And now the most captivating two minutes in television, the latest from the political grapevine:
An Apology For Not Being Very Frank
Comedian and left-wing activist Al Franken (search) has apologized in writing to Attorney General John Ashcroft (search) for asking him for his personal story of remaining abstinent before marriage. In June Franken wrote a letter to Ashcroft on Harvard University stationery, telling him the story was to be one of many he had already received from several conservative leaders…including Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson (search) and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice (search)…for a book about abstinence called 'Savin' It. Thing is, Franken never had permission to use Harvard's stationery, he never received any accounts from any conservative leaders, and, what's more, he was never working on such a book to begin with. He does have a new book, though. Its title: Lies and the Lying Liars who tell them: A fair and balanced look at the right.
Being Gay 101?
From the world of American education...At the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, students this fall will have the opportunity to take a course called, ‘how to be gay.’ The course description says gay men sometimes, ‘have to learn how to become one.’ At the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a bunch of ‘unisex’ bathrooms are being built for transgender students. At the all-female Smith College, students will be returning to a constitution now void of the words ‘she’ and ‘her,’ out of respect for female students who identify themselves as male. And at Northeastern University in Boston, according to The Boston Globe, transgender students are urging the school to include them in its nondiscrimination policy. One transgender student blames the exclusion for leaving her without housing this fall. She had demanded a male roommate.
Nothing of the Kind?
California Governor Gray Davis (search)…often derided by critics as unexciting, unfriendly and unliked…is nothing of the kind. This on the authority of none other than the actress Cybill Shepherd (search), who tells the San Francisco Chronicle that 36 years ago the two met in Hawaii and, ‘made out passionately on the beach.’ She says he was a good kisser. At the time, Davis was 24, and she was 16.
Closer to Closure?
John Kerry (search)…who has spent much of the past year campaigning for president…now says he will announce in September that he is running for president. But he says it will take him 2 days to do it, the 1st and 2nd of the month. Meanwhile, Retired Army General Wesley Clark (search)…whose supporters have already began running ads urging his candidacy remains undecided but…tells CNN that in two or three weeks he will…’continue to move toward closure.’ Clark says, by the way, he has sensed a, ‘hunger for leadership’ while touring the country.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
With more than 35 years of journalism experience to draw from, Brit Hume currently serves as a senior political analyst for FOX News Channel (FNC) and contributes to all major political coverage. Hume also is regular panelist on FOX's weekly public affairs program, "FOX News Sunday" on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET. Click here for more information on Brit Hume.