Hotel rooms and car service for Vice President Joe Biden’s Thanksgiving trip to Rome and Croatia cost over $300,000, according to recently released government contracts.
The vice president, his wife Jill Biden, and other relatives are spending the holiday abroad. Biden is first making a stop in Zagreb, Croatia for meetings, before heading to Italy on Wednesday.
The Department of Agriculture is spending nearly $150,000 to teach overweight college students in Puerto Rico how to use yoga, “mindfulness,” and meditation to lose weight.
The Environmental Protection Agency has given $30,000 to a Unitarian church that preaches about “white privilege” and that America is “structurally racist.”
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton, Florida, received an “environmental justice grant” for education and training about sea level rise and climate change, the agency announced Wednesday.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) objected to legislation that would prevent taxpayer funding from going towards oil paintings for members of government such as Harry Reid, Wednesday.
The National Institutes of Health spent $22,500 on a conference on balding.
The National Science Foundation is spending nearly $650,000 on a computer game for adults where they can pretend to be a “novice world leader.”
The company that received taxpayer funding to build a zombie math game for kids is now creating a game similar to an online version of Risk that teaches users leadership skills.
The National Institutes of Health is spending nearly a half a million dollars for researchers to observe how much time preschoolers in daycare spend outdoors.
The Department of Education is spending upwards of $2.5 million to bring a mindfulness intervention to kindergarteners in Chicago, where kids can go to “calm spots” in the corner to watch nature videos.
First Lady Michelle Obama brought a $5,000 videographer with her when she traveled to Qatar last week.
Drug and child sex offenders received paid administrative leave from the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new audit.
The agency’s inspector general found the EPA rehired a child sex offender after they were put on leave for violating probation, in one example of misuse of administrative leave that cost taxpayers over $1 million.