Published January 25, 2017
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
German authorities are concerned that two of the men arrested this week in a terror plot against American targets are native-born Germans who converted to Islam. So some officials are advocating a new law authorizing online surveillance of Islamic converts.
Bavarian Interior Minister Guenther Beckstein says, "Germans converting to Islam should be watched because they tend to show particular fanaticism in order to prove worthy of their new religion."
But some lawmakers say that would be an infringement on civil liberties.
Guilt by Association
Two members of the Seattle Seahawks football team are getting unpleasant feedback after appearing with President Bush at a political fundraiser last week.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and fullback Mack Strong have received nasty voice mails, e-mails and text messages. Seattle is a heavily Democratic area and one person told Hasselbeck: "I hate you. I'll never wear your jersey. I'll never like the Seahawks again."
Hasselbeck says this gave him a brief glimpse of how mean and dirty politics can be. He says he's used to being booed, but that this was "a whole new level. I was very surprised how mean (they were)."
San Francisco's city supervisor wants to provide illegal immigrants with an official identification card, to be used to obtain city services. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the cards may also be used to open accounts at financial institutions.
San Francisco would be the first major U.S. city to adopt such a policy.
It's not necessarily unusual that a corrupt senior Chinese official is being denounced by a mistress. Chinese media report 90 percent of corrupt higher-ups have ladies on the side. But what is very unusual is that Pang Jiayu is being turned on by his 11 mistresses — and he is 63 years old.
The women decided to denounce pang after some of their husbands were sentenced to death because they were involved in the corruption schemes with Pang, who is their boss.
Now Pang's apparent enthusiasm for both corruption and love will earn him what the Communist Party's discipline inspection commission calls a "severe punishment."
—FOX News Channel's Martin Hill contributed to this report.