• And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

    Ballot Brouhaha

    A state judge in Georgia has denied a motion by the Obama administration to dismiss a complaint challenging the president's eligibility to be on the ballot there.

    Attorney Orly Taitz filed the complaint back in November, on behalf of a Georgia resident, contending President Obama is not a natural born citizen and therefore, should not be in the March presidential primary in Georgia.

    You'll remember last year, the White House released the president's long-form birth certificate. However, Taitz along with many others in the so-called "birther movement" is still not satisfied. Some in that movement call it a fake, others say the real issue is that he's not a natural born citizen.

    A hearing has now been set for January 26th.

    The president's lawyer in Atlanta, says he is optimistic the judge will decide in the president's favor.

    Gray Lady Blue

    The New York Times is dealing with dissension within its ranks, over a decision to freeze some employee pensions, while awarding a hefty severance package to an outgoing chief executive.

    A union representing 1,000 active Times employees, sent an open letter with 580 signatures to the New York Times publisher.

    One Forbes contributor notes -- quote -- "It's a classic American saga of top hats against hard hats...the one percenters and the forgotten 99...Somebody get the New York Times on the story. Wait a second -- the New York Times is the story. So never mind."

    Sign of the Times

    And finally, one New Hampshire eatery is fed up with presidential candidates coming in with their entourages and disrupting the real customers.

    So, Colby's Breakfast and Lunch in Portsmouth, posted a sign Tuesday, that reads in patriotic red, white and blue, as you can see -- quote -- "No Politicians, No Exceptions."

    The owner says no one has broken the rule since that sign went up.