Grapevine: Jail time for scientists over earthquake in Italy

Convicted of manslaughter for inadequately warning residents


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


A new report asserts President Obama's campaign has received $4.5 million this year from people who refused to provide a zip code or claim to live in a zip code that does not exist.

The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) says the Romney campaign took in about $300,000.

Team Obama tells Fox News -- quote -- "The data they are using to make their case is not correct or they are making incorrect assumptions about what it means."

The Washington Examiner notes -- quote -- "Ironically, President Obama suggested that Republicans would benefit from illegal foreign donations during his 2010 State of the Union address."

The GAI has previously reported almost half of federal campaigns fail to verify the location of donors.

Guest Registry

The Investigative Project on Terrorism, another data-gathering center on Islamists though, is accusing the Obama administration of allowing scores of known radical Islamists to make hundreds of visits to the White House.

It cites court documents and other records to identify many visitors belonging to groups serving as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Islamic militant organizations.

We reached out to the White House for reaction on that but have not heard back.

Hard Time

And finally, seven scientists in Italy have been sentenced to six years each in prison for failing to adequately warn residents of a deadly earthquake.

The 2009 trembler killed more than 300 people. The defendants were convicted of manslaughter.

As you might imagine, the scientific community in Italy was outraged and worried, saying there was no way to know a flurry of tremors would lead to the deadly quake.

Today, four top Italian disaster experts quit their posts in protest.