Grapevine: Sour grapes? Bill Clinton's late-night phone call

Rep. James Clyburn recounts choice words from former president


Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Choice Words

South Carolina Democratic Congressman James Clyburn says former President Bill Clinton had some choice words for him-- when Hillary Clinton failed to win the 2008 presidential primary in his state.

U.S. News and World report says that in his new memoir, Clyburn says he took a late-night phone call from Mister Clinton-- essentially blaming him-- for black voters choosing Barack Obama.

Quote-- "If you [blanks] want a fight, you damn well will get one."

Clyburn writes- "It was clear that the former president was holding me personally responsible for his wife's poor showing among South Carolina black voters."

Clyburn had stayed publicly neutral-- not endorsing either candidate in the primary.

Limited Freedom?

A group monitoring freedom of the press worldwide has issued a strong rebuke to the U.S.
The World Press Freedom Index ranks the U.S. 46th this year down 13 spots from last year. 

‘Reporters without Borders’ says the U.S. had quote-- "one of the most significant declines" in press freedom.

It cites the government's pursuit of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden and the AP phone-tapping scandal.

46th place-- puts the U.S. between Romania and Haiti-- on the press freedom index.

The New Sheriff in Town

And finally-- every child's favorite sheriff-- Woody from ‘Toy Story’-- disarmed by airport security.

Eagle-eyed police at Heathrow in London-- spotted the weapon-- in Woody's holster.

John Hazen says three agents inspected the tiny pistol.

He posted this on a social media site-- "security just confiscated his weapon. Keep the world safe, boys."

Hazen travels frequently-- and takes pictures of the doll all over the World-- to send to his son. 

This is the first time that tiny weapon has posed a problem.

but it is not the first time a toy gun has caused a stir at airport security.

Last December TA agents in Saint Louis-- confiscated the six-shooter --worn by a sock monkey-- dressed as John Wayne.