Water Cooler Archive: July 2010


  • Boxer jobs tour looks more like trail of fundraisers

    Senator Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, facing a tougher re-election year than in previous campaign cycles, engaged in a recent trip around her state in early July calling it the "Jobs for California Tour." The Contra Costa Times reported that Ms. Boxer traveled for two-days on a “campaign blitz” across the state touting job-creation successes while lobbing an attack on Republican challenger and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Published July 31 2010

  • Rangel stays mum; Adam Clayton Powell says 'resign' to Rangel

    Congressman Charles Rangel, New York Democrat, would only say "no comment" to reporters on Friday after the House Ethics Committee recommended he receive only a reprimand for the 13 charges against him. A reprimand is less severe than a censure. A reprimand would have to be voted on by all House members. Published July 31 2010

  • Mr. President, Delphi workers deserve fair and equal treatment

    Today, President Obama will visit Michigan to take a “victory lap” and “tout the revival of General Motors and Chrysler since the auto companies received billions in federal aid and government-assisted bankruptcies,” POLITICO reported. There is no question that a strong and growing auto industry is good news, for both our country and for auto workers. Published July 30 2010

  • Sen. Kerry: Not a yacht but a sailboat

    Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, was sure to point out to me on Thursday that the "Isabel," his 76-foot $7 million luxury yacht docked in Rhode Island, is actually not a yacht, but simply "my sailboat." Published July 29 2010

  • Obama nominee supported Rangel

    Jacob Lew gave 1k to Rangel campaign Published July 29 2010

  • Former Nazi death camp guard could be tried as an adolescent

    Suspected Nazi war criminal Samuel Kunz has gone unpunished for more than 60 years for allegedly aiding in the murder of more than 430,000 people - and now he might be tried as an adolescent. Published July 29 2010

  • Pelosi on 'swamp' remark: Nevermind Dem corruption

    As Rep. Charles Rangel, New York Democrat, heads into the ethics committee hearing today to see what kind of violations he is being accused of, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, has been routinely criticized for a statement she made about four years ago regarding cleaning up corruption in the House, saying she was going to “drain the swamp.” Published July 29 2010

  • Rep. Grijalva: Arizona boycott is off the table now

    Following a preliminary injunction ruling on Wednesday morning by a federal judge who blocked a number of key provisions in Arizona's new immigration law known as SB 1070, Representative Raul Grijalva, Arizona Democrat, called off the economic boycott of his state he previously called for. As a result of the judge's decision, Mr. Grijalva feels there is no need to place economic sanctions on Arizona. He told reporters on Wednesday afternoon. Published July 28 2010

  • Republicans release more complex Obamacare chart

    If you thought the original Democrat health plan chart Republicans used to criticize the health care reform bill during the debates this year resembled a dystopian bureaucratic mess, check out the new chart the Joint Economic Committee minority just released on Wednesday. Published July 28 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: Bush ‘Miss me yet?’ billboard vandalized...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Bush ‘Miss me yet?’ billboard vandalized, 10 races to watch in 2010, Sharpest drop in manufacturing in past year. Published July 28 2010

  • DISCLOSE Act fails to go forward in Senate

    Senate Republicans showed strength in their numbers on Tuesday night, when the minority party blocked Democratic efforts to limit debate on legislation known as the DISCLOSE Act. The DISCLOSE, a bill that would place strict disclosure requirements on political campaign donations for ads given by corporations, unions and other organizations. Published July 28 2010

  • Rangel says he's not resigning

    As Congressman Charles Rangel, New York Democrat, finds himself up against pending ethics allegations, lawmakers on the Hill from both parties are not taking sides on the issue just yet Published July 27 2010

  • Media mum on Falun Gong - as persecution escalates

    Media coverage of Falun Gong persecution in China has decreased in recent years - but the meditation movement needs the West now more than ever. Published July 27 2010

  • First Democratic Congressman calls for charges against Black Panthers

    California's U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, embarrassed at a recent town hall meeting, now is calling for "criminal" prosecution of New Black Panthers for voter intimidation. But with a twist.... an ill-informed twist at that. Published July 27 2010

  • Putting Panther Myths to Rest

    U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow makes mincemeat of the left's arguments against the substance of the commission's inquiry into the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case. Published July 27 2010

  • Boxer jobs tour looks more like trail of fundraisers

    Senator Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, facing a tougher re-election year than in previous campaign cycles, engaged in a recent trip around her state in early July calling it the "Jobs for California Tour." The Contra Costa Times reported that Ms. Boxer traveled for two-days on a “campaign blitz” across the state touting job-creation successes while lobbing an attack on Republican challenger and former Hewlett Packert CEO Carly Fiorina. However, was the California Senator more concerned about attending political fundraisers during this “jobs tour” as opposed to talking to private sector business owners struggling under a difficult economy and likely panicking over massive legislation she voted in favor of? Published July 26 2010

  • Democrats look to change Senate filibuster rules

    Democrats on the hill, frustrated after their party lost their 60- seat majority in the Senate following the election of Republican Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown in January, could be looking at changing the filibuster rules soon. Published July 26 2010

  • Right Online headliners fire up what's right

    Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, excited Right Online attendees in Las Vegas on Friday discussing issues ranging from from the economy to health care. The Conservative conference, held at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas, hosted other headliners like Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle, Congressman Mike Pence, Indiana Republican, and conservative activist and talk radio host Herman Cain. Published July 25 2010

  • Franken warns liberal activists: Conservatives are miserable but motivated

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat and Senator Al Franken, Minnesota Democrat, addressed Netroots Nation activists on Saturday highlighting Congressional Democratic accomplishments while reminding audience members the Democrats no longer have a 60 vote filibuster proof majority in the Senate. They also stressed the enthusiasm of grassroots conservatives who want to roll back recently passed left wing legislation like health care reform. Published July 25 2010

  • Republicans question trial lawyer tax cut

    Treasury department change could cost $1.53 billion. Published July 23 2010

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