Published April 01, 2010
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Family Research Council president and conservative leader Tony Perkins is telling supporters not to donate to the Republican National Committee.
Instead, Perkins advises giving directly to candidates who, "you know reflect your values." Perkins cites the recent revelation — the RNC reimbursed a $2,000 expenditure at a bondage- themed nightclub in Los Angeles — as an indication the group is tone-deaf.
Hot and Bothered
And Politico reports another incident that has Republicans hot and bothered. A recent GOP fundraising letter included a phone number that leads to a phone sex line. The voice greets callers as "sexy guy," before offering the chance to talk with "working girls from all over the country" for $2.99 a minute.
The RNC says the wrong number was a typo made by the vendor and was an isolated incident.
Remember last fall when Americans worried about H1N1 vaccine shortages and waited for hours to be immunized?
Now the Washington Post reports, 6 months later, less than half of the 229 million doses of the vaccine the government bought have been used. And an estimated 71.5 million doses must be thrown away if not used before they expire.
The $1.6 billion program was the most ambitious immunization campaign in US history. But the Centers for Disease Control acknowledge there was a learning curve: Anne Schuchat from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, "Did we do as well as we would have liked to? No, not at all."
Finally, Georgia Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson was questioning the Navy's Pacific commander during a hearing last week when Johnson revealed he has a surprising concern when it comes to sending more U.S. military and their families to the island of Guam.
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Rep. Johnson: My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.
Adm. Robert Willard: We don’t anticipate that.
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Johnson's office says the congressman was simply keeping a straight face while using a metaphor — that the admiral didn't understand.
— FOX News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.