And now the most telling two minutes in television, the latest from the political grapevine:
The tough scrutiny of Arnold Schwarzenegger (search) that was predicted has now begun. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Schwarzenegger didn't vote in five of the past eleven statewide elections. The LA Times says that one vote he did cast was in favor of a divisive 1994 initiative barring public services to illegal immigrants. The LA Times has also dug up decade-old quotes of his, including one on drug use when he says, ‘I inhaled, exhaled, everything.’ And The Sacramento Bee says Schwarzenegger has ducked a question about whether he supports California's new paid family leave program, which is scheduled to take effect next year.
No Shelter for Shields?
The treasury department is now threatening to fine or even imprison Americans who served as human shields during the war in Iraq. The department has been sending out letters to human shields now back from Iraq, telling them they face a fine of $10,000 or, if they don't pay, up to 10 years in prison for violating U.S. sanctions. According to the Sarasota Herald Tribune, the letters says U.S. sanctions forbid Americans to cross the Iraqi border and engage in, ‘direct or indirect commercial, financial or trade transactions with Iraq.’ One human shield says the only ‘transactions’ she engaged in were for food and emergency supplies.
A Bomb, and Some Matches, Please
Unabomber Ted Kaczynski (search)…now serving life in prison for killing three men and injuring 23 others with 16 bombs between 1978 and 1995…not only wants his guilty plea thrown out because he says it was coerced, but he also wants the government to give back an unexploded pipe bomb, and a set of matches to go with it. He says the request is in, ‘the public's interest.’ Kaczynski wants to send the bomb and matches, along with many other items, to the University of Michigan, which has an archive of his materials, so they can be studied and, ‘reveal the true facts’ of his case.
Kerry Settles For Whiz
Democratic Massachusetts Senator and presidential candidate John Kerry (search), who's often needled by conservatives who say he looks and acts French, made the obligatory stop in Philadelphia yesterday at the famous Pat's King of Steaks, home of the original Philly cheese steak sandwich. The distinguished senator ordered a cheese steak with Swiss cheese. Told Swiss cheese was unavailable, the senator settled for Cheez Whiz, which, like the cheese steak itself, is a purely American concoction.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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