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Grapevine: Pol suggests Iraq war vet hasn't had 'real job'

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

For Real?

Maryland Attorney General -- and gubernatorial candidate -- Douglas Gansler -- is trying to clarify a statement he made-- implying that serving in Iraq-- is not a real job.

Gansler was talking about fellow Democratic candidate -- Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown-- an Iraq war veteran.

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Douglas Gansler: I'm running against somebody who has never managed anybody, never run anything. His ads are about how he's a lawyer in Iraq. And that's all fine and good but this is a real job.

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Veterans groups jumped on Gansler -- calling his comments horribly insulting and slimeball politics.

Gansler says he was talking about the failed rollout of ObamaCare under Brown.
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"Anthony Brown's only attempt to lead as lieutenant governor was the unmitigated debacle of the health exchange website."

The Maryland health exchange board recently voted to scrap its glitch-ridden exchange website-- and start over.

Discrimination Suit

A national humanist group -- is suing a new jersey school district-- on behalf of a family -- asserting the phrase "under god" -- in the Pledge of Allegiance -- discriminates against atheist children.

An attorney for the group says the policy -- quote-- "teaches students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God."

A lawyer for the school district says it is simply following state law requiring the Pledge each day -- and individual students are allowed to opt-out.

Shortcut to the Tarmac

And finally-- you might want to think twice-- the next time the airline offers to check your bag plane-side.

An Air Canada passenger says he shot this video as handlers loaded up bags-- that did not fit in the overhead compartments.

Instead of carrying them down the stairs-- the handlers just dropped them-- several feet.

More than a million people have viewed that clip-- including the bosses at Air Canada.

They have apologized-- and say the workers in the video will be fired-- pending the outcome of an investigation.