White House Cancels Public Tours Over Budget Cuts

White House Cancels Public Tours Over Budget CutsThe Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will cancel all White House tours starting this weekend, due to sequester cuts. The move prompted swift condemnation from Republican lawmakers, who described the decision as the latest attempt to make the sequester seem worse than it is.

‘Staffing reductions’

“It’s politically motivated,” Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., told Fox News. “It seems childish — take my ball and go home.”

The announcement is the latest from the administration about the impact of the cuts that went into effect last Friday. Congressional staffers received a terse email saying White House tours would be canceled effective this Saturday.  The email cited “staffing reductions” from the sequester.

White House tours, which are self-guided, are typically scheduled through members of Congress. Visitors can request a tour through their representative up to six months in advance. Anyone arriving after Saturday, though, is in for a disappointment. A recorded message on the White House visitor’s hotline Tuesday confirmed that the tours will soon be nixed until “further notice.”


‘Nonessential items’

A senior administration official later explained to Fox News that the cancellation arose from Secret Service staffing decisions. According to the Secret Service, officers normally assigned to the public tours are being reassigned to other posts. The Service says the move will reduce costs and “ultimately reduce the number of potential furloughs necessary by our agency.”

Cramer said if he were to give the administration the benefit of the doubt, he could see White House tours being on the list of nonessential items. He said he doesn’t think they’ll close the White House to the public forever.

The administration has announced a raft of expected cutbacks in response to the sequester. The Defense Department, and other federal agencies, are planning to furlough thousands of workers to save money. Congress also announced that it would cut back on foreign travel.

Do you believe that the cancellation of White House tours is indeed politically motivated? What is your position regarding the sequester cuts?

Source: Fox News

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U.S. Secret Service Looking Into Ted Nugent’s Threatening ‘Anti-Obama’ Message

The U.S. Secret Service is looking into a violent rant by “Cat Scratch Fever” rocker Ted Nugent in which he denounced President Barack Obama and his top advisers as “evil” and urged National Rifle Association members to help “chop their heads off in November.”

“I’ll tell you this right now: If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent said. “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?” Nugent, speaking at the organization’s annual gathering over the weekend, praised NRA members but warned that if they did not “get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don’t even know what you’re made out of.”


“If the coyote’s in your living room, pissing on your couch, it’s not the coyote’s fault. It’s your fault for not shooting him,” he said.He also denounced the administration as “criminals” and said a Democratic victory in November would mean “we’ll be a suburb of Indonesia next year” — an apparent reference to Obama’s boyhood time there.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told Yahoo News: “We are aware of the incident and we are conducting appropriate follow-up.” And a spokeswoman for Mitt Romney, whom Nugent has endorsed, distanced the campaign from his remarks.

“Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from. Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil,” Andrea Saul said by email.

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Source: Yahoo News

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