Another Pickup Line?

And now the most telling two minutes in television, the latest from the political grapevine:

Another Pickup Line?

It turns out that in addition to describing some southerners as -- "guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks," Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean (search) has also said elections in the south are -- "based on race, guns, God and gays," suggesting southern Democrats should move on to other issues.

When asked by FOX the last time an election in the south was based on such things, a Dean spokesman said it was North Carolina Republican Sen. Jesse Helms' reelection...13 years ago. Helms -- considered racially divisive by some -- has since retired.

Different Pubs...Different Pics

In its front-page coverage of the partial birth abortion ban passed yesterday, USA Today has a photo of the president signing the ban into law. The Washington Post ran a photo of senators and congressmen involved in passing the ban -- and from both sides of the aisle -- congratulating the president.

The New York Times, meanwhile used a picture from the 450-member audience in which the only person in clear focus is controversial Christian evangelist Jerry Falwell. Falwell has long supported the ban but was not involved in its passage in Congress.

Palestinian Leader On Strike

Practically the only Palestinian authority leader the United States and Israel trust enough to meet with has gone on strike, reportedly saying he won't return to work until Palestinian President Yasser Arafat (search) creates a permanent government and relinquishes power over the armed forces.

Finance Minister Salam Fayed -- who joined the Palestinian Authority a year ago to clean up corruption -- says he is fed up with the -- "power struggle" going on in Arafat's interim government. According to one senior Palestinian source, Fayed told the Palestinian Authority -- "I will stay at home ... call me" when the struggle is over.

Alan Optimistic

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan (search) says the economy is looking up, with -- "odds ... [that] increasingly favor a revival in job creation." This on the day when new reports say unemployment claims have dropped to their lowest level in more than two years. Greenspan warned against trying to cut the budget deficit by raising taxes, saying that could stall the economy. He urged spending cuts instead.

FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report