Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Closing the Gap
A new Quinnipiac poll shows Santorum trailing Casey by 7 — 47 percent to 40 percent — without possible Green party candidate Carl Romanelli in the race. Romanelli's presence shrinks Casey's lead to 6 — 45 percent to 39 percent — with Romanelli earning 5 percent and 11percent undecided.
A month of violence in the Middle East hasn't stopped Jewish immigrants from flocking to Israel in record numbers.
By the end of August, more than 4,000 people will have arrived since the conflict began, hailing from North and South America, Europe, South Africa, India and the former Soviet Republics.
The Jewish Agency, an Israeli immigration group, estimates that 24,000 people will move to Israel in 2006 — up more than a thousand from 2005.
Public Reports, Private Bias?
An AP reporter covering the war in the Middle East from Beirut is also expressing his personal, anti-Israeli opinions on the Internet.
On his web log, Lebanese reporter Bassem Mrou claims Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert started the war against Hezbollah "under the pretext of the capturing of two Israeli soldiers" and called the war a failure.
He also includes a graphic accusing Israel of targeting children in Lebanon, while failing to hit the terrorist group.
A Democratic political ad blasting the GOPs record on security is under fire from Hispanics — including some Democrats — who say the ad compares illegal immigrants to terrorists.
Democratic Houston City Councilwoman Carol Alverado has asked DSCC chairman Chuck Schumer to pull the ad, saying: "To liken Latino immigrants to bazooka-toting terrorists not only undermines the positive relationship our party has with this community, but also lowers us to a despicable level as breeders of unfounded fear and hatred."
Saved by Silicone
A 24-year-old Israeli woman is crediting an extra layer of protection for saving her life during a Hezbollah rocket attack which shot hot shrapnel directly at her heart. But it wasn't body armor that stopped the projectile, it was her breast implants.
Doctors say the shrapnel lodged in the woman's two-year-old silicone implants, just inches from her heart.
The woman didn't emerge completely unscathed, however. Her doctor says the shrapnel has been removed, but her life-saving implant had to be replaced.
—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.