Political Headlines January 12, 2013: White House Declines Death Star Undertaking, Cites Budget Constraints

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White House Declines Death Star Undertaking, Cites Budget Constraints

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-12-13

Last month an online petition to the White House site We the People that called for the construction of the Death Star from the Star Wars movies surpassed the 25,000 signature threshold required to initiate an official response. Citing national security and the number of jobs the initiative would create, the petition gained 34,000 signatures.

On Friday Paul Shawcross of the Office of Management and Budget, showed he was up for satire and responded in kind, issuing a tongue-in-cheek address to the demand for a space station capable of obliterating entire planets.

“The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850 quadrillion. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it,” OMB’s science and technology officer wrote, using figures drawn from Lehigh University business students….READ MORE

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Political Headlines January 12, 2013: President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address: Ending the War in Afghanistan

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President Obama’s Weekly Address: Ending the War in Afghanistan

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-12-13

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In his weekly address, President Obama reprises the rosy message he delivered Friday on the war in Afghanistan: that the U.S. is achieving its primary objective and on-track to drawdown forces by the end of 2014.

“Our core objective – the reason we went to war in the first place – is now within reach: ensuring that al Qaeda can never again use Afghanistan to launch attacks against America,” he says in the address.

“This week, we agreed that this spring, Afghan forces will take the lead for security across the entire country, and our troops will shift to a support role,” the president says. “In the coming months, I’ll announce the next phase of our drawdown.  And by the end of next year, America’s war in Afghanistan will be over.”…READ MORE

Full Text Political Headlines January 12, 2013: GOP Weekly Address: Sen. Deb Fischer on the Debt Ceiling Limit & the ‘Federal Government Spends Too Much’

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GOP Weekly Address: The ‘Federal Government Spends Too Much,’ Says Sen. Deb Fischer

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-12-13

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Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer says now that Congress is ready to focus on the nation’s deficit, it’s time for serious action on the issue of government spending. In this week’s Republican address, Fischer says she agrees with her constituents across Nebraska who are consistent in their message: “Washington must cut out-of-control spending.”

Americans are “frustrated with the lack of progress from their elected leaders,” who haven’t reined in spending, but rather have “added $4 billion each day to our gross national debt,” she says. A limited government, which Fischer supports, would focus on “fulfilling its core duties and responsibilities” to “identify the national priorities worthy of taxpayer funding.”…READ MORE

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