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December 18th, 2013
05:16 PM ET

Sen. Coburn: Why is Congress cutting veterans' pay, but not wasteful spending?

(CNN) - A 3D "pizza printer" for astronauts? $125,000. A rockin' trip to Rio for indie music execs? $285,000. Tax exemptions for Nevada brothels? $17.5 million. Congress sticking tax payers with the tab for all this stuff? Not so "priceless."

Those are just some of the bizarre expenses the U.S. government is funding on the taxpayer's dime, according to Senator Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma.

It's all part of Coburn's annual "Wastebook," outlining 100 examples of what he calls egregious federal spending, out just in time for the bipartisan budget vote in the Senate Wednesday.

So what's the most outrageous expense from this year's tally?

The U.S. Air Force "buying airplanes that you're not going to use and shipping them to the desert, $677 million of them, that's pretty egregious," Coburn said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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December 18th, 2013
01:42 PM ET

Web exclusive: Will Ferrell on quotable lines from Anchorman 2

For more of our interview with actor Will Ferrell, watch CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET.

(CNN) - "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" hits theaters nationwide Wednesday. Fans of the first "Anchorman" quote lines from the movie all the time: "That escalated quickly." "60% of the time, it works every time." "I immediately regret this decision."
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December 18th, 2013
10:24 AM ET

Pope celebrates birthday with four homeless men (and one cute dog)

(CNN) – Pope Francis marked his 77th birthday on Tuesday by welcoming four homeless men to a Mass and a meal at the Vatican, according to Catholic officials.

The Pope wanted a "family" environment, with just a few top aides, the staff of Casa Santa Marta – the Vatican guesthouse – and the homeless men, one of whom brought his dog, the Vatican said.

Afterward, the group sang "Happy Birthday" to Francis, and he invited everyone to eat breakfast with him at the hotel's dining room, according to the Vatican.

The homeless men were brought by the Pope's aide in charge of charity, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who has been taking Francis' concern for the poor directly to the streets of Rome.

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