Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Guerillas in the Desert
Iran is quietly preparing to repel a feared U.S. invasion by training its troops to conduct an Iraqi-style guerilla resistance. Iran's state-run media reports that Iranian soldiers recently carried out an exercise focusing on irregular warfare using highly mobile army units, and at the same time, the Iranians have trained 100,000 troops to quash insurgencies in areas especially prone to foreign influence.
A European military attaché in Tehran tells the Washington Times that Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard forces are decentralizing the military taking a more prominent role in controlling Iran's borders, while preparing each of the country's border provinces to defend itself independently in the event of an invasion.
Still Not Running
Former Vice President Al Gore has made his harshest attack yet on the Bush administration, calling it a "renegade band of rightwing extremists who got hold of power" in the U.S.
But Gore tells the British newspaper, The Guardian, that his anger over the current White House occupants hasn't made him want to run for president again — even to help combat global warming — saying, "even if you're the president you can't move [the issue]... if Congress isn't there."
Leaving a Liberal World
New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. has apologized to graduates at the State University of New York at New Paltz, for bequeathing them a world that's not liberal enough. During a commencement address last week, Sulzberger said, "You weren't supposed to be graduating into an America fighting a misbegotten war in a foreign land. You weren't supposed to be graduating into a world where we are still fighting for fundamental human rights, whether it's the rights of immigrants to start a new life; or the rights of gays to marry; or the rights of women to choose," adding, "for that, I am sorry."
Grade School Battery
A grade school student in Naples, Florida, was hauled off to jail and charged with battery after kicking a teacher's aide in the ankle earlier this month. But her mother is complaining that the school went too far in arresting her daughter — since she's only six years old.
School officials called two law enforcement officers to arrest special education student, Takovia Allen, who was then held in juvenile jail for several hours before being released. Officials say all charges against the girl could be dropped if she completes a counseling program.
—FOX News Channel's Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.