And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
China is the single biggest holder of U.S. government debt. And soon they may own part of an American baseball institution.
Frank McCourt, owner of the bankrupt Los Angeles Dodgers, has been offered a $1.2 billion all- cash payment, a record for a major league team.
The Los Angeles Times reports, funding would come from "certain state-owned investment institutions of the People's Republic of China" as well as American investors.
The offer expires in 21 days.
Sticking to Their Guns
Republicans in Pima County, Arizona are raising eyebrows with a new fundraiser.
As part of a "get out the vote" effort the party is auctioning off a Glock pistol.
Their online newsletter reads -- quote -- "Get yourself a new Glock 23.40 cal handgun for just 10 bucks if your name is drawn. That's right, for just $10 this gun could be yours."
But Glock was the brand of gun used by Jared Loughner who allegedly shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others in Tucson this past January.
Tucson is in Pima County.
So to Speak
And finally, an agreement reached in Arizona says the state cannot base the hiring of English teachers on how well they speak the language.
The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education found the state's practice of singling out teachers who have accents or imperfect grammar, discriminated against Hispanic teachers.
The settlement says, teachers need only be fluent in English no longer that they must have a good command of the language.
And that determination will be made by school districts, not by the state.