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Water Cooler Archive: January 2010


  • Off the beaten path online: Rasmussen - Reid’s support falls even lower

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Reid’s support falls even lower, Gillibrand is running scared, and Martha Coakley changes YouTube thumbnail away from 'deny rape victims care'. Published January 13 2010

  • Rep. Frank lashes out over accusations that Mass. Dems would stall a Brown certification

    House members returned from their recess over the holidays today, and health care legislation was the number issue on the agenda.  The Senate race in Massachusetts, though, could change the dynamics of the debate, should GOP State Senator Scott Brown prevail next week. The Democrats risk losing their 60-seat filibuster proof majority with a Brown win. Published January 12 2010

  • Video - Boston political analyst: Scott Brown won debate last night

    Boston political editor for Channel 7 News, Andy Hiller, declared GOP Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown the winner of last night's debate between Mr. Brown and Martha Coakley. Surprised by his own reaction to the debate, Mr. Hiller gave the following analysis to his TV audience. (video below the transcript): Published January 12 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: 'African-Americans for Harry Reid' Facebook page lists 5 fans… 4 are white

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: “African-Americans For Harry Reid” Facebook page lists 5 fans… 4 are white, Senate health care bill gives $7 billion to health centers---could fund abortions, and White House gets 'A' for openness. Published January 12 2010

  • Video: Scott Brown - It's not the Kennedy seat, it's not the Democrats' seat, it's the people's seat

    Massachusetts GOP State Senator Scott Brown debated his Democrat opponent Martha Coakley on Monday evening for the open Senate seat previously held by Ted Kennedy. Mr. Brown gave a quick witted response to moderator David Gergen when asked if he would "sit in Teddy Kennedy's seat" and block the health care bill.  Published January 12 2010

  • 2004 flashback: Dodd: Sen. Byrd would have been 'a great leader during Civil War'

    In 2004, The Washington Times reported that Senator Christopher Dodd (D - CT) said that Senator Robert C. Byrd (D - W.V.) (a former Klansman) would have been a "great leader during the Civil War. Like Democratic leaders ignoring the controversy Senator Harry Reid (D - NV) has kicked up over his comments about President Barack Obama, Senator Tom Daschle simply brushed off Mr. Dodd's statements. Mr. Daschle, in fact, said that  Mr. Dodd's words could not be compared to Senator Trent Lott's (R - MS) remarks about Senator Strom Thurmond (a former segregationist) two years before.: Published January 11 2010

  • Obama team continues to control access to Biden

    The new book Game Change by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann continues to stir things up in Washington. While the book has blown up controversy over racially charged remarks from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and former President Bill Clinton, Game Change also goes into the rift between then candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Published January 11 2010

  • 2010 census lacks citizenship question

    This year, the United States Census Bureau is taking heat for question 9 on the new census form which reads: "What is Person 1's race?" -- the second option reads: "Black, African-Am., or Negro." Census officials defend their decision for the category, saying that a number of individuals wrote in "Negro" in the 2000 census. Actually, the 2000 Census included the same race options as the 2010 census form.  However, what is striking in the 2010 census form is the lack of citizenship or birthplace question.  Published January 11 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: Blagojevich: 'I'm blacker than Barack Obama'...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Blagojevich: 'I'm blacker than Barack Obama', Gay marriage ban goes on trial in California, and Reid angry he got caught. Published January 11 2010

  • An Inconvenient Truth: The Ice Cap Is Growing

    Let the punishment fit the crime.  Published January 10 2010

  • Video: DNC Chairman Tim Kaine: Reid's remarks were contextually 'positive'

    Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine defended Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D - NV) on Fox News Sunday over controversial comments Mr. Reid made about President Barack Obama on the 2008 campaign trail.   Published January 10 2010

  • Pelosi on Lott apology in 2002: 'It doesn't remove the sentiment that escaped his mouth'

    The new book Game Change has lived up to its name already and authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann dish out some of the more juicier gossip on the 2008 campaign trail with then candidate and Senator Barack Obama. One particular story that is getting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in hot water today is where he is quoted as privately saying a racially charged comment about Mr. Obama. Published January 9 2010

  • PPP Poll: Mass. Senate race a toss up

    “The Massachusetts Senate race is shaping up as a potential disaster for Democrats,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Martha Coakley’s complacent campaign has put Scott Brown in a surprisingly strong position and she will need to step it up in the final week to win a victory once thought inevitable.” Published January 9 2010

  • Video: Obama flip-flops on taxing 'Cadillac' insurance plans

    Naked Emperor News and Breitbart.tv have posted a new clip illustrating another issue President Obama has back tracked on. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Obama charged that Senator John McCain (R - AZ) would tax Cadillac health plans, insurance plans known for their generous benefits and high cost. Published January 9 2010

  • Washington Times Opinion responds to Steele attack

    That the RNC has fewer dollars on hand now than in the past is not an opinion or prejudice of the Times, but a simple, demonstrable, inarguable fact.     Published January 8 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: Video: How banks got strong armed...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Video: How banks got strong armed, Cook: Dems could lose the House, and Obama's 'read my lips' moment. Published January 8 2010

  • Dyeing to Fight Terrorists

    Check out Obama's dye job! Published January 7 2010

  • Dems swipe back at GOP on transparency issue

    The House Democratic Caucus convened this afternoon in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D - CA) office (via mainly teleconference) with members discussing the fine details of pending health care legislations passed in both the House and the Senate.  Published January 7 2010

  • Ritter owes Colorado voters an explanation--and an apology

    Democratic Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter's is no longer seeking a second term, but he still owes voters an explanation for his dubious deeds as DA.  Published January 7 2010

  • Audio: C-SPAN's Brian Lamb: The American people pay for all that goes on in Washington

    C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb spoke with radio host Bill Press yesterday about requesting that C-SPAN cameras be allowed into the final health care negotiations. Published January 7 2010