Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
Waste Not, Want Not
We report extensively here on the Grapevine about government waste -- your tax dollars spent in questionable ways.
One place where that is not the case -- the tools used on our nation's nuclear weapons.
A Pentagon review found only one single wrench existed capable of attaching nuclear warheads.
That's not one per missile, or one per silo, or even one per base.
One wrench in the world.
Hundreds of nuclear missiles are housed at three Air Force bases across the country so crews FedExed the wrench from one base to another.
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CHUCK HAGEL, DEFENSE SECRETARY: Because it's reflective and indicative of a system that's been allowed to kind of slowly back downhill. But that's not the way to do it. We now have a wrench for each location. We're going to have two wrenches for each location soon.
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Military officials tell us, the wrench was not needed very often.
Searching for all sorts of other tools and military equipment has revealed that $420 million in weapons and other sensitive material was missing from U.S. bases in Afghanistan.
A Pentagon inspector general report says 15,600 items disappeared in 2013 at Bagram and Kandahar.
It says army officials did not disclose that fact and did not consider the inventory lost.
The Chick is in the Mail
From missing tools and weapons, to found baby chicks.
A woman here in D.C. got a package from an ex-boyfriend.
It contained 15 live baby chicks.
A note attached said this -- quote -- "there are a lot of other chicks out there."
In another indication of what may have been doomed about this relationship, the woman told her mail carrier she would throw the chicks in the garbage.
Fortunately, he took them to the Humane Society instead, where they are said to be in good shape tonight.