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Taxpayers to pay £4m to refurbish William and Kate’s palace

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Buckingham Palace has announced it is to lease a new helicopter for members of the Royal Family to fly on official engagements. The luxury £8 million AgustaWestland A109S can carry up to nine people including the pilots, has leather-covered seats and a top speed of 180mph. The chopper will be used by all members of the Royal Family, including William ... Read More »

Each troop in Afghanistan costs US taxpayers $2.1 million

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The average cost of each U.S. troop in Afghanistan will nearly double in the last year of the war to $2.1 million, according to a new analysis of the Pentagon’s budget.  For the past five years, from fiscal 2008 through 2013, the average troop cost had held steady at roughly $1.3. million. But the Pentagon’s 2014 war budget would dramatically increase that ... Read More »

Obamacare websites cost taxpayers $634m and they still don’t work

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It’s been one full week since the flagship technology portion of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) went live. And since that time, the befuddled beast that is Healthcare.gov has shutdown, crapped out, stalled, and mis-loaded so consistently that its track record for failure is challenged only by Congress. The site itself, which apparently underwent major code renovations over the weekend, still rejects ... Read More »

Obama’s family vacation to Africa to cost taxpayers $100 million

Obama $100 million vacation to Africa

After questions over the $100 million price tag of the President’s trip to Africa arose, the White House defended the costs claiming that the expenditure offers the nation “great bang for our buck.” After saying that the White House doesn’t determine the costs of travel and security, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said that the visits to these little-noticed ... Read More »

Officials ‘can’t account for’ $700 million in Katrina aid

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A new report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development paints a grim picture of a program that was supposed to help Louisiana’s Katrina victims protect their homes from future storms – to the tune of $700 million in misplaced taxpayer money. The relief program, which disbursed grants of up to $30,000 to more than 24,000 homeowners, was supposed ... Read More »

UK MPs to examine royal expenses

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Following a change in the British law that allows MPs to look into royal finances, Queen Elizabeth and the royal family face an inquiry into their expenses that would decide whether they provide value for taxpayer money. The inquiry, to be launched later this year by the House of Commons’ powerful Public Accounts Committee, will grill the Queen’s closest allies, The ... Read More »

Obama signs bill giving him armed protection for life

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Despite launching a gun control agenda that threatens to disarm the American people, President Obama has signed a bill that would afford him armed Secret Service protection for life. “The legislation, crafted by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, rolls back a mid-1990s law that imposed a 10-year limit on Secret Service protection for former presidents. Bush would have ... Read More »