Senator Releases ‘Wastebook’ On Government Programs

Dec 17, 2013, 9:18 pm EDT

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has released his annual “Wastebook”, detailing government spending he felt went to “questionable and lower-priority” programs.

According to Coburn, the federal government wasted $28 billion on these sorts of programs in 2013, on a wide variety of items. Coburn has been compiling the report for the past five years, in an attempt to promote his small government views.

What are some of the crazier things included in his “Wastebook”? Read 

The Price of Milk Could Reach $8 Gallon in 2014

Dec 17, 2013, 11:46 am EDT
The Price of Milk Could Reach $8 Gallon in 2014

The price of milk could shoot up to anywhere from $6 to $8 a gallon in 2014. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The source behind the increase in the price of milk is the farm bill that is set to expire at the end of the year. Congress is currently working to find a solution to the problem, but a long-term fix is unlikely to be made before year’s end. If the farm bill does expire and the price of milk soars, then the price of other dairy products will also increase, reports Citizens Voice.

Congress does have an option that could help it buy time to find a long-term fix; extending the current farm bill. Congress already extended the current farm bill when it was about to expire last year and it may do it again. This solution would also keep the price of milk from increasing. If this isn’t done, Congress will have one month –the amount of time that the U.S. Department of Agriculture can keep the price of milk from increasing– after the farm bill expires to find a solution, Citizens Voice notes. Read 

House Passes Two-Year Budget Deal

Dec 12, 2013, 7:40 pm EDT

Perhaps Congress is saving its best for last.

With time ticking down on this year’s session, the House passed a two-year budget deal with bipartisan support today. The measure was approved by a vote of 332-94, with 169 Republicans and 163 Democrats supporting it.

The deal was crafted by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash. Read 

India Bans Gay Sex

Dec 11, 2013, 2:19 pm EDT

In a recent ruling, India’s Supreme Court banned gay sex by overturning a ruling from a lower court. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The Delhi High Court ruled in 2009 that a law that made gay sex punishable with up to 10 years in prison didn’t apply to consenting adults. However, India’s Supreme Court ruled that the Delhi High Court had no right to change the law. This means that the law, Section 377, is now back in full effect, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Here is a section of the ruling posted by the WSJ. Read 

First Tweets: George H.W. Bush Joins Twitter

Dec 11, 2013, 11:15 am EDT
First Tweets: George H.W. Bush Joins Twitter

It seems no one is immune for the temptation to tweet. Source: Wikipedia

The nation’s forty-first president, George H.W. Bush, who left office in January 1993, just as the Internet was gaining widespread public notice, sent out his very first tweet on Tuesday, CNN has confirmed.

Now 89 years old, and reportedly in poor health, the former leader of the free world and father of the forty-third president of the United States, took to Twitter (TWTR) at @GeorgeHWBush to honor the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, who died this week at the age of 95. Read 

Obama Selfie at Mandela Memorial Causes Uproar

Dec 11, 2013, 10:21 am EDT

President Barack Obama was caught taking a selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

President Obama was photographed as he squeezed in for a selfie with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the service being held in South Africa. First Lady Michelle Obama didn’t take part in the selfie and is instead seen looking away from the group, reports The Christian Science Monitor.

The photo of Obama’s selfie made its way around the web and was met with criticism. Read 

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