And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine…
Back to The Drawing Board
After 15 years-- millions of dollars -- and absolutely zero crimes solved -- the state of Maryland is pulling the plug on an idea to chronicle ballistic fingerprints for gun buyers.
The Baltimore Sun reports -- since 2000 -- the state has forced manufacturers to fire every handgun sold in Maryland.
The state collected more than 300,000 bullet casings -- which were photographed in the hopes of ultimately uploading the images to a computerized system.
That system cost an estimated $5 million dollars to set up.
Maryland Democratic state senator Bobby Zirkin said of the situation--
quote -- "If there was any evidence whatsoever -- any evidence -- that this was helpful in solving crimes -- we wouldn't have touched it."
Climate Change Controversy
A top French TV weatherman is out -- fired -- after writing a book critical of climate change theory.
The news channel France 24 reports -- Philippe Verdier-- writes that the U.N.’s global warming panel has politicized the issue -- and intentionally published false data.
The Frenchman announced his dismissal in an online video.
A petition on change.org calling for Verdier's-- reinstatement -- has received about 18,000 signatures.
The Washington Nationals' lackluster season is over --and yet it seems -- they can't stop losing.
The team's 2016 calendar was released -- with a gorgeous picture of a baseball stadium on the cover.
The only problem. It's not their stadium.
The editors mistakenly used a picture of Boston's famous Fenway Park on the cover -- instead of Nationals Park.
The league has tried to take the team off the hook.
Quote -- "Our licensee used an incorrect photo in its 2016 Nationals calendar -- a product that the Nationals were not involved in producing. We are working quickly to rectify the situation -- including recalling the calendars from retail."