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Water Cooler Archive: May 2011


  • PICKET: Gingrich's old habits come back to bite him

    Newt Gingrich appears confused as to who he is trying to impress in the 2012 GOP presidential primaries. Published May 16 2011

  • PICKET: Ryan on Gingrich criticism: 'With allies like that who needs the left?'

    Wow, that was fast. Former Republican Speaker of the House and now GOP primary presidential candidate Newt Gingrich found himself in hot water with Republicans and conservatives, when the Georgia Republican told NBC's Meet The Press host David Gregory: Published May 16 2011

  • GREEN: Obama hits the links rather than honor police dead

    President Obama left the White House this morning a little after 9:30 am. He wasn’t on his way to the Capitol building, where grieving friends and families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty hold a yearly commemorative service. Though he was invited to recognize the fallen and offer condolences by speaking at the annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, he instead spent this fine Sunday playing a round of golf with aide Ben Finkenbinder, White House trip director Marvin Nicholson and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Published May 15 2011

  • (video) PICKET: Oil CEO's: Raising taxes on our companies will not reduce price at the pump

    During a Senate finance committee hearing with American oil companies, Senator Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican and ranking member of the committee, asked the oil executives present if the price at the gas pump would rise if their companies were hit with higher taxes. Published May 13 2011

  • ROBBINS: The return of the DC snipers?

    There is reason to believe that post-bin Laden al Qaeda may abandon its former leader's fixation on large scale attacks and resort to the type of terrorism that held Washington, DC in the grip of fear for three weeks in October, 2002. Published May 13 2011

  • PICKET: (video) NY 26 candidate Jack Davis responds to assault on GOP volunteer

    Following a video that showed self-professed tea party congressional candidate Jack Davis, who ran as a Democrat three times prior for New York's Congressional 26th district seat, Mr. Davis responded to a video showing him hitting a GOP volunteer. Published May 12 2011

  • PICKET: (video) Fake tea party candidate hits GOP volunteer

    Self-proclaimed and obvious fake tea partier, Jack Davis, a congressional candidate in New York's 26th district, hit a cameraman when the questioner asked Mr. Davis why he was absent from a political debate. Published May 11 2011

  • PICKET: (Video) Schumer: Tax increases won't cost American jobs

    Senator Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, in an interview with Bloomberg Television's Al Hunt on Wednesday, said that higher taxes wouldn't cost jobs. Published May 11 2011

  • PICKET: Hip hop's Simmons calls U.S. celebrations after bin Laden kill a 'mob'

    Rap music mogul Russell Simmons spoke to me on Tuesday about a range of topics from Donald Trump to Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity. Mr. Simmons also expressed to me his thoughts about Osama bin Laden's death and the reactions at Ground Zero following the announcement of the al Qaeda leader. I asked Mr. Simmons about the debate over how much credit President Barack Obama or former President George W. Bush should receive over the bin Laden kill. Published May 11 2011

  • PICKET: Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons slams FNC's Hannity over rapper criticism

    Conservatives including Fox News host Sean Hannity and former Alaska Republican governor Sarah Palin were critical of the White House for inviting the rapper Common to perform at the White House on Wednesday. Def Jams business leader Russell Simmons responded to the criticisms. Published May 11 2011

  • PICKET: Hoyer critical of Obama Disclose Act order

    President Barack Obama's executive order, that establishes a measure from the failed Dislose Act bill that would force federal contractors, except unions, to expose their political contributions when making a bid for a government contract, was challenged by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat on Tuesday. Published May 10 2011

  • PICKET: McCotter for President?

    Sources around Capitol Hill are chatting up a dark horse candidate for the 2012 Republican nominee for president, I'm told. Published May 9 2011

  • ROBBINS: Pakistanis say bin Laden was not behind 9/11

    Most of our Pakistani friends either think Osama bin Laden had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks, or that he did but the attacks were justified. With friends like these... Published May 9 2011

  • PICKET: Cain campaign manager says Cain epitomizes tea party movement more than any other GOP presidential hopeful

    Cain campaign manager, Mark Block, says Herman Cain "epitomizes" the tea party movement. Published May 9 2011

  • PICKET: Cain likely announcing 2012 presidential bid on May 21

    News media over the last two days is reporting that GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain will announce his bid on May 21. Published May 9 2011

  • Update: Gingrich announcement for president Wednesday

    Update - Gingrich Spokesman: Newt Gingrich will announce his run for the Republican nomination for president Wednesday via Facebook and Twitter. Published May 6 2011

  • CREW: Harkin's short-seller committee witness 'manipulated' education hearing process

    U.S. Department of Education wants to impose on for-profit schools are knee-deep in suspicion by critics on both sides of the aisle and general political spectrum. Anne Weismann of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington spoke to me on the issue. Published May 6 2011

  • ROBBINS: Dog Bites Terrorist

    An exclusive interview with the military working dog who took a bite out of bin Laden Published May 6 2011

  • Obama’s prayer for bin Laden: give him a nice house, better wife

    President Obama wants everyone to understand that bin Laden’s burial was done by the book. So that’s what we must consult, since the administration refuses to give any more details. According to “Navy Military Funerals,” the manual governing sea-burial protocols, the body of a person of Muslim faith—like Osama bin Laden—must be washed, wrapped and positioned in very specific ways to meet Islamic funeral requirements. Prayers must be said as well—including one that would have asked Islam’s god to “pardon” bin Laden, “grant him security,” “provide him a nice place and spacious lodgings” and a “better” partner and family. This is hardly the petition the U.S. government should be making for a man responsible for murdering thousands of Americans. Published May 6 2011

  • Media Research Center to host annual 'dishonors' dinner

    The Media Research Center, the Alexandria, Virginia based conservative media watchdog group founded by Brent Bozell, is holding it's yearly "Dishonors" gala on Saturday at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Going into it's seventh dinner, MRC will be poking fun at some of the liberal media's lowest moments while lauding conservative commentators in the press. Published May 6 2011