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Water Cooler Archive: November 2009


  • Abortion foes voting 'yes' on health care bill were played

    H.R. 3962, America's Healthy Future Act, passed the House yesterday evening 215 to 220 after several hours of debate. Amid floor speeches, pro-life congressmen were also successful in writing in the pro-life oriented Stupak-Pitts amendment. However, the Washington Times found out through Rep.Henry Waxman (D- Calif.) prior the amendment's vote, that "differences" people had with the bill could be resolved later.  Published November 8 2009

  • (audio update) NY23's Rep. Bill Owens continues to blow off press questions on health care vote

    Congressman Bill Owens (D - NY) gave a floor speech this evening announcing that he would vote "yes" on the House health care bill known as H.R. 3962. Mr. Owens is being accused by a local newspaper in his district for breaking several campaign promises. Published November 7 2009

  • Stupak-Pitts Pro-life amendment vote today on House floor

    The health care bill in the House is in desperate need of votes, and the pro-life congressmen are sitting on their hands demanding the bill have stringent pro-life language which would keep federal money from funding abortions. Published November 7 2009

  • Revolt at the American Medical Association over health care bill endorsement

    The American Medical Association House of Delegates drew up a resolution last night which would withdraw their support of the House health care bill. Members are likely to vote on whether or not to withdraw their support of the bill earlier in the week. This action is a result of members within the organization who revolted, when the AMA initially gave the the healthcare legislation its endorsement. President Obama touted the endorsement of the AMA and AARP on Thursday at the White House. Published November 7 2009

  • Health care passage for the weekend looks slim

    On Ed Morrissey's show today, I was asked to make a prediction if Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would succeed in passing the health care bill this weekend. I answered Ms. Pelosi would fail in this endeavor. Published November 6 2009

  • Obama has a Pet Goat Moment

    Obama has a Pet Goat moment Published November 6 2009

  • Video: Comparing Bush v. Obama on reaction to shooting massacres

    Much is being said about President Obama's odd initial reaction to the shooting at Fort Hood. The president gave priority to giving a shout-out before commenting on the massacre. Perhaps, he should have taken a cue from President Bush. Published November 6 2009

  • Texas abortionist: 'yes I am' killing unborn children during abortions

    It is difficult to get a pro-choice advocate to say abortion is the killing of an unborn child, but WFAA-TV in Dallas is reporting that a late term abortion practitioner in the area admits that when he does performs, he kills unborn children and has no issues with it whatsoever. Published November 6 2009

  • Local news blogging: Nation mourns after Fort Hood tragedy

    An attack by a U.S. Officer at the Fort Hood Military Base Thursday killed 13 people, 12 of them soldiers, and injured 28 others.   Texas Bloggers offer vital information on how to help victims, report news, and provide commentary. Published November 6 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Army - Suspect said ‘Allahu Akbar!’ before shooting...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: The Democrats are still short votes on the health care bill, the Army says that the Fort Hood shooter said "Allahu Akbar" before the massacre, and President Obama gaffes from a shout out during a speech. Published November 6 2009

  • Video: Pages of House health care bill thrown to crowd of protesters

    Protesters of the House health care bill rallied with GOP lawmakers on Thursday, as pages of the bill were thrown to the crowd to pass along to their representatives during visits to their congressmen's offices. Published November 6 2009

  • Video: Protesters crash Nancy Pelosi's office

    A long line of protesters stood outside of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's office today after a GOP lawmakers encouraged rally attendees to visit their representatives about the health care bill. Published November 5 2009

  • Local news blogging: CA passes water system overhaul

    A long-awaited plan to restructure California's water system was passed through the state's legislature on Wednesday. Published November 5 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Two terrorists killed by a bear...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: An Asiatic bear killed two terrorists in Kashmir, will the left risk it all to implement their agenda?, and the USS New York arrives in New York. Published November 5 2009

  • NY votes for inmate community organizing

    In the midst of New York's 23rd District race, a disturbing amendment allowing inmates to volunteer for non-profits was given the thumbs up by New York voters. Published November 4 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: anti-incumbency vs. anti-Democrat...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Democrats describe 2009 election losses as anti-incumbency, Al Gore's junk science enriches him while hurting the economy, and Obama’s “Bush Did It” Narrative.  Published November 4 2009

  • Democrats may put too much stock into NY23 win

    Democrat Bill Owens won New York's 23rd congressional seat this evening.  Mr. Owens beat Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman by four percentage points.  New York Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, while already out of the race, was still listed on the ballot today.  As a non-candidate this evening, she managed to pull in six percent of the district's vote. It remains to be seen how Ms. Scozzafava's numbers took away or added to from either Mr. Owens's or Mr. Hoffman's final tally. Published November 4 2009

  • Hoffman tire story pinned on overeager volunteers

    In the final hours of New York's 23rd District election, Mr. Hoffman's Plattsburgh campaign office reported that a tire of  a poll watcher for the Hoffman campaign . However, it turned out the poll watcher's tire caught a glass bottle at some point during his drive to the polls. The Washington Times Water Cooler spoke to Hoffman campaign spokesman Rob Ryan about the incident. Published November 3 2009

  • Local news blogging: NJ Election Day

    On this election day a stiff tie in the polls for Governor of New Jersey is happening between Democrat incumbent Jon Corzine and Republican challenger Chris Christie. Published November 3 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Scozzafava Robocalls For Democrat Doug Hoffman in New York...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Scozzafava Robocalls For Democrat Doug Hoffman, Rep. Jim Moran compares the GOP to the Taliban, and New Jersey Democrats pay for Independent Candidate's Robocalls. Published November 3 2009