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Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday said it's irresponsible for President Obama to talk about the prospect of defaulting if the debt ceiling isn't raised.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday blocked a House bill providing funding to reopen national parks amid the government shutdown, saying he would not allow the GOP to pick and choose from among favored programs and insisting the only way out is to pass all spending at the same time.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blamed Republicans Wednesday afternoon for the National Institutes of Health turning away cancer patients, and he flippantly asked a reporter why Senate Democrats would try to help "one child who has cancer" by approving a mini-spending bill to keep the NIH open.
Congressional leaders emerged Wednesday night from a meeting with President Obama at the White House reporting little progress as all sides struggle for a solution to the government shutdown, which began Tuesday and showed no signs of breaking.
The federal government granted a Brazilian-born researcher at the University of Alabama a 5-year, $1.5 million grant to help women quit smoking in her native country, Judicial Watch reported.
Outdoor film festivals are popping up around the area wherever audiences can make themselves comfortable on blankets or lawn chairs. Some popular local festivals continuing into September are at National Harbor, Capitol Riverfront, Rosslyn, NoMa, U Street, Centreville, Crystal City, Fairfax, Penrose Square and Rockville Town Square. The king of them all is the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival.
Even as it warns that the across-the-board budget cuts are still biting, the Obama administration has found ways to soften the impact of the sequester — rethinking planned worker furloughs and restoring military operations that had been cut.
The federal government said Wednesday it will send 310 chimpanzees into early retirement because of new opinions on whether it's moral to use the prized primates for biomedical research.
Brushing aside the impact of automatic budget cuts, President Obama Tuesday proposed $100 million in new spending on a human brain research program that he said could develop new ways to treat autism, Alzheimer's disease and traumatic brain injury.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending $1.5 million to study the "high public-health significance" of why 75 percent of lesbian women are obese and gay men are not, CNS News reports.
Some of the toughest sequester spending decisions involve taxpayer-financed research, where funding today can produce huge benefits tomorrow — but can the government really afford to spend $227,437 to study pictures of animals in National Geographic magazines?
A change in testing could nearly triple the number of women diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy, but would catching milder cases help mother or baby? A government panel is urging more research to find that out before doctors make the switch.
As the government exits the business of using chimpanzees for scientific research, taxpayers just might go bananas over the animals' retirement tab.
Government scientists have agreed that all but 50 of hundreds of chimpanzees kept for federally funded research should be retired from labs and sent to a national sanctuary.
The first chimpanzees from a south Louisiana lab have arrived at the national sanctuary for retired federal research chimps, with a recommendation for hundreds more to be sent there from other laboratories around the country.