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White House in violation of transparency law

Missing deadlines is nothing new for the Obama administration, though.

One month ago exactly, President Barack Obama signed a law requiring the administration’s Office of Management and Budget to issue a report defining exactly what cuts the massive and mysterious $1 trillion sequestration package would take to defense and other domestic programs.

But it appears following that law to the letter wasn’t on the agenda.

The 30-day deadline for that report came and went without answer Thursday, and Friday White House spokesman Jay Carney announced the report would be out late next week, according to afternoon pool reports.

Though defense leaders have called this doomsday mechanism of cuts “devastating” if they are allowed to go into effect on the first of next year, Democrats made clear they aren’t taking the threat seriously when they issued their platform earlier this week. In it, they describe  the cuts that were initially intended as an ultimatum as one of several “tough budgetary decisions” that “must” be made.

Missing these kinds of deadlines is nothing new for the Obama administration, though. Here’s a look from the Washington Times at some of the other budget deadlines the administration has ignored.

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope??s email is