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Water Cooler Archive: October 2009


  • AUDIO: Kevin Jennings railed against boy scouts in public school system

    Below is audio and a partial transcript of Kevin Jennings', President Obama's safe school czar, thoughts on keeping the Boy Scouts out of the public school system.  This is from a 2000 speaking engagement with his former organization the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in Iowa. Mr. Jennings also advocated for mandating a gay friendly curriculum in the public schools from kindergarten onward in the same speech. Published October 6 2009

  • Pelosi mum on Rangle

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led an outdoor political rally at the Capitol Tuesday advocating women's health provisions in health care reform packages. Though the gathering was billed as a news conference, Ms. Pelosi wasn't taking any questions.  After trumpeting the benefits of health care reform for women, she made a quick exit toward the Capitol doors.  She remained tight-lipped as reporters walked beside her asking questions. Published October 6 2009

  • Audio: Safe schools czar wanted to outlaw restrictions of gay-friendly curriculum in schools

    President Obama's "safe schools" czar Kevin Jennings addressed his former organization the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network in Iowa in 2000. Published October 6 2009

  • Audio Flashback: Kevin Jennings quotes Karl Marx referencing 1980 Reagan win

    President Obama's "safe schools" czar Kevin Jennings addressed his former organization the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network in Iowa in 2000.  In this audio clip, he talks about Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential win and references it back to a Karl Marx quote. Published October 6 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: ACORN threw out GOP voter registrations...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: ACORN embezzlement was $5 million says La. attorney general, Harry Reid lectures GOP on patriotism, ACORN accused of throwing out GOP voter registrations. Published October 6 2009

  • Audio: Second lady endorsed safe schools czar early on

    Second lady Jill Biden was an early supporter of Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings.  Published October 5 2009

  • AUDIO: NAACP Alabama president supports Judge Herman Thomas

    Alabama Circuit Court judge Herman Thomas has been under scrutiny since 2001 when charges surfaced that Mr. Thomas offered leniency on a case in exchange for sex from an inmate. Published October 5 2009

  • Local news blogging: Sen. Ensign controversy

    Sen. John Ensign's ugly affair turned into a monster Friday after a New York Times article tied the senator's infidelity to major ethics violations on Capitol Hill. Published October 5 2009

  • Joke's on Letterman

    David Letterman's live mea culpa about having sex with members of his staff was littered with jokes about himself and the extortion case that led to the arrest of a “48 Hours Mystery” producer.  Published October 5 2009

  • Greening GI Joe: UPDATE

    Last Friday, The Watercooler posted questions about congressional earmarks slated for green projects as part of the Defense Department budget.   Published October 5 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: What about those Virginia military ballots?...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Virginia goes to court on military absentee ballots, President Obama and General McChrystal's meeting may not have been very cordial, Larry Sabato on upcoming races in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Published October 5 2009

  • NY NAACP President calls NYC councilman 'little asian boy'

    Reverend Al Sharpton's Birthday bash had an uncomfortable moment when New York chapter NAACP president Hazel Dukes spoke up about New York City Democrat councilman John Liu. Published October 4 2009

  • Video: SNL sketch goes after Obama for doing 'nothing'

    Saturday Night Live had fun with President Obama last night.  SNL actor Fred Armisen portrayed Barack Obama explaining how he has not accomplished anything during his time as president. Published October 4 2009

  • When Congress shuts out the people

    Townhall meetings held in August revealed how truly out of touch many in Washington DC really are.  Published October 3 2009

  • Pence: No plans for 2012 Oval Office run

    Congressman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) has been doing some traveling to some strategic states these days which raised eyebrows over at Roll Call. Published October 2 2009

  • Video: CNN's Ed Henry says 'hope and change' didn't sell to IOC

    CNN's Ed Henry's analysis seems to lay some of the blame for Chicago losing the Olympic bid on First Lady Michelle Obama's "highly personal" speech. Published October 2 2009

  • Biden: When I die I want to be reborn in Puerto Rico

    Vice President Joe Biden reportedly told a group of Hispanic civil and political leaders at his official mansion in Washington DC last night that when he dies he wants to be reborn in Puerto Rico. Published October 2 2009

  • Local news blogging: Texas Gov. shake-up, cover-up

    Texas Governor Rick Perry is defending allegations of a politically driven cover-up after he replaced the chairman of the Texas Forensic Science Commission. Published October 2 2009

  • Local news blogging: New Jersey guv debate

    The first New Jersey Gubernatorial debate took place last night here's reaction: Published October 2 2009

  • Greening GI Joe

    The Defense budget is allocating millions of dollars for green energy projects through congressional earmarks.  Published October 2 2009