WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Furloughed U.S. government workers returned to their jobs on Thursday, greeted with doughnuts, coffee, pep talks from Obama administration bosses and anxiety over whether they will face another shutdown threat in the new year.
“I’m glad this whole thing is behind us and to be able to go back to work,” Mike McParland, who works for USAID’s Food for Peace program, said en route to his office. “I just hope they find a way forward before January so we don’t have to go through this again.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Retired U.S. Army Captain William Swenson, who rescued wounded soldiers under fire during a deadly Afghan ambush, was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. recognition for valor, on Tuesday by President Barack Obama.
Swenson, 34, of Seattle, saved the lives of more than a dozen U.S. and Afghan troops under heavy fire from Taliban fighters who ambushed his patrol in eastern Afghanistan in 2009, Obama said at a White House ceremony.
WESTMINSTER, Maryland (Reuters) – Scott Strzelczyk is fed up with what he calls political slavery in Maryland and sees one way out – creating a breakaway state, a feat that has not been accomplished since the American Civil War.
Riding a wave of anti-government sentiment across the United States, the small-town information technology consultant has launched a long-shot bid to get Maryland’s five conservative western counties to secede from the state, one of the most liberal and Democratic in the country.
WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve began
supplying banks on Tuesday with billions of redesigned $100
bills that incorporate advanced anti-counterfeiting features,
the U.S. central bank said.
The notes, which retain the image of American statesman and
scientist Benjamin Franklin, include two new security features -
a blue three-dimensional security ribbon with images of bells
and 100s, and a color-changing bell in an inkwell, the Fed said
in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About 350 elderly veterans aided by Republican lawmakers ignored a government shutdown and pushed past barricades at the National World War II Memorial on Tuesday to get into the shuttered site.
Witnesses said U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas led a dozen Republicans in snipping yellow police tape that had barred the veterans, some in wheelchairs, from the closed site.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. government offices from the Internal Revenue Service to the national parks may be headed for a midnight shutdown amid a congressional budget battle, but the District of Columbia will remain open.
The semi-autonomous capital city’s mayor, Vincent Gray, has declared all 32,000 public workers essential, a break from prior practice that means they cannot be ordered home if the federal government shuts down.
Sept 30 (Reuters) – As many as a million U.S. government
employees were making urgent plans on Monday for a possible
midnight shutdown, with their unions urging Congress to strike a
To avoid sending hundreds of thousands of workers across the
country home without pay, lawmakers must act within hours, but
it was unclear if an agreement could be reached in time.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adviser pleaded guilty on Friday to cheating the government out of $886,186 over 13 years of telling lies, including claims he had malaria and that he was working on a CIA project, officials said.
John Beale, 64, of New York, had skipped work for a total of 2-1/2 years while claiming to be working on a project for the Central Intelligence Agency’s operations directorate and other jobs, the District of Columbia’s U.S. Attorney’s Office and the EPA’s inspector general said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Gun rights supporters filed a motion on Friday to block Maryland’s new gun law, one of the toughest in the United States, from taking effect next week.
The motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland, seeks a court order to block the law, which includes a ban the sale of 45 types of assault weapons.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice has spent $4.9 million for drone aircraft and unmanned aircraft and should develop guidelines on their use amid privacy concerns, the department’s watchdog said on Thursday.
The interim report from the department’s inspector general comes after U.S. debate about President Barack Obama’s use of domestic surveillance, from unmanned aircraft to monitoring of Americans’ phone records.