Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
A Homeland Security Department employee has a unique hobby -- promoting the mass murder of white people.
Ayo Kimathi is a manager with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) branch of DHS.
He's in charge of buying weapons and ammunition.
The Southern Poverty Law Center uncovered that he runs the War on the Horizon website, containing inflammatory statements warning of an impending race war.
Quote -- "In order for black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites."
All DHS employees are required to report any side projects.
Kimathi reportedly told his supervisors that he ran a website promoting concert and lecture videos.
An ICE spokeswoman says the agency does not condone hateful rhetoric or advocating violence -– quote -- "Accusations of misconduct are investigated thoroughly and if substantiated, appropriate actions are taken."
As of yesterday Kimathi was still employed.
Head in the Clouds
Environmental activist and former Vice President Al Gore made a claim about climate change this week that has scientists and other experts scratching their heads.
Gore tells the Washington Post global warming is responsible for stronger storms.
Quote -- "The extreme events are more extreme. The hurricane scale used to be 1-5 and now they're adding a six."
That is incorrect. The National Hurricane Center and NOAA have no plans to create a new category.
The People's Pontiff
And finally, Pope Francis has charmed Catholics and non-Catholics alike with his approachable, humble, informal style.
And some of those who have reached out to him directly have discovered he'll pick up the phone and call you back personally.
He recently called an Italian man who was mourning the loss of his brother.
He also phoned a woman who sent him a book, just to say thank you.
So you might be caught off guard to hear the pope -- the pope -- on the other end of the phone, so an Italian newspaper is offering these conversation tips.
Avoid confrontational and controversial topics, like Vatican policy or scandal; ask how the pope is doing; and the pope does like to talk about soccer.
Also, the paper says, don't ask for any favors.