And now the most compelling two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
Clarke Wanted to Fire on Kandahar?
Former Centcom Commander and Mideast Envoy Anthony Zinni says that during the Clinton administration Richard Clarke -- who has accused President Bush of being weak on terror -- wanted to fire missiles into the Afghan city of Kandahar, where intelligence suggested Usama bin Laden may have been staying.
But Zinni says he refused to do it because intelligence indicated at least 15,000 civilians could have been killed. So, Zinni says, Clarke called him -- "a criminal."
According to Zinni, speaking at Christopher Newport University in Virginia yesterday and quoted in the Newport News Daily Press, the military later confirmed bin Laden wasn't in Kandahar after all.
Posting False Headlines?
The Washington Post, reporting on a new poll that shows 47 percent of Americans think the U.S. is safer since 9/11, concluded in its headline that -- "Most Say They are Less Safe Since 9/11."
But that headline, in fact, is false. While it's true that a minority believe they're safer since 9/11, only 18 percent say they're less safe and 34 percent say they're about as safe.
What's more, you'd have to read to paragraph nine to know that the 47 percent who think they're safer is higher than one year after 9/11. The Post was planning a correction for tomorrow's editions, but as of late today the erroneous headline was still carried on the Post's Web site.
Ralph Wants to Help Democrats?
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader -- who some say cost Democrats the 2000 election -- now says he wants his candidacy this year to help Democrats win this year's election.
How would it do that? Well, Nader says in an online letter that he's going to criticize Kerry for some of his positions.
This, Nader says, will push Kerry further to the left and allow Kerry to -- "pick up effective modes and critiques" of Bush -- both of which will attract more votes.
Republican Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning's re-election campaign is apologizing to Democratic contender Daniel Mongiardo for saying he looks like one of Saddam Hussein's sons. Bunning made the remarks about Mongiardo -- currently a state senator -- at a recent GOP fundraiser.
Bunning's campaign says -- "We're sorry if this joke, which got a lot of laughs, offended anyone." But Mongiardo's campaign calls that -- "a half-hearted apology... [that] is no apology at all."
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report