Grapevine: Colombia rejects associations to sex industry

Reaction to Secret Service scandal fallout


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

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A tale of two stories.

A government watchdog agency is pushing back against a Treasury Department forecast that said taxpayers would make a profit on the troubled asset relief program known as TARP.

The special inspector general dismisses that prediction in a new report to Congress.

Writing -- quote -- "It is a widely held misconception that TARP will make a profit. The most recent cost estimate for TARP is a loss of $60 billion."

However, Treasury is sticking by its original estimate telling Huffington Post most of the remaining projected cost is related to a different aid program that it admits was never intended to be recovered.

Pot Shot

Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank is calling out President Obama for cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Raids and other tactics have forced as many as 200 growers and distributors to cease operations.

The retiring democrat tells the Hill he is very disappointed that President Obama is not keeping his campaign promise to let state laws determine medical use and distribution of the drug.

Quote -- "I think it's bad politics and bad policy...It's a grave mistake."

Funny Business

And finally, at first the country of Colombia laughed off the U.S. Secret Service prostitution scandal.

But now that the country is being associated with the sex industry, the jokes are over.

The BBC reports after a low budget U.S. airline featured a promotion for Cartagena flights offering more bang for your buck with Secret Service imagery, Colombian officials were not amused.

Quote -- "The fault lies with the U.S. Secret Service. Prostitution exists everywhere...so don't come and tell us it's only Cartagena." Now, officials are demanding an apology there from President Obama.