And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
Forget reading, writing and arithmetic. You are paying about a million dollars to train public school students in California how to promote President Obama's health care reform law.
The grant award from California's health insurance exchange says the plan involves outreach calls, class presentation, and meetings with eligible staff.
The students are part of a pilot program to see if they can convince adults they already know to enroll in ObamaCare.
Officials are promising, or threatening strict enforcement of the grants with monthly, quarterly and annual reports, field monitors, and funding based on performance.
The U.S. Park Police has lost track of an arsenal of handguns, rifles, and shotguns.
In a scathing report, the Interior Department's Inspector General faults staff for having no idea how many weapons they control and says the department has no clear policies or procedures for investigating missing weapons.
It says top managers -- including the police chief -- have shown a -- quote -- "lackadaisical attitude toward firearms management."
Investigators surveying Park Police field office armories found 1,400 extra and unassigned weapons that were intended to be destroyed and nearly 200 handguns meant for the ATF that were being stored and yet not listed in an inventory system.
The National Park Service has since apologized.
A Taste of Prison
Finally, talk about an unusual bribe.
An immigration service officer has been indicted for taking thousands of dollars in cash from three immigrants seeking either citizenship or lawful permanent status.
And also receiving -- get this -- 200 egg rolls.
They must have been really tasty egg rolls.