Grapevine: Bad review for Gettysburg Address gets retracted

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Lending a Hand

As we told you earlier, there's been an outpouring of international aid to the Philippines.

The U.S. has promised $20 million and other countries have also been generous.

But China -- the world's second largest economy? Not so much.

They've pledged less than $2 million.

China is even out-matched by the furniture chain Ikea and its $2.7 million donation.

Proceed with Caution

As you may know, the State Department provides a list of countries with unsafe conditions, warning American travelers to be careful or just to stay away.

The Washington Post reports those warnings go both ways.

French travelers are warned about specific areas in 14 U.S. cities.

Their list includes parts of Capitol Hill here in Washington and popular attractions in New York such as Times Square and the Statue of Liberty.

Historically Speaking

Finally, with the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg address just days away, one newspaper is clearing its conscience.

In 1863, an editorial in the Harrisburg Patriot & Union said this -- quote -- "We pass over the silly remarks of the president. For the credit of the nation we are willing that the veil of oblivion shall be dropped over them and that they shall be no more repeated or thought of."

Well, Thursday, 150 years later, the Harrisburg Patriot-News issued a retraction, saying the paper regrets its Civil War misjudgment.