Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Ahmadinejad's Message

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he has little faith in the U.N. to enforce any peace in the Middle East since, he says, the Security Council is in the pocket of the Bush administration.

The Iranian leader tells CBS correspondent Mike Wallace that the U.N. opposition to Iran's push for nuclear energy is a front for the Bush administration which "wants to monopolize energy resources" so American officials can impose their will on the world and "line their own pockets."

Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad says he had hoped his 18-page letter to President Bush earlier this year would lead the President to change his behavior and "love all people."

Wallace also asked whether Iran was providing weapons to Hezbollah, a charge the president renewed today. Ahmadinejad refused to answer and would only talk about U.S. support for Israel.

Conspiracy Alert!

A radio host who says he predicted a "staged attack" on the World Trade Center involving Usama bin Laden as a "fall guy" in 2001 now says last week's red terror alert is just a trial run for a massive staged terror attack initiated by the U.S. government.

Alex Jones says the attack will occur before the end of October and could provide the "neo-fascist bloodsuckers" in the administration with fraudulent justification to invade Iran or Syria before November's midterm elections.

Carroll's Comfort

Journalist Jill Carroll says one of her greatest comforts during her time as a hostage in Iraq was Oprah Winfrey.

Recounting her ordeal in the Christian Science Monitor, Carroll writes that one of her captors allowed her to channel surf with his wife and child, presenting her with a unique dilemma.

"Politics was out," she writes. "News was out. Anything that might show even a flash of skin was out."

Finally, Carroll says, she found Oprah. "The show was about people who had had really bad things happen to them and had survived."

Good timing for that show, and Carroll writes that: "It really had an impact on me."

Cynthia's Condemnation

Georgia Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is condemning what she calls "some unfortunate remarks," including anti-Semitic slurs made by supporters after her loss to challenger Hank Johnson last week, but claims the men who made them were not formally associated with the campaign.

McKinney calls the men "errant individuals at and near my campaign office," but neglects to mention that the men were part of a security detail that escorted McKinney in and out of the office that night.

Congresswoman McKinney denounced the racist remarks and proceeded to name Jews she admires, including members of the Israeli military who refuse to take part in what she calls the "occupation of Palestine."

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

With more than 35 years of journalism experience to draw from, Brit Hume currently serves as a senior political analyst for FOX News Channel (FNC) and contributes to all major political coverage. Hume also is regular panelist on FOX's weekly public affairs program, "FOX News Sunday" on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET. Click here for more information on Brit Hume