The latest from the Political Grapevine:
The publisher of gossip Kitty Kelley's new book — which accuses President Bush of using cocaine at Camp David while his father was president and helping a girlfriend obtain an abortion — is now seeking a public apology and what it calls "substantial damages" from Newsweek magazine.
The publisher, Doubleday, says Newsweek violated the terms of an agreement reached last month to keep details of the book secret in exchange for an advance copy and Doubleday says a Newsweek correspondent, "disparaged" the book earlier this week by saying that his magazine wouldn't publish any excerpts of the book because it had questions about Kelley's reporting.
So Doubleday says, "We demand public acknowledgement and additional remedies."
GOP and NYC
One week after the Republican National Convention wrapped up in New York City, a new poll shows that 65 percent of New Yorkers say it was more of a cost than a benefit to their city, including 39 percent of Republicans who were polled.
Nevertheless, 67 percent of those polled say they were not significantly inconvenienced by the convention and 68 percent say the Police Department did a good job. What's more, most New Yorkers are apparently ready for another high-profile event: 68 percent say they hope their city gets to host the 2012 Olympics Games.
Apology for Attacks
Just before the third anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, an American Muslim group — run by a former Palestinian refugee — is apologizing on behalf of all Muslims for the Sept. 11 attacks as well as other global terrorism.
The Free Muslim Coalition Against Terrorism, in a message on its Web Site, says, "Will Muslims wake up before it is too late? Or will we continue blaming the Jews and an imaginary Jewish conspiracy? The blaming of all Muslim problems on Jews is a cancer that is destroying Muslim society from within... We should not be afraid to admit that as Muslims we have a problem with violent extremism. We should not be afraid to admit that so many of our religious leaders belong behind bars and not behind a pulpit."
"We will no longer wait for [these leaders] to do the right thing," it concludes. "Instead, we will start by apologizing for 9/11. We are sorry that 3,000 people were murdered in our name."
– FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report