And now some fresh pickings from the political grapevine:
Despite his early support of and recognition of the state of Israel, Harry Truman (search), in a newly discovered diary from his years as president, concludes that "the Jews...are very, very selfish....When they have power -- physical, financial or political -- neither Hitler nor Stalin has anything on them for cruelty or mistreatment to the underdog." The director of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Sara Bloomfield, tells The Washington Post that the remarks surprised her since "Truman's sympathy for the plight of Jews was very apparent." But Bloomfield notes that Truman's remarks were "typical of a sort of cultural anti-Semitism that was common at that time in all parts of American society."
President Bush isn't the only person hoodwinked by bad intelligence. A story making the rounds alleges that a CIA operative told the president directly that there was nothing to rumors about Iraq's getting uranium from Africa (search) -- and that the president shrugged off the warning for the sake of setting up Saddam. The original story appeared in Capitol Hill Blue, an Intermit news magazine, and it cited former CIA officer Terrance J. Wilkinson (search), who said he had attended two White House briefings with President Bush. The publisher of Capitol Hill Blue, who says he had used Wilkinson as a source for nearly 20 years, now admits that his old source was a fraud. No Terrance J. Wilkinson ever worked for the agency. In his weekly column, the Rant, Publisher Doug Thompson says he fell for the lie "like a little old lady in a pigeon drop scheme....I was wrong. I'm sorry."
An unexpected guest showed up today on a plane carrying American journalists and White House staff from South Africa to Uganda. A stowaway managed to make his way onto a press bus, and then onto the United Airlines plane. He even talked his way past a guard who tried to stop him in South Africa, claiming he was a journalist. As authorities in Uganda led him toward a nearby jail cell, he shouted: "Help -- they are trying to kill me." But worry not. He wasn't packing weapons, and apparently posed no danger to the president or the president's entourage.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report