Grapevine: New report identifies more government waste

Finds overlapping agencies, departments


Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Wasteful Spending

As we mentioned earlier, a government report finds taxpayer dollars fund almost $100 billion a year in wasteful spending.

Much of that spending comes from multiple agencies doing the same thing.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found 47 programs for job training.

Six overlapping programs aimed at re-designing camouflage combat uniforms.

And three federal agencies tasked with the responsibility of inspecting catfish.

Whose Children?

An MSNBC ad featuring weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry is attracting harsh criticism, still.

She has an unusual argument for increasing government spending on education.


MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY, MSNBC HOST: We haven't had a very collective notion of "these are our children." So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.'


Reaction to this claim has been strong particularly from conservatives.

"The Week's" Matt Lewis likens her beliefs to an Orwellian society.

Sarah Palin tweeted -- quote -- "Apparently MSNBC doesn't think your children belong to you.

One Catholic blog calls into question how Harris-Perry -- who is vocally pro-choice -- can take such a position.

Quote -- "I thought she advocated the private decision of a mother to kill her own children. Since she wants kids to be public commodities owned by the community then pro-life advocates are well within their rights to fight for their protection...since they are our children too."

This afternoon, Harris-Perry responded to all the backlash. She says she has no intention of changing the family structure but she is -– quote -- "doubling down" on her claim that it is the responsibility of the whole community to give children the best schools and neighborhoods possible.

Poker Face?

And finally, an unscripted moment that appears to have caught Russian President Vladimir Putin off guard and without his poker face.

Putin was in Germany meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, when topless protesters appeared in front of both leaders.

The women were shouting and calling Putin a dictator before being covered up and swept away by security.
But their message did not change Putin's assessment of the women apparently. He said quote -- "I liked it."