Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Incredible Shrinking Lead

Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman's lead over challenger Ned Lamont in the Connecticut Senate primary is shrinking fast, dropping from 20 points to just 6 in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll.

Now, Lieberman's running mate in the 2000 presidential election has refused to come to his aid. Former Vice President Al Gore says he won't endorse Lieberman, though he calls him a "close friend," telling Bloomberg TV, "I don't get involved in primaries."

But that did not stop Gore from endorsing Howard Dean for president during the 2004 presidential primary season, while Lieberman was still in the presidential race.

Dictator Dismisses U.N.

Sudan's military dictator has ruled out deploying U.N. peacekeepers in the war-torn region of Darfur and blames "Jewish organizations" for international pressure to do so. At a press conference in Sudan's capital, President Omar al-Bashir said he's convinced that U.S. demonstrators calling for U.N. involvement are "all Jewish." After three years of civil war in Darfur at least 2 million people have fled to refugee camps and roughly 300,000 have died from to disease and starvation.

But Bashir, who provided safe haven for Usama bin Laden for five years in the early 90s, denounced any U.N. intervention as a plot to re-colonize his country and further swore, "There will not be any military intervention in Darfur as long as I am in power."

King Apologizes For Disparaging Remarks

Iowa Congressman Steve King has apologized for insulting 85-year-old White House columnist Helen Thomas after the Arab-American institute demanded he take back his remarks, and his congressional opponent called them "mean-spirited."

So what did King say that has so many up in arms? Speaking after the death of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, King told a group of Iowa Republicans, "There probably are not 72 virgins in the hell he's at... and if there are, they probably all look like Helen Thomas."

Fluffernutter Kerfuffle

A Fluffernutter war has broken out in the Massachusetts state legislature after a Democratic Senator introduced a bill to limit the marshmallow and peanut butter sandwich in public schools. Senator Jarrett Barrios calls the snack pure junk and has added it to the list of foods banned by a new healthy schools bill.

But that's not sitting well with Democratic Congresswoman Kathi-Anne Reinstein, who represents the district that makes the sandwich's gooey Marshmallow Fluff.

She's submitted a proposal to make the Fluffernutter the Massachusetts state sandwich and is inviting her fellow lawmakers to sign on to "preserve the legacy of this local delicacy."

—FOX News Channel's Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.

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