Grapevine: Tweeter's Remorse

Tweeter’s Remorse: You can't yell fire in a crowded movie theater or bomb on an airplane. Similar restrictions apply on social media  as one teenager found out over the weekend when she tweeted American Airlines: “@AmericanAir Hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big bye.”

Naturally, that didn't go over well with American Airlines who sent back: "Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI."

Perhaps realizing the error of her ways Sarah repeatedly tweeted apologies saying she was kidding and scared and stupid. Netherlands based BNO News reports that the now suspended account belonged to a Dutch teenager who has been arrested.

Document Dump: Late last year Republican Congressman Lamar Smith subpoenaed the EPA to publicly release the two studies that form much of the justification for its regulations so that more studies can be done to verify the findings. Seven months later the EPA says it has handed over everything it has with one big disclaimer: "The data provided are not sufficient in themselves to replicate the analyses. Adding that this does "not call into question the E-P-A's reliance on these studies for regulator actions."

Smith is one of 43 co-sponsors of a bill that would ban regulations based on science that is "not transparent or reproducible."

Too Far?: Advertisements are meant to catch attention by any means necessary-- even if that means making light of serious current events. Sobieski Vodka ran an ad in USA Today that read: "Poland Borders Ukraine. Guess Putin will do anything to get closer to better vodka."

The ad has gotten mixed reviews with one Ukrainian blog calling it lovely and a little tongue and cheek. Mediaite said the ad is tasteless and war-profiteering.

So what do you think of the ad? Let me know @SRGrapevine or right here on the blog.

Special Report Grapevine: Strippers for Seniors?

Go It Alone: With tax day approaching, you might want to take a second look at who's crunching the numbers for your return.  A new government report finds that just 2 of 19 mainly unregulated tax preparers calculated the correct refund for their clients.  Unregulated preparers are those not subject to oversight by the government and they are not lawyers or CPA’s. A whopping 55% of all tax preparers fall into that category.  The Government Accountability Office found errors ranging from getting the taxpayer $52  less to $3,700 more than they were entitled to. But not all were mistakes-- some were outright fraud.

In some egregious cases, preparers calculated a taxpayer's refund in person and skipped the line that shows who did the work. then after the taxpayer leaves, the taxpayer falsifies the math to boost the refund, files the return and pockets the difference.  and worst of all, unless the taxpayer can prove what happened, they're on the hook for the money when the IRS finds out.

You might be better off wading through the paperwork by yourself. The report finds 60%  of professionally prepared returns had mistakes compared to 50% when completed by the taxpayer alone.

Watch Where You Point That Thing: A seventh grader says he was suspended-- because another student claimed he pretended his pencil was a gun. Ethan Chaplin tells News12 New Jersey he was just twisting his pencil around a pen cap during math class when a classmate who had been bullying him accused him of making gun motions.  Policy dictates the school must investigate if anyone claims to feel threatened.

Ethan's dad says the boy had to undergo a five hour physical and psychological evaluation. The principal tells the Huffington Post there's more to the story but he cannot comment because of privacy laws.  Ethan has since returned to school. 

Stripper For Seniors: And finally, an update to a story we brought you yesterday in our outside the beltway segment. Turns out the New York man suing his mother's nursing home for hiring a male stripper may have a hard time proving his case.

A picture surfaced showing 85 year old Bernice Youngblood putting a dollar in the dancer's underwear. Her son alleges the staff hired the man for quote perverse pleasure, but the nursing home's attorney says the activities panel-- made up of residents-- voted to hire the dancer and provided $250. The New York post reports the strip tease has attracted the attention of the state attorney general who is looking into the case. 

UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba On 8th Annual Children's Ball for Children's National Medical Center

Many states taking a stand against Common Core

Many parents in New York State are refusing to allow their children to participate in the nation's first round of tests under the Obama Administration's controversial new standards system.
 
Correspondent Mike Tobin reports states are already dropping out just as the program is ramping up.
 

Concern over Russian capability for Ukrainian incursion

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych says he was wrong to invite Russian troops into Crimea. Yanukovich says he still hopes to persuade Russia to return the territory to Ukraine.
 
Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Greg Palkot continues his reporting from Kiev with new concerns about just the opposite happening.
 

Morell denies role in Benghazi ‘cover-up’ during hearing

Obamacare Enrollment Numbers

Grapevine: A Man's Job, Paying Putin & The Bald Truth!

A MAN'S JOB

One thing missing as world leaders meet for a second day at the Nuclear Security Summit at the Hague… women servers. A Dutch newspaper reports the caterer decided only men would be allowed to serve lunch to the leaders of 53 countries. The caterer is defending his decision, saying he wanted a uniform look among the servers… which apparently…women cannot pull off. 

PAYING PUTIN

As president Obama pursues sanctions against Russia for its incursion into Crimea the US is paying Russia more than 70-million dollars to hitch a ride into space.  A Soyuz rocket was scheduled to take off today with NASA astronaut Steve Swanson joining two Russian cosmonauts on a trip to the International Space Station.  Since NASA's manned space program missions ended the only way into space is to carpool with the Russians at a price tag of 70.7 million for one seat.  A NASA spokesman says the ongoing conflict between the U-S and Russia here on Earth will have no bearing in space.

THE BALD TRUTH

And finally, a Colorado girl's bold move of support for her friend with cancer got her kicked out of school. Nine-year old Kamryn shaved her head in solidarity with her good friend Delaney who is undergoing chemotherapy. But what many saw as a heartwarming display of true friendship the Caprock Academy saw as a dress code violation. School policy bans shaved heads on girls. Kamryn was told not to come back unless she was wearing a wig or her natural hair grew back.  School officials told Kamryn's mom they would not make an exception, but late yesterday-- after word of the suspension spread-- the school changed its tune. It has allowed Kamryn to return while it reviews the policy.

For more fresh pickings follow us on Twitter @SRGrapevine

Preview: Bret Interviews Outgoing NSA Director General Keith Alexander

BAIER: Former President Jimmy Carter saying he writes letters instead of sending e-mails because he's worried that you're listen -- you're reading his e-mails.

ALEXANDER:  Well, we're not.  So he can now go back to writing e-mails.  The reality is, we don't do that.  And if we did, it would be illegal and we'd be found, uh, I think accoun -- held accountable and responsible.  Look at all the folks that have looked at what we're doing, from the president's review group to Congress to the courts to the DNI, DOD, Justice.  Everybody reviews what we do to see if anybody is doing anything illegal like you suggest.  No one has found anything, zero, except for in 12 cases where people did that and we had already reported those.

 

One More Thing: Children's National Medical Center Auction

Thank you to Dana Perino and The Five for mentioning the Children's Ball and auction tonight during One More Thing! Please check out the video and the auction site-- a lot of great items and all proceeds go to families and kids at Children's National Medical Center. 

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