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White Student Returns Black Scholarship
Personal Liberty Alerts
by Upi - United Press International, Inc.
June 12, 2012
A white high school senior in California says he returned a private scholarship he received after realizing it was intended for a black student.
Jeffrey Warren, 17, was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship by the Martin Luther King Senior Citizens Club at ceremonies in the gym of Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, The (Riverside) Press-Enterprise reported Monday, but after talking with his father, chose to return the money, noting "They announced it was for an African-American."
White House: When Congress Won't Cooperate, Obama Will Take 'Small, Medium and Large' Executive Actions
by Fred Lucas
January 3, 2012
President Barack Obama is ready to take "small, medium and large" actions without the consent of Congress, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
White House Underestimated 2012 Deficit by $769.5B--or 138 Percent
by Terence P. Jeffrey
February 13, 2012
In February 2009, Obama submitted his first budget to Congress. It boldly predicted that the federal deficit would decrease dramatically during Obama's term, dropping from an estimated $1.841 trillion in fiscal 2009 to $557.4 billion in fiscal 2012.
However, in the fiscal 2013 budget that Obama submitted to Congress today, the White House is predicting that the federal deficit for fiscal 2012 will not be $557.4 billion after all. Instead, the White House says, it will be $1.3269 trillion. That means Obama's fiscal 2010 budget proposal missed on its fiscal 2012 deficit prediction by $769.5 billion--an error of 138 percent.
White House threatens to veto student loan bill
by Alan Fram
April 27, 2012
The White House threatened a veto Friday of a Republican bill keeping the interest rates on federal student loans from doubling this summer, objecting that the measure would finance its $5.9 billion cost by abolishing a health care program.
The veto threat came as GOP leaders began pushing the legislation toward passage Friday in the House. The warning escalated the election-year clash over a measure that has evolved from a dispute over helping millions of students into a broader proxy battle between the two parties over how to best help families cope with the weak job market and ailing economy. The GOP bill would repeal a preventive care program created under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law of 2010. Picking up on a theme that House Democrats have been sounding this week, the White House said that "women in particular" benefit from the program - a message that reflects the Democratic effort to woo women voters by accusing Republicans of waging a war on them.
White House Rules by Fiat with No Child Left Behind Waivers
by Mike Brownfield
August 9, 2011
The Obama Administration is circumventing Congress by granting states conditional waivers from the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind.
It's a story we've heard before. Where President Obama can't legislate, he will use executive branch action to accomplish his agenda. In the past, he has applied that tactic in the auto bailout, EPA regulations, and Obamacare. Now he's using this approach to remake No Child Left Behind (NCLB)-the most significant K-12 education law-by granting states conditional waivers from the onerous provisions of NCLB in exchange for adopting a yet-to-be-specified set of executive branch education policy priorities.
White House proposes pay increase for federal workers
by Tina Korbe
January 6, 2012
The "pay freeze" on federal workers has always been a bit of a misnomer; throughout the freeze, workers have still been eligible for step increases and (rightly) increased pay for promotions.
But, today, the White House officially ended the freeze with the announcement of a slight pay increased for federal government employees.
White House may back armed guards in schools after all
by Ed Morrissey
January 11, 2013
Interesting, if only because of the near-unanimous derision that resulted when the NRA's Wayne LaPierre proposed the idea a week after the Newtown shooting.
Critics hooted at LaPierre's detachment from reality before they realized that Bill Clinton had demanded and received the same funding - through the COPS program. We'll get back to Clinton in a moment, but first let's take a look at Barbara Boxer's sudden adoption of the NRA proposal: The Obama administration is considering funding many more police officers in public schools to secure campuses, a leading Democratic senator said, part of a broad gun violence agenda that is likely to include a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks.
White House helps pay for NYPD Muslim surveillance
by Eileen Sullivan
February 27, 2012
The Obama administration said Monday it has no control over how the New York Police Department spends millions of dollars in White House grants that helped pay for NYPD programs that put entire American Muslim neighborhoods under surveillance.
In New York, the police commissioner said he wouldn't apologize. The White House has no opinion about how the grant money was spent, spokesman Jay Carney said. The Associated Press reported Monday that the White House money has paid for the cars that plainclothes NYPD officers used to conduct surveillance on Muslim neighborhoods and paid for computers that stored even innocuous information about Muslim college students, mosque sermons and social events.
White House Confirms: Obama & Feinstein Looking to Ban Most Guns
December 18, 2012
At a press conference earlier this morning, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters the president will be actively supporting Senator Dianne Feinstein's gun control legislation.
The legislation is expected to go after all semi-automatic weapons and firearms that can hold over ten rounds of ammunition. What once seemed highly unlikely may now have a chance of passing through congress after a number of pro-gun lawmakers have signaled their support. Since the school shooting in Connecticut, a number of lawmakers, including a few Senate Democrats with "A" ratings from the National Rifle Association, have called for immediate action to overhaul gun control laws. The White House and fellow lawmakers have wasted no time exploiting this tragedy, and are growing confident in their ability to pass new stricter gun control legislation.
White boy suspended for claiming 'African' prize
by Marcus Warren
January 27, 2004
A white teenager who moved from South Africa to America six years ago was suspended from school after nominating himself for a "Distinguished African-American Student of the Year" prize.
Trevor Richards, 16, was accused of "showing disrespect" to black pupils at Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska. It is thought he is the only pupil to have lived in Africa. He and two friends put up campaign posters showing him making a thumbs-up sign and all three were suspended. "The posters were intended to be satire on the term 'African-American'," said one of his campaign managers, Scott Rambo. The phrase is the current politically correct label for black Americans.
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