Best of The Week 2/21/14

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | February 21, 2014 | 2:36 PM EST

It’s a look at the stories that have made the Best of The Week.

Bulking Up on Bullets

The government accountability office has released a report that shows that the Department of Homeland Security has contracted to purchase over 704 million rounds of ammunition over the next four years, which is equal to a total of about 2,500 rounds per DHS agent per year.

The report claims the ammunition is for training and qualifying agents.

Pack of Problems

Qualified animal agents may be needed in Arizona. Stray packs of Chihuahuas are reportedly roaming the streets of some Arizona communities ready to snarl and yap at anyone who is unfortunate enough to cross their path.

Double the Marketable Debt

Scarier than a pack of Chihuahuas is the marketable debt of the U.S. government doubling.

The marketable debt of the U.S. has climbed by 106 percent while President Barack Obama has been in office, increasing from over $5 trillion at the end of January 2009 to over $11 trillion at the end of January 2014, according to the U.S. Treasury.

The marketable debt of the U.S. government includes all debt securities sold by the U.S. Treasury that can be held by individuals, corporations or other entities outside the U.S. government and that can be sold in the secondary market.

Fight STDs – The Game

The government continues to raise money so it can do many things, such as offer $30,000 in prizes for an app game that focuses on STD prevention.

Through the website the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control are offering the cash prizes as an incentive for people to create an app game for phones that focuses on HIV and STD prevention.

The EPA is also offering prizes for 11 to 14 year olds that may have winning entries for the “climate change video contest” – which asks students. "Why do you care about climate change?" And: "How are you reducing carbon pollution or preparing for the impacts of climate change?"

Talking ‘TEA’

Government spending habits are just one of the many reasons the Tea Party sprang into existence.

Five years ago on Feb. 19 2009 Rick Santelli gave the rant on CNBC called the "rant used 'round the world," that began to galvanize the Tea Party into being.

You can check out the video here.

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