And now the most compelling two minutes in television, the latest from the political grapevine:
If He Had His Way
If John Kerry had his way at the time, he may never have had the chance to go to Vietnam and receive a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. In 1966, as a college student opposing the war in Vietnam and wanting the U.S. to immediately withdraw, Kerry asked his draft board to let him study an extra year, in Paris.
But, according to a 1970 Harvard Crimson article discovered by London's Telegraph, the draft board refused the request. Kerry then decided to join the Navy, which sent him to Vietnam.
One of their Own?
Gay men and women -- angry over the Bush administration's recent support for a ban on gay marriage -- are now turning on one of their own, the Vice President's daughter Mary, an official with the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign who has remained quiet on the issue.
On an online forum directed to Mary Cheney, a gay woman says -- "I used to think that we were both strong, out and proud lesbians. ... Now I realize, you are not a member of any community of which I am a part. ... You stand united with parents who would rather see their gay children dead than living openly and freely."
And a gay man calls Mary a -- "Jewish Nazi," adding -- "How do you sleep at night?"
Guantanamo A Good Time?
Another young Afghan boy is saying that -- contrary to complaints from Human Rights Watch -- he had a wonderful time as a detainee in Guantanamo Bay. Fourteen-year-old Asad-ullah, who spent 14 months there, says -- "I am lucky I went ... and now I miss it. ... Americans are great people."
Asad-ullah, now back at home in the eastern Logar Province, says he spent his days watching movies, playing football, and going to class -- where he was fascinated by lessons on the solar system. As for his future, he tells London's Guardian -- "I would like to be a doctor, an engineer, ... or an American soldier."
Can't Figure Out Why
Some Haitian-Americans can't figure out why the Congressional Black Caucus is supporting exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and saying -- "the inaction of the United States government ... forced" him out.
One Haitian community leader in South Florida insists there was a -- "cozy relationship between some caucus members and Aristide." And, he says, -- "We have to wonder if some of the Congressional Black Caucus may have profited from [that] relationship."
According to the Washington Times, records show no such financial ties.
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report