Grapevine: Stop the presses for 'Encyclopaedia Britannica'

Well-known reference books to be available solely online


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

Survey Says...

40 percent of California jurists had the same answer to a new anonymous questionnaire asking about their gender identity and sexual orientation - none of your business.

A state-sanctioned voluntary survey added that question to others about ethnicity race and gender.

Of the 1,006 magistrates who did respond 969 said they are heterosexuals, 19 said they're lesbians, 17 said they're gay, and one was listed as transgender.

Supporters say it will make the bench more LGBT-friendly and diverse because California is itself a diverse state.

Critics call it intrusive saying -- quote -- "Do we really want sitting judges and justices, and prospective appointees to be asked to reveal to a government bureaucrat what their preferences in the bedroom are? Is it anyone's business? Is it relevant?"

On Second Thought

Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod will not be appearing on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" despite reports last week he was scheduled to do the show in the near future.

In the fallout from Rush Limbaugh's Sandra Fluke comments, conservatives argue President Obama's Super PAC should return a $1 million donation from Maher based on his past offensive comments that were derogatory to women.

Stop the Presses

Finally, it's a sad day for bookworms.

After 244 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica is ending the sale of its print edition and moving exclusively online.

When asked about the competition from community-driven Wikipedia, Britannica's president seemed confident -- quote -- "There's a place for well-written documents, where facts really matter, where we strive for balance. And the alternative is just...different."