Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Planning Ahead

An illustration of the intense pressure Democrats are under from the anti-war liberal left can be found in news about plans already underway for major protests at the party's presidential nominating convention in Denver next summer.

The group is called Re-create 68 — a reference to the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago that saw the party torn apart by anti-war protests.

Re-create 68's Web site says, "We intend to recreate that revolutionary feeling and pick up where our predecessors left off." It says it is "for all the grassroots people who are tired of being sold out by the Democratic Party." And it urges supporters to come to Denver and "resist a two-party system that allows imperialism and racism to continue unrestrained."

Good Reviews

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is getting a slap on the back from the government of Cuba. The Communist country's foreign minister is welcoming Obama's recent comments that he favors easing restrictions on travel and financial exchanges between the U.S. and Cuba.

Felipe Perez Roque says Obama's statements "appear to express the sentiment of the majority of the United States."

Roque called Bush administration policy toward Cuba barbaric and an effort to "force our people to surrender through hunger and illness."

Gas Stations

Researchers in Norway are raising alarms about the newest threat to the environment: moose belches and flatulence.

There are about 140,000 moose in Norway and scientists say every one of them gives off an amount of methane gas equal to more than 4,600 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. That is more than twice the amount of CO2 emitted on a round-trip airplane flight from Oslo to Santiago, Chile. And, because methane is stronger than carbon dioxide, it is considered even more harmful to the environment.

Independent Investigation?

An award-winning forensic scientist with the Michigan State Police has been fired for running a DNA test on her husband's underwear in order to find out if he had been having an affair. The test said he was — he said he wasn't — and the whole story came out in divorce proceedings.

But Ann Chamberlain's bosses were not amused and they have dismissed her.

Chamberlain said she ran the test on her own time and used chemicals that were set to be thrown away. But her ex-husband's lawyer calls Chamberlain "a dangerous woman" and wants her criminally prosecuted.

—FOX News Channel's Martin Hill contributed to this report.