The Washington Times - December 14, 2009, 07:21AM

Today’s Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Dems cancel their Copenhagen trip, Harry Reid and slavery, and why “Merry Christmas” matters to America.

    Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, told colleagues on Saturday that Democrats could not send a delegation to the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen.
Reid is obviously confused. Republicans have no power to block passage of the senate healthcare reform bill.
Town HallWhy “Merry Christmas” Matters to America
The New York Times recently revealed that, before abandoning the idea, Barack and Michelle Obama had considered eliminating The White House’s traditional nativity scene as part of an effort to celebrate a “non-religious” Christmas.