The latest from the Political Grapevine:
The NASA general counsel has ordered the agency's Web s ite to remove all images of John Kerry's visit to the Kennedy Space Center earlier this week — including the ones where he is dressed up in that so-called "bunny suit." A spokesman says the general counsel is looking into whether the pictures — and "the whole visit altogether" — ma y have violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty. The spokesman says, "As public servants, ... [NASA] can't allow a visit to be a campaign stop," so NASA is now just trying to be "on the safe side." If the pictures are deemed legal, he says, they will be put back up.
President Bush Lies 'Reflexively?'
Two days after Ron Reagan insisted his appearance at the Democratic Convention was not a political statement, he is now denouncing President Bush as a "reflexive liar" and calling any comparisons to his own father "silly and pathetic." In a new Esquire magazine essay, titled "The Case Against George W. Bush," Reagan says, "Does anyone really favor an administration that so shamelessly lies? One that ... so willfully misrepresents its true aims and so knowingly misleads the people from whom it derives its power? I simply cannot think so."
Democrats and activists in Florida are complaining about a greeting card Gov. Jeb Bush's receptionist tacked onto her bulletin board — along with personal family photos. The greeting card has an image of an American flag, with a cross over the stars. State Senator Debbie Wasserman Schultz calls it "offensive and hurtful." And People for the American Way says the card is not only inappropriate, but divisive, insisting that it could make a Jewish or Muslim person "feel like a second-class citizen." A spokesman for Gov. Bush, quoted by the Palm Beach Post, says, "They certainly have the right to their opinion."
Minutiae of Metro Incident?
A government scientist making her way into a D.C. subway station has been arrested by famously aggressive D.C. Transit Police. The scientist, 45-year-old Stephanie Willett, tells the Washington Post that police followed her into the station, pushed her into a cement wall, called for backup, patted her down, handcuffed her and then threw her in jail. So what exactly did Willett do? Well, before going into the station, she popped the last bite of a PayDay candy bar into her mouth and threw the wrapper away. But transit officials insist that because she was still chewing when she got inside, she was violating Metro's no-eating policy. Willett has since been released, and issued a $10 fine, pending a hearing.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report