Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Image Is Everything
Yale University Press is refusing to publish cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad in a book about the controversy surrounding cartoons of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
The New York Times reports the book chronicles the Islamic outcry after 12 caricatures of the prophet were published in 2005 by a Danish newspaper. Those protests left at least 200 people dead. The author, Jytte Klausen, is reluctantly accepting the decision. She says: "Muslim friends, leaders and activists thought that the incident was misunderstood, so the cartoons needed to be reprinted so we could have a discussion about it."
Religion scholar Reza Aslan says: "To not include the actual cartoons is to me, frankly, idiotic... this is an academic book for an academic audience by an academic press."
A book about the cartoons… with no cartoons… hmmmm.
Mark My Words
Barack Obama is a war-time president, but you may not know that by listening to his words. A Politico newspaper analysis of almost every word spoken in public by the president shows his language belies the fact he is commander-in-chief for more than 100,000 troops in battle.
He has said the words "health" and "economy" more than the words "Iraq," "Iran," "Afghanistan" and "terrorism" combined. And the word "jobs" has been mentioned twice as often as "security," and four times more than the word "war."
However, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton says: "Nothing is more important to the president than keeping the American people safe."
Not in the Ballpark
Tennis legend Billie Jean King was among 16 people honored by the president Wednesday with the nation's highest civilian award. But before presenting the Medal of Freedom, the president listed some of King's greatest achievements, including 12 Grand Slam titles.
But, small problem, King actually has 39 Grand Slam trophies, from Wimbledon and the French, Australian, and U.S. Opens. She won 12 grand slam singles titles, 16 doubles titles, and 11 mixed doubles crowns.
She told reporters after the event: "They didn't get any of my facts right. I was cracking up. Not even in the ballpark. I thought it was adorable."
And a Maryland woman whose home was burglarized last week was shocked when she spotted her own belongings at a neighbor's yard sale. Media reports say the woman called police after spotting her furniture and household items, being sold by a man who was wearing one of her shirts.
The accused held the yard sale just three houses away from the home he allegedly broke into. He reportedly has admitted to stealing about $25,000 worth of property, and faces burglary and theft charges. Bold and brassy move.
— FOX News Channel's Zachary Kenworthy contributed to this report.
Bret Baier is the Chief Political Anchor of Fox News Channel, and the Anchor & Executive Editor of "Special Report with Bret Baier.” His book, "Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission," (William Morrow) is on sale now.