And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
As we reported earlier, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to the NAACP and talked about civil rights and what the administration is doing for minorities.
However, Holder may need to up his visibility.
A new CNN poll finds 31 percent of those surveyed have never heard of him.
And the figure jumps to 41 percent for non-whites.
At today's event in Houston, Holder said the Texas law requiring a government-issued photo I.D. to vote, disenfranchises minority voters.
Ironically, the Justice Department's own media advisory for the speech included this note to reporters covering the event -- quote -- "All media must present government-issued photo ID (such as a driver's license.)" Not long after that Texas Republican Congressman Ted Poe took to the House floor.
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REP. TED POE, R – TX: Holder is inconsistent. He believes in security and photo IDs for people when he speaks but rejects ballot security and IDs for people when they vote.
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The Green Lantern
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the Obama administration jump started the hybrid movement. LaHood recently told an audience in Colorado -- quote -- "When you see now a Lexus hybrid, no one would have ever predicted that two years ago."
Actually, Lexus began rolling out hybrid models back in 2005 seven years ago.
Save the Last Dance
And finally, New York City is supposed to be the city that never sleeps but is it also the city that never dances?
The New York Post reports a couple has filed a lawsuit after being arrested for dancing on a city subway platform last year.
Caroline Stern and boyfriend George Hess -- both in their mid 50's -- say they were handcuffed just before midnight after they started doing the Charleston to a steel drum player's beat on a nearly empty platform.
The charges -- which included impeding the flow of traffic -- were later dropped.
The City Law Department is reviewing the filing.