Captain Anti-America?

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Ulterior Motives

Opponents frequently paint Republican-sponsored voter identification laws as efforts to disenfranchise voters often with racial overtones. USA Today recently published an editorial titled -- quote -- "Our view: Republican ID laws smack of vote suppression."

But last week, Rhode Island's Democratic legislature passed a law requiring ID to vote beginning next year and a photo ID in 2014. The bill's Senate sponsor was an African American Democrat, who said it was prompted by reported incidents of voter fraud.

The measure was signed by Independent Governor Lincoln Chafee.

Not Just Straight Talk

Moving over to the West Coast, California's legislature has sent a bill to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown that would make it the first state mandating gay history in public school's curriculum.

It adds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to the list of groups that must be included in social studies lessons. It also prohibits material that reflects adversely on gays. One opponent calls it sexual brainwashing.

Name Droppers

And finally, when "Captain America: The First Avenger" hits overseas theaters, most countries will keep the full patriotic title, even though Paramount Pictures is giving distributors the option of shortening the title to "The First Avenger" out of concern for anti-American sentiment.

However, of the three countries that decided to take out "Captain America" one of them is supposed to be one the country's best allies.

South Korea joined Russia and Ukraine in shortening the title. We reached out to South Korea's embassy but never heard back.