And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
The Money Pit
The two gift shops at the U.S. Capitol are losing money, even though two million people a year visit the complex.
The Hill reports lawmakers are now demanding a plan to make those shops profitable.
The office of the Architect of the Capitol, which oversees the shops, faults the "Buy American" restrictions that lead to higher prices.
Taxpayers for Common Sense argues that there may be another reason for lagging sales, citing Congress' 84 percent disapproval rating -- quote -- "It is hard to sell memorabilia of unpopular people."
Of Mice and Men
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is up in arms over a D.C. wildlife law that he says is crazier than fiction when it comes to protecting rats and rodents.
The dust-up began over rat infestations at the Occupy Wall Street encampments in downtown Washington.
Cuccinelli worries the law covering how pest control operators handle vermin may result in D.C's pests being dumped in Virginia.
Parts of the law require live capture with creatures being caught and transferred in family units.
However D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh, who introduced the legislation, maintains the law prohibiting extermination has exceptions for rats and mice.
New York State of Mind
Finally, the first rule of public speaking is know your audience.
Vice President Joe Biden may have accidentally thought he was speaking to New Yorkers instead of his San Francisco audience, during a Wednesday campaign event when he said the Giants are on their way to the Super Bowl.
Not great in San Fran, since the 49ers play the NY giants this weekend.
After some boo's, Biden apologized saying he got his baseball and football teams mixed up.
Biden then said the San Francisco 49ers are on their way to the big game.