Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Newly elected New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's office is steamed at New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, who told reporters he'd already interviewed the top candidates to fill Corzine's vacant senate seat. That left Corzine to apologize to some prominent state Democrats who want to compete for the seat but weren't interviewed — including nine-term Congressman Donald Payne.
A Corzine aide tells PoliticsNJ.com that Schumer's comments "rubbed everyone in this camp the wrong way... Not just Senator Corzine, but everyone,” adding, "We in no uncertain terms let [Schumer's office] know that we weren't pleased with what he did."
Another Leak, With a Twist
The Washington Post's internal electronic message board is buzzing about leakers in its midst after messages critical of Bob Woodward's role in the CIA leak case were posted on the supposedly confidential board —- then leaked themselves to The New York Times.
The Times says an unnamed Post reporter e-mailed them the remarks, including one from columnist Jonathan Yardley, who said the Woodward fiasco was logical when "an institution permits an individual to become larger than the institution itself." Post reporter Glenn Kessler called the leak "outrageous," and called on the leaker to reveal himself and Yardley writes, "I find myself wondering if we can trust each other."
Difference of Opinion
A new survey on the U.S. role in the world shows the general public is at odds with so-called influential Americans when it comes to the War on Terror. According to a new Pew poll, 46 percent of the general public thinks torturing terrorists to gain important information is sometimes or often justified. But just 16 percent of opinion leaders in fields like journalism, foreign policy, science and religion say the same. And while 56 percent of the public believes that the U.S. will succeed in establishing a successful democracy in Iraq; 61 percent of opinion leaders say that effort will fail.
An English professor at Warren County Community College in New Jersey is defending an e-mail he sent a student encouraging soldiers in Iraq to shoot their commanders. John Daly wrote freshman Rebecca Beach that he'd urged students to boycott a speech by an Iraq war veteran, sponsored by the conservative group Young Americans for Freedom, saying, "Real freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors."
Daly is refusing to apologize, saying he was merely standing up to "an ultra right-wing, possibly fascist, group."
— FOX News' Aaron Bruns contributed to this report
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