Grapevine: Phone prankster gets through to British PM

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...


President Obama has changed his travel plans in order to pay respects to the late Saudi King Abdullah in person tomorrow.

Now, the Pentagon is sponsoring an essay contest at the National Defense University.

Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey made the announcement today -- quote -- "This is an important opportunity to honor the memory of King Abdullah...I found the king to be a man of remarkable character and courage."

Some critics call the essay contest strange and bizarre.

Others point to Saudi Arabia's human rights record, offering such titles as "Floggers and Bloggers" -- referencing the thousand lashes sentence for a blogger who was convicted of insulting the clerics.

Another proposal was "The Art of Beheading."

Human Rights Watch says 26 people were beheaded in a single month last year.

Others asked if women were allowed to enter the contest, referencing the two Saudi women who were arrested last year for driving.

The Taxman Cometh

Death and Taxes are impossible to dodge and so is the red tape at the IRS.

This is Siegfried Meinstein -- a 94-year old World War II veteran. And if you ask the IRS -- he can't pay his taxes because he is dead.

The family tells the Columbus Dispatch they have gone in person to the IRS office and the Social Security office to no avail.

The very much alive Meinstein has received four letters from the IRS letter telling him that he is in fact deceased.

Across the Pond

And finally, the White House is not alone in its frustrations with security.

A phone prankster was able to get through to British Prime Minister David Cameron and actually talk to him.

The impostor pretended to be a British intelligence official.

The talk was said to be quite brief, after the prime minister realized it was a hoax.

No sensitive information, we’re told, was disclosed and security measures are under review.