Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry says that if the Democrats retake the House of Representatives in 2006, there's a "solid case" for impeaching President Bush for misleading the country about pre-war intelligence on Iraq. Speaking at a holiday party for staffers who'd worked on his 2004 presidential campaign, Kerry said, "If we win back the house, I think we have a pretty solid case to bring articles of impeachment against this president."
The National Journal reports that Kerry quickly added, "Don't tell anyone I said that." Kerry's spokesman insists the Senator was joking and says his remarks drew a laugh from the crowd.
Distance from Dean
Democratic leaders have distanced themselves from Democratic National chairman Howard Dean's claim that the war in Iraq is unwinnable, as has Dean himself. And a new FOX poll finds that a majority of Americans by 51 to 38 percent disagree, but that same polls found that a distinct majority of Democrats agree with what Dean originally said. Fifty-nine percent said they agree that "The idea we're going to win this war is... just plain wrong," compared with only 15 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of Independents.
Israel's top general during the U.S. invasion of Iraq says Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but moved them to neighboring Syria six weeks before the war began. Lieutenant General Moshe Yaalon tells the New York Sun, "He transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria," adding that they haven't turned up because "No one went to Syria to find it."
The Australian Conservation Foundation has a complaint about Christmas that you may not have heard before — they claim holiday spending is damaging the environment. The group has released a report titled "The Hidden Cost of Christmas," and says every dollar Australians spend on new clothes as gifts consumes four gallons of water and nearly 10 square yards of land to produce.
What's more, gifts like DVD players and coffee makers generate 780,000 tons of greenhouse pollution even before being used and each box of Christmas candy wastes 44 pounds of natural materials. The ACF is calling for "eating, drinking and giving gifts in moderation," and giving gifts with a low environmental cost, like gym memberships and charitable donations.
— FOX News' Aaron Bruns contributed to this report