The Best of The Week

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | March 21, 2014 | 2:42 PM EDT

A look at the stories that have made the ‘Best of The Week’.

They Keep Putting It On Our Tab

The money’s coming in - inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record in the first five months of fiscal 2014 of $1,104,947,000,000, but the federal government still ran a $377,379,000,000 deficit during that time, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement for February.

Fundamental Fiscal Challenges

The United States faces "fundamental fiscal challenges" stemming from the growth in spending for Social Security and major health care programs," CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told a gathering in Washington on Tuesday.

“So we have a choice as a society to either scale back those programs relative to what is promised under current law; or to raise tax revenue above its historical average to pay for the expansion of those programs; or to cut back on all other spending even more sharply than we already are," Elmendorf said.

Spending Into The Red…China

First lady Michelle Obama "has been looking for an opportunity to go to China," a White House official said on Monday. And she considers it a "real treat" to take her daughters and her mother with her.

The first lady and family members departed on Wednesday for China. The White House has refused to give a dollar figure for the trip.

Food Police

One thing you can put a number on, is the number of ways the government could control the way you eat. has a list of seven from Michelle Obama.

Getting Into The ‘Fruve’

Apparently, ‘fruved’ means you’re eating fruits and vegetables. The USDA wants more fruving to occur so they granted more than $4.8 million to the ‘get fruved’ healthy eating campaign.

Early video efforts showcase people dressed as fruits and vegetables jumping out of hiding spaces and yelling, “Fruve you!”

One can only imagine the strides the program will take with it’s taxpayer funded millions.

The University of Tennessee Knoxville campaign will not only will be engaged at other colleges, but aims to work with middle school and elementary children as well.

Not Getting Into The Moose Meat So Much.

The USDA says fruit is good, but there’s no consensus from administration officials on moose meat.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has come under fire over remarks she made about a can of moose meat that was handed to her as a gift from a little girl.  "It could gag a maggot," she reportedly said.  Well, such antics have drawn the ire of Alaska's congressional delegation, which have labeled her remarks as disrespectful.

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