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Grapevine: North Korea Tourism Boost

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Funny Business

A U.S. regulator says he thinks something nefarious or illegal occurred at brokerage firm MF Global. The company declared bankruptcy last month.

A Democratic member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission tells Reuters regulators are closer to finding out what happened to roughly $600 million in missing customer money. At least two lawsuits have been filed on behalf of shareholders against MF executives, including ex-CEO Jon Corzine, the former Democratic senator and governor of New Jersey.

There has been little coverage of this story on the big three networks, despite this being the eighth largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

NBC has aired just four stories on morning and evening newscasts since the bankruptcy. CBS -- a total of two. And ABC has had no coverage on its evening news, but reported Corzine's resignation in one line during the November 4th morning show.

Travel Tips

North Korea is trying to break into the tourism industry. However if you are expecting Internet access, cell phone use or pictures of everyday life, you should just stay home.

The Washington Post reports Pyongyang is looking for new revenue in the midst of international sanctions, so the regime is allowing foreign tour groups in on a strict and isolated itinerary.

Visitors were instructed to leave cell phones and BlackBerries behind and were told not to talk with strangers or take pictures of ordinary people or buildings.

Foreign Policy

And finally, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has had bit of a rough week. He has been answering questions on foreign policy after a halting answer to a question on Libya during a newspaper editorial board meeting.

Today in Miami it wasn't foreign policy, but foreign languages that Cain appeared to have trouble with. While snacking on Cuban food, he said this:

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HERMAN CAIN, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: How do you say delicious in Cuban?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Delicioso.

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Delicioso is of course "delicious" in Spanish, the official language of Cuba.