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MIDDLE AGED PLAGUE Facebook: Sometimes I Like It, Sometimes I Don't
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STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER 9/11 forced state to form better emergency response plan
Even the dark smoke clouds billowing out of the Twin Towers, a Pennsylvania field and the Pentagon 10 years ago contained a silver lining.
The East Coast terrorist attacks that killed 2,975 people co... Posted on 9/12/11 at 5:04 AM
On Monday, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., joined 18 other members of Congress in signing a letter asking Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to reject a proposal in the department’s 2014 budget to study charging the fee.
“The federal Census people are coming back,” Chief Security Officer Garvey Erfald half shouted as he entered the community hall where the members of the Homeland Security Committee were choosing chairs for the regular spring meeting.
The Homeland Security Department released from its jails more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation in recent weeks due to looming budget cuts and planned to release 3,000 more during March, The Associated Press has learned.
It was more than cold as the town’s 13 electors gathered in the cavernous unheated community hall for an emergency meeting of the Homeland Security Committee, called pursuant to orders issued by the mayor.
House members of both parties on Monday teed off against the agency in charge of airport and port anti-terrorist screening, saying it uses ineffective tactics, wastes money on faulty equipment and treats travelers rudely. TSA officials told a hearing that airport screening is getting better for U.S. travelers, because the agency is moving away from a one-size-fits-all system. Instead, the TSA is expanding programs to identify travelers posing a risk, while allowing those who provide personal information in advance to go through a fast line.
In diplomatically polite terms, President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper remained at odds Wednesday over a proposed oil pipeline from Canada through the United States, with Obama showing no interest in speeding up a project that the Canadian leader sees as vital to his nation's economy.
More than 30 environmental laws would be waived and the Department of Homeland Security would be allowed to build roads, erect fences, set up monitoring equipment and use vehicles to patrol public lands within 100 miles of the Mexican and Canadian borders, according to proposed legislation in the House. No current plans exist to build such infrastructure, but a border-long environmental assessment is being completed to expedite such plans if needed in the future.
Now and then, a news report seems too ridiculous to be believed. Great news: This time, the report is exactly that. “OTTAWA — The U.S. is looking at building fences along the border with Canada to help keep out terrorists and other criminals,” the Canadian Press report this week began.
The grants will help the agencies prevent terrorist attacks, secure U.S. borders and enhance emergency preparedness, according to a news release from the state’s congressional delegation, Sen. Kent Conrad, Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Rick Berg.
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