And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
The Boy Scouts of America is reaffirming its policy of excluding gays -- as both leaders and scouts.
The decision comes after a two-year review.
An 11-member special committee unanimously backed the long-standing policy that was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2000.
Gay rights groups are not pleased-- one calling it
-- "a missed opportunity of colossal proportions."
Kicking the Habit
President Obama is using his teleprompter less and less these days -- as the campaign kicks into high gear.
The Hill reports Team Obama thinks it will help him better connect with voters.
A political communications professor says the teleprompter has become a crutch.
Quote -- "It seemed as though he couldn't go anywhere without them -- and it made him seem unconfident and robotic."
You might remember President Obama was mocked by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart -- for using teleprompters while speaking inside a sixth-grade classroom.
Kiss and Make Up
Finally -- the first couple needed a "kiss cam" do-over during last night's USA versus Brazil basketball game here in Washington.
This is what happened initially.
After that -- the press pool was escorted out of the arena -- only to be brought back an hour later -- just in time for "kiss cam" round two.
The press report read -- "pool just happened to be brought back into the arena for another quick photo op when --
Yes the first couple was once again put up on the kiss cam."
That wasn't luck -- a stadium official confirms white house officials called --saying the Obama's did not realize what was going on the first time around --
And asked for a second try at that smooch.