And now some fresh pickings from the political grapevine:
Questions About Clarke
When the Los Angeles Times asked people about the accusatory book from former White House counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke, 6 in 10 said they thought it was politically motivated ... and released now to affect the election. Nevertheless, the Clarke book has had an impact.
Fifty-two percent polled say the president failed to take terrorism seriously enough before September 11th. And 57 percent say they think President Bush placed a higher priority on invading Iraq than on fighting terror.
In spite of that, however, 56 percent approve of the president's handling of the War on Terror, and 59 percent believe he's made the country more secure since the terrorist attacks.
Waxman: Explain Yourself
Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California is asking White House Chief Counsel Alberto Gonzales to explain his phone conversation with Republican 9-11 commissioner Fred Fielding just hours before Richard Clarke's testimony last week.
Waxman argues that the contact was improper, since -- "the conduct of the White House is one of the key issues being investigated by the commission." But Democratic commissioners say they see nothing wrong about contacts with the White House and that, in fact, Fielding has been serving as the commission's liaison with the White House. They also note Democratic members have regular contact with Democrats in Congress.
Campus Outrage Awards
The Collegiate Network -- a conservative organization -- has announced a tie for the Grand Prize of this year's Campus Outrage Awards, or "Pollys."
There's Yale University's Sex Week -- when students, in cooperation with an adult film company, used Yale funds to host such lectures as "History of the Vibrator" and "Sex Toys 101." Sharing first place is the UC-Santa Barbara student who did his Chicano Studies thesis on -- "Gay Men of Color in Porn."
And in fifth place is Georgetown University. After Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze questioned the impact of homosexuality on the family in a commencement speech, several students walked out in protest. The Dean later emailed students and offered counseling sessions to anyone who suffered psychological trauma as a result of the Cardinal's remarks.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report