The latest from the Political Grapevine:
Cutting Off Color Code
John Kerry says if elected, he will do away with the Homeland Security Department's color-coded terror alert system, insisting "I'm going to find some more thoughtful way of alerting America."
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he says, "I think Americans, sadly, laugh at [the color-coded system]. They don't know what to do."
Kerry says the Bush Administration's use of the Homeland Security Department "has been incompetent."
Laura Never Had a 'Real Job'?
Teresa Heinz Kerry is apologizing emphatically to Laura Bush for saying, "My experience is a little bit bigger" than the first lady's since, "I don't know that she's ever had a real job."
Heinz Kerry said that even though Laura Bush was an elementary school teacher for four years in Dallas and Houston, and was then a librarian in Austin, Texas, during the mid-1970s.
Heinz Kerry now insists, "I had forgotten that Mrs. Bush had worked as a school teacher and librarian, and there couldn't be a more important job than teaching our children. ... I appreciate and honor Mrs. Bush's service to the country as first lady, and am sincerely sorry I had not remembered her important work in the past."
More than a week after reporting that Sinclair Broadcast Group was planning to showcase an anti-Kerry documentary on its 62 stations nationwide, national media are now saying Sinclair — amid mounting pressure — has decided to air only part of the documentary.
CNN says, "Sinclair revises anti-Kerry broadcast"
The Washington Post says, "Anti-Kerry Film Won't Be Aired — Democrats, Investors Push TV Conglomerate to Alter Broadcast Plans"
The AP says, "Shareholders Push Sinclair to Amend Plans"
But in fact, Sinclair said from the beginning it hadn't finalized any plans, and it never said it would broadcast the whole documentary.
Times' Take on President
The New York Times Magazine this weekend said, "The president has demanded unquestioning faith from his followers, his staff, his senior aides and his kindred in the Republican Party. Once he makes a decision — often swiftly, based on a creed or moral position — he expects complete faith in its rightness."
And on the same day, the Times reported, "Mr. Bush, more than most recent presidents, has tolerated — even encouraged — a constant battle in his administration over how to shape its approach to the world."
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report