Grapevine: Bad year for Congress

Least productive year in modern history?


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

A Bad Year

Talk about a bad year. A Washington Times analysis finds Congress had its least productive year in modern history.

It passed only 80 bills, fewer than during any other session since record-keeping began in 1947.

The majority of those bills were housekeeping measures such as naming post offices and extending existing laws.

The paper also looked at time spent in debate, the number of conference reports produced, and votes taken.

It concluded Congress accomplished less in those areas in 2011 than any other year in history.

Write and Left

Critics have long proclaimed the New York Times to be a liberal newspaper and now it appears the Times' own public editor agrees at least when it comes to the opinion writers.

Ombudsman Art Brisbane writes in an e-mail to a spokeswoman for Koch Industries that the paper's opinion-based writers -- quote -- "...clearly share a worldview that is liberal and antithetical to the Koch Brothers' political perspective."

He calls the liberal view overwhelmingly dominant -- and adds quote -- "There can be little doubt that the Times ownership and editorial page ascribe to a liberal perspective."

Bye Bye Barbie

And finally, Iran's morality police say playtime is over when it comes to Barbie Dolls.

Police are cracking down telling shopkeepers to remove the leggy blonde in favor of government-approved dolls that wear traditional Islamic dress as you can see here.

However, one mom says her little girl is not a fan. Quote -- "My daughter prefers Barbies. She says [the Iranian dolls] are ugly and fat."