Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Paying the Bill

Senator Hillary Clinton says she is sorry if people were offended by her husband's recent comments about race and Senator Barack Obama — and that she can control the former president.

Mrs. Clinton told ABC — "I think whatever he said which was certainly never intended to cause any kind of offense to anyone. If it did give offenses then I take responsibility and I'm sorry about that."

When asked if she could control her husband — Mrs. Clinton replied — "Oh, of course."

Topping the Charts

Senator Barack Obama has been ranked the most liberal member of the Senate by the National Journal.

Obama came in first in the rating — which is based on 99 votes in three categories last year. He had been the 10th most-liberal member in 2006. Hillary Clinton landed in the number 16 spot for 2007, after placing 32nd the year before.

The survey indicates there was very little difference in the two candidates' voting records last year. Of the 267 issues they voted on — they differed only 10 times.

Intruder Alert

The city council of Berkeley, California has told Marine Corps recruiters that their office — "Is not welcome in the city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders."

The council also voted to give the anti-war group Code Pink a designated parking space in front of the Marine recruiting office once a week — and a free sound permit to allow protests.

Berkeley Democratic Mayor Tom Bates says — "I believe in the Code Pink cause. The Marines don't belong here, they shouldn't have come here, and they should leave."

Code Pink has been protesting in front of the station for several months already. The San Jose Mercury News reports one employee of an area business says protesters are aggressive, block the sidewalk while doing yoga, smoke in doorways, and are considered by most people to be a joke.

Watch Your Language

Teachers in British schools are being advised by the government to avoid using the phrase "mom and dad" — and not to assume children have heterosexual parents. It's part of a sweeping new anti-discrimination effort that was produced for the government by a gay rights group.

Other guidance includes familiarizing students as young as four with the idea of same-sex couples. When discussing marriage with older students — teachers are to instruct about civil partnerships and gay adoption rights. Schools are to encourage gay role models among staff members. And children who use the word "gay" are to be treated the same as racists.

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