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Water Cooler Archive: December 2009


  • Who will foot the bill for 'North Gitmo'?

    Bloggers' reactions to the likely cost in taxpayer dollars of moving 100 Guantanamo prisoners to an Illinois facility.            Published December 16 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Schumer tangles with flight attendant...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Schumer tangles with a flight attendant, Iran ups the nuclear ante, and is the White House using base-closure process to extort Nelson’s vote on ObamaCare? Published December 16 2009

  • Feinstein critical of Dean's 'kill the bill' hee-yah

    Howard Dean dealt a blow to Senate Democrats today, when Greg Sargent at The Plum Line reported that Howard Dean called for the Senate health care bill to be killed. Published December 15 2009

  • Reporting from the ground in Copenhagen

    Now in its second week, the Copenhagen climate conference has drawn dozens of NGOs whose staffers are doing up-to-the-minute, on-the-ground blogging and reporting. There's ample reading, on the heels of the "Climategate" scandal. to be had from both sides of the global-warming opinion spectrum. Here are a few sites to follow. Published December 15 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Congress approves funding for D.C. abortions, overseas providers...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Congress Approves Funding for D.C. Abortions, Overseas Providers, Prez's lovefest with Wall St. 'fat cats', Olbermann’s Conniption: 'There is No Liberal Media'. Published December 15 2009

  • Democrats continue to look for sixty votes on health care

    Senate Democrats caucused this evening and discussed the details of the health care bill still sitting in the Senate. The Democrats are waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to score the bill, so most Senators in the Democratic caucus remain silent until the CBO gives some answers. Published December 14 2009

  • Compendium: Black Panther Voter Intimidation

    A civil complaint against members of New Black Panther Party accused of intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place in November 2008 was dismissed by the Justice Department in a cloud of controversy. Published December 14 2009

  • An Al Franken gag?

    After Senator Al Franken (D-MN) became official among his ninety-nine other colleagues, political observers and fans alike are still waiting for the former Saturday Night Live comedian to be the outrageous guy he was known for prior to coming to Washington. Strangely enough, Congressman Alan Grayson (D –FL) is saying everything people would expect Mr. Franken would have blurted out by now.  Mr. Franken has offered up bills, amendments, and chaired Senate floor debates without any wild fanfare. So what’s up? Published December 14 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Dems cancel Copenhagen trip...

    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. Published December 14 2009

  • 2001 video shows Schumer flip flopping on 9/11 terror trials

    Back in November, I discovered a 2001 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing transcript where Senator Chuck Schumer (D - NY) said it would be "ludicrous" to try Osama bin Laden in New York City's downtown federal court. However, today, Mr. Schumer is welcoming the trial of professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in New York's southern district within downtown Manhattan Published December 13 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Journalist bullied by UN cops over climategate question at Copenhagen...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Journalist bullied by UN cops for asking Climategate question at Copenhagen press conference, a Rasmussen poll says 49% of Nevadans have a very unfavorable view of Harry Reid, and special Democratic voting counties would get protected Medicare benefits Published December 12 2009

  • Policy zombies at University of Colorado

    Last week university officials enforced a policy banning platic, multi-colored Nerf guns on campus after a game of Humans vs. Zombies erupted Dec. 1. The game is a glorified version of Nerf tag that can last for days. Published December 11 2009

  • Tiger satire: Ohio woman didn't have sexual realtions with that Tiger

    Satirical sports blogging site, eTrueSports.com, posted this about Tiger Woods Thursday... Published December 11 2009

  • Keep the politics off our Doritos, please

    Sometimes, a bag of Doritos can be a delightful snack for the office in the middle of day. Recently, I looked more closely at the back of a bright blue bag of Cool Ranch Doritos and saw a photo of a young man. My first reaction was Doritos was spearheading a missing persons campaign similar to what dairy companies used to do, when they would place photos of missing children on their milk cartons. In this case, Frito Lay took a turn into the political realm. Published December 10 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: White House's Acorn cookies surprises Republican lawmaker...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: White House's Acorn cookies surprises Republican lawmaker, coal industry already under attack before EPA 'finding', and a new tipline targets Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Published December 10 2009

  • Congressman Burgess calls on Obama to fire Jennings

    Rep. Mike Burgess (R - TX) wrote to President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan today, referencing today's Washington Times editorial on Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings, and the congressman requested Mr. Obama dismiss Mr. Jennings from his job as the Department's Safe School's Czar. Mr Burgess addressed his concerns on the presidential appointee.  Published December 9 2009

  • Medicare expansion could morph into single payer health care

    Senate Democrats looking to find a way to pass health care legislation have proposed a a Medicare "buy-in" proposal as part of the health care legislation. A major aspect of the proposal would be that individuals between the ages of 55 and 64 would be able to enroll in the medicare program. The Federation of American Hospitals opposes it as does the Mayo Clinic. Published December 9 2009

  • Local news blogging: Historic Midwestern snow storms

    Powerful snow storms bludgeoned Wisconsin and Iowa Tuesday and Wednesday, with both states receiving record snow fall totals around 16 to 18 inches. Videos of the Wisconsin storm here. Published December 9 2009

  • Census partners with amnesty advocates

    At least 21 partners for the Census Bureau's 2010 campaign are pro-amnesty or have supported congressional measures advocating amnesty programs. Published December 9 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: The real fat cat party...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Revealing the real fat cat party, Salt Lake City shows interest in 2012 GOP convention, and Obama plans to spend our way out of the downturn. Published December 9 2009