December 2, 2013 |
KIEV, Ukraine -- Protesters blocked access to the government's headquarters in central Kiev on Monday and declared a general strike as Ukraine's most serious political crisis since the Orange Revolution of 2005 reached the country's far-flung regions and towns. Hundreds of opposition activists surrounded the Council of Ministers building, parking several lines of cars in strategic spots around it and blocking doors and gates with lines of people waving blue-and-yellow national flags.
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October 24, 2013 |
A Wells Fargo & Co. pension expert testified Thursday in the Bell corruption trial that he drew up a special retirement plan for city administrators Robert Rizzo and Angela Spaccia that would have allowed them to increase their already huge pensions by at least $375,000 a year. Alan Pennington, an actuary in Nashville, Tenn., testified that his projections showed that the plan would have paid Rizzo $7.5 million over his lifetime, and Spaccia, who is younger, $8 million. The plan was to set it up so that the percentage used to calculate Spaccia's benefits was twice that used for Rizzo.
October 15, 2013
Re "Snow ravages cattle industry," Oct. 12 My heart goes out to the ranchers in South Dakota whose cattle were killed in a blizzard. According to the article, many people in that part of the state supported the government shutdown. Ranchers, call your representatives in Washington and tell them to reopen the government so you and all the other people who are not getting services can get the help and support you deserve. Also, our government employees, contractors and subcontractors need to get back to work too. Judith Fenton Costa Mesa The South Dakota cattle ranchers portrayed in this article are represented by a Republican in the House of Representatives.
October 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Less than a week into the federal government shutdown, the economic effects are starting to be felt beyond the nation's capital. Layoffs are beginning in the private sector. More investors are unloading Treasury notes. And beneath the surface of the apparent calm in financial markets, banks and corporate chief financial officers are quietly taking steps to prepare for what many see as a potentially disastrous scenario if lawmakers fail to raise the debt limit by the Oct. 17 deadline.
September 30, 2013 |
The president's Affordable Care Act may be unpopular, and Americans may be wary about raising the debt ceiling - but shut down the federal government? Polls show that Americans don't want that to happen, and our readers' opinions reflect that. As the government appears headed for a shutdown on midnight Tuesday - with Congress deadlocked on a spending bill that would keep federal agencies running but delay the implementation of Presidential Obama's healthcare reform law for one year - most readers are expressing disbelief at the dysfunction in Washington.
September 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration told union leaders Thursday morning that federal employees will know by the end of the week whether they can report to work Tuesday if the government shuts down. Supervisors will tell employees informally by the end of the day Friday if they can expect to be furloughed, the president of the National Treasury Employees Union said in a statement. They would receive an official notice on Tuesday if a continuing resolution to fund the government is not passed in Congress and signed into law by then.