Tag: Government business and finance

US State Department delays review of Keystone pipeline

The U.S. State Department says it is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit. The review could push the decision about the controversial pipeline until after midterm elections in November. AP

Former IRS Commissioner To Testify On Capitol Hill

The Senate Finance Committee has launched an investigation into the improper targeting of Tea Party groups Lawmakers are getting their first chance to question the former head of the Internal Revenue Service, the man who ran the agency when agents were improperly targeting tea party groups. Some of the questions on Tuesday will be direct:…

Power Outages Big Fear As Storm Bears Down On DC

After pummeling the nation’s midsection with heavy snow, a late-winter storm made its way Wednesday to the nation’s capital, where residents braced for the possibility of power outages. As the storm closed in, the federal government said its offices in the Washington, D.C., area would be closed Wednesday. Many major school systems around Washington and…

Obama Signs Order To Begin $85B In Sequester Spending

President Obama on Friday signed an order that starts putting into effect across-the-board budget cuts known as the โ€œsequesterโ€ after he and congressional leaders failed to find an alternative budget plan. The President, after an Oval Office meeting with the lawmakers, called the cuts โ€œjust dumb.โ€ He said they would slow the economic recovery and…

Depardieu, In Tax Fight, Gets Russian Citizenship

Bad news if you want to be adopted by an American couple, Gerard. Russian president Vladimir Putin announced Thursday that actor Gerard Depardieu had been given Russian citizenship. The actor moved to Belgium in December to avoid paying Franceโ€™s high tax rates, which almost went up to 75 percent for the countryโ€™s richest citizens. ITV