Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Friends With Benefits
The new health care law here in the U.S. is expected to have big benefits for India. The Christian Science Monitor reports the addition of 32 million Americans to insurance rolls here in the States is very significant for Indian outsourcers.
A number of Indian companies are already anticipating an increase in workload. Ananda Mukerji, CEO for Firstsource Solutions, says the extra work will include processing new enrollments, organizing bigger member databases, processing more claims, providing more support services and managing more revenue.
Seattle parents are learning a shocking lesson about what their kids can get through health clinics at school.
A mother of a 15-year-old says her daughter was counseled to have an abortion and transported off campus for the procedure without the mother's knowledge. She admits signing a consent form for off-campus medical treatment, but says she thought it was for emergencies.
Washington is one of 13 states that does not have a parental consent or notification law, meaning girls of any age can obtain an abortion without telling a parent.
In our Friday Follow-Up segment, we have an update on a number of stories we brought you here on the Grapevine.
• Former Alaskan governor and current Fox News contributor Sarah Palin has also found a home on Discovery's TLC network for the reality show she's been shopping around. "Sarah Palin's Alaska" will be an eight-part documentary series about Palin and her home state.
• The infamous White House party crashers will soon be crashing into living rooms across the country as part of the Bravo series "The Real Housewives of D.C." The Daily Beast confirms Michaele and Tareq Salahi have already shot the season's 12 episodes. The social duo also plan to set the record straight with a tell-all book -- we can't wait.
• And finally, French President Nicholas Sarkozy announced this week his country will ban the full Muslim veil to protect the dignity of women. The London Times reports his decision followed months of wavering by politicians on the left and right and ended a long silence by Mr. Sarkozy on what to do about the full face-covering garments.
— Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt 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.