And now some fresh pickings from the political grapevine:
A new Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll shows that -- after a month of deadly violence in Iraq -- many Americans believe the war isn't going that well for coalition forces. Nevertheless, support for the war has actually increased-- from 61 percent last month to 65 percent now.
As for the presidential race, the poll shows that President Bush (search) and John Kerry (search) are still in a deadheat, with the president leading only slightly even with Ralph Nader in the race... Supporters of President Bush say the number one reason they back him is what they see as his "good" job performance ... while Democrats say the number one reason for supporting Senator Kerry is... "He's not Bush."
Funny Faces ... Or Not?
The New York Times reports that a federal appeals court is upholding the conviction of Ernest Avants, who participated in the 1966 murder of a 67-year-old black sharecropper in Mississippi.
Prosecutors say the killing was part of a plot to draw Martin Luther King Junior to Mississippi and then assassinate him. The Times ran a photo of a man it identified as Avants.
Unfortunately, the photo was actually that of Republican Pete Coors, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Colorado. But the Coors campaign took it in stride, saying it was so outrageous, it was kind of funny.
A spokeswoman says "It could have been worse. [Our candidate] could have been identified as John Kerry." According to the Rocky Mountain News, the Times has been notified of the error.
Mexico Owes Money?
A county commissioner in Canyon County, Idaho, has sent the Mexican government a bill for $2 million ... claiming it's for services provided to illegal immigrants. Specifically, Commissioner Robert Vasquez says Mexico owes his county $1.4 for the costs of jailing illegal immigrants, and another $600,000 for providing medical care.
Vasquez says -- "By law, we're required to provide them services, so I thought ... perhaps we ought to bill the nation of origin." When asked about the matter, The Mexican government noted that illegal immigrants do pay taxes, even though they're not often provided any services in exchange.
Mascot Offensive to Muslims?
A Catholic University in San Antonio, Texas, has dropped its mascot "The Crusaders," insisting it could be offensive to Muslims. One professor at the University of the Incarnate Word says the word "Crusader" -- "carr[ies] ... negative baggage [and] ... presents an image of domination and destruction."
During the Crusades of the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries, many Muslims were killed by European powers trying to conquer Christian holy places in the Middle East. According to the San Antonio Express News, the university is now in the process of choosing a new mascot.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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