Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:


Vice President Joe Biden doesn't appear to be in the doghouse after saying to the President in the East Room of the White House Tuesday within microphone range that health care reform is a "big f***ing deal" — using the expletive in there.

During a Democratic fundraiser Wednesday, Biden quoted President Obama saying at the morning briefing: "You know what the best thing about [Tuesday] was? Joe's comment."

The vice president also said President Obama told him that he attempted to have a T-shirt made with Biden's remark emblazoned on it, but couldn't get it in time. Biden told the crowd that he told the president: "If you thought it was so good, why didn't you say it?"

Former Bush press secretary Dana Perino was shocked the president approved of the remark, saying: "It shows a broader attitude of callous disregard for decorum and decency. I'm sure they'll say I'm too uptight. Fine. Let's all just imagine for a minute if President Bush or Vice President Cheney had done the same in the East Wing of the White House. I think we all know what the Democrats would be saying."

Cuban leader Fidel Castro also thinks the passage of the health care law was a big deal, calling it a miracle and a major victory for the Obama presidency.

What Now?

The Senate went into the wee hours of this morning wrapping up the fixes to the health care law through the process known as reconciliation. The Hill reports Democrats celebrated by munching on lobster rolls in honor of the late Senator Ted Kennedy.

Minnesota Democrat Al Franken was chairing the session, and as it reached a conclusion shortly before 3 a.m. he seemed a bit tired and confused...


Senator Franken: Do I pound the gavel? I guess we're adjourned. [pause] Oh. Say that we are not adjourned?"


Adjourned or not, they went home regardless.

God Complex?

And finally, China's state media lashed out at Internet giant Google, saying it is not God and accusing it of working with U.S. intelligence.

A front-page commentary read: "For Chinese people, Google is not God... its cooperation and collusion with the U.S. intelligence and security agencies is well-known."

Monday Google effectively shut down its Chinese search engine and redirected users to its service in Hong Kong, where Google is not legally required to censor the results.

Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.