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The head of the National Park Service said Tuesday that parks should take down any signs blaming service cuts on the budget sequesters, saying he thought that was inappropriate.
The sun was warm and the sky a bright blue, but three weeks into spring and the cherry blossoms — the District's unofficial herald for the end of winter — had yet to fully show their true colors.
Old Man Winter's final attempt to wreak havoc in the D.C. area wrinkled a few schedules, but not the plans of Mother Nature.
Republicans are raising questions about the timing and costs of President Obama's decision to bypass Congress and designate five additional national monuments, coming as it does amid dire warnings of the most recent round of budget cuts, including the National Park Service.
Even as President Obama highlights impending cuts to national parks because of the sequester, he plans to use his power as president to designate five new national monuments Monday, according to an administration official.
Senators voted Wednesday to make the first significant changes to the budget sequesters, shifting money to keep slaughterhouse inspectors on the job full time but refusing to rearrange money to reopen the White House for public tours.
Many businesses and conservatives have made no secret that they like the $85 billion of across-the-board federal spending cuts this year because of their long-standing agenda to "starve the beast" of government. But less understood is how they welcome the sequester cuts because some of the deepest reductions target agencies busy preparing a slew of rules that businesses contend are onerous and will harm the economy.
The peak bloom period for cherry blossoms around the D.C. Tidal Basin is expected to be between March 26 and March 30, National Park Service officials announced Monday.
If there are two things the District does well -- aside from half-smokes and traffic congestion -- it's spring flowers and unpredictable weather.