Grapevine: Lawmaker skinny dips at spiritual site

Rep. Yoder apologizes for incident on Israel trip


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

Sacred Skinny Dip

Jesus may have walked on the Sea of Galilee but Congressman Kevin Yoder swam naked in it. 

The Kansas Republican has apologized for the incident that took place last August during a private congressional fact-finding trip to Israel. 

Politico first reported that more than 20 people participated in the late-night swim including other lawmakers and some staff, though Yoder was the only one to actually take a swim in all that God gave him. 

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor -- who was the senior-most Republican lawmaker on the trip -- dressed down the lawmakers the following morning, saying the event was distracting from the trip's purpose. 

Making Waves

Newsweek is no stranger to controversy and this week's cover is no exception. 

Niall Ferguson's piece titled "Hit the Road, Barack - Why We Need a New President" is making some waves, to say the least.

Ferguson argues -- quote -- "Obama has broken his promises, and it's clear that the GOP ticket's path to prosperity is our only hope."

The left is predictably crying foul.

The New York Times' Paul Krugman says Ferguson is misrepresenting facts and the magazine should issue a correction.

Ferguson responded by saying -- quote -- "You know you have hit the target when Paul Krugman takes time out from his hiking holiday..." to write a rebuttal. 

Candy Land

Finally, a Kentucky rancher is turning to candy as a way to get around high corn prices caused by the drought. 

Local media reports Joseph Watson says he has had to look for other sources of nutrition for his cows.

He is mixing second-hand candy with an ethanol by-product and a mineral nutrient and says the cows are putting on weight and showing no health problems so far.