Grapevine: The votes are in for North Korea's election

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

The Gang's All Here

A Mississippi high school student was kicked out of school because he posed for a picture holding up three fingers, which apparently is a gang symbol.

But to Dontadrian Bruce it's his high school football number.

Local TV stations report a science teacher took the picture for a class project.

The assistant principal saw the photo and suspended Bruce under the school's gang policy.

The honor roll student says the principal called him a gangbanger.

Another student made the same gesture and was also suspended.

His older brother is also number three.

The boys were kicked out for the rest of the year.

But after media coverage of the incident, they were allowed back after 21 days.

Twitter Troubles

A Minnesota state congressman is taking heat for a tweet many are calling racist.

Republican Pat Garofalo wrote yesterday -- quote -- "Let's be honest, 70 percent of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow and nobody would notice a difference with possible exception of increase in street crime."

About three quarters of NBA players are African-American.

Garofalo's tweet immediately ignited a firestorm -- quote -- "The racial and racist undertones in this comment is beyond alarming."

And -- quote -- "Someone should be careful about letting interns handle the Twitter account."

But Garofalo sent that tweet himself. He said his words were misinterpreted. But this afternoon, he tweeted an apology -- quote -- "To those NBA players and others who are unfairly categorized by my comments, please accept my apologies."

The Votes Are In

Kim Jong Un has been re-elected supreme leader of North Korea receiving 100 percent of Sunday's vote.

What's more -- Korean state media reports Kim got the unanimous nod with 100 percent voter turnout.

Despite recently being accused by the UN of crimes against humanity, Kim's shutout is no surprise.

Only one candidate was listed on the ballot -- Kim Jong Un.

Voters choose yes, or no.

In the history of North Korea, not a single dissenting vote has ever been recorded.


And finally, despite his spelling error President Obama still has the R-E-S-P-E-C-T of Aretha Franklin.


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her...



The president's flub during the "Women of Soul" event at the White House last week was the butt of many jokes, but the Queen of Soul herself is giving him a pass.

She said he was probably -- quote -- "Just a little tired...However, spelling and giving it, is a huge difference. The president and I are mutual when it comes to R-E-S-P-E-C-T.