Grapevine: Sled free or die

'Sled-in' on Capitol Hill to protest ban


Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Rocky Relationship

The Obama White House has the worst relationship with the media of any administration in a half century.

That's the conclusion of the Columbia Journalism Review following an extensive analysis.

The study looked at every exchange the president had with journalists last year as well as media briefings and other interactions with press secretaries.

Despite President Obama's pledge to run the most transparent and accountable White House in history the research -- quote -- "...reveals a White House determined to conceal its workings from the press, and by extension, the public."

Reporters who cover the president on a daily basis say they barely know him.

Not surprising, considering he had just 44 exchanges with the media in 2014 -- only five of which were solo news conferences.

By comparison, John F. Kennedy held 23 press conferences per year.

Quote -- "Something really important has gone missing..." says Kenneth Walsh of U.S. News and World Report. "We don't understand him as well as we should, and I think the country loses because of that."

The Stink Over Pink

The Los Angeles-area high school girls' basketball coach whose team wore uniforms with pink lettering for breast cancer awareness has been suspended for the rest of the season.

On the bright side, her team has been allowed back into the playoffs there.

The girls from Narbonne High were originally told they had to forfeit their semifinal win and leave the tournament because of a rule that teams can wear only their own school colors.

A panel reversed that decision to -- quote -- "place kids first."

The coach says she did not realize they were breaking a rule, but she accepts her punishment as long as her team can play on.

Narbonne will be in the section championship game Saturday.

Sled Free Or Die

And finally, some D.C. area kids who had the day off for snow got a lesson in civil disobedience today.

They participated in a sled-in outside the U.S. Capitol to protest a ban on sledding and skiing on the grounds that dates back to 1876.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton had requested a waiver, ahead of today's storm.

The sergeant-at-arms denied her request, citing safety and security and damage to the lawn.

Police advised the sledders they were breaking the rules, but made no efforts to stop or arrest them.