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  1. What's the status on this?
  2. Hi everyone. Please find the VGS Mastersheet here, it includes things like leadership and the bill register for Congress. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQ5BelXA8BzZjgufEjcuZInmyBLpGTXg5R0V1i2QkkyayVtVqo8jTf9aV-zuJs3rVOZfll4Ykujc7QN/pubhtml
  3. CONGRESS LOOKS TO MOBILIZE ON SARS OUTBREAK; SML ALLEN DEFEATED? The United States Senate began considering a motion to pass the Emergency Response to SARS Act. A bill, which was written by Senate Majority Leader John Allen (R-NV) would look to shut down all air travel to and from Asia and test people at the Canadian border. Both of these measures would be considered big steps into curtailing any big spread of the virus to the United States. Passage of the bill through the Senate through a motion to suspend and pass would certainly send a signal that the United States will do anything to prevent the virus greatly affecting the United States. However, both the contents of the piece of legislation and the method on which it is looking to be passed is coming under great scrutiny from both sides of the aisle, in an almost bipartisan effort to shut down any attempt at a frenetic response to the virus outbreak. Senator Jacob Land (R-TN) came out against the motion to suspend urging the Senate to shepherd the bill through the normal committee process while Senator Wesley Worthington (D-RI) went as far to call the bill unworkable and simply an over-exaggeration, while also approaching it from a national security perspective. In a small application of focus, the current vote on the Senate floor is looking like that the newly minted Senate Majority Leader will be defeated on this bill, with many Republican Senators coming down on the side of nay. If he ends up officially defeated, it will serve as an embarrassment for Senator Allen for a while to come.
  4. 1. Administrator Emeritus 1.1 Administrator Emeritus shall be considered an honorary position for former Chief Administrators and Administrators in good standing, to enable them to form part of an advisory committee to the current Administrative Board, on issues concerning the game. 1.1.1 To be considered in good standing, a former Chief Administrator or Administrator must not have been fired or sanctioned by either the owner(s) or Chief Administrator, respectively. 1.2 In order to qualify for Administrator Emeritus status, an Administrator must serve for a length of 60 days, inclusive of leave of absences no longer than 7 days and a Chief Administrator must serve for a length of 90 days, inclusive of leave of absences no longer than 7 days. 1.3 The duties of the Administrator Emeritus will be entirely advisory in nature, though from time to time, they may petition the Chief Administrator on important matters, detailing a resolution which can either be accepted or rejected by the Chief Administrator. 1.4 In order to promote a neutrality among parties in game, those entitled to Administrator Emeritus status will temporarily forfeit such status for the duration of their active participation in "party politics" of the game. 1.5 The Chief Administrator and the Owners will not seek out those who they believe to be entitled to such status, if you believe you are entitled, please forward a message to the Chief Administrator and the owners of Virtual Government Simulation.
  5. "WHAT I DIDN'T FIND IN AFRICA" - JOSEPH C. WILSON The following is an op-ed by Fmr. United States Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson. ((To save players reading the whole thing, I will post the important parts.)) He states that on the basis of his "experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war", he has "little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat." "I was convinced before the war that the threat of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein required a vigorous and sustained international response to disarm him. Iraq possessed and had used chemical weapons; it had an active biological weapons program and quite possibly a nuclear research program—all of which were in violation of United Nations resolutions. Having encountered Mr. Hussein and his thugs in the run-up to the Persian Gulf war of 1991, I was only too aware of the dangers he posed. But were these dangers the same ones the administration told us about? We have to find out. America's foreign policy depends on the sanctity of its information. For this reason, questioning the selective use of intelligence to justify the war in Iraq is neither idle sniping nor "revisionist history", as Mr. Bush has suggested. The act of war is the last option of a democracy, taken when there is a grave threat to our national security. More than 200 American soldiers have lost their lives in Iraq already. We have a duty to ensure that their sacrifice came for the right reasons."
  6. CHINA REPORTS OUTBREAK OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE - SARS Chinese officials have reported that an infectious disease, being called the severe acute respiratory syndrome has gotten to a stage of great importance in some parts of China. The Chinese Government has officially closed all schools to prevent the disease from being spread amongst children. There are around 5,000 diagnosed cases of the virus in China, with around 300 deaths. The spread of the virus has been mostly localised to Asia, with some cases being reported in the United States and Canada, the CDC has been mobilised to assist with preventing a big spread of the disease. Congress will not be expected to respond to the incident as there are little cases reported, although there is no telling if the amount of cases in the nation will increase or stay the same.
  7. I was away for the last two days. Back tonight.
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    Q4 2003

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    Q3 2003

  10. Each quarter in game will last 12 days, this should allow ample time to pass both policy and build a profile if you wish to seek higher office. We've been sitting on Quarter 2 for a few days, so this quarter will be shorter than the rest. Quarter 2 2004 and Quarter 3 2004 will be 10 days to shorten the waiting time until the election, and to give the primary winners a short break. Quarter 3 2003: July 23 - August 4 Quarter 4 2003: August 4 - August 16 (PRESIDENTIAL REGISTRATION OPEN AUGUST 5 CLOSES AUGUST 14) Quarter 1 2004: August 16 - August 28 (PRIMARY ROUND 1 "IA AND NH" AUGUST 18)(PRIMARY ROUND 2 "SC AND NV" AUGUST 21)(PRIMARY ROUND 3 "SUPER TUESDAY" AUGUST 24) Quarter 2 2004: August 28 - September 7 Quarter 3 2004: September 7 - September 17 Quarter 4 2004: September 17 - September 29 (ROUND 1 SEPTEMBER 18)(ROUND 2 SEPTEMBER 21)(ROUND 3 SEPTEMBER 25) N.B This is subject to change, this was done without any input from you, the players, so please message me or reach out if you think you want it longer or shorter. Thank you.
  11. REPUBLICANS ELECT SEN. ALLEN OF NEVADA AS LEADER; DEMOCRATS ELECT SEN. PROUST OF LOUISIANA What could be considered in some light as an odd selection for the Republicans may turn out to be a good choice, deciding to move away from selecting Senators from 'conservative' states to serve as their Senate leader. Senator Allen (R-NV) follows in the footsteps of Bill Frist (R-TN) and Bob Dole (R-KS), the rancher and former financial executive will be expected to see out the rest of the President's term with relative ease as things in the foreign sphere begin to level out and the focus will return to domestic policy. Many pundits are speculating that Allen will need to lay a strong legislative groundwork for the Republican's come election time next year, although some would say that they already have some strong things to tout. A recent statement by the Senator lays out what may be his intentions for the next months, that is to work with Democrats from time to time. On the other hand, Democrats have decided to elect Senator Proust (D-LA) as their leader for this Congress, he has already shown signs that he will be willing to work with his opposite number on a platitude of issues. In a statement he said, "I have never been the kind of man who takes a “war all the time” approach to life, I believe there are few problems that come before us that can’t be settled with frank discourse and acknowledgement of shared humanity". Pundits have said that Proust will need to devise a strong strategy if he is to become the Senate Majority Leader post 2004-elections, with President Bush sitting at a 65% approval rating. In essence, both parties will need to define themselves. With the PATRIOT Act and the focus being diverted to national security and the like by Republicans, they will look to reap the votes of Americans who have a general concern about national security while Democrats may try and paint themselves as a catch all type of party. The election of what appears to be a progressive firebrand as Senate Minority Whip will perhaps implant a progressive 'check' on the actions of the Democratic Minority this session.
  12. We're still looking for administrators! If you're interested then please contact me
  13. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FILES PIRACY, MURDER, HOSTAGE TAKING CHARGES AGAINST ABBAS In a move which will likely send shock waves through the international community, the United States Department of Justice has filed three charges against Abu Abbas, the mastermind behind the Achille Lauro hijacking. The charges have been filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Roscoe C. Howard will represent the United States in the case. It is likely that the case will garner attention from international human rights watch dogs on the applicability of the certain U.S charges against Abbas in this case. Democrats have been notably quiet on the capture of Abbas unlike their Republican colleagues in the Senate who have came out strongly for the prosecution of Abbas in U.S territory, which could have played a part in the decision making of the Bush Administration to pursue charges.
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    USA Today

    Naval Weapons Station Yorktown explosion concluded as accident Federal Investigators from the FBI and NCIS have concluded their main investigation into the explosion reported at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown as an accident and human error. The conclusion comes as a relief to many politicians and citizens alike, with fears aloft that this could have been another terror attack on U.S soil. The Navy says that it will look to "assess the type of error which occurred and look to prosecute for negligence if need be,"
  15. Waiting on all party leaders to be elected before we move things forward
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    USA Today

    JFK Airport closes due to BA Flight 5678 running of the runway JFK Airport in New York has been temporarily closed due to a British Airways flight overshooting the runway. The aircraft involved was a Boeing 747, which touched down from London Heathrow. National Transportation Safety Board Officials have arrived at the airport and have began looking into what happened. No casualties have been reported as of yet.
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