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Special Report

Grassroots Effort to Shape Obama Administration Policy

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Going to Pot?

In an effort to keep a finger on the pulse of the American public, the Obama transition team asked those logging onto its Web site to provide a list of the top policy questions facing the nation. Change.gov reports that participation "outpaced our expectations."

So you may ask, what is the No. 1 issue facing America on the Web site? The legalization of marijuana. The Hill newspaper reports more than a dozen of the top 50 questions pertained to the drug.

The No. 1 question asked was: "Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it and create millions of new jobs."

Another said: "13 states have compassionate use programs for medical marijuana, yet the federal government continues to prosecute sick and dying people."

And another asked: "Will there be any chance of decriminalizing marijuana?"

There is no word yet on how the president-elect plans to tackle the issue.

Busy Signal

If you are going to the inauguration next month and plan to send photos and videos from your cell phone or to call friends as President-elect Obama takes the oath of office, the nation's wireless providers want you to reconsider.

The Cellular Telephone Industries Association says the mobile phone network will be so stressed that people should avoid sending photos and videos from the scene. It suggests text-messaging as a means of communication instead of phone calls. A spokesman says: "If four million people show up on the Mall, absolutely expect delays. It's the mother of all demand."

Meanwhile, the major cell phone corporations are bracing for Inauguration week. Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile are beefing up equipment at existing cell phone towers, adding additional telephone lines and employing satellite trucks to patrol the nation's capital.

Away in a Manger

There was no room at the inn in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Cybercast News reports that for the first time in years, hotels in the city where Christ was born were fully booked for the holiday. It is a sign that the local economy is making a comeback after years of fighting between Palestinians and Israeli forces.

More than a million tourists have visited the city this year and local authorities predict another 200,000 will make the trek over the last two weeks of the year. That is the most ever for the Palestinian-controlled town.

One government official says, "It shows that this city is not only an attractive city for pilgrims but... a secure city."

You Are What You Eat

If Christmas dinner didn't fill you up, you may want to eat some Christmas cards for dessert. That is because a British company has created an eco-friendly greeting card that you can actually eat.

The card's creator tells The Daily Mail newspaper, "Our card is printed on paper made from potato starch, the ink we use is edible and we have even signed the cards in edible ink with a special pen."

The company — Oxygen Creative — has sent the cards to a couple hundred of its customers. Said the card's creator: "Anyone who doesn't want to keep the card can simply eat it... it made sense for us to find a new way to create a Christmas card and reduce the paper we use."

— FOX News Channel's Zachary Kenworthy contributed to this report.