Gohmert opposes ‘lunatic’ bill; fed workers want Christmas Eve off; and a celeb at the State Department (read-this roundup)


Rep. Louis Gohmert wants to keep lunatics in government. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

Sheer lunacy — Unclear exactly why Rep. Louie Gohmert was the lone vote against removing the outdated word “lunatic” from federal laws. Something about it having a lot of application around Congress?

Please, Santa — Federal workers are hoping they’re on the nice list, asking Santa (and, more importantly, Uncle Sam) for the day off work on Christmas Eve.

From skates to State — Ice champion Michelle Kwan has a new gig at the State Department. Her title is senior adviser for public diplomacy and public affairs.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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