Published April 28, 2010
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Critics are using some inflammatory comparisons to describe their feelings about Arizona's new immigration law that would require immigrants to carry documents verifying their status. Some have likened having to carry papers around to Nazi Germany.
Colorado Democrat Jared Polis was one of those, saying: "It is absolutely reminiscent of second-class status of Jews in Germany prior to World War II when they had to have their papers with them at all times."
However, in the U.S. government's official welcome guide for new immigrants, it clearly states those legally in the U.S. must quote "carry proof of your permanent resident status at
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is the latest politician to forget that every microphone should be treated as if it were on.
Brown spoke with a 65-year-old grandmother about issues ranging from immigration to taxes during a campaign event in northern England today. Afterward, the Labour Party leader got into his car, called the conversation a disaster and even went a bit further.
Unknown: What did she say?
Gordon Brown: "Oh, everything. She's just a sort of bigoted woman that said she used to be Labour, I mean, it's just ridiculous."
Brown later called the woman to apologize and then went to her home to take his lumps in person.
Quite a Character
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who often speaks for hours on state television, is now limited to just 140 characters.
A state official says Chavez joined Twitter in an effort to wage the battle online. His first tweet this morning translated: "Hey how's it going? I appeared like I said I would — at midnight. I'm off to Brazil. And very happy to work for Venezuela. We will be victorious!!"
— Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.