The latest from the Political Grapevine:
Reports on the Report
Yesterday we told you about front page stories in The Washington Post and The New York Times, which pointed to a report by the 9/11 commission that found no "collaborative relationship" between Al Qaed a and Iraq. But the two papers went further than that, saying the commission found no ties of any kind ... or that it flatly contradicted previous administration statements.
Not so, said the two co-chairman of the commission. One of them, former Democratic Rep. Lee Hamilton said he had trouble understanding the flap in the media ... and went on to say that the commission does not disagree with administration statements that there were indeed "connections" between Al Qaeda and Iraq.
He concluded by saying the "sharp differences the media have drawn" between the commission and the administration ... "are not that apparent" to him. But in today's stories on the controversy, neither the Post nor the Times even mentioned Hamilton's remarks.
Bill's Days in the Doghouse
Former President Bill Clinton's soon to be released memoirs will include the revelation that he spent two months sleeping on the couch after he confessed his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky to wife Hillary.
According to the Associated Press, which obtained an advance copy of the book, Clinton says the affair revealed -- "the darkest part of my inner life." Clinton also writes that he and Hillary attended counseling one day a week for nearly a year after his confession.
Meanwhile, a new Fox poll shows that 52 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the former president-- 40 percent unfavorable-- nearly four years after he left office.
And this, from the wonderful world of law enforcement: Fulton County, Georgia inmate Cara Williams escaped from jail last night, slipping on medical scrubs and walking out an employee entrance.
The four guards on duty there might have been distracted ... because Williams escaped while a rap video was being taped at the jail. Rapper Clifford Harris, whose stage name is T-I, is in the custody of another county. But he is on a work release program that allows him to further his musical career.
Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett said she had no idea T-I and his crew were making a rap video at her jail. Deputies insist the video had nothing to do with the escape -- the tenth one in 16 months, but two officers have been suspended. By the way, escapee Cara Williams was picked up at two a.m. at a gas station.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report