Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Hillary Clinton is promising that if she is elected — there will be no more scandals involving her husband — former President Bill Clinton. Senator Clinton took questions from e-mailers during an event with politico.com and a local Washington D.C. TV station. One e-mailer sought assurance there would be no more surprises.
The senator replied — "You know, I can assure this reader that that is not going to happen. You know, none of us can predict the future, no matter who we are and what we are running for, but I am very confident that that will not happen."
Mrs. Clinton also took another shot at MSNBC over the recent comment that her campaign had "pimped out" Chelsea Clinton.
The senator said her staff had sent her an independent study suggesting she was being treated more fairly by FOX News — than by MSNBC.
Unclear and Present Danger
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is comparing the dangers of global warming to the threat of terrorism — and says global warming is worse. Bloomberg spoke Monday to the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
He later told reporters — "Terrorists kill people. Weapons of mass destruction have the potential to kill an enormous amount of people. Global warming in the long term has the potential to kill everybody."
On Second Thought
The Berkeley, California city council was to consider a resolution Tuesday night rescinding its recent letter declaring that Marine Corps recruiters were — "uninvited and unwelcome intruders" — and asking them to leave. The backlash has been so fierce that two council members are sponsoring tonight's attempt to revoke the letter.
The resolution would draw a line between opposing the war in Iraq and what it calls — "our respect and support for serving in the armed forces."
CODEPINK and other anti-war folks were protesting all day outside City Hall. Pro-Marines demonstrators were also there. They are calling on the city to issue an apology, and rescind its free parking and noise permits for CODEPINK to protest outside the Marines office.
Drug Dealers Are People, Too
And a prominent Queens, New York Democratic assemblyman is criticizing a plan by fellow Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer to impose a tax on illegal drugs — because he says it is unfair to drug dealers. The New York Post reports Jeffrion Aubry says the so-called "crack tax" is an undue burden — since drug dealers already face fines and possible loss of property and money.
Aubry says — "this component adds another financial hardship on people who don't have a lot of money... (the plan could) create another class of individual who can't escape the process and has to go back out and sell drugs."
— FOX News Channel's Martin Hill contributed to this report.