The Thursday wrap
The Boston Herald reports that Family Tsarnaev, including the suspected Boston Marathon terrorists, received more than $100,000 in welfare benefits in the decade ending last year. That would include cash, food stamps and Section 8 housing. How many other would-be terrorists are taxpayers underwriting these days? ... In an astounding move, the federal government has actually decided not to reward employees for not doing their jobs. The Department of Veterans Affairs is docking bonuses for top officials who have been unable to meet their goals for reducing a giant backlog of disability claims. Will wonders never cease? ... Vanity Fair has posted photos of President Obama with his feet up on his Oval Office desk. But it's not just any desk. This desk was a gift from Britain's Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880. Known as the Resolute desk, it was built from the timbers of an Arctic exploration ship of the same name. Nothing like disrespecting history. ... A state senator in Missouri proposed, then withdrew, an amendment to an education bill that would have banned the wearing of seersucker suits by those 8 and over. Why? “(Because) adults look ridiculous in seersucker suits,” Ryan McKenna, a Democrat, told Esquire magazine. He says the measure was “all in jest.” Voters could do themselves a favor by jesting Mr. McKenna out of office when he's up for re-election.
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