Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
New York Times public editor Byron Calame is pushing the paper to enforce its corrections policy for Op-Ed columnists after the same factual error appeared in four different columns without a formal correction.
The columnists accused the Bush administration of cronyism, arguing that FEMA director Mike Brown got his job largely because he was a college roommate of Joe Allbaugh, a former FEMA director himself as well as a Bush campaign manager. They were variously described as roommates or "college buddies." But in fact, though they are friends, they were never roommates and didn't even attend the same college.
One of the four columnists, Frank Rich, corrected himself in a recent column, but Calame has asked the Times to enforce its existing policy calling for "uniformly publishing corrections at the bottom of opinion columns."
The New Guy
John Roberts may be the new chief justice, but he's also new and at the Supreme Court, that usually carries some responsibilities that are not in the Constitution. By tradition, the most junior member of the court is expected to open and close the doors at private conference meetings, and fetch coffee and water for the rest of the court.
Justice Stephen Breyer has performed the task since he was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed 11 years ago. But as chief justice, Roberts automatically becomes the most senior member and won't also be forced to serve as chief justice and chief waiter. Justice Breyer will continue to perform that duty until a replacement for retiring justice Sandra Day O'Connor is confirmed.
Wrong Place for Those Beliefs
The New York City Fire Department's new Muslim chaplain resigned just hours before being officially sworn in after telling a New York paper he did not believe Al Qaeda hijackers were responsible for 9-11. Intikab Habib expressed doubt that two planes could have destroyed the Twin Towers, asking, "was it 19 hijackers who brought it down, or was it a conspiracy?"
New York Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta says Habib resigned after realizing his views would make it difficult to function as a fire department chaplain.
Back in the Saddle?
Saddam Hussein is not only ruthless, he may also be delusional. After killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis over the years, Saddam is arguing through his lawyers that he could be back in power a year from now. How? A leading member of Saddam's defense team tells FOX News contributor and former Coalition advisor Dan Senor that when Saddam airs the dirty laundry of America's foreign policy over the past several decades, the U.S. will be so embarrassed, it will have no choice but to cut a deal returning him to power.
Saddam's lawyer says the chances that "President Hussein" will be running the country this time next year are better than 50 percent.