Grapevine: Bowling for bipartisanship

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

An App for That?

A company run by a big Obama supporter has won a federal contract to supply smartphones to low- income job seekers.

The Washington Times reports, TracFone was awarded a contract under a pilot program and will provide high-end Android phones.

Critics argue smartphones are not practical to search for a job or type a resume and will likely be used for recreational purposes like games and Facebook.

TracFone's CEO F.J. Pollak and his wife have raised more than a million dollars for Mr. Obama's two presidential bids.

Crossing the Lane

The freshman class of the new Congress has made a date to cross the aisle or in this case the alley.

The Hill newspaper reports, the new lawmakers will go bowling later this month.

It's part of an effort to erase the hyper-partisan reputation of Capitol Hill.

A Gallup poll found when the new Congress was sworn in it had an approval rating of just 14 percent.

It Could Go Either Way

And finally, within minutes of the end of Sunday night's game Baltimore fans were swamped with Super Bowl swag pre-printed with "Ravens -- Super Bowl Champs."

But retailers had to be ready in case the game went the other way.

Now, the charity World Vision is getting ready for donations of unsellable "49-ers -- Super Bowl Champs" merchandise.

It will send all those T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats to clothe people in nations such as Zambia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Armenia, and Romania.

Donations peaked in 2008 when the 12 point favorite New England Patriots lost to the New York Giants.