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Water Cooler Archive: November 2009


  • Video: Secretary Duncan belittles DC Voucher program

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan denied any lobbying effort has been afoot over the pending legislation known as the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA). Secretary Duncan responded to The Washington Times's question about violating the 2009 Omnibus Act, by asking others to lobby on behalf of the pending student loan legislation. Published November 30 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Seven stories Barack Obama doesn't want told...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Seven stories Barack Obama doesn't want told, Forty percent of Democrats say they are unlikely to vote in the 2010 elections, Gallup released a new poll today saying Americans still lean heavily against health care reform legislation. Published November 30 2009

  • Video: Bloomberg pooh-poohs concerns about NYC 9/11 trials

    New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg spoke with press on Wednesday during a trip to Washington D.C., and told reporters he remained confident that New Yorkers would be safe during the 9/11 trials in downtown Manhattan. Published November 26 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: 'Fed' was written Ashley Todd-style...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: "Fed" was written Ashley Todd-style, less than ten percent of Obama's cabinet has private sector experience, and 40.91 percent of your Thanksgiving dinner is brought to you courtesy of the government. Published November 26 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Lincoln's Health Care Delay a 'Ruse'

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Blanche Lincoln's health care delay is a ruse, the three main television news networks refuse to cover "Climate Gate;" however, Boston's media's coverage about the climate gate emails were buried in the pages of The Boston Globe. Published November 25 2009

  • Local news blogging: S.C. governor charged for violating ethics.

    Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina is facing 37 counts of ethics violations from the state's ethics committee for using state money to fund personal trips and purchase flight upgrades. Published November 24 2009

  • Video: 9/11 defense attorney will not call '01 attacks 'murder'

    Scott Fenstermaker, attorney for a terrorist suspect in the 9/11 trial joined Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly last night.  When O'Reilly asked Fenstermaker if the attacks of September 11th was an act of murder, the defense attorney refused to answer. Published November 24 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Seven big lies about the stimulus...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: The seven big lies about the stimulus are revealed, Olbermann whines about media coverage of Glenn Beck, and the University of Minnesota makes educators pledge their political allegiance. Published November 24 2009

  • Local news blogging: Catholic Church vs. Rep. Patrick Kennedy

    An ongoing ideological battle between the nation’s Roman Catholic Church and Representative Patrick Kennedy, D-RI, continues to push national headlines. The latest flare up occurred Sunday when Rep. Kennedy announced Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin told him “not to take communion and said that he has instructed the diocesan priests not to give me communion.” The feud between Bishop Thomas J. Tobin and Kennedy centers around the Representative’s stance on abortion and its placement in healthcare reform. Published November 23 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: The SEIU threatens home health care workers in Fresno...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: The SEIU threaten home health workers in Fresno, the Colorado GOP creates their own "Contract for America", and Saturday Night Live mocks Obama agin this week. Published November 23 2009

  • Local news blogging: Three Dems sit on shaking fence.

    The healthcare showdown in the Senate starts Saturday.  Floor debate on the bill will not open unless Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can get all 58 Democrats and two Independents to vote to allow debate to begin on Saturday. Three Democrats have been on the fence about allowing the debate to begin.  However Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson stated he will vote in favor of debate on Saturday.  Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana have yet to publicly commit. Published November 20 2009

  • Pence: Obama in China to visit our money

    The American Spectator held its annual Robert L. Bartley dinner last night at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, DC. The dinner included speeches from the Spectator’s President Alfred S. Regnery, it’s Editor-in-Chief R. Emmet Tyrell, and Republican Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana. Published November 20 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Jesse Jackson says black men can't vote against healthcare...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Jesse Jackson says black men 'can't vote against health care,  Reid's health care plan could leave 24 million people uninsured in 2019, and fuzzy math is being used in the Senate health care bill.  Published November 20 2009

  • Local news blogging: NYC terror trials

    Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement last week that New York City will host the terror trials for suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and 4 suspected co-conspiritors has ignited furious debate across the political spectrum.  Democrats overwhelmingly support the decision, with the exception of one embattled local governor, but Republicans say the trial would grant the wishes of Mohammed and put the city's security at risk. Published November 19 2009

  • House GOP launches transparency initiative

    The House GOP transparency initiative launched recently and is composed of five House Resolutions. Published November 19 2009

  • Video: Riots at UCLA over tuition hike

    Perhaps the Speaker of the House should have looked closer to home. Breitbart.tv has posted video footage of angry UCLA  students rioting outside of an administration building. Students are protesting the thirty-two percent tuition hike the school is proposing. Published November 19 2009

  • Schumer in '01: Those who attack the U.S. don't deserve same due process as Americans

    Sen. Charles Schumer's (D - NY) support of the Obama administration's use of the civil court system to try terrorist suspects is odd to say the least. Immediately following  attacks on September 11 in December, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to discuss the idea of prosecuting terrorists in military tribunals. According to the hearing's transcript, Schumer was in favor of military tribunals to try terrorist suspects Published November 19 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Sarah Palin gives Oprah biggest audience in two years

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Sarah Palin gave Oprah her biggest audience in two years, Hillsdale College explores charter school opportunities, and Harry Reid proposes a tax on cosmetic surgery. Published November 19 2009

  • Video: Why won't Al Gore debate?

    The Washington, D.C. based Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has put together a new video asking why Al Gore refuses to debate the global warming issue. Published November 18 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: House GOPers ask AARP to retract endorsement of healthcare bill...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are:House Republicans are asking the AARP to retract the organization's health care endorsement, Democrats continue to lose independents, and a list of 100 things global warming has "allegedly" caused.  Published November 18 2009