The Washington Times - November 19, 2009, 07:07AM

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.

    Monday’s episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” drew a 8.7 household rating and 13 share — the best since Winfrey had the entire Osmond family on the show in 2007.

Hillsdale College is getting into the public school business. The college plans to establish a charter school in the near future and possibly create more, should the first prove a success, said administrators. They have not yet chosen a location for the first school..

  • NY TimesReid Proposes a Tax on Cosmetic Surgery

Senator Harry Reid’s health care bill included an array of new provisions that are being scrutinized on Wednesday night, but one particular tax proposal in particular already has attracted a buzz — a 5 percent levy on elective cosmetic procedures that was quickly dubbed the “botax.

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