Some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
The Government Accountability Office wants Iraq to pull more of its own weight when it comes to national security.
A new GAO report has Iraq posting a surplus of nearly $12 billion. The GAO says: "Congress should consider Iraq's available financial resources when reviewing the administration's fiscal year 2011 budget request and any future funding requests."
The Pentagon, State Department and Treasury all dispute the figures. The Obama administration is currently requesting $2 billion in the 2011 budget for Iraqi security forces.
President Obama has a children's book set to hit the shelves in November. It's called "Of Thee I Sing -- A Letter to My Daughters" and features Sasha and Malia Obama on the cover.
In the past the Obamas have gone out of their way to keep the girls out of the media spotlight, once even demanding that a reference to the girls be removed from a poster advocating healthy school lunches. After then-candidate Obama allowed the girls to appear on "Access Hollywood" in July 2008, he said, "We wouldn't do it again and we won't be doing it again."
The book is part of a $1.9 million, three-book deal President Obama reached in 2004.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid coordinated a Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas last week. Some attendees found Reid's choice of transportation interesting: a fleet of SUVs.
The Heartland Institute's James Taylor says, "I was absolutely astonished -- not to mention appalled -- that Harry Reid would retain a fleet of gas-guzzling SUVs so that he and a few aides would not have to walk the mere 100 yards to address environmental activists."