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Special Report

Freedom for All?

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Freedom for All?

Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg from New Jersey is under fire for comments at a pro Planned Parenthood rally in his state. He bashed Tea Party Republicans in Washington, saying they don't want other people to have an opinion and don't deserve constitutional freedoms.

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SEN. FRANK LAUTENBERG, D-N.J.: They don't deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution. But we'll give them to them anyway.

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Our Bad

A staffer for Vice President Biden may want to get some retraining on how to deal with reporters. While waiting for the vice president and Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson to speak at a fundraiser, the staffer ushered reporter Scott Powers from The Orlando Sentinel into a small room that appeared to be used as a storage closet.

Usually a reporter at an event would likely to be shown to hotel room to wait. Powers was told he could not speak to any people at the party and had to wait in this room/closet until Vice President Biden and Nelson arrived.

Powers says although he was free to leave the closet, he probably would have had to leave the premise altogether, missing the speeches. Whenever Powers tried to step out of that room/closet, the staffer said he couldn't come out yet. He ended up waiting for more than an hour.

A Biden spokeswoman e-mailed Powers, saying -- quote -- "You have our sincere apologies for the lack of a better hold room... Hopefully you weren't waiting too long."

As for Powers and all this attention, he told Fox News -- quote -- "At this point, I'm really just trying to climb back into my closet."

Timing Is Everything

In Russia, it's all about time.

President Dmitry Medvedev has done away with daylight savings time. He says switching the seasons can cause stress and illness and upsets human biorhythms. He continued with what some Russian analysts considered a bizarre yet animal-friendly statement, claiming "Not to mention the unhappy cows and other animals that don't understand the clock's changing and don't understand why the milkmaids come to them at a different time."