Published January 25, 2017
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Fox News has learned that six of the nine Supreme Court justices plan to attend tonight's State of the Union.
We know that Justice Samuel Alito is in Hawaii. Justice Antonin Scalia told a reporter Monday he will not be there. And Justice Clarence Thomas has previously cited the partisan atmosphere as a reason not to attend.
During last year's speech, you may remember, President Obama slammed the court's ruling in a campaign finance case. Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions says the speech has become too political so -- quote-- "it's just as good for them to watch from home."
Former Minnesota Independent Governor Jesse Ventura is suing both the Homeland Security Department and the TSA, alleging full-body scans and airport pat-downs violate his right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.
The former wrestler says after his titanium hip replacement set off metal detectors back in November, the pat-down he received exposed him to -- quote -- "humiliation and degradation through unwanted touching, gripping and rubbing."
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And finally, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah doesn't travel lightly.
The New York Post reports the king and his entourage needed at least a dozen tractor trailers for luggage -- not tractors, tractor trailers -- plus an army of outside contractors to do security screening before they could fly out of JFK Airport last week on more than six private jets.
The king had been staying at a luxury hotel for two months following back surgery at a New York hospital.
The king flew out on his own Boeing 747, while two wives left on separate, smaller jets.