Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman cancels holiday party because of ‘trying financial times.’

U.S. News reports that Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Michael Mullen and his wife are known “for welcoming friends and associates during back-to-back parties at their decked-out Foggy Bottom digs.” For example, last year featured musician Kid Rock “enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres” and expensive beverages. This year, however, the Mullens are canceling their party. According to the invite, “in these trying financial times they have decided to forego their their holiday reception“: