Grapevine: More NCAA brackets than presidential votes ever

College tournament tips off this week


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

Guard Your Grill

Much of the country is impatiently waiting for spring, warm weather and grilling out and so is your government.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is funding a $15,000 project with the University of California to try to reduce emissions released during the grilling process.

The study aims to minimize the amount of grease that comes into direct contact with open flames by sliding a tray into the grill while you flip your favorite summer fare.

More grease would be caught in an air filtration system that may have to be manually powered with a hand crank.

The EPA says the goal is to reduce air pollution and health hazards with potential for global application.
Critics aren't convinced -- Quote -- "Maybe the EPA will fulfill FOIA requests after they're done trying to regulate your grill emissions."

Wide of the Mark

Fact checkers at the Washington Post have some complaints about President Obama's recent statements on guns.


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: You can go on -- in some neighborhoods and it is easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book... People say we should have firearms in kindergarten and we should ā€“ you know, have machine guns in, you know, in bars. You think Iā€™m exaggerating.


Well, exaggeration is exactly what earned the commander-in-chief three Pinocchios for quote -- "...playing fast and loose with his language. There's little excuse...to say he's 'not exaggerating' when he claims that some people have proposed laws that would allow machine guns in bars."

Always Pick a 12

And finally, with the NCAA tournament tipping off this week, brackets are all around.

According to one gambling group, more than 70 million brackets will be filled out this year.

For some perspective -- the Washington post points out -ā€“ that is more than the votes cast for any presidential candidate ever.

The one obvious difference is people can fill out more than one bracket unlike elections -- you only get one vote.

40 million people are expected to take part in guessing the winners for the NCAA tournament, or about the same number of votes Jimmy Carter was elected with in 1976.