Grapevine: TSA troubles for Sen. Rand Paul?

Lawmaker claims he was detained after refusing body pat down


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

Touchy Subject

Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul says he was detained by TSA agents after he refused a full body pat down at the Nashville, Tennessee airport this morning.

Paul's office contends, he went through a full body scanner when an anomaly was found on his leg.

The senator offered to go through the machine again but was told only a full-body pat down would suffice.

Paul refused and says he was detained and missed his flight back to Washington.

TSA denies detaining Paul and says he was allowed to board another flight after a different screening.

Last summer, Paul had a heated exchange with TSA's director over invasive pat downs for children. Sen. Paul will go on the record with Greta Van Susteren tonight.

Motion Denied

Updating a story we told you about earlier this month. A Georgia state judge has denied a motion by the Obama administration to quash a subpoena requiring the president to attend a hearing Thursday, over his citizenship and eligibility to be on the state's March primary ballot.

President Obama's defense team argues the subpoena requires him to interrupt his duties as president.

However, Judge Michael Malihi says that argument fails to provide any legal authority.

In response, an Obama campaign official said quote -- "These claims have no merit and any attempts to compel the president's personal involvement will fail."

What Are the Odds?

Finally, Ireland's largest bookmaking operation is putting odds on which clichés President Obama will incorporate in tomorrow's State of the Union address.

Quote -- "We have more work to do" -- has the best odds of being the first cliché used at eight to one. Next, was "health care reform" and "as I stand here today" at 10 to one.

And pulling up the rear at 250 to one -- "life is like a box of chocolates."

The Washington Times compares it to a drinking game for political geeks.