Grapevine: Congressional testimony or act of valor?

Sec. Panetta jokes about testifying before Congress


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Act of Valor?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta joked during a town hall meeting with troops Friday that he wants a combat badge for testifying before Congress.

Quote -- "I've been in hearings for the last three days. S***, I think I should get some kind of award for going through that crap."

Panetta of course served in the House of Representatives for 16 years, attending his fair share of congressional hearings.

Former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin - who has been called to testify many times as well, tweeted a link to the story today adding -- quote -- "Man up, Leon."

Hard to Miss

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apparently did not get the white shirt memo for the G-20 Summit family photo in Mexico.

Clinton instead wore a lime green shirt alongside 30 other representatives all sporting white.

"Radical" Thinking

An Indiana state lawmaker says he will not support a resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts because he believes it is a radicalized organization that supports abortion and promotes homosexuality.

Fort Wayne Republican Bob Morris also said in a letter to GOP colleagues the fact that first lady Michelle Obama is honorary president should give lawmakers pause before they endorse the group.

The Girls Scouts is addressing what it calls misinformation on the internet. It says the group leaves sex and reproduction questions to parents.

Check the Stache

Finally, tax breaks for hair trimmers?

That's what the American Mustache Institute is pressing Congress for.

The Stimulus to Allow Critical Hair Expense -- or STACHE Act -- would offer a $250,000 tax break for mustache maintenance.

The group says mustaches require pricey products, therefore, stimulate the economy. They're also environmentally friendly because not shaving saves water.

The group has announced a Million Mustache March from the Capitol to the White House. But the date is April 1st -- which is of course, April Fool's Day -- so draw your own conclusion.