Grapevine: Bummer Olympics?

Issues arising ahead of London games


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

Bummer Olympics?

From security issues to travel complaints according to the media in London the summer Olympics there could quickly become the city's bummer Olympics.

3,500 British troops returning from Afghanistan have been asked to fill a security hole during the games.

That brings the total military presence deployed to the games to 17,000 almost double the British troop presence fighting the Taliban.

7,000 tickets have been offered to personnel for the opening and closing ceremonies' dress rehearsals and not the actual events.

Long lines are already backing up at the airports. And there are serious concerns the city's transportation infrastructure won't be able to handle the influx of visitors there.

America or Bust

More complaints that Team U.S.A.'s Olympic clothes are mostly made in China.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer is joining many of his colleagues in demanding the U.S. Olympic committee scrap the current duds and find something made in America.

Schumer adds a New York-based suit maker is ready and willing to step in now.

Island Fever

Finally, two Republican senators are once again asking the Ninth Circuit Court to cancel its planned junket next month to Hawaii that would cost taxpayers more than $1 million.

Iowa's Chuck Grassley and Alabama's Jeff Sessions say the response from court officials last month defending the trip as being congressionally authorized for decades was unsatisfactory.

In a follow-up letter, the senators write -– quote -- "[The convention] is not an invitation to gather annually at the most expensive and far-flung island paradise within the circuit."