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What do the world’s leaders and their spouses have for lunch? Not necessarily the same things, according to menus from the 68th U.N. General Assembly’s noontime meals in New York City on Tuesday.

Fifty spouses, including first lady Michelle Obama, journeyed to a Harlem museum for a luncheon catered by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. On their plates:

Arugula salad, roasted apples, cornbread croutons and pecans with a chanterelle mushroom vinaigrette; shrimp and dirty rice with pumpkin sauce, collard greens and curry leaves; banana pudding parfait, almond cookies and huckleberry sauce.”

And back at the U.N., the powerful set enjoyed:

Tuna tartare with avocado, baby greens and cheese crisp with grapefruit, veal osso bucco in a truffle-veal jus, salted caramel chocolate mousse and biscotti with mango sauce.


“We have an extreme shortage of veterans who are conservative in our government. It’s no coincidence that the suffocating liberal policies of years past have come from those who haven’t served in Iraq or Afghanistan,” says a very emphatic Allen B. West, who served 22 years in the Army.

He points out that 20 percent of the current Congress has served in the military.

Barack Obama doesn’t know what it’s like to put his life on the line for freedom. Nancy Pelosi has never surrendered an ounce of comfort for her country. Bill Clinton only knows how to make decisions from a desk chair,” the former Florida congressman says in an email to those who support vets either running for office or interested in doing so.

‘With our World War II veterans no longer having an influence in Congress, we’re quickly losing the Greatest Generation and the values of hard work and sacrifice they taught us,” he adds. “We face a great catastrophe if we don’t do something now to bring in more conservative veterans to lead this country.”


The Affordable Care Act is “the Unaffordable Care Act” says Sen. Tim Scott. “I am opposed to funding Obamacare, plain and simple, and my votes this week will reflect that.” But he’s still troubled by the lack of fiscal sanity of Capitol Hill.

“Short-term, month-to-month budgeting is no way to run a government. Even if we manage to avoid a government shutdown by early next week, we will be debating the same question in just a few short months,” the South Carolina Republican says. “We can’t continue to place a Band-Aid on Washington’s failure to pass a responsible, long-term budget.”

Lawmakers have forgotten sensible kitchen table-style budgeting, he says, moving from crisis to crisis, governing by continuing resolution.

“Congress hasn’t completed all 12 regular spending bills on time since 1997. And this year, Congress hasn’t yet passed any of these bills,” Mr. Scott says, adding, “A big part of the solution here is not rocket science: Pass a budget. Pass all 12 appropriations bills. Show some fiscal foresight.”

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