Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

"Good News From Iraq"

TIME Magazine's Joe Klein — a longtime critic of President Bush and the Iraq war — writes this week — "There is good news from Iraq."

Klein details progress in Anbar province against Al Qaeda — including some days in which there have been zero effective attacks by insurgents.

He credits alliances between U.S. troops and local tribes — and writes that at least two other Sunni-dominated provinces are seeking similar alliances.

Klein says – "It is possible that Al Qaeda is being rejected like a mismatched liver transplant by the body of the Iraqi insurgency."

Support Group

House Democrats are trying to buck up freshman Tim Mahoney — the man who won the Florida seat formerly held by the disgraced Republican Mark Foley.

The Hill newspaper reports the millionaire businessman doesn't much like his new gig. Mahoney says — "very candidly, this isn't the greatest job I've had." The paper says the congressman has had a tough time dealing with the glacial pace and seniority-driven ways of the House.

Says Mahoney — "There's nothing in my experience in 30 years in business that even comes close to doing what you have to do in Congress. I think there should be a law that says, before you run, you have to do the job for two weeks."

Diversity Awards

While Wal-Mart is facing litigation from critics over its workplace policies and alleged discrimination — the company continues to pile up awards for its diversity programs.

Working Mother magazine has just put Wal-Mart on its list of "best companies for multicultural women." The magazine credits Wal-Mart for — "Harnessing the wealth of talents and perspectives that people of different backgrounds have to offer."

Wal-Mart's diversity efforts also have been recognized recently by LATINA Style Magazine, Hispanic Business magazine and the National Association of Women Lawyers.

Not Guilty

A former Democratic party official in Colorado has been found not guilty of a misdemeanor charge — after leaving dog excrement on the doorstep of Colorado Republican Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave's local office.

The jury found former District Vice Chairwoman Kathleen Ensz innocent of "criminal use of a noxious substance."

Democratic District Chairman Don Hoff said Ensz's actions were protected free speech — an argument used by her attorneys and apparently accepted by the jury.

Musgrave's aides denounced the act as a political dirty trick.

—FOX News Channel's Martin Hill 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