Published May 20, 2010
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says one of its agency's videographers was "absolutely wrong" to ask Mississippi church volunteers not to wear "religious" T-shirts for a video about tornado cleanup.
One of the two women asked to change out of shirts that featured the Salvation Army logo, told the Associated Press the videographer said he didn't want anything "faith-based" for the video.
FEMA says it has fired the videographer and maintains the man's actions do not reflect the agency’s policies or priorities.
During the back-and-forth over Arizona's new immigration law, visiting Mexican president Felipe Calderon said Wednesday his country would retain its firm rejection of a policy where "people that work and provide things to this nation will be treated as criminals."
However, until the language was changed last year, Mexico made illegal immigration a criminal offense punishable by fines, imprisonment for up to two years and deportation. The updated language now makes illegal immigration a civil violation, similar to U.S. policy and the Arizona law.
Worth the Wait?
London's 2012 Olympic mascots were unveiled Wednesday after an 18-month design process and 40 focus groups. But the futuristic one-eyed characters — Wenlock and Mandeville — have evoked scorn so far.
The London Telegraph reports branding experts in Britain called them "patronizing rubbish." One prominent design critic said, "Why can't we have something that makes us sing with pride instead of these appalling computerized Smurfs for the iPhone generation?"
Can't Stay Away
They're back: White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi were stopped in a limo near the White House while President Obama was hosting his second state dinner Wednesday night.
Their driver was ticketed for running a red light before turning into a restricted area. After that, they were also spotted with camera crews in tow at a Greek restaurant four blocks from the White House.
— Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.