The latest from the Political Grapevine:
Bush Twins Strike a Pose
President Bush (search) has been very protective of his daughters — when it comes to the media spotlight — but the Bush twins have now decided to jump into public view — and join their father's re-election campaign.
So where are Jenna and Barbara Bush speaking out for the first time? In the latest issue of Vogue magazine — of course. In a glossy 7-page spread — Jenna Bush says she's "not political" — adding — "I have opinions — but there's nothing about the process that has ever interested me."
So why then — join the campaign? Jenna, seen here on the right, says — "I love my dad, and I think I'd regret it if I didn't do this."
World Court's Worries
The U.N.'s World Court may have ruled — that Israel's security barrier in the West Bank is illegal. But a recent poll — taken before that ruling — shows that 78 percent of Israelis support construction of the barrier. The poll — conducted by Tel Aviv University — also shows that 62 percent of Israelis say the barrier has increased their sense of security. Meanwhile, according to the New York Post, some Palestinians are now sending their kids to a summer camp — run by terrorist organizations.
At the camp in Gaza children as young as 10 put on military fatigues and stage the roadside abduction of someone dressed up in glasses and a yarmulke. The children, with real AK-47s in hand, then act out the killing of the — "settler."
Lawsuits That're Fit to Print?
Nearly a year after suing the U.S. government, Steven Hatfill, the man named a "person of interest" in the hunt to solve the 2001 anthrax attacks, is now suing The New York Times and its columnist Nicholas Kristof, accusing them of — "substandard and unethical journalism."
Two years ago Kristof wrote a series of columns criticizing the FBI for failing to aggressively pursue a scientist eventually identified as Hatfill. Hatfill's lawsuit calls Kristof's conclusions — "baseless and false."
No one has ever been charged for sending letters containing anthrax to government and media offices.
And one day after former Bears Coach Mike Ditka (search) said he's considering a run for the U.S. Senate the head of the Republican Senate Committee — George Allen of Virginia — flew to Chicago to have what was called a "frank" discussion with Ditka.
A Republican source says Allen, son of the legendary football coach by the same name, and Ditka, discussed the pluses and minuses of Ditka's entering the Senate race in Illinois. Ditka says he hopes to make a decision by the end of the week.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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