Grapevine: Unlikely support for Rush Limbaugh

Fallout after controversial comments


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

A Mad Rush

At least 39 companies say they have yanked advertising from "The Rush Limbaugh Show" since he called a Georgetown University Law student a slut and a prostitute then apologized.

Today, Limbaugh dismissed any loss of sponsors saying his show is doing just fine and in fact, at least two companies specializing in online dating say they want to purchase any available ad time on Rush's show. Now Limbaugh is touting a backlash to the backlash.

And the conservative host is getting support from an unlikely source, liberal counterpart Bill Maher, who tweeted -- quote -- "Hate to defend Rush Limbaugh but he apologized, liberals looking bad not accepting. Also hate intimidation by sponsor pullout."

Just the Two of Us

An audit finds that part of an $11 dollar stimulus grant to the city of Detroit actually only helped two people.

The Detroit News reports the money was supposed to provide low-income job seekers with business attire for interviews.

The goal was helping 400 people over the course of a year. Instead it served just two people reportedly due to a lack of oversight.

Desert Landscape

And finally, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was pressed during a House subcommittee hearing this week about what constitutes an urban food desert.

Sebelius said -- quote -- "If [families] have to walk a mile with bags of groceries, it may be too far to get healthier food."

Georgia Republican Congressman Jack Kingston took issue, pointing out the definition of a food desert does not specify transportation, whether it be walking or driving.

Sebelius says she will look into that. She was on Capitol Hill to speak about President Obama's budget request for $10 million meant to eliminate food deserts.