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Why Didn't Chicago Succeed as the 2016 Olympics Host?

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Olympic Bust

A former International Olympic Committee executive says Chicago was eliminated in the first round of voting to host the 2016 games because it "totally missed the plot."

Chicago was considered by many to be the front-runner. President Obama and the first lady even traveled to Copenhagen to make the final push on Chicago's behalf.

But a former IOC marketing director tells SportsPro Magazine that Chicago's early exit showed it never connected with Olympic voters: "It was a surprise to watch a... legendary political machine so finely tuned and experienced as Chicago... so totally miss the plot."

Crash Course

Vice President Joe Biden's motorized security has now been involved in three crashes in the past week.

Tuesday evening a police car working ahead of Biden's motorcade in New York City collided with a cab. The vice president's office says Biden was informed of the accident and was happy the injuries were not serious.

Monday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a sheriff's deputy was injured while escorting Biden's motorcade in conjunction with a campaign fundraiser.

And last week two vehicles in the motorcade struck and killed a man in suburban Maryland. Secret Service employees were returning the vehicles to a storage facility following Biden's trip to Washington State.

Byrd's Eye View

We told you Tuesday that Senator Robert Byrd is now the longest serving member of Congress. He turns 92 on Friday.

Some things that are younger than the West Virginia Democrat: sliced bread, the band-aid, the CIA; Velcro, women's suffrage, the Lincoln Memorial, commercial air travel, penicillin, Social Security and the television.

Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.

Bret Baier currently serves as anchor of Fox News Channel's "Special Report with Bret Baier" (weeknights 6-7PM/ET), the top-rated cable news program in its timeslot. Based in Washington, D.C., he joined the network in 1998 as the first reporter in the Atlanta bureau. Click here for more information on Bret Baier

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