Obama Faces the Music

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Face the Music

President Obama was heckled in song during a San Francisco fundraiser this morning. A group calling itself the Fresh Juice Party reportedly paid $76,000 for entry into the high-priced fundraiser.

Members voiced opposition to the detention of alleged WikiLeaker Army Private Bradley Manning.

Some of the song lyrics read -- quote -- "I paid my dues, where's our change? We'll vote for you in 2012... what else can we do."

Obama called it a nice song, but said it didn't break his flow.

As the leader of the group was escorted out, she yelled -- quote -- "Free Bradley Manning. I'm leaving. I hope I don't get tortured in jail."

Tread Carefully

New York Democratic Congressman Gary Ackerman is teed off over an Arizona bill that would create a special Tea Party "Don't Tread on Me" license plate.

Some proceeds could go toward promoting Tea Party principles. Ackerman calls that a political slush fund. He says he'll introduce a bill to cut federal highway money to states that funnel license plate revenue to partisan political organizations.

Lawmakers have proposed similar Tea Party plates in Nevada, South Carolina, Virginia and Texas.

Mistaken identity

And finally, a case of mistaken identity has led to harassment and a death threat for a small business in Iowa.

The Des Moines Register reports the family-owned Koch Brothers company gets confused with Koch Industries the global energy conglomerate based in Wichita, Kansas.

That company is headed up by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch who are also involved in a number of conservative causes.

The president of the Des Moines Company says since the start of the year he's received dozens of e-mails and phone calls from confused protesters and even one death threat.

So he wants everyone to know he is no relation to the other Koch brothers and he is not politically active.

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