Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
New York Times executive Editor Bill Keller, ombudsman Byron Calame, and even reporter Eric Lichtblau are defending the paper's decision to publishing Lichtblau's story on the administration's program to track terrorist financing, saying it was by no means a secret.
But in the story's lead, Lichtblau called the effort a "secret Bush administration program." Lichtblau also reported that the program, "remains classified," called it a "closely held secret," and noted that intelligence officials have taken great pains to hide evidence collected through the program in order to "keep it secret."
The European Union — which usually reserves most of its indignation for Israel, not its hostile neighbors — now says it's "extremely concerned" with the escalating tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.
Is the EU most concerned about the Israeli soldier being held hostage by Palestinian terrorists? How about the murder of that Israeli settler? Not quite.
In a statement, the EU parliament expressed its "particular concern about the detention of elected members of the Palestinian government and legislature," adding, "Those detained should be accorded their full legal rights."
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel and Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean are battling again, this time over Emanuel's demands that Dean pony up more money to help this year's crop of congressional candidates.
Emanuel and Dean have gone at it before: earlier this year, Dean refused to back Emanuel's campaign strategy focusing on TV ads — and Emanuel later stormed out of a meeting over Dean's insistence on spending DNC dollars in strongly conservative states.
Now, Emanuel's funding demands, and his suggestion that the DNC's current funding levels are "woefully inadequate," have set off some DNC sympathizers, who tell Roll Call that Emanuel is merely laying "the groundwork to blame someone else in case things go bad in November."
Political Correctness Makes Kids Fat?
The American Medical Association is weighing a recommendation to change how the government's labels fat children, amid complaints that the politically correct system only contributes to child obesity.
The Centers for Disease Control currently call obese kids merely "overweight" and overweight kids, "at risk of overweight." CDC physician William Dietz says the policy is meant to be diplomatic to avoid "traumatizing" children.
But Dietz concedes that many pediatricians find the language confusing and pediatric obesity expert Dr. Reginald Washington blames the child obesity epidemic on the fact that "no one wants to talk about it."
—FOX News Channel's Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.
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