Two Books About Hillary Clinton May Spice Up Your Summer Reading

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Book Talk

Two new books about Hillary Clinton will hit the stores next month — both written by long-established writers and marketed by major publishers.

The Washington Post reports Carl Bernstein's 640-page book asserts that Mrs. Clinton was convinced that she would be indicted for perjury or obstruction of justice in the Whitewater investigation.

He also says Mrs. Clinton considered a run for the Arkansas governor's seat in 1989 — out of what Bernstein calls "anger and hurt" over Bill Clinton's infidelity.

And he writes Mrs. Clinton told a friend that Bill Clinton's winning the presidency, "Would be good for the marriage because her husband's sexual compulsions would be tempered by the White House and the ever-present press corps."

The other book — written by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. — says the Clintons made a pact in 1992 that Mrs. Clinton would run for the presidency after her husband left office.

It states that Senator Clinton did not read the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq before voting to authorize the war.

The Clinton camp acknowledges several of the points raised in the second book and says both efforts mainly rehash old news.

Mrs. Clinton's fallout with longtime supporter David Geffen was the most covered political story during the first three months of the year — according to a new study. The project for excellence in journalism also says the news media had more than twice as much coverage of Democratic presidential candidates than Republicans in the first three months of this year. The numbers – 61 percent for Democrats – 24 percent for Republicans. Even conservative radio hosts followed this pattern — with Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage talking about Democrats by a 75-to-13-percent margin.

"Uncontrolled Immigration"

Newly-elected French president Nicolas Sarkozy promised during his campaign to get a handle on what he called "uncontrolled immigration." Now France is said to be ready to offer legal immigrants cash bonuses to leave.

Spiegel Online says the proposal calls for an $8,000 payment to each family that returns to its country of origin.

A similar scheme in 2005 and 2006 was taken up by about 3,000 families.

Pulling the Plug

Venezuelans will have to do without their favorite television station come Sunday morning. President Hugo Chavez is refusing to renew the license of RCTV —- calling it a "coup-mongering" broadcaster that does "moral damage" with its programming.

The network runs news, soap operas, comedies and reality shows. Some say this is part of a vendetta Chavez has against the station's sometimes unfavorable coverage.

Bloomberg reports 69 percent of Venezuelans surveyed oppose Chavez's move.

Dozens of armored cars and military vehicles filled the highways of Caracas today — in preparation for what could be violent demonstrations.

Chavez is also being criticized by the European Parliament, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Documentary Will Air

That PBS documentary about moderate Muslims in the U.S. that was left out of a special series of broadcasts last month — is going to be aired after all.

The makers of "Islam versus Islamists" said their production was the victim of an ideological vendetta because they were conservatives.

But The Washington Times reports the film will soon be made available to the 354 Public Broadcasting Service member stations as a stand-alone program.

—FOX News Channel's Martin Hill contributed to this report.