national debt is now 73% of gross domestic product, the highest in history except for a period around World War II. The figure is twice the percentage it was at the end of 2007. Read the CBO report. Modestly lower spending, an improving economy and increased collection of income, payroll and corporate taxes have helped narrow the governments deficit this fiscal year. If current laws remain in place, CBO said, the debt will decline slightly relative to GDP over the next several years. But CBO cautioned that long-term challenges remain. It warned that growing future deficits will push the debt to 100% of GDP 25 years from now. And under another scenario that envisions changes being made to some laws including removing the so-called automatic budget cuts known as the sequester the debt would be even higher, at nearly 190%, by 2038. While sequestration and Americans record-high tax revenue has had a mitigating impact in the near term news on which the White House has been quick to seize the entitlement implosion is still stubbornly looming in the future (particularly the incoming strain on Medicare and Social Security) while we accomplish approximately zero in addressing it. Whats more, as James Pethokoukis points out at AEI, the debt itself is hardly the long and short of it. The CBO notes that the above forecast didnt factor in the harm that growing debt would cause to the economy, and, well And when you take into account stuff like howdeficits might crowd out investment in factories and computersand how people might respond to changes in after-tax wages, you find the debt is much, much larger, closer to 200% of GDP.
Humetewa: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona Diane J. Humetewa currently serves as Special Advisor to the President and Special Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at Arizona State University. She is also a Professor of Practice at Arizona State Universitys Sandra Day OConnor College of Law. From 2009 to 2011, Humetewa was Of Counsel with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP. She worked in the United States Attorneys Office in the District of Arizona from 1996 to 2009, serving as Senior Litigation Counsel from 2001 to 2007 and as the United States Attorney from 2007 to 2009. During her tenure in the United States Attorneys Office, Humetewa also served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General from 1996 to 1998. From 1993 to 1996, she was Deputy Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Humetewa received her J.D. in 1993 from Arizona State University College of Law and her B.S. in 1987 from Arizona State University. She is a member of the Hopi Indian Tribe and, from 2002 to 2007, was an Appellate Court Judge for the Hopi Tribe Appellate Court. Justice Jon David Levy: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Maine Justice Jon David Levy has been an Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court since 2002. Justice Levy previously served as a Maine District Court Judge from 1995 to 2002, during which time he served as Deputy Chief Judge from 2000 to 2001 and Chief Judge from 2001 to 2002. Prior to joining the bench, Justice Levy worked in private practice in York, Maine from 1983 to 1995. From 1981 to 1982, he was appointed by Judge William W. Justice to serve as a Special Court Monitor of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Justice Levy began his legal career by clerking for Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. of the United States District Court in the Southern District of West Virginia from 1979 to 1981. He received his J.D. in 1979 from the West Virginia University College of Law and his B.S. in 1976 from Syracuse University. Judge Steven Paul Logan: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona Judge Steven Paul Logan has served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the District of Arizona since January 2012. Previously, Judge Logan served as a United States Immigration Judge from 2010 to 2012, as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Arizona from 2001 to 2010, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Minnesota from 1999 to 2001. From 2008 to 2009, he served as Chief of the White Collar and Public Corruption Section in the United States Attorneys Office for the District of Arizona. Judge Logan is also a 23-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, holds the rank of Colonel, and currently serves on the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals. During his military career, Judge Logan served two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. He also spent six years as a military trial judge. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Ribbon for his second tour of duty in Iraq. Judge Logan received his J.D.
20, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on the plaza outside of the U. S. Steel Tower. The event, which is in its twentieth year and is open to the public, is the largest one-day fundraising event for the United Way of Allegheny County. “This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Party on the Plaza, a company tradition that we are proud to host each year,” said Sharon Owen, vice president Supply Chain & Customer Service for U. S. Steel and chairwoman of the company’s 2013 United Way campaign. “This is a great opportunity for our employees to help strengthen the communities where they live and work.” Games, raffles and a large, prize-filled silent auction are just some of the activities available to Partygoers. All proceeds from the day’s events benefit the United Way of Allegheny County. The featured musical act is the U. S. Steel Band, led by George Babcoke, senior vice president European Operations and Global Safety and president U. S. Steel Kosice. Local celebrities will also be on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures. Scheduled to appear at the event are: Jamie Dixon, Head Basketball Coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers; the University of Pittsburgh cheerleaders and dance team; Christine D’Antonio of KDKA-TV; Iceburgh, the mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins; and Sidney the Penguin from the National Aviary. For more information about U.