The Washington Times - March 12, 2010, 07:52AM

Today’s Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Va. passes 1st bill banning health care mandate, NBC’s Castro-driven journalism, and Massa mess plagues Pelosi.

  • AP: Va. passes 1st bill banning health care mandate
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Virginia’s General Assembly is the first in the nation to approve legislation that bucks federal health care reforms by banning mandatory health insurancecoverage.

In June 2007, Castro’s Stalinist regime held a “tourism fair” in Havana to kick off an ambitious plan to boost the Cuban military’s tourist booty. By some peculiar coincidence, NBC’s “Today Show” decided to broadcast from Havana that very week. Amidst smiling, clapping, dancing tourists, Matt Lauer and Andrea Mitchell advised viewers on how to legally vacation in Cuba.
NY Post: Massa mess plagues Pelosi
Yesterday afternoon, by a vote of 402-1, the House overwhelmingly passed a privileged resolution offered by the Republican leadership demanding a formal House Ethics Committee investigation of Pelosi and her (mis)handling of harassment allegations concerning disgraced former New York Rep. Eric Massa.