Reuters - President Barack Obama asked government agencies on Wednesday to slash $4 billion in spending on things like travel, printing and coffee mugs, in his latest effort to sidestep Congress and help the economy.
WASHINGTON — Just hours after across-the-board spending cuts officially took effect, President Barack Obama pressed Congress on Saturday to work with him on a compromise to halt a fiscal crisis he said was starting to “inflict pain” on communities across the United States.
Obama and a bipartisan group of congressional leaders failed on Friday to avoid the deep spending reductions known as the “sequester,” which automatically kicked in overnight in the latest sign of dysfunction in a divided Washington.
A New Democrat government would appoint a cabinet minister specifically responsible for finding ways to save on government spending, party Leader Andrea Horwath said Wednesday.
The goal of the new “savings and accountability” minister would be to find cuts of 0.5 per cent in spending — about $600-million a year on the province’s $120-billion annual budget.
“I’m the sort of New Democrat who also believes we need to count the pennies,” Horwath said at the legislature.
OK, imagine you're the President of the United States. You're finally back from a really embarrassing meeting with the President of Korea who tells you in no uncertain terms that the (relatively insignificant) changes you've demanded re: the US-Korea FTA are a complete non-starter. So what's the first public thing you do on KORUS when you get back stateside? Oh, of course, you meet with the one House group utterly opposed to the KORUS - and all other
Travel mugs that can keep your coffee warm have been around for quite some time, but a new invention can actually brew fresh cups of coffee while you're on the road. The Hey Joe Coffee Mug is essentially a miniature portable coffee machine that you can also drink out of.
In Washington, nothing’s easy so there’s going to be some prolonged negotiations
U.S. President Barack Obama warned of “prolonged negotiations” ahead as congressional Republicans dug in on their opposition to his plan to avert the fiscal cliff.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Pakistanis on Thursday he hoped U.S. drone strikes in their nation would end "very, very soon," a message meant to ease anti-American resentment in the strategic country.
This is the Wagan 12-Volt Travel Mug. Why we love it: It's a normal-sized travel mug that keeps hot beverages warm (or re-heats an already-cooled beverage) by plugging in to your car's 12-volt socket. The tiny, efficient heat coil is hidden safely in the base of the mug, and the cup is well-insulated so it can keep your coffee (or whatever) hot for up to two hours after the mug has been unplugged.
Barack and Michelle Obama surprised a White House tour group today as they greeted and shook hands with every single person on the tour. One young man by the name of Trevor asked the president for a special request, though. "Can I ask for a fist bump?" asked Trevor. Without hesitation, the president obliged.