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Topic - World War Ii Memorial
Progressivism has certainly got me fed up with government. With every new lie and failure of policy, I wonder, "How much more will people take?" Then they take more — and a Democratic Party or administration representative stands up in Congress or at some speaker's podium and defends the most recent blunder, act of tyranny or bungling failure. And nothing happens.
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A political action committee upset at the media coverage of last weekend's Million Vet March on the World War II Memorial in downtown D.C. penned an open letter to CNN, calling the station's coverage dismissive, degrading and blind to the veteran cause.
Beneath his black Wounded Warrior Project cap, Steve Scalora's eyes scanned the digital photo album on his phone.
House lawmakers will get a chance Wednesday to grill the National Park Service about its decision to barricade the World War II Memorial and iconic national parks, including the Grand Canyon, at the beginning of the government shutdown — though they had to subpoena the Park Service director to get him to attend.
A coalition of military associations on Tuesday lambasted Congress for its handling of veterans affairs in the wake of the government shutdown and demanded a permanent solution to balancing the federal budget.
President Obama's spokesman said Tuesday that he doesn't think racism is to blame for the budget and debt impasse with congressional Republicans, two days after an anti-Obama demonstrator waved a Confederate flag in front of the White House in the midst of tea-party backed protest.
As the White House, Democrats and Republicans dig in their heels over Obamacare, debt and fiscal matters, the impasse has become surreal, nasty, even callous. Some 800,000 federal workers were furloughed without pay, and the economic ripples caused many local businesses to lose revenues. The pain is palpable, but for government workers only temporary.
Joe Biden has been brought back early from his taxpayer-funded vacation at Camp David to participate in President Obama's meeting Monday afternoon with congressional leaders over the government shutdown and debt ceiling limit.
President Obama says that he wants to end the government shutdown on his own terms because he's got other things to do. "We've got to create more jobs," he says, "and [we've got] kids to educate, and an immigration system to fix." While veterans were told on one side of the national Mall they couldn't visit the World War II Memorial during the temporary slimdown of the government's nonessential functions, the administration invited an amnesty rally featuring Democratic members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to campaign on the other side of the Mall.
Seeking to blunt the worst of the government shutdown, the Obama administration agreed late last week to reopen national park sites in five states after governors said they would pony up millions of dollars to pay the workers needed to run them.
Hundreds of veterans and their supporters rallied at the World War II Memorial and outside the White House on Sunday, provoking what at times became angry exchanges between police and demonstrators protesting the federal government shutdown.
Congress spent the weekend insisting that it will reach a deal to raise the federal government's borrowing limit by Thursday but making scant progress even as all sides tried to reassure itchy financial markets ahead of the stock market opening Monday.
Obama treats iconic national symbols as if they were his own