The latest from the Political Grapevine:
Sharon Bush (search), the president's former sister-in-law, insists that she never told gossip biographer Kitty Kelley that President Bush used cocaine at Camp David while his father was president. She says, "Kitty Kelley raised drug use at Camp David, [and] I responded by saying something along the lines of, 'Who would say such a thing?' ... Although there have been tensions between me and various members of the Bush family, I cannot allow this falsehood to go unchallenged."
Kelley quotes Sharon Bush as making the charge in a new book. The book's publisher says it, "stands fully behind the accuracy" of Kelley’s reporting.
Calling It Like She Sees It?
Teresa Heinz Kerry (search) says, "only an idiot wouldn't like" her husband's proposed health care plan, adding, "[but] Of course, there are idiots."
In an interview with the Intelligencer Journal of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Heinz Kerry says John Kerry's plan to subsidize health care for children, the unemployed and small companies, to name a few, is so great that, "I don't have to sell it — the people want it."
As for herself and criticisms that she's an eccentric billionaire, she says, "The common man doesn't look at me as some rich witch. I talk about what I see. It has always been so."
Republicans in Minnesota — including Sen. Norm Coleman — are calling on John Kerry to condemn an, "outrageous and offensive" bumper sticker they say was handed out by the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (search) — the state's largest political party.
Copies of the sticker, which says, "Bush/Cheney: Most hated world leaders since Hitler," were mailed to the party's headquarters and briefly exhibited on a desk.
Republicans say a staffer they sent to the headquarters was given a sticker, but Democrats insist they had nothing to do with the sticker and never distributed it and accuse Republicans of a, "pathetic set-up."
Medal of Honor?
Iran — which rewarded its gold-medal-winning Olympians with $125,000 each — has now paid a judo Olympian the same amount not for winning a medal, but for refusing to even compete in a match.
During the Olympics, Arash Miresmaeili showed up at weigh-ins overweight — disqualifying him from competing against Israeli athlete Ehud Vaks.
Iran does not recognize the state of Israel. An Iranian official says Miresmaeili, "did not get a gold medal, [but] he earned eternal honor."
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report