Paint by Numbers

I join the fight to end congressional waste by nixing oil paintings of federal officials

Part of my duty as a journalist is to root out corruption and waste in our government, but I'm not that into rooting. I'm more of a press-release reader. So I was thrilled to come across a press release from Senator Tom Coburn unearthing $30 billion wasted by the federal government. Coburn, understanding journalists like me, called his report "Wastebook" and designed it like a comic book, with a cover drawing of Superman lifting a garbage truck full of dolls, pears and a Christmas tree off an astronaut, while a blimp labeled ARMY flies over a dog holding a paper printed...

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