And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine…
Math can be hard -- especially in government.
Just ask the Social Security Administration.
Even when it is trying to collect money -- it finishes with a deficit.
The Inspector General says $128 million in low-dollar overpayments were issued between 2008 and 2013.
The agency managed to recover 109 million of that.
The Social Security Administration spent $323 million to collect that cash.
So it ended up in the hole -- for over $200 million -- all while trying to save money.
The government has agreed to re-evaluate its process for collecting overpayments.
Russia is taking a stand against the spread of cults.
And the number one target -- is yoga.
Two studios received letters from city officials -- informing them to stop holding classes in city facilities.
The Moscow Times reports the letters were issued – quote "in order to prevent the spread of new religious cults and movements."
One teacher admitted to the The Times of London -- everybody is scared and amused.
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister was singing a different tune last year -- when he told American officials to do yoga -- to ease what he called their irrational fixation on punishing Russia -- over the annexation of Crimea.
Grammar for the Win
Finally -- punctuation is important.
An Ohio woman fought a parking ticket -- and won -- thanks to a missing comma in the law.
In West Jefferson -- Parking restrictions apply to -- quote -- "any motor vehicle camper -- trailer -- farm implement -- and/or non-motorized vehicle."
The judge found that without a comma between vehicle and camper -- tickets can only be issued to motor vehicle campers -- not cars or trucks.
The appellate judge said the village should add a comma -- if it wants to ticket personal vehicles.
The ticket was revoked and all towing and legal fees -- reimbursed.