And now some fresh pickings from the political grapevine:

Who's the Boss?

After telling a local media station this week, "The person who's in charge is me," President Bush (search) has learned that not even the commander in chief has full control over loose lips. Within minutes of telling his staff last week to, "stop the leaks," the order itself was leaked.

The Philadelphia Inquirer also passes on an interesting exchange between the president and a senior aide. When the president asked whether fighting between Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (search) and Secretary of State Colin Powell (search) was worse than the fabled Pentagon-State battles of the Reagan era, he received a terse answer…"way worse."

Not Over Yet...

TV talk show host Jerry Springer (search) bowed out of a possible Senate race earlier this year. But Springer isn't through with politics. The former Cincinnati mayor hints that he may run for governor of Ohio in 2006.

If he does run, Springer says he'll give up his talk show. Yesterday he urged students at the University of Akron to get more involved in politics, saying when he was a student in the 1960s, "Politics was our life... classes and finals were low on the totem pole."

State Affair

Officials in Crocket, California want the governor to dedicate a new bridge in town next month. The only question is: Which governor -- incumbent Gray Davis (search) or Arnold Schwarzenegger (search), who may or may not have taken the oath of office in time for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The chairman of the bridge celebration committee says the town will welcome either governor, but adds that if Schwarzenegger comes, they could call it "Iron Man Meets Iron Workers."

Delayed Apology

Gregg Easterbrook, a senior editor of The New Republic magazine, issued an apology for a Monday Internet entry about the producers of the blockbuster movie Kill Bill. Easterbrook wrote: "Disney's CEO, Michael Eisner, is Jewish; the chief of Miramax, Harvey Weinstein, is Jewish. Yes, there are plenty of Christian and other Hollywood executives who worship money above all else, promoting for profit the adulation of violence. Does that make it right for Jewish executives to worship money above all else, by promoting for profit the adulation of violence?”

Easterbrook apologized to anyone offended by the assertion, saying he mangled his words and made the terrible mistake of implying that the Jewishness of studio executives at Miramax might have some connection with the movie's gratuitous violence.