Grapevine: New friends Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong Un?

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Fact Check

The sequester isn't the only story where the White House is being challenged on the facts.

The Weekly Standard is questioning the first lady's claims about the success of her "Let's Move" campaign to end childhood obesity.

Michelle Obama said on "Good Morning America" -- quote-- "When we started, there were a lot of people in this country who would have never thought that childhood obesity was a health crisis. We're starting...to see a change in the trends. We're starting to see rates of obesity coming down like never before."

She praised Mississippi, specifically -- which according to the Robert Wood Johnson report -- has seen a 13 percent drop in childhood obesity, and she said -– quote -- "When I first went there, Mississippi was considered one of the most unhealthy states in the nation."

But, the report actually shows the decline happened between 2005 and 2011. The "Let's Move" campaign began in 2010.

Access for Sale?

Monday, we told you the president's new non-profit advocacy group Organizing for Action is essentially selling White House access to wealthy donors -- something then-candidate Obama campaigned against.

If you get your evening news elsewhere you probably did not see that story at all.

The New York Times broke it Saturday. 

ABC, CBS, and NBC had no mentions of the controversy in their morning or evening newscasts throughout the weekend or on Monday.

The trend continued on Tuesday for ABC and NBC, with CBS devoting one minute to the story Tuesday morning.

Best Friends Forever

And finally, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has a new BFF -- Dennis Rodman.

The flamboyant former basketball star is visiting North Korea this week, making him the most high-profile American to meet with Kim since he took power.

Today they attended a game. Afterwards, Rodman told him -- "You have a friend for life."

Rodman may not be fully up to speed on tensions involving North Korea.

When he arrived Tuesday, "The Worm" tweeted -- quote -- "Maybe I'll run into the 'Gangnam Style' dude while I'm here."

That singer, Psy, is from South Korea -- which is technically still at war with the North.

 

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