And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
Hard to Say I'm Sorry
The White House is pushing back against former Vice President Dick Cheney's suggestion that the Anwar al-Awlaki drone strike was a validation of the Bush administration terror-fighting policies.
Cheney says he is waiting for an apology from President Obama for saying two years ago the Bush White House overreacted to the events of 9/11-- quote -- "The Obama administration has clearly reached the point where they've agreed they need to be tough and aggressive in defending the nation and using some of the same techniques that the Bush administration did."
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney disagrees.
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JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: We certainly don't owe an apology for the fact that -- under this administration's policy -- this president's policy, the United States of America does not torture.
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No Holds Barred
Celebrity Roseanne Barr who says she is running for prime minister of America for the Green Tea Party is taking a rather harsh line against wealthy bankers.
She tells a Russian TV network she supports bringing back the guillotine.
Barr says anything over $100 million in personal wealth should be paid back -- otherwise -- quote -- "They should go to the re-education camps and if that doesn't help, then be beheaded."
Tax Away the Fat
And finally, Denmark is trying a radical behavior modification system of its own. It is cracking down on fatty foods with a new tax on items such as butter, pizza, and oil in an effort to curb unhealthy eating habits.
A small package of butter will cost about 40 cents more with the new surcharge.
One report says Danes hoarded food before the tax went into effect Saturday, emptying grocery store shelves.