And now the most scintillating two minutes in television, the latest from the political grapevine:
No sooner had the president met with baseball Hall-of-Famers today and announced he would throw out the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals home opener next week, than Democrats rushed out a press release attacking Mr. Bush for baseball trades he made years ago as managing partner of the Texas Rangers.
Specifically, Democrats cited trading slugger Sammy Sosa (search) to the Chicago White Sox in 1989, and said firing manager Bobby Valentine (search) in 1992 and trading pitcher Robb Nen in 1993 -- "resulted in" their new teams going to the World Series.
Saddam a Terrorist?
A new poll out today shows that 63 percent of Americans consider Saddam Hussein a terrorist. What's more, the Rassmussen-reports.com poll shows that nearly twice as many Americans say President Bush would be more aggressive in the War on Terror (search) over the next four years than John Kerry.
In addition, 50 percent of Americans say Richard Clarke (search) -- whose new book accuses President Bush (search) of being weak on terror and focusing too much on Iraq -- made those accusations for personal reasons, while 39 percent say it was to tell the truth.
The Picture Israel Wants?
After the Israeli Army caught a 14-year-old Palestinian boy at a West Bank check point with bombs strapped to his body, the BBC reported that the Israeli army -- "produced [him] for a few moments ... [and] made him pose at the check point ... [to create] the picture Israel wants the world to see, a young boy allegedly ready to kill."
Well, that was too much for Israeli Knesset Member Natan Sharansky -- who famously went to jail for resisting Soviet Rule during the Cold War. Sharansky has sent a letter to the BBC, saying the report -- "reveals a deep-seated bias against Israel" and "a total identification with the goals and methods of the Palestinian terrorist groups."
The BBC tells the Jerusalem Post that it's looking into the matter.
Capitol Kept Secure
Capitol Hill may be among the most secure places in the country, heavily guarded since 9/11, but Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas wanted to shut down her entire hallway, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for today's visit from Michael Jackson. She had her staff inform the other offices in her hall of the closing. But Capitol Hill police quickly nixed the plan.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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