Water Cooler Archive: July 2011


  • PICKET: (video) Van Jones slams Norquist's taxpayer protection pledge

    Former Obama administration Green Jobs Czar Van Jones spoke to the Washington Times on Wednesday after he addressed a Campus Progress audience in Washington. We asked him why he took issue with the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge that many Republicans sign before running for office. Published July 7 2011

  • PICKET: Does Newt have a path for 2012?

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination, continues to hit snags in his quest. While most right of center political observers will give Mr. Gingrich his due as an intelligent individual...an "ideas man," the Georgia Republican's campaign for the presidency is routinely dismissed as more than long shot by both Republican activists, leaders, and former Gingrich aides Published July 6 2011

  • PICKET: Paul Ryan tweets out to Obama: Pick a time and place and debate me

    Amidst a frenzy of suggested Twitter questions for President Barack Obama to answer this afternoon at his Twitter townhall, Congressman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and author of the GOP budget plan, tweeted out a challenge to the president. Published July 6 2011

  • PICKET: House sub-committee announces hearing on child deaths due to maltreatment

    Casey Anthony, the Florida mother who was accused of first degree murder among other charges, was found not guilty in the killing of her two-year-old daughter Caylee Marie. Many continue to believe Ms. Anthony at least neglected Caylee, given the evidence submitted during the trial period and it looks like the federal government may have something to say about cases similar to the Casey Anthony story a week from now on July 12. Published July 5 2011

  • PICKET: Fox News Twitter account hacked with fake reports of Obama's death

    Fox News Channel's politics account was reportedly hacked early Monday morning when hoax tweets claiming President Barack Obama had been assassinated were sent out to the account's 33,000 followers. Published July 4 2011

  • PICKET: (Video) Reagan's 1986 Independence Day address to the nation

    President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation from New York Harbor on Independence Day in 1986. Published July 4 2011

  • PICKET: 'Up against the wall' politics in play during debt ceiling debate

    Senator John Cornyn, Texas Republican, told Fox News Sunday that the GOP may be willing to accept a "mini" deal on the debt ceiling talks from the White House. Published July 4 2011

  • PICKET: (video) McCotter announces 2012 presidential intentions

    Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, Michigan Republican, announced on Saturday he intends to jump into the 2012 presidential race. Published July 3 2011

  • PICKET: Indiana Planned Parenthood stung by undercover hit following Medicaid ban

    The pro-life organization, Live Action hit Planned Parenthood recently regarding Indiana legislation banning Medicaid funding that could be funneled to abortion providers. Published July 1 2011

  • PICKET: Presidential candidates pick and choose pledges

    Political candidates are often sent numerous questionnaires from organizations, so grassroots activists involved in particular groups can gage where candidates stand on current issues. Some organizations, depending on their tax status, use questionnaires to figure out which candidate to endorse during a primary season. However, organizations like Americans for Tax Reform and the Susan B. Anthony List ask candidates to sign issue pledges. Published July 1 2011

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