And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
Board Walk Back
The New York Times Editorial Board toned down a scathing critique of the Obama administration's surveillance policy.
As Ed Henry reported yesterday, the Times responded to the NSA phone tracking program with an editorial titled "President Obama's Dragnet."
It said -- quote -- "The administration has now lost all credibility."
But overnight, that line was changed to -- quote -- "The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue."
We're not sure if the White House feels much better about that.
When the president hosted the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens the team was missing its center.
Matt Birk -- a pro-life advocate who retired after the season -- explained his absence. Quote -- "I have great respect for the office of the presidency, but about five or six weeks ago, our president made a comment in a speech, and he said -- quote -- 'God bless Planned Parenthood'. Planned Parenthood performs about 333,000 abortions a year...I couldn't endorse that in any way."
In April, President Obama ended a speech to a Planned Parenthood conference -- saying -- "Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless America."
Finally, Connecticut is trying to rewrite history by passing a law replacing the Wright Brothers as the Fathers of Flight.
Instead, it would be Connecticut's own Gustave Whitehead, who local historians claim achieved flight in 1901 -- two years before the Wright Brothers.
But a senior curator at the Smithsonian tells us -- quote -- "The Wrights were first, and Whitehead in all probability never left the ground."
The bill has been passed by the state legislature and awaits the governor's signature.