Grapevine: White House adviser preaching politics

Valerie Jarrett defending remarks made during church service


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

Preaching Politics

Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett is defending remarks she made Sunday, during a church service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Local media reported Jarrett was speaking from the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta when she criticized Republicans for blocking President Obama's jobs bill.

Jarrett began -- quote -- "Teachers, and firefighters, and policeman, whose jobs are now in jeopardy because Congress, well let me be specific, because the Republicans in Congress..." -- before she was cut off with laughter and applause.

The Republican National Committee responded by saying attacks from the pulpit seek to divide the country.

Take it to the Bank

It's official.

President Obama will accept his party's nomination on the last day of the Democratic National Convention at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bloomberg reported last week that convention planners were struggling to meet their $37 million fundraising goal and the new venue would allow for more incentives, such as luxury skyboxes, to attract wealthy donors.

Well, Occupy Wall Street weighed in, saying it's part of a broader problem and that -- quote -- "It reflects the tendency of the Democratic Party and President Obama in particular to prioritize the interest of financial institutions and wealthy donors over working class families."

Down the Tube

Finally, a British police officer reportedly left documents about security arrangements for this summer's London Olympics on a train.

They were given to a British tabloid that in turn gave them back to the police.

Authorities downplayed the incident, saying the papers were not operationally sensitive. But it is the latest in a string of security breaches in Great Britain involving classified documents being left on commuter transportation.