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Paranoia, panic among gun owners leads to shortages in firearms, ammo

Paranoia, panic among gun owners leads to shortages in firearms, ammo

Panicky gun owners, paranoid that the government is going to take away their firearms and ammo, are going on spending sprees for both guns and bullets, creating shortages and driving up prices. “It’s nuts,” Jonathan Simmons, a gun owner from Roanoke, Virginia, told Capitol Hill Blue.  “I can’t find any .22 long rifle.  The last […]

FBI’s privacy-invading ‘National Security Letters’ gag orders ruled unconstitutional

FBI’s privacy-invading ‘National Security Letters’ gag orders ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge in California Thursday ruled that the FBI usages of secretcy in so-called “National Security Letters” is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment of the United States. The decision comes as good news to the publisher of Capitol Hill Blue because the agency attempted to use such a letter to obtain records of […]

Obama’s ‘charm offensive’ on budget is turning sour

Obama’s ‘charm offensive’ on budget is turning sour

Over dinner at a swank hotel a few blocks from the White House, Republican senators wanted to know if President Barack Obama would support a gradual increase in the age of eligibility for Medicare, set at 65 since the program’s inception more than four decades ago. The president hedged, according to several at the event, […]

Obama’s recent budget outreach: Real or just fluff?

Obama’s recent budget outreach: Real or just fluff?

At a recent gathering of House committee and subcommittee chairmen, Republican lawmakers were asked if they could name the legislative affairs staffer at the White House responsible for staying in contact with their panel. Not a single one could, said Rep. Greg Walden, who heads the House Republicans’ campaign arm. “I shared this story with […]

Grand jury investigating Sen. Robert Menendez

Grand jury investigating Sen. Robert Menendez

Sen. Robert Menendez is being investigated by a Miami federal grand jury for his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, The Washington Post reported Thursday. A story on the newspaper’s website said that as part of the probe federal agents have questioned witnesses about the interactions between Menendez, […]

Pay raises for political employees raises ire in Louisiana

Pay raises for political employees raises ire in Louisiana

Lawmakers bristled Wednesday over pay raises handed out by Louisiana‘s statewide elected officials while the state struggled with continuing budget shortfalls and repeated cuts. Members of the House Appropriations Committee said they were frustrated as they learned that Treasurer John Kennedy, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell have […]

CPAC bringing Romney, Ryan back onto center stage

CPAC bringing Romney, Ryan back onto center stage

The Republican Party’s 2012 presidential ticket is returning to the national stage as thousands of conservative activists gather outside Washington to examine the GOP’s future. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will appear at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday afternoon, the second day of a three-day conservative summit. It’s the first time he’ll deliver public […]

A third of American counties are dying

A third of American counties are dying

A record number of U.S. counties — more than 1 in 3 — are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere. New 2012 census estimates released Thursday highlight the population shifts as the U.S. encounters its most sluggish […]

Republicans showcase budget differences with Obama

Republicans showcase budget differences with Obama

House Republicans are staking out stark differences with Democrats as they prepare to meet with President Barack Obama for talks over the budget impasse, while Obama is conceding that a political accommodation may be impossible. On the one hand, many Republicans who long have chided Obama for failing to engage their party on the nation’s […]

Disturbing questions about veterans charity in Florida

Disturbing questions about veterans charity in Florida

The next phase of an investigation into a veterans charity accused of being a front for a $300 million gambling operation will focus on lobbying and campaign donations, authorities said. While authorities wouldn’t talk specifics Wednesday, records showed the Florida-based charity Allied Veterans of the World and another company involved in the alleged fraud have […]