Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Against Abortion Law
Fifty-nine percent of Americans say they would oppose a bill like the one in South Dakota banning abortion in all cases other than to save the life of the mother if it were proposed in their state.
Indeed, a new FOX News poll continues to show that a strong majority of Americans favor keeping abortion legal under certain circumstances and a sizeable minority — 43 percent — support legal abortions even if the pregnancy is merely unwanted.
A majority of Democrats favor legal abortions to end an unwanted pregnancy – 54 percent to 38 percent. However, 61 percent of Americans say partial birth abortions — in which the baby is partially delivered before being killed — should be banned outright.
Dollars Don't Mean Results
A study of public education over the last two decades finds no correlation between levels of spending and success on test scores. The conservative, but non-partisan American Legislative Exchange Council's Report Card on American Education, notes that of the ten states that increased their spending the most since 1974, only New Hampshire and Vermont rank in the top ten in academic achievement.
What's more, of the ten states that experienced the greatest increase in teachers per student, only Vermont achieved test scores in the national top ten.
A Michigan corporation dedicated to fostering "awareness of the power of love and forgiveness," recently funded an $1100 trip to Santa Barbara for Missouri Republican Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who listed the official purpose of the trip as "A time for spiritual self-reflection and an open and honest dialogue."
House ethics rules require travel gifts to be related to official duties, so how does Emerson justify the junket? She tells Roll Call, "In an increasingly bitter and partisan political environment, we need to find ways to work together in a civil, respectful manner," adding, "That's exactly what this event was about."
Actress, singer and liberal activist Barbra Streisand has posted a diatribe on her Web site mocking President Bush for being a "C student,” but appears to have forgotten to use spell check. Streisand flubbed the spelling of 11 words in the six-paragraph rant titled, "The Importance of Balanced Power in Congress," and misspelled four words in a single sentence, including: administration, corruption, responsibility and subpoenaing.
The essay has since been corrected and Streisand's spokesman blamed the mistakes on her Web company, telling the New York Daily News, "The errors occurred in that entity's typing of the original dictated material."
— FOX News' Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.