Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
That protester who was hauled out of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's speech before congress was none other than long-time left-wing activist Susan "Medea" Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, who, along with Cindy Sheehan, is currently on day 23 of a hunger strike against the war in Iraq.
A Green Party candidate for Senate in 2000, Benjamin also organized what turned into violent protests at the 1999 WTO conference in Seattle. She decried the violence at the time, but said she didn't want any perpetrators arrested, and would help them out of jail if they were.
One of Benjamin's groups rushed out a press release proudly announcing her arrest today and providing her cell phone number for interviews.
Pro-Israel Groups Pro-Bolton
Pro-Israel groups are pressuring New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton to abandon the Democrats' filibuster of U.N. ambassador John Bolton, who now has the firm support of the Jewish community. Both senators voted to block Bolton's confirmation last year, and Democratic leaders have refused to rule out another filibuster when his nomination is brought before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee again Thursday.
But the American Jewish Congress, which is behind Bolton, says the war in the Middle East should trump party politics. And the president of the Zionist Organization of America tells the New York Sun he believes Schumer and Clinton are "seriously reconsidering" their opposition.
Speaking of Clinton, her first "Presidential Bust" is set to be unveiled this week — at New York's Museum of Sex.
Sculptor Daniel Edwards says the work portrays Clinton's "youthful spirit and a face matured by wisdom," adding, "Presented in a low cut gown, her cleavage is on display prominently portraying sexual power which some people still consider too threatening."
Edwards says he was inspired by actress Sharon Stone, who said Clinton shouldn't run for president because she had too much sexuality.
If you doubt there is a real strain of anti-Semitism in European opinion, consider this. One of Norway's largest newspapers has published a cartoon comparing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to an infamous Nazi death camp commander who indiscriminately murdered Jews by firing on them from his balcony.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Dutch Socialist party, the country's third largest, has compared Islamic terrorists to anti-Nazi resistors, saying, "During World War II, Dutch people thwarted Nazi Germany's destruction machine by blowing up town halls. ...Things are not all that different in the Middle East. Islamic fundamentalism, including the terrorist wing, is a reaction to Israel's occupation of Palestine."
—FOX News Channel's Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.