Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Iran Seeking Help from North Korea?
Iran (search), which insists its nuclear ambitions are purely peaceful, is hoping North Korea (search) will help it build a network of underground bunkers to hide a nuclear weapons program... that according to a new report in London's Daily Telegraph.
The report says the two countries are now in negotiations, and a team of construction experts, including the senior specialist who helped design North Korea's bunker system, has already visited Tehran to survey the area. The report says the latest proposal calls for as many as 10 large bunkers, which would house equipment to produce weapons-grade uranium.
‘Major Racial Divide’ over the Jackson Verdict?
A Gallup poll (search) taken overnight shows that only about a third of Americans agree with yesterday's verdict clearing Michael Jackson (search) on charges of child molestation. Slightly under half disagree with it. What's more, the poll shows what Gallup calls a "major racial divide" over the verdict.
In the poll, 54 percent of whites disagreed with the jury's final conclusion, and 28 percent agreed. But, among non-whites, only 26 percent disagreed, and 56 percent agreed.
The Chinese government has blocked Web loggers, or "bloggers," from using what it deems to be inappropriate language in their online entries. Among the words banned: "democracy," "freedom," and "human rights."
When Chinese users of a new Microsoft (search) "blogging" program begin to type those words in the subject line, a message pops up saying, "Prohibited language in text, please delete." The ability to do that comes courtesy of Microsoft, which admits helping censor online content in China. The Chinese government often demands such cooperation before letting Internet-related companies do business inside its borders.
Bill and Hillary Clinton (search) have now paid off all of the huge debt they had from legal fees associated with the Whitewater and impeachment cases... that according to new financial records released today.
Recent book contracts and speaking appearances helped them pay millions of dollars to lawyers in New York and Washington. Last year alone, the former president earned $875,000 in speaking engagements, and Senator Clinton collected more than $2.3 million in royalties from her book, "Living History."
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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