“Why a government shutdown could be a pricey proposition”


By Carrie Dunn, Political Reporter,NBC News

If past is prologue, a looming government shutdown could actually cost U.S. taxpayers money.  A lot of money.

According to the Office of Management and Budget, the two shutdowns in 1995 and 1996 cost taxpayers $1.4 billion combined. Adjust for inflation and you’ve got $2 billion in today’s dollars.

Those two shutdowns lasted a total of 27 days, but there’s no telling how long the government could be shuttered this time around if Congress fails to act by Monday at midnight. Even shorter shutdowns have proven successful at draining government funds.

In the immediate aftermath of the first government shutdown in 1981, the most conservative estimate  – conducted by the General Accounting Office (now called the Government Accountability Office) — put the cost of shutting the government down for a single day at $8.2 million, or almost $21 million in  today’s dollars. A House panel later concluded that the day-long furlough cost taxpayers 10 times more than that.


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“Interviews of pilots of crashed airliner may yield clues”



SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was 500 feet up and about a half-minute from San Francisco International Airport when its speed dropped below the threshold for a safe landing. It continued slowing until just about 8 seconds before touchdown, when pilots recognized the need for more speed and throttled up.

But it already was too late. By the time the engines started adding speed, the hulking Boeing 777 was barely above San Francisco Bay and the plane clipped the seawall at the end of the runway, slammed down and spun, then caught fire. Incredibly, only two of the 307 people on board died, and most of the survivors suffered few or no injuries.

The head of the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday revealed additional details about the final seconds before Saturday’s crash, but what remained unknown was why the pilots didn’t react sooner.

Some of the answers about decisions they made were expected to come Tuesday, after details emerge from U.S. and Korean joint interviews of the pilots that began Monday.


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“Protests Grow on Fifth Day of Unrest in Egypt”


By   01-28-13

PORT SAID, Egypt — Large protests in the Suez Canal city of Port Said and fresh clashes in Cairo on Monday marked a fifth day of widening unrest in Egypt, a day after President Mohamed Morsi declared a state of emergency and a curfew in three major cities as escalating violence in the streets threatened his government and Egypt’s democracy.

In Port Said, where the police lost control over the weekend and where marchers on Monday said they no longer recognized Mr. Morsi’s authority, protesters chased away armored personnel carriers with rocks and shoes during a funeral procession for victims of the recent violence. Protesters also called for the entire city to ignore the 9 p.m. curfew.  FULL  ARTICLE

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‘TO THE VICTOR GOES THE SPOILS’ OF WAR! (The GOP can’t change the rules!)

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...
English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Obama’s Message to Republicans: I Won

President Obama had a simple message at his press conference on Monday: I won the election, and, this time, that’s going to mean something, writes National Journal’s George E. Condon Jr.

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“Richard Engel and NBC News team freed from captors in Syria”

By Mike Brunker, NBC News

Richard Engel at the end of a reporting trip in Syria in July of this year.
Richard Engel at the end of a reporting trip in Syria in July of this year.

NBC News’ Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and members of his network production team were freed from captors in Syria after a firefight at a checkpoint on Monday, five days after they were taken prisoner, NBC News said early Tuesday.
“After being kidnapped and held for five days inside Syria by an unknown group, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country,” the network said in a statement.
The captors were unidentified and were not believed to be loyal to the Assad regime.
Engel, 39, along with other employees the network did not identify, disappeared shortly after crossing into northwest Syria from Turkey on Thursday. The network had not been able to contact them until learning that they had been freed on Monday.

The network said there was no claim of responsibility, no contact with the captors and no request for ransom during the time the crew was missing.
After entering Syria, Engel and his team were abducted, tossed into the back of a truck and blindfolded before being transported to an unknown location believed to be near the small town of Ma’arrat Misrin. During their captivity, they were blindfolded and bound, but otherwise not physically harmed, the network said. FULL ARTICLE

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October 23, 2012

Romney says Obama is ‘weak’ abroad, as president calls rival ‘all over the map’

A week ago, the two paced around each other in an interruption-filled bickering match, but at Monday’s debate, the rivals were seated next to one another, making for a less confrontational setting – though the candidates’ differences were still on full display.

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