Picture of the Day: Clowning Around at the GSA Hearings

More

Demonstrators mock some of the federal agency's more outlandish expenses.

GSAclowns.banner.getty.jpg
Alex Wong / Getty Images

The one upside of the General Services Administration scandal: colorful protests. Congress is holding hearings this week on the fracas, which involves more than $800,000 in spending on a lavish conference in Las Vegas, and which has already led to the resignation of the agency's director.

One of the many damning details from the story -- in addition to the $1,500 for wine-braised short ribs, $6,325 in commemorative coins, and $7,000 sushi tab -- was that conferees from the government office in charge of cutting down wasteful spending were entertained by a clown and a mindreader. These activists from the group Bankrupting America, dressed as a clairvoyant and a clown, were outside the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, where the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee was meeting on Wednesday.

Jump to comments
Presented by

David A. Graham

David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Social Security: The Greatest Government Policy of All Time?

It's the most effective anti-poverty program in U.S. history. So why do some people hate it?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In