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Water Cooler Archive: March 2010


  • Off the beaten path online: What Kucinich will have to walk back if he flip flops...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: What Kucinich will have to walk back if he flip flops, Hawaii considers ban on requests for Obama's birth certificate, and Fox News sees profits and viewership rise, cReading tea party leaves. Published March 17 2010

  • Slaughter says her solution is 'constitutional'

    Emerging from a meeting with Democratic leaders in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D - CA) office today, House Rules Committee Chair Louise Slaughter (D -NY) discussed the constitutionality of the "self-executing rule" she has condoned. Published March 16 2010

  • Pelosi: 'Will do what is necessary' to pass health care bill

    At a press conference on Medicare today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) addressed reporters' questions concerning the unusual procedure known as the "self-executing rule" that would "deem" the Senate version of the health care bill passed in the House sans any member voting on the actual health care legislation. Published March 16 2010

  • Hoyer: Americans don't care about process of health care legislation

    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said Tuesday he does not expect voter backlash should party members use the parlimentary "self-executing" rule to "deem" the Senate health care bill passable without having to actually vote.   Published March 16 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: House Republicans rally tea partiers on the Capitol...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: House Republicans rally tea partiers on Capitol, 82-year-old fights off attacker, and Washington in 60 seconds: Can Dems pass health care without a vote? Published March 16 2010

  • Pelosi: Nobody wants to vote for the Senate bill

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D - CA) insisted at a presser this afternoon  "The only reason to oppose the bill is that you do not support health care reform, and we are taking a vote and I am anticipating the support of those who support health care reform. I will not be deterred by misrepresentations, but her statements to progressive media today appear to justify Rep. David Dreier (R - CA) and other GOP'ers concerns. Published March 15 2010

  • Dreier: People are 'peeling off' in opposition to health care bill

    Rep. David Dreier (R-CA), ranking member on the rules committee spoke with reporters today about his disdain towards the Democrats' procedural motions in getting the Senate health care bill passed. Published March 15 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: School district gets failing grade in accessibility...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: School district gets failing grade in accessibility, Heard on the hill: Color me political, and Fox News sees profits and viewership rise, cable news competition doesn’t. Published March 15 2010

  • Dems flying blind, failure of Hillarycare ‘relieved’ most Americans

    Democrats wrongly believe Americans voted them out in droves in 1994 because they failed to deliver universal health care legislation. Published March 15 2010

  • Dems still scraping for health reform votes

    Bob Cusack over at The Hill has an interesting take on whose House votes Speaker Nancy Pelosi needs to capture for her party's health care bill to finally pass. Published March 13 2010

  • IRS sends two agents to car wash for 4 cents

    The Sacramento Bee is reporting that a car wash business in Sacramento, California was visited by two IRS agents demanding the meager payment of 4 cents from owner, Aaron Zeff. Published March 13 2010

  • Toyota hybrid runaway story a hoax?

    Michael Fumento writes at Forbes.com that the out of control Toyota Prius story is likely a hoax.  Published March 12 2010

  • Mid-term campaign weekly round-up: March 12, 2010

    Mid-term election season is well under way, and 2010 is likely to be a remarkable year for a number of statewide elections with challengers taking on incumbents sitting in Capitol Hill offices and Governor seats across the country. The Water Cooler will begin a weekly round-up of some these races and other stories relating to the elections happening around the nation, so be sure to stop by and check out who may be running for office in your state. Published March 12 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: Va. passes 1st bill banning health care mandate...

    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. Published March 12 2010

  • Democrats gamble on mixing student loans and health care

    Democratic leaders in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are still figuring out how to merge the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act [SAFRA] into the budget reconciliation package, but Democrats may have taken on a more difficult task than originally realized. Published March 11 2010

  • Biden, Obama should stay out of Jerusalem matters

    Biden chastises Israel for building in its own capital city. Published March 11 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: CBC: Obama not listening...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: CBC: Obama not listening,Patrick Kennedy flips out on House floor, and Dems are stuck with a mess of their own making. Published March 11 2010

  • When will Paterson call a special election for Massa's district?

    New York's 29th congressional district is without a representative since former Democratic congressman Eric Massa resigned in disgrace on Monday amid scandal. It is up to New York's Gov. David Paterson, a Democrat, who is embroiled in controversy himself these days, to call a special election in order to fill the vacant seat. Published March 10 2010

  • 'Santa Obama' isn't coming down this chimney

    President Obama attempts to re-woo young voters with extended health care coverage. Published March 10 2010

  • Beware...Massa is far left and may still have honesty problems

    Former Congressman Eric Massa may still have problems with the truth and just because he is sticking it to liberal Democrats this past week does not mean he has changed his ways. Mr. Massa accused The Washington Times' Water Cooler blog of not showing all the facts when we caught him on video telling a crowd of Net Root Nation attendees he would vote against "the interests" of his district. Published March 9 2010