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American truckers are putting Washington DC on notice

Published time: October 11, 2013 09:36

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There seems to be no end to the political theater in Washington DC. But what began as a simple game of chicken between the White House and the Republican opposition has quickly morphed into a game of political Russian roulette.

A nation polarized, stuck in the ultimate political gridlock imaginable over federal spending. As America waits for a resolution to the federal government shutdown, an unlikely community has decided to put their money where their mouth is. By all accounts, they are the most under-appreciated industry in today’s America. Truck drivers are the backbone of the American economy. Everything Americans own, buy and need is delivered to them by trucks daily, yet few take any notice of the people behind the wheels. That could all change after this weekend, as America gets a taste of its first-ever diesel-driven flash mob.

According the organizers at RideForTheConstitution.org, over 3,000 truckers, thousands more demonstrators on foot, have already RSVP’d to converge on the nation’s capital starting this Friday, Oct 11th, as they plan to slow traffic into Washington DC, and present a list of demands to law makers there.

“Somebody had to do it,” explained Zeeda Andrews, a former country singer and Mac Truck spokesmodel. Organizers have been surprised by the amount of support they’ve gathered since their campaign gained visibility last month.
“I didn’t think it would be this big. Maybe that’s because the American people are just fed up. It’s more than just a trucking issue now, we are in a constitutional crisis and something has to be done, and it’s common people like myself – with nothing to lose, who are going to get something done.”

Considering the fact that most people have never sat in the cab of an 18 wheeler in their life, the DC truckers have somehow managed to attract a pretty wide appeal. Already, parallel protests have sprung up, set to take place in most major US cities on Friday and Saturday.

Larry Klayman, a former US Justice Department prosecutor, and founder of Freedom Watch, has also volunteered his support for the DC truckers’ campaign. This past summer Klayman represented the families of Navy SEAL Team 6 who were killed when their Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan in August 2011, following the White House’s rather incredible raid on the alleged bin Laden lair in Abbotabad, Pakistan.

 

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“I’m throwing my support behind this campaign because we’ve have had enough. Our government has broken away from the people, and our grievances are not being heard, so we need to get out there and make it clear to the powers that be that be – whether it’s President Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner, or whether it’s majority leader Harry Reid in the Senate – that we are simply not going to take it anymore. The time has come to save our country, and we’ll do it in the style of Ghandi, Lech Walesa, and Martin Luther King”, said Klayman.

Political demands

Organisers will join Klayman today at the steps of the US Capitol building to present their list of demands. At the top of that list is an appeal for economic survival, with a call for immediate action on the spiralling cost of diesel and harassment from federal regulatory agencies which is not only driving up costs of goods and services, but also killing transportation profits, pushing independent truckers into fuel poverty, and ultimately out of business.

Beyond this emerges a broader spectrum movement of political dissent, which echoes concerns heard from many different quarters in the US.

As far as civil disobedience goes, their protest is no walk in the park. Logistically speaking, it’s a nightmare. Then there’s the political demands, which, in terms of the average Americans’ attention deficit disorder, are comprehensive, and not exactly ‘media friendly’ – especially for the likes of MSNBC and FOX. But unlike the much celebrated, but highly ineffective Occupy Movement, which ended up being a controlled street party whose indelible mark on society was that it produced a boiled down abstract of class warfare – ‘The 1% vs. the 99%’ – the DC Truckers have a fairly sharp libertarian agenda, coupled with a detailed list of constitutional demands.

Unless you’ve been hiding in a bunker lately, you would know that something is serious brewing in America. In the last year alone, – the White House has been dodging and fighting to stave off a seemingly endless daisy chain of scandals. In addition to the Navy SEAL Team 6 cover-up, there is a not-so-small issue of the White House using the IRS to target the President’s political opponents, the horrific Benghazi cover-up involving a dead US Ambassador and servicemen, and gun-running from Libya to Syria, and the US support of al Qaeda fighters in Syria.

In addition to these and other federal interventions hurting truckers’ livelihoods, the campaign feels that all unconstitutional federal laws and agencies should be wiped from the books. They include the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Transport Security Agency (TSA), and The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

 

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US talk radio host Pete Santilli has volunteered to help the truckers get their message out over the airwaves.

“If you look at the list of demands, regardless of where you are in the political spectrum, you would not disagree with: stop supporting al Qaeda (in Syria), don’t raise the debt ceiling – and threaten us – that if we don’t print another trillion dollars that they’ll collapse out system – that’s a forceful means to steal money from us. President Obama needs to be held accountable for crimes committed against the United States and Congress needs to hear those crimes.”

“The beauty of this event is that it is open and nonpartisan – it absolutely cuts right through party lines. Every American can participate in this”. Santilli adds here, “John McCain and Lindsey Graham – they must go. Any of these unconstitutional legislators, anyone who has committed unconstitutional acts in office, must vacate voluntarily. If they refuse to go, we want to cut off their money supply so they won’t be able to make millions off us anymore.”

Attacks and Censorship

The Truckers are not without their enemies, who are keen to discredit them, silence them, or both.

As their campaign goes viral, so goes the media shooting match. The campaign has been directly targeted by George Soros-funded leftwing outlet, Media Matters, who have been busy digging up old Facebook posts and ‘likes’ from personal pages of Ride For The Constitution’s organisers, in effect, waging a character assassination against them.
When running a 21st century activist campaign, one must also beware of deadly communitarian policing, also known as “community guidelines” policy.

Ride For The Constitution’s Facebook page was live only six days when it received 86,000 likes, only to be promptly pulled down by the social network. The same happened with its Twitter account, which was pulled down after only 6 days.

 

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In both cases, accounts were frozen because of an anonymous complaint.

Santilli says he’s mounting a legal challenge against one of the social networks.

“It seems like the First Amendment doesn’t apply on social networks. You work hard to build-up a huge audience, only to see it disappear in an instant – because a few political enemies anonymously complain that they were somehow offended”.

Fuel poverty

As with all political movements through history, the pain normally starts in the wallet. Rising toll road charges and inflated diesel prices are forcing many out of America’s trucking industry. In 2013, the reality is that drivers are losing their trucks – and losing their business. After labour, diesel fuel is the second highest expense for motor carriers, and can reach as much as much as 20% of transport’s total operating costs.

Organisers Zeeda Andrews and Michael ‘JB’ Schaffner concluded in their joint statement on what they feel is a national crisis:

“By no means are these the only issues that need action, to be resolved. There are many, many more issues that continue to plague this industry, as new regulations create even more contradictions in law. As per the fourteenth amendment of our Constitution, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges, or immunities of Citizens of the United States, nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”.

“So let these issues be the beginning of where we take a stand, not just as The American Drivers, but as Free and Independent Americans, protecting what our Constitution preserves for us.”

At the very least Washington DC might be in for a shock this weekend. Call it shock therapy for the political class. At its best, it could jump-start real American discourse nationwide.

Let the ride begin.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

http://rt.com/op-edge/us-economy-government-shutdown-truck-992/

 

US Capitol shooting: Police kill woman after she rams WH barricades, no weapon found

Published time: October 03, 2013 18:31
Edited time: October 04, 2013 06:33

Gunshots rang out near the US Capitol Building in Washington DC Thursday afternoon, with police fatally shooting a female suspect who led them on a pursuit then rammed a security barrier near the White House.

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Miriam Carey of Stamford, Connecticut was pronounced dead after local police fired multiple shots into her black sedan as she tried to flee through the streets of the nation’s capital. Carey, a 34-year-old African American woman, traveled with a one-year-old child that was taken from the scene unharmed and placed in protective custody.

Her identity was first reported by NBC News. Investigators told various media outlets the car was registered to Carey and there is no reason to believe she was not behind the wheel. Friends described Carey as a caring mother who may have endured a head injury.

 

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Carey worked as a dental hygienist for Dr. Brian Evans of Hamden, Connecticut, until about a year ago. Evans told The New York Times Carey had “a bit of a temper” but “nothing unusual, nothing that would ever lead us to think she would ever do anything like this.”

Authorities initially said she suffered from a “mental illness” but Carey’s mother, Idella, later came forward to say Miriam suffered from a common form of depression that impacts women who recently gave birth.

She had post-partum depression after having the baby [in August],” Idella Carey told ABC. “A few months later, she got sick. She was depressed…She was hospitalized.”

Police officials said Thursday’s crime scene was the result of an “isolated incident” and not a terrorist attack.

What prompted the incident at approximately 2pm EST has not been made public, but witnesses told reporters that Carey appeared to have been pulled over near the Capitol Building when she tried to escape.

The sedan slammed in reverse, backed up, and smashed into one of the cruisers and did a 180, and took off around the south side of the Capitol,” Frank Swing, a government employee on furlough who witnessed Thursday’s events, told Reuters.

It was like boom, boom, boom, something like that,” said Peter Plocki, an employee at the Department of Transportation on leave because of the government shutdown.

The car was quickly blocked in again, jammed between a number of patrol cars and a security barrier installed after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Then came the gunshots.

 

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Officers opened fire on the vehicle in at least two locations: first near Garfield Circle, a traffic circle on the southwest side of the city, and then again at Maryland Avenue and Second Street SE. A weapon was not found upon a later examination of Carey’s vehicle. The final episode, part of which was captured on video, is estimated to have lasted approximately 20 seconds.

One police officer was hospitalized following Thursday’s events but authorities said the 23-year veteran of the force will survive without serious injury. He was hurt in a car crash, not as a result of the shooting and released by Thursday night.

The suspect in the vehicle, we do know, was struck by gunfire and at this point has been pronounced [dead],” Metropolitan police chief Cathy Lanier said in an evening press conference.

 

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Witnesses inside the Capitol said they could hear the shots, all of which were fired by police, from the Senate floor. The area was placed on a temporary lockdown and police were met with a standing ovation in the House of Representatives when the freeze was lifted.

Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told the Associated Press he was briefed by the Department of Homeland Security. Upon being asked whether the suspect was armed, he said, “I don’t think she was. There was no return fire.”

Investigators told the public that the pursuit may have been worse had it not been for the barriers near the White House.

The perimeters worked,” said DC Police chief Cathy Lanier during the press conference. “They did exactly what they were supposed to do.”

 

People take cover as gun shoot being heard at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013.(AFP Photo / Jewel Samad) People take cover as gun shoot being heard at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013.(AFP Photo / Jewel Samad)

 

People take cover as gun shots were being heard at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013. (AFP Photo / Jewel Samad)People take cover as gun shots were being heard at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013. (AFP Photo / Jewel Samad)

 

Police react on Capitol Hill October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC, after shots fired were reported near 2nd Street NW and Constitution Avenue on Capitol Hill. (AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowski)Police react on Capitol Hill October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC, after shots fired were reported near 2nd Street NW and Constitution Avenue on Capitol Hill. (AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowski)

 

Law enforcement vehicles converge on the scene of a shooting on Constitution Avenue outside the Hart U.S. Senate Office Building as seen from inside the lobby of the building on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 3, 2013.(Reuters / David Lawder)Law enforcement vehicles converge on the scene of a shooting on Constitution Avenue outside the Hart U.S. Senate Office Building as seen from inside the lobby of the building on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 3, 2013.(Reuters / David Lawder)

 

Rescue personnel evacuate a person from a crashed vehicle following a shooting near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 3, 2013.(Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)Rescue personnel evacuate a person from a crashed vehicle following a shooting near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 3, 2013.(Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents patrol the area after gunshots were fired outside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, October 3, 2013.(Reuters / Gary Cameron)Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents patrol the area after gunshots were fired outside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, October 3, 2013.(Reuters / Gary Cameron)

 

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Attempted Breach at White House; Capitol Was in Lockdown After Shots Fired

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Attempted Breach at White House; Capitol Was in Lockdown After Shots Fired –Police Shoot Suspect Identified as 34-year-old Miriam Carey –‘Witness saw increased police presence, heard sirens before shots were heard’ –Kasie Hunt, MSNBC 3:40PM EDT live –‘Tourists instructed to get down on the ground, on their stomachs.. and then were evacuated.’ –Luke Russert –Confident ‘this was not an accident’ –Media conference spokesperson –Shots fired at two different locations –Pennsylvania Avenue Closed –Secret Service engaged in car chase after incident began at White House; shots then fired –Several police officers injured –‘There were already police cars going by before we heard the shots.’ –Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) –Congress ordered to ‘shelter in place’ –House and Senate in recess –FBI, SWAT teams on premises; law enforcement descended on scene –Helicopter landed in front of Reflecting Pool near Capitol –’15 shots heard in rapid succession’ 03 Oct 2013

http://www.legitgov.org/Capitol-locked-down-after-shots-fired-Pennsylvania-Avenue-closed

You should be concerned: Obama warns world markets there is no guarantee U.S. will avoid defaulting on its debts

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  • ‘Exasperated’ president says shutdown feud may prevent debt solution
  • He said: ‘When you have a faction willing to default, we are in trouble’
  • Says he is not willing to water down healthcare bill to break deadlock
  • Held crunch meeting with Wall Street bankers over budget impasse
  • Goldman Sachs chief: ‘Consequences of default are extremely adverse’

An ‘exasperated’ Barack Obama offered no guarantees the U.S. would avoid an unprecedented default during a crisis meeting with Wall Street bankers yesterday.

The President said it could not be taken for granted that the political infighting over the federal shutdown would ease in time to raise the legal debt limit before the October 17 deadline.

Speaking on CNBC last night, he said: ‘I think this time is different. I think they should be concerned.

‘When you have a situation in which a faction is willing to default on U.S. obligations, then we are in trouble.’

Chief executives from major financial institutions met Obama over the first budget impasse for 17 years in a row over healthcare and finances.

They warned of ‘adverse’ consequences if the U.S. government agencies remain closed and if lawmakers failed to raise the debt ceiling by mid-October.

After the meeting, Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein implicitly criticised Republicans for using their opposition to Obama’s healthcare law as a weapon that could lead to a devastating default.

‘You can litigate these policy issues. You can re-litigate these policy issues in a political forum, but they shouldn’t use the threat of causing the U.S. to fail on its … obligations to repay on its debt as a cudgel,’ said Mr Blankfein.

Congressional Republicans and the White House are in a stalemate over government funding – chiefly as a tactic in the Republican campaign to stop Obama’s health insurance reforms.

The President stressed to congressional leaders last night that he will not negotiate with Republicans over a government shutdown or raising the U.S. debt limit, the White House said.

After more than an hour of talks at the White House that did not lead to a breakthrough, the White House issued a statement saying that Obama remains hopeful that ‘common sense will prevail’ in the budget stand-off.

‘The president made clear to the leaders that he is not going to negotiate over the need for Congress to act to reopen the government or to raise the debt limit to pay the bills Congress has already incurred,’ the White House said.

House Republicans have been demanding that Obama agree to cut funding or delay implementation of his signature healthcare law in exchange for their agreement to approve spending measures to reopen the government.

Obama held talks in the Oval Office with the top U.S. Republican, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, the top Democrat in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

It was their first face-to-face talks since a government shutdown began on Tuesday.

While the U.S. government closure has already had repercussions from frustrated tourists turned away from national parks to cancelled stops on Obama’s Asia  trip, the deadline for raising the nation’s debt limit poses a much graver risk.

If the U.S. Congress fails to raise the $16.7trillion (€12.3trillion) borrowing cap, the U.S. would go  into default, likely triggering financial market shockwaves around the world.

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The President stressed to congressional leaders last night that he will not negotiate with Republicans over a government shutdown or raising the U.S. debt limit, the White House said.

After more than an hour of talks at the White House that did not lead to a breakthrough, the White House issued a statement saying that Obama remains hopeful that ‘common sense will prevail’ in the budget stand-off.

‘The president made clear to the leaders that he is not going to negotiate over the need for Congress to act to reopen the government or to raise the debt limit to pay the bills Congress has already incurred,’ the White House said.

House Republicans have been demanding that Obama agree to cut funding or delay implementation of his signature healthcare law in exchange for their agreement to approve spending measures to reopen the government.

Obama held talks in the Oval Office with the top U.S. Republican, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, the top Democrat in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

It was their first face-to-face talks since a government shutdown began on Tuesday.

While the U.S. government closure has already had repercussions from frustrated tourists turned away from national parks to cancelled stops on Obama’s Asia  trip, the deadline for raising the nation’s debt limit poses a much graver risk.

If the U.S. Congress fails to raise the $16.7trillion (€12.3trillion) borrowing cap, the U.S. would go  into default, likely triggering financial market shockwaves around the world.

‘There’s no debate that the seriousness of the U.S. not paying its debts… is the most serious thing we have, and we witnessed that in August 2011 and you saw the ramifications: a slowdown in the economy,’ said Brian Moynihan, chief executive of Bank of America.

The country came close to default during a similar political crisis in 2011. That stand-off prompted  the first downgrade of the U.S. credit rating.

Conservative Republicans have signalled they will take the same tactic on the debt limit this year as they did on government funding by seeking to dismantle or put off the healthcare law. President Obama has declined to negotiate over raising the debt limit.

Business leaders made clear the financial world wanted to avoid the risk of the government not paying its bills.

‘There is precedent for a government shutdown. There’s no precedent for default. We’re the most important economy in the world. We’re the reserve currency of the world,’ said Mr Blankfein.

‘Business leaders want Washington to understand ‘the long-term consequences of a shutdown … certainly the  consequences of a debt ceiling  [not being raised], and we all agree that those are extremely adverse,’ he said.

Michael Corbat of Citigroup and others were scheduled to attend the session.

‘I think both sides have a pretty good appreciation for what’s at stake here,’ said Mr Corbat. He said the executives were ‘trying to encourage both sides to engage.’

Obama is scheduled to meet the top leaders of Congress at the White House. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is to brief the leaders on the impacts of the threat of default in 2011 and the economic imperative for Congress to act to raise the debt ceiling.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2442363/Obama-warns-world-markets-guarantee-U-S-avoid-defaulting-debts.html
 

US govt shuts down for 1st time in 17 years as budget talks fail

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The US federal government is partially shutting down after the Congress failed to fund its work amid a Republican drive to defund the Obamacare healthcare program. President Obama addressed to US troops to boost their confidence amid the crisis.

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The Congress left the government without funding as competing spending measures bounced back and forth between the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic-led Senate late into Monday night.

The partial shutdown will leave some essential government functions, including national security and public safety, intact. It’s not clear how long the situation will continue, with lawmakers expected to take a further vote in a matter of hours.

If the shutdown persists, it will affect an estimated 800,000 of public workers, who will be forced into unpaid leave as the government would be unable to fund their employment. National parks and most federal offices are closed, as is almost all of NASA, except for Mission Control in Houston.

The shutdown also affects the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo, going as far as shutting off the zoo’s popular ‘panda cam’. The website of the US Department of Agriculture went blank on Tuesday, leaving only a warning that it’s not available due to the lapse in federal government funding.

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The crisis would initially cost the US economy at least $300 million a day in lost economic output, says Bloomberg citing IHS Inc., a Massachusetts-based economic forecast company.

President Barack Obama assumed his role as commander-in-chief to address US troops around the world. He said the Congress had failed American soldiers in causing the government shutdown. He pledged that the White House will do everything possible to keep those troops currently on active duty to receive all they need in order to perform that duty.

The budgetary breakdown raised fresh concerns about whether lawmakers can meet a crucial mid-October deadline to raise the government’s $16.7 trillion debt ceiling.

Gerald Celente, publisher of the Trends journal, says the current crisis is “more theatrics than anything else,” as was the case with previous cases of US political gridlocks.

“Go back to 2011. What we kept hearing about was ‘going over the fiscal cliff!’ They talked about it so much that Standard & Poor’s downgraded the US credit worthiness. And then we had sequestering. And next month we are going to have the debt ceiling,” he told RT. “It’s the Washington drama queens doing what they always do – behave in a manner that is unbecoming of professionals and adults.”

Political commentator Brian Fox also dismissed the shutdown, telling RT that it would have no long-term consequences on the real big issues.

“The government has been shut down 17 times, I believe, since 1977. We can look back now and see the same sort of political opportunism and grandstanding every time with different variations,” he said.

The partial shutdown on Tuesday is the first for the US government in 17 years. It comes after Congress missed the Monday midnight deadline for passing a federal budget.

As a condition for keeping the government funded, Republicans were demanding a one-year delay in making millions of people buy health insurance under the Obama administration’s 2010 healthcare law. The attack on White House’s key political measure was spearheaded by the Republican conservatives from the Tea Party, culminating a three-year growth of polarization in America.

The Senate twice rejected the proposed provisions, while Obama said he would veto the House-backed legislation.

The Congress deadlock has driven the legislature’s approval rating down to a record low 10 percent, according to a new CNN/ORC International Poll. President Obama’s approval is down to 44 percent.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on who is responsible for the crisis, most Americans, 44 percent, believe it’s everyone involved. Another 25 percent blame Republicans, while 14 percent blame Obama and 5 percent blame Democrats in Congress.

As the shutdown loomed Monday, visitors to popular parks made their frustration with elected officials clear.

“There is no good thing going to come out of it,” Chris Fahl, a tourist, told AP as he was touring the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park in Kentucky. “Taxpayers are just going to be more overburdened.”

“They should be willing to compromise, both sides, and it discourages me that they don’t seem to be able to do that,” said Emily Enfinger, a visitor to the Statue of Liberty. “They’re not doing their job as far as I’m concerned.”

The crisis appears to be strangely captivating for some foreigners.

“We can’t imagine not having a national health system,” said Marlena Knight, an Australian native visiting Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. “I just can’t believe that this country can shut down over something like a national health system. Totally bizarre, as an Australian, but fascinating.”

Meltdown in Washington: President Obama Reported Sedated Following Emotional Breakdown

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By Nigel J. Covington III
Editor-in-Chief

<National Report> Late this afternoon White House insiders leaked information stating the president has suffered a mental breakdown and is presently resting and under a doctors care. This afternoon the National Report received three calls on our nationwide hot tip line (206) 222-1975. Two of the three callers are insiders known to the National Report to be reliable confidential informants.

The caller unknown to this publication is a low level employee who could only state that there was some kind of a medical emergency involving President Obama. The other two callers known to us are both support personnel within the Obama administration. Both confirmed this week has been a political disaster for the president and this has taken a tremendous toll on him.
Russian President Vladimir Putin Has Recently Shamed Obama on the World Stage

Earlier this week Russian President Vladimir Putin derailed the president’s plan to bomb Syria and bury the U.S. in another war the people want nothing to do with and can ill afford to pay for. Putin negotiated a deal with Syria for control over its chemical weapons providing a peaceful resolution to a certain US attack. With the world watching Obama was forced to stand down causing him a great deal of shame and public embarrassment.

Before Putin extended the olive branch of diplomacy to resolve the Syrian crisis, he also agreed to grant asylum to Edward Snowden, the man who stole US secret documents that exposed the NSA secret program already underway and approved by President Obama to spy on all US citizens. Not only did Snowden expose the top secret NSA program to the world, he escaped US authorities in China and arrived in Russia where he repeatedly bitch-slapped the president by releasing more US secrets to the media.

Safely in the arms of Mother Russia Snowden, showed the world people how helpless and weak the Obama administration is at being utter failures at diplomacy, tact and statesmanship. While Putin and Obama were engaged in “negotiations” over Snowden’s extradition, Snowden and Putin were engaged in conversation about Snowden’s defecting to Russia.
Whistle-blower Edward Snowden Exposed Obama-NSA scandal

In one of the most crippling moments of President Obama’s tenure Putin cut a deal with Snowden for asylum giving the Russian president tons of other US secrets. Edward Snowden now lives safely beyond the reach of Obama’s dirty scandal ridden administration who would’ve imprisoned or killed Snowden without a trial clearly disregarding all of Snowden’s civil liberties and denying him the opportunity to explain his actions before a court of law who would determine Snowden’s fate… not Obama. Then Putin told Obama ‘no’ on Snowden’s extradition completely shaming the president in front of the world.

In the past couple weeks the big winners on the world stage have been Syria, Russia, Snowden and Putin; all at the expense of America’s impotent and fraudulent president.

Remember what Obama “sold” the American people in his 2008 bid for the presidency? Obama the “agent of revolution” guaranteed “change” instead he lied to everyone by promising the “most transparent” government – “no special interest” – “a new way of doing business” – “most honest” – “most righteous” – “the new beginning” – then there was the abortion of Obama’s world tour… what a national mortification. And today how many of these promises has the president kept?
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Then today’s Gallup poll results have been absolutely devastating for the president and the Democratic party. Obama’s approval rating dropped to the lowest in presidential history, and support from the Democratic Party plummeted more than 25% from this time last year.

Our sources confirm late this afternoon a doctor was summoned to the oval office and remained with the president for about a half-hour. When the doctor emerged he was heard to say the president needed rest and would be sedated once he was moved to his bed. The White House has remained silent and has yet to make a statement publicly.http://nationalreport.net/meltdown-washington-president-obama-reported-sedated-following-emotional-breakdown/know-it/

The Telegraph UK:
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100058278/a-presidency-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown-5-key-reasons-why-barack-obama%E2%80%99s-future-looks-increasingly-bleak/

http://nationalreport.net/meltdown-washington-president-obama-reported-sedated-following-emotional-breakdown/

The White House has told federal agencies to prepare for a partial government shutdown on Oct 1

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The White House has told federal agencies to prepare for a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1, as time continues to run out on a Congressional deal with no clear end in sight.

The Office of Management and Budget sent a memo to agency heads on Tuesday urging them to be “prepared for the possibility of a lapse.”

“The Administration does not want a lapse in appropriations to occur,” OMB Director Sylvia Burwell wrote in the memo. “There is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations, and the Administration is willing to work with Congress.”

The memo comes as the possibility of a government shutdown has increased over the past few days. On Tuesday, Potomac Research Group’s Greg Valliere put the odds of a shutdown at 25%, up from 10% a month ago.

Chris Krueger, a Washington analyst at Guggenheim Securities, raised the odds of a shutdown to 40% on Wednesday. And his 60% odds on the other side were based on “blind faith, because there is little to no evidence to suggest that the House, Senate, and White House can agree to a stopgap measure in time.”

House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday that the House will look to pass a continuing-resolution bill that keeps funding at current sequestration levels and strips funding for the Affordable Care Act. It will go to the Senate, where it will be dead on arrival. And President Barack Obama would not sign the bill into law.

Meanwhile, Obama made an impassioned plea before the Business Roundtable in Washington on Wednesday, where he urged some of the nation’s top corporate executives to implore Republicans to avoid brinksmanship on a shutdown and over the debt ceiling.

“It is going to be important for all of you I think over the next several weeks to understand what’s at stake and to make sure that you are using your influence in whatever way you can to get back to what used to be called regular order around here,” Obama said,

“Doing things in a way that reflect the genuine, messy negotiations of democracy but do not promise apocalypse every three months. And I think this is the time for us to say once and for all we can’t afford these kinds of plays.”

The full OMB shutdown memo is embedded below:

White House government shutdown memo

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