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Water Cooler Archive: December 2012

  • DOD's patriotic presence in the Rose Bowl parade

    Forget the beauty queens, skateboarding dogs and fancy cowboys. It's the old soldiers who have garnered the most buzz in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade on Tuesday morning. Published December 31 2012

  • Ryan, Christie top GOP presidential preferences for 2016

    There's already a bumper sticker out there that says "Is it 2016 yet?" Pollsters are wondering that as well. Published December 30 2012

  • Obama's 'deja vu' regarding the 'fiscal cliff'

    Resolving the fiscal cliff: Is it drama, comedy, kabuki theater, New Year's Eve countdown or a psychic event? It could be something from the cosmic realm, judging from a statement President Obama made late Friday after his White House meeting with House and Senate leaders about solving the crisis. Published December 28 2012

  • Forget about a conservative 'makeover'

    It's been easy sport for pundits and critics to declare conservatism either dead or dying in the weeks following the presidential election. An extreme makeover, they say, is the only remedy. Published December 28 2012

  • The 10 most 'ridiculous' lawsuits of 2012

    Yes, there was a Dallas Cowboys fan who sued the team over a "hot bench," and a woman who wanted $5 million for leftover gas. These and more are the winners in the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2012, released Thursday and based on a year's worth of online votes. Published December 27 2012

  • 'Apocalypse' dominates the English language in 2012

    It's not the end of the world. Well, not yet, anyway. Published December 27 2012

  • Vacuum in the State Department

    Interesting to note that about half of America's ambassadors overseas are "political appointees" — essentially generous friends of the White House who have financed many a campaign, says one veteran of that realm. Published December 26 2012

  • Gun ownership petitions multiply at White House website

    "We the People" — the portion of the official White House website devoted to public pleas for assorted causes — is rife with petitions related to gun rights in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings. Published December 26 2012

  • 'Tis the season to bash Republicans

    For critics of the Republicans, the past few weeks have generated a perfect storm of opportunities to beat up on the Grand Old Party. There's the 2012 election, of course; Mitt Romney is still drawing gleeful, snarky comments from a cross section of his foes almost two months after the fact. Published December 24 2012

  • 84 percent of the world population has faith; a third are Christian

    "Worldwide, more than eight-in-ten people identify with a religious group," says a new comprehensive demographic study of more than 230 countries and territories conducted by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life. Published December 23 2012

  • Congress: Work on Christmas Day, call your mother

    For every season, there is a petition. And for Christmas time — when the hallowed halls of Congress are empty and the lawmakers gone home — comes "No Christmas for Congress," from the Agenda Report. Published December 22 2012

  • Mothers take aim at the NRA

    The din grows: Vocal moms are taking on the National Rifle Association and have issued a list of their demands, just as NRA officials stage a major press conference Friday in the nation's capital to address the Newtown, Conn., shootings. Published December 21 2012

  • NRA press conference - and maybe a circus

    When National Rifle Association officials step forward Friday in the nation's capital for a much anticipated press conference in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings, they'll have company. Much company. Noisy company. Published December 20 2012

  • Comeback kid: Scott Brown to replace ... John Kerry?

    One Republican is still a player in Massachusetts. A big player. Lame-duck GOP Sen. Scott Brown is in a "strong position" should there be a special election to replace Democratic Sen. John F. Kerry, who is widely considered President Obama's top choice for secretary of state. Published December 20 2012

  • Do-it-yourself 'fiscal cliff' calculators

    "Fiscal cliff fear" is affecting personal spending and feelings of financial security among many Americans, says BankRate.com, which finds that a third of Americans are now making their own "cutbacks." Published December 20 2012

  • Scalia, legal community remember Bork

    Peers remember with admiration and affection Judge Robert H. Bork, who died Wednesday at 85. Published December 19 2012

  • Ron Paul invited to CPAC?

    Forget about the presidential inauguration. The American Conservative Union has revealed a few preliminary plans for the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering that is a cheerful but intense barometer for the conservative movement. CPAC attracts big names, big media, thought leaders, slick operatives, pollsters, activists, loyal traditionalists and serious young hopefuls with Libertarian leanings. They will be delighted to know that Rep. Ron Paul is among the invited speakers. Published December 19 2012

  • Wolverine State politics: "The next Kwame Kilpatrick?"

    "Congressman Gary Peters demonstrated what citizens hate most about politics: The revolving door that disregards tax dollars in order to reward supporters," declares Matt Frendewey, communications director for the Michigan Republican Party. Published December 18 2012

  • Evangelicals rate only so-so press treatment

    Not a single evangelical leader thinks that members of his or her faith always get decent treatment by the press. Not one. And many hope that journalists would stop using "evangelicals" as a generic political label. Published December 18 2012

  • 'Most democratic': U.S. is 15th on the list

    Surely the Unites States of America would make the top 10. But no. Published December 17 2012