And now the most telling two minutes in television, the latest from the political grapevine:
More Discrepancies From General Clark
Newly minted Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark (search), who only announced he was a Democrat three weeks ago, earlier indicated his decision was influenced by a snub by the White House.
As we noted earlier, Newsweek reports he told two prominent Republicans in January that, "I would have been a Republican if Karl Rove had returned my phone calls."
But the Weekly Standard reports that the White House, which logs each and every incoming phone call, has no record of Clark ever calling Rove. What's more, Rove himself doesn't recall speaking with Clark.
Jonathan Chait, senior editor at the liberal journal The New Republic, writes in this week's issue, "I hate President George W. Bush...I think his policies rank him among the worst presidents in U.S. history...I hate the inequitable way he has come to his economic and political achievements and his utter lack of humility."
"I hate the way he walks...I hate the way he talks...I even hate the things that everybody seems to like about him. I hate his lame nickname bestowing…and while most people who meet Bush claim to like him, I suspect that, if I got to know him personally, I would hate him even more."
Wimps in Washington?
Republican Sen. Conrad Burns was not impressed with Washington's response to Hurricane Isabel (search), calling those legislators who left town to avoid the storm, "a bunch of wimps."
Microphones caught the Montana senator's comment on the Senate floor, moments after he learned that Isabel would force the Senate to delay consideration of his spending bill.
Burns spokesman J.P. Donovan said of his boss's reaction to Isabel and her 60 mph winds, "in Montana, that's kind of a stiff breeze."
Green Peace, Orange Jumpsuit?
A nonprofit watchdog group is accusing the pro-environment activists of Green Peace (search) of diverting tax-exempt donations to causes that are decidedly not tax exempt.
Public Interest Watch points to IRS filings from 1998 to 2000 showing that Green Peace channeled nearly $25 million in tax-exempt contributions to such activities as breaking into a nuclear power station and blockading a naval base to protest the war in Iraq.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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