Grapevine: School district banning birthday cake

Calls it a 'healthy step' to reduce sugar intake


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

Secret Deal

Possible presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has reportedly made a secret deal with top aide Huma Abedin to keep Abedin's husband, Anthony Weiner, quiet.

The New York Post reports, Clinton aides have insisted the former congressman stay out of public life for two years and -- quote -- "avoid causing further embarrassment to Huma or Clinton."

Weiner left office in disgrace after a sexting scandal, in which he sent revealing pictures to women.

His campaign for New York mayor was also derailed by sexting issues.

Earlier this month, he endorsed a tweet that said -- quote -- "Tinder will now be the ultimate sext machine."

He later tweeted the first message was an accident.

The Search Isn't Over

House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa is expanding his search for communications from former IRS official Lois Lerner.

He now wants all her messages -- e-mail and otherwise -- dating back to her hiring by the Federal Election Commission in the 1980's.

But that was before the advent of commercial e-mail.

The IRS says many of Lerner's e-mails about the targeting of conservative groups have been destroyed.

Banning Birthday Cake

And finally, a Seattle-area school district is banning birthday cake.

Officials in Edmonds call it a healthy step to cut kids' sugar intake.

Instead of sweet treats schools may hand out pencils, origami frogs, and extra recess time for kids celebrating birthdays. Oh joy!

A school district official says the ban is part of an effort to promote more exercise and wellness.