More News Stories, March 23, 2011

CBO: Obama to Push Public Debt Above $20 Trillion by 2021
( – The Congressional Budget Office says that President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget will cause large and persistent yearly deficits that will push the public debt to $20.8 trillion by 2021. This means that the debt incurred as a result of Obama’s planned decade of deficit spending would be worth 87 percent of the value of all the goods and services produced by the economy.

Hoyer Calls $100 Billion in Cuts to $3.7 Trillion Budget ‘A Meat-Axe Approach’
Arlington, Va. ( – Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the House Democratic whip, on Tuesday criticized Republicans for proposed budget cuts that he described as “reckless” — a “meat-axe approach without any consideration of priorities.” He also complained that a Republican appropriations bill was passed without hearings. “The way to do it is in a considered way, understanding the consequences of the cuts.”

Clinton Official Embroiled in 9/11 Controversy and Subprime Crisis Reportedly Shortlisted to Run FBI
( – The Obama administration reportedly is considering former Clinton administration official Jamie Gorelick, among others, to become the next FBI director. The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez first reported the news last week, citing “U.S. officials” familiar with the situation.

Arizona Teacher in Middle of Illegal Migration Debate

Phoenix (AP) – An Arizona substitute teacher finds himself in the middle of the state’s polarizing illegal migration debate. A letter by substitute teacher Tony Hill was read aloud Thursday as the state Senate, Hill wrote: “I have found that (in) substitute teaching in these areas most of the Hispanic students do not want to be educated but rather (want to) be gang members and gangsters.”

U.S. Role in Libya Costs Hundreds of Millions of Dollars So Far

Washington (AP) – Calculating the U.S. price tag for the no-fly zone in Libya is hardly simple math.
Four nights of a U.S. and European assault easily tops hundreds of millions of dollars as the international coalition seeks to undermine Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses and save the rebels from likely defeat. The cost could rise moderately if the U.S. role is limited, with the Pentagon using its existing budget to cover the expense, or it could jump significantly if the operation drags on for weeks or months.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott orders random drug testing of state employees
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order Tuesday that will require random drug testing of many current state employees as well as pre-hire testing for applicants.
“Floridians deserve to know that those in public service, whose salaries are paid with taxpayer dollars, are part of a drug-free workplace,” Scott said. “Just as it is appropriate to screen those seeking taxpayer assistance, it is also appropriate to screen government employees.”

National Org. for Women silent after Bill Maher calls Palin a vulgar term

Bill Maher uttered a female vulgarism when referring to former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin on his HBO show Friday night.

“Did you hear this – Sarah Palin finally heard what happened in Japan and she’s demanding that we invade ‘Tsunami,’” Maher said. “I mean she said, ‘These ‘Tsunamians’ will not get away with this.’ Oh speaking of dumb tw**s, did you…”

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