Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
A Democratic senator is predicting Congress will abandon the so-called "cornhusker kickback" given to fellow Democrat Ben Nelson, to help secure his vote on the health care bill.
Ohio's Sherrod Brown told local newspaper Toledo Blade the $100 million for Nebraska will be eliminated: "You can bet that won't be law by the time that goes into effect."
Senate leadership agreed to have the federal government pay to expand Medicaid services in Nebraska after that portion of the bill takes effect in 2016.
Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak is also unhappy with Nelson's deal, calling it absolutely wrong.
Sestak tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he blames Democratic leaders for the plunge in public support for health care reform, saying they failed to defend proposals that helped carry the party to victories in 2008: "They said it would be transparent. Why isn't it? At times — I find the caucus is a real disappointment. We aren't transparent — not just to the public — but at times to the members."
Crash and Learn
Washington's infamous party crashers are now heading to Sin City for -- what else? -- a party!
Tareq and Michaele Salahi have been asked to host a nightclub event at Caesars Palace and they're allegedly getting paid $5,000 to do so.
PR Director with Pure Management Group Michael Gilmartin says the couple was chosen because they've captured the public's attention, telling The Washington Post: "The Salahis met President Obama and you can come to Pure and meet the Salahis. Everyone gets their 15 minutes, and people want to come to the club and rub up against that. They'll go home and put it up on Facebook — 'I got my picture with the Salahis!'"
Gilmartin says there will be a red carpet especially for the Salahis, but he hopes no one crashes it.
— Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.
Bret Baier currently serves as FOX News Channel's (FNC) chief political anchor and anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier(weeknights at 6-7PM/ET), the highest-rated cable news program in its timeslot and consistently one of the top five shows in cable news. Based in Washington, DC, he joined the network in 1998 as the first reporter in the Atlanta bureau.