round of furloughs will be necessary to reduce the budget gap by as much as $700 million in the next fiscal year. The next fiscal year will start on Oct. 1. These furloughs could cause flight delays similar to the ones that occurred in April. The furloughs that occurred in April caused 3% to 4% of flights to experience delays. The House and Senate passed legislation to end those furloughs after six days, but that legislation only applied to the 2013 fiscal year. It’s uncertain how many cuts the FAA will have to make, but it has already cut nonessential travel and training, reports Bloomberg.
While passengers can’t do much about flight delays, they can keep up with how long delays are expected to last. Passengers can get a general idea for flight delays at the FFA’s website, as well as by checking with the airlines they are travelling with. Read
Sep 18, 2013, 9:22 am EST
Vice President Joe Biden’s niece — Caroline Biden — was arrested Tuesday in New York after reportedly taking a swing at a police officer following a dispute with her roommate.
NYPD officers were called to the scene after the doorman heard the fight escalate. Biden, 26, was arguing with her roommate about money she owed, according to police.
Biden was taken to the hospital, however, after she reported having stomach pains. Read
Sep 17, 2013, 7:11 pm EST
Looking for an autographed photo of Bruce Lee from Fist of Fury? A framed and signed poster celebrating Michael Jackson’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? You might be in luck.
These are among the many items former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. illegally purchased with campaign funds that are being auctioned off online to help repay his debt.
The U.S. Marshals kicked off the auction today, in an attempt to earn back some of the $750,000 that Jackson Jr. illegally spent. Jackson Jr. was recently sentenced to 30 months in prison as a result, and ordered to pay that money back to the government. Read
Sep 17, 2013, 1:39 pm EST
A man was arrested on Monday for throwing firecrackers at the White House soon after the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard.
The Daily Beast reports that a man that looked to be about 5’10 or 5’11 and in his late-30s threw the first firecracker over the White House fence before garnering the attention of Secret Service agents. The agents immediately rushed him as he lit the second firecracker and tossed it over the fence right before getting tackled by several agents.
Capitol Hill intern and eyewitness Clark Cashion said that the firecrackers didn’t cause a fire but they created a lot of smoke. This incident follows the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard that alarmed the nation and left 13 dead. Cashion added that the whole situation is simply “crazy.” Read