Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
The anti-Bush group, Re-Defeat Bush (search), at its event Thursday night will be bigger than any of the inaugural balls. The event held at a D.C. nightclub will feature a dinner buffet, and open bar and culminate with a group officially changing its name to Left.org. The think is, the Web site Left.org was still up for sale as of this afternoon.
Meanwhile, the anti-war group, Answer (search), is setting up bleachers along the inaugural parade route and claims that 10,000 protesters are coming to take part. It is the first time ever that the authorities have approved bleachers in such a choice spot for inaugural protesters.
Only a few blocks away, however, from that along the parade route, conservative Web sites, Freerepublic.com (search), Protestwarrior.com and Rightmarch.com, are organizing protests of the protests, hoping to ensure a "public relations disaster" for what it calls "the radical leftists."
Bush's Re-Election Is Bad For World Peace?
A new worldwide BBC (search) poll shows that in all but three of 21 countries polled more people believe that President Bush’s re-election is bad for world peace and security than believe it’s good.
Even majorities in countries supporting the War On Terror such as Britain, Australia, and Italy say it’s bad. So then who thinks President Bush’s re-election is good for peace and security? People in the Philippines, Poland and India.
Lawyers Looking Into It
More than a week after CBS News fired one producer and asked three other officials to resign for their role in the now discredited story on President Bush’s National Guard service, the three producers — the three officials asked to resign have yet to do so.
CBS Chairman Les Moonves (search), quoted by Broadcasting and Cable magazine, says the matter is being handled by lawyers. And that senior vice president Betsy West, "60 Minutes Wednesday" producer Josh Howard, and senior broadcast producer Mary Murphy are "in discussions now." No word on what CBS will do if they refuse to resign.
And the commander of a terrorist group in Iraq says his group’s primary source of aid has been the Iranian government. Muayed al Nasseri, leader of the Army of Mohammed, tells Iraqi TV, "Iran has played a significant role in supporting the Army of Mohammed and many factions of the resistance. We received money and weapons," end quote.
What’s more on Nasseri, another terrorist group, the National Islamic Resistance sent representatives to Iran last spring to personally meet with the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khomeini (search) and Iranian intelligence officers. Al Nasseri says, "According to my information, they were given $1 million and two cars full of weapons. And they still have a very close relationship with Iran. They received money, cars, weapons and many things."
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
With more than 35 years of journalism experience to draw from, Brit Hume currently serves as a senior political analyst for FOX News Channel (FNC) and contributes to all major political coverage. Hume also is regular panelist on FOX's weekly public affairs program, "FOX News Sunday" on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET. Click here for more information on Brit Hume.