A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Saturday, October 12 2013 10:44 PM EDT2013-10-13 02:44:59 GMT
People nationwide have been unable to access welfare benefits through their EBT cards Saturday. Reports on the matter indicated the issue has no connection to the government shutdown.More >>
Xerox, which handles EBT systems in several states, said Saturday night the problem that prevented people from using their cards to shop has now been corrected. More >>
(RNN) - The White House responded to the more than 290 petitions on the website We the People on Friday.
From those wanting to impeaching President Barack Obama to investigating Karl Rove for vote tampering, petitions were dynamic in scope, seriousness and repetition. Some asked to secede from the Union, and numerous others called for the strange and outlandish.
One citizen, perhaps a fan of sci-fi movies and fearing invasion of intergalactic enemies decided to propose their wishes to the Obama administration:
"Secure resources and funding and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. As mentioned before, those who fear intergalactic bullying or want to contribute to intergalactic bullying desire passage of this petition. A leg up on alleged space invaders is always good."
"The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it," the letter said.
The letter also points out that it's not the position of the U.S. Government to blow up planets or "spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship."
Any petition has 30 days to pass a signature threshold of 25,000. Once past a preliminary period it's reviewed by a White House official and given a response to the petition.
Many of the quirky petitions failed to obtain enough signatures.
The desire for incandescent light bulbs to return to the market failed to receive enough signatures, as well as the petitions to transfer funds from the drug war to fund the research and development for the research of the genetic engineering of domestic cat girls.
However, the petition for Vice President Joe Biden to have his own television show is still open for a little bit longer, but has nowhere near 25,000 signatures.
The petitions also reflect serious issues the country is grappling with, including the debate about gun control.
CNN's Piers Morgan has numerous petitions involving either his deportation or his remaining in the U.S. based on his gun control views. Morgan has laughed them off, and even come face to face with the petitions' creator. The petition to deport Morgan exceeded the threshold, receiving 109,334 signatures. The White House has responded to the petition and Morgan isn't going anywhere.
The website We the People was created by the Obama Administration in September 2011 to allow, encourage, and promote general issues to be brought up to the White House by the American public.
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Saturday, November 10 2012 1:48 PM EST2012-11-10 18:48:37 GMT
(RNN) – With the majority of ballots counted and the question of who will be the next president put to rest, only Florida remains undecided as vote tallies continued into Wednesday. With 97 percent reported,More >>
The state of Florida has finished its tally, and its 29 electoral votes went to President Barack Obama. Not that it mattered. More >>
Wednesday, November 7 2012 9:48 AM EST2012-11-07 14:48:58 GMT
(RNN) – Obama took on a variety of issues during his first term in the Oval Office, and he pledged to continue his plan of economic recovery in the next four years. His campaign rode the theme of "Change"More >>
"This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation," said Mitt Romney in his concession speech.More >>
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