Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
There is another group pushing for the release of more secret documents, and it too is threatening a pressure campaign against the administration if it doesn't get its way. The group? UFOologists. They want President Obama to come clean about alleged government contact with extraterrestrials.
The Washington Times reports Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who made the longest moonwalk in history, spoke to the group in Washington this week saying: "It is now time to put away this embargo of truth about the alien presence. I call upon our government to open up ... and become a part of this planetary community that is now trying to take our proper role as a space faring civilization."
Believers say with a new administration, the time is ripe for all classified files about any government interaction with extraterrestrial beings to be released.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has sparked a diplomatic kerfuffle with our friends north of the border. Canadian broadcaster CTV reports that in an interview earlier this week she said: "To the extent that terrorists have come into our country or suspected or known terrorists have entered our country across a border, it's been across the Canadian border. There are real issues there." When asked if she was referring to the 9/11 terrorists, Napolitano added, "Not just those but others as well."
Canadian ambassador in Washington Michael Wilson says Napolitano's staff attempted to tamp down the controversy by blaming the comments on a simple misunderstanding.
Napolitano released a statement saying she knows 9/11 hijackers did not come through Canada to the U.S.
And it isn't just Canadians who are questioning Napolitano's recent statements. Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions called on the Homeland Security chief to correct comments regarding our southern border. Napolitano said in an interview with CNN regarding illegal workers: "Crossing the border is not a crime per se. It is civil."
Sessions says: "It is breathtaking that a Cabinet secretary...could be ignorant of the indisputable fact that it is a violation of the criminal code to enter our country illegally."
A DHS official says: "Basically, she misspoke. It is a criminal offense but it is commonly treated as a civil matter."
Just Say No
And while we're talking about south of the border, police say the leader of a major Mexican drug cartel has told its members to avoid drugs and hard drinking, and to try to live a clean life.
The head of a cartel called "The Family" says he has trained several thousand of his people with courses in ethics, values, moral principles, and personal improvement. The object: To build a well-run criminal organization.
The cartel boss is accused of ordering dozens of murders of his rivals and running prostitution rings using young girls.
— FOX News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.