Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Misconstrued by MoveOn.org?
Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel (search) wants the liberal MoveOn.org PAC to stop using his words in its latest anti-war ad calling on U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq because he says it takes his words out of context.
The ad claims that even Republican senators are now questioning the president's Iraq policy, quoting Hagel as saying, "The White House is completely disconnected from reality ... it's like they're just making it up as they go along." Hagel calls the ad "dishonest," and says, "I have never supported immediate removal of American troops from Iraq."
Term Paper Taboo
Victor Valley Community College (search) student Bethany Hauf got an "F" on her term paper on religion because she used the word "God." Hauf, a 34-year-old mother of four, says her professor approved her topic on the condition that she not use the G-word, adding that the professor told her "you might as well write about the Easter Bunny."
School administrators argue that Hauf knew the consequences of defying her professor, but Hauf says it would be impossible to write about religion without mentioning God. She's demanding a new grade and an apology.
Herman De Croo (search), the president of Belgium's parliament, usually has one of those good Belgian beers with his lunch. That's why he had to cancel a luncheon with Iranian lawmakers because the devout Muslims (search) insisted he not drink.
De Croo was all set to entertain members of the Iranian parliament with world famous Belgian beer. But when his tee-totaling guests asked him to ban the brewski, De Croo said no and said of himself, "Even for the tolerant Herman De Croo, that was a bridge too far."
Out for Justice
A Swedish oil broker held hostage by Iraqi insurgents says he won't wait for the Iraqi justice system to punish his captors — he's hired bounty hunters to get revenge. Ulf Hjertstrom (search) says he's spent $50,000 to "get" the men who kidnapped him "one by one." Hjertstrom says two of his captors have already been picked up, but wouldn't say what punishment they'd face. Hjertstrom tells reporters, "Vengeance is always important," but the former Baghdad (search) resident says his real goal is for all the people in the city to be able to walk the streets in safety.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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