And now the most scintillating two minutes in television, the latest from the political grapevine:
In an incident reminiscent of the one of the great embarrassments of the Clinton presidency, John Kerry managed to have his hair styled while out of town last week, and he got it done by the same hair salon the Clintons used.
The former president, you may recall, kept Air Force One waiting on the tarmac in Los Angeles 11 years ago this month, while Christophe of Beverly Hills came aboard and cut his hair. Christophe later opened a salon in Washington, and one of its stylists, French-educated Isabelle Goetz, does Kerry's hair, as well as Hillary Clinton's.
In Pittsburgh a week and a half ago, there she was getting the Massachusetts senator ready for a Sunday television appearance. The campaign, however, refuses to say if it had her flown in for the occasion.
Speaking of Kerry, he was asked by the Boston Globe this week if the paper could see his medals since the senator insists he threw away only his Vietnam ribbons -- not the medals -- at that anti-war rally in 1971.
Later in 1971 he described what he had thrown away as -- six, seven, eight, nine medals. But his answer to the request to see them: "Absolutely not. They're private, and I have no reason to do that whatsoever."
Vice President Vindicated?
The president of Westminister College in Fulton, Missouri is upset with Vice President Cheney for using a speech there on Monday to attack John Kerry's Senate defense record. Westminster, of course, is the same place where Winston Churchill made his famous Iron Curtain speech in 1946, and, it turns out, got a similar reaction.
British and American newspaper editors called Churchill a warmonger, British politicians called on the new Prime Minister to denounce Churchill, and President Truman, who was there at the time, publicly denied having any advance knowledge of the speech's content, which is exactly what Westminster college president Fletcher Lamkin said about Cheney's speech.
Iraqis Tune Into Al-Iraqiya
A survey in Iraq, conducted by the State Department last month, shows that Iraqis are now tuning into Pentagon-financed Al-Iraqiya network first for their news, over Arab networks Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera.
Al Iraqiya provides live news coverage like the other networks, but it also offers cultural and political shows, and exclusive interviews with coalition leaders, including a weekly interview with civilian administrator Paul Bremer.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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