And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
President Obama has another incentive for getting a debt ceiling deal done. The president's 50th birthday fundraisers are scheduled for August 3rd in Chicago, one day before his actual birthday and one day after the August 2nd deadline.
A campaign official tells Fox the big money events could be canceled if a deal is not reached.
As it stands, a concert is planned with tickets ranging from $50 to $10,000. Singer Jennifer Hudson is rumored to be the entertainment. There will also be a separate dinner in which participants would pay as much as the legal allowable limit of $35,800 per person.
Back in 1996, then-President Bill Clinton held a 50th birthday gala at New York's Radio City Music Hall that raked in $10 million for the Democratic Party.
No Laughing Matter
The U.S. Navy says a sexual assault awareness poster featured on its official Facebook page is not a joke.
See what you think. The poster which was created by a feminist blog includes tips such as -- quote -- "If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!"
"If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON'T ASSAULT THEM!"
"Don't forget, you can't have sex with someone unless they are awake!"
A Navy spokesman says the post should have included more context, but that it is intended to encourage discussion on a serious issue.
And finally, not even a former Defense secretary can avoid a TSA airport pat down. Donald Rumsfeld was given the hands on treatment while on his way to former first lady Betty Ford's funeral.
Rumsfeld explained on Twitter -- quote -- "It takes those of us with two titanium hips and a titanium shoulder a bit longer to get through TSA..." and then linked to the TMZ story.