Published April 23, 2010
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Money for Nothin'
Some workers at the Securities and Exchange Commission, who were supposed to keep an eye on Wall Street, were instead watching Internet porn sites around the start of the economic crisis.
A memo obtained by the associated press shows the SEC's inspector general has conducted 33 probes of employees looking at explicit images in the past five years. It says a male senior attorney at SEC headquarters in Washington spent eight hours a day accessing Internet porn. A female accountant tried to log on to porn websites 1,800 times in a two week period and a male accountant 16,000 times in a single month.
This is not the first time government employees have been caught watching porn at work. Last September we told you about a National Science Foundation scandal involving graphic website surfing.
Looks Can Be Deceiving
The president's Earth Day speech may not have been as green as it looked.
Thursday President Obama spoke at a Des Moines, Iowa plant that makes towers for wind turbines. CBS News reports the president's team burned 9,116 gallons of fuel in the air during the 1,800 mile trip. That does not include the gasoline for the motorcade and all the various support vehicles.
A speech in the White House's Rose Garden definitely would have been more green.
Keep the Change
A proposal to change the face of the 50-dollar bill from President Ulysses S. Grant to President Ronald Reagan is not gaining much traction with voters.
Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry of North Carolina says it's time to honor the man he calls the last great president of the 20th century. But a new poll from Marist shows that 79 percent of those surveyed think the Reagan 50 is a bad idea.
Maybe most surprisingly, 71 percent of Republicans oppose the change as well as 83 percent of Democrats and 79 percent of Independents.
Making Dough on "O"
Communist China is looking to capitalize on the Obama brand with a nightclub named after the president. The Washington Examiner reports the Obama Entertainment Club is scheduled to open Monday in Shanghai.
The club's website is under construction and so it is sparse on details, but the logo is President Obama's name with a hot pink woman's leg kicking out of the "O."
So far, there's been no reaction from the White House.
— Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.