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Video: Anderson Cooper challenges Rep. Grayson over Florida doctor's sign

Congressman Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat, must have thought he would get a softball interview when the Congressman agreed to go on CNN's Anderson Cooper's program to discuss how he would like to see a doctor in his district penalized over a sign hung on the front door. Surprisingly, Mr. Cooper appeared critical of Mr. Grayson's position.

Mid-term campaign round-up: April 2, 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 regular 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. This Week: New York Senate race, Michigan's Dan Benichek, Wisconsin's Sean Duffy    

Video - Rep. Cleaver on spitting incident: ' I never reported anything'

A Fox News affiliate in Kansas City interviewed Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat, about the alleged spitting incident that many claim happened to him when he was walking to the Capitol during the final days of the health care debate in the House. A number of Democrats and liberal organizations are calling the incident an attack or assault, but Mr. Cleaver seems to be backing away from the story in general.

Health care protestors know where the blame lies

By now, most of us have read numerous columns and articles decrying the recent threats and displays of anger and racism against numerous politicians, most notably Democrat politicians who voted in favor of health care reform. This condemnation is completely warranted in that these actions are both contradictory to the intended spirit of American democracy and in opposition to any notion of free government.  Yet while condemnation of these hateful actions is certainly appropriate, it must be directed and justified.  In seeking a scapegoat, the media and condemners of these actions have quickly attributed this behavior as unique to the entire collectivity of the Tea Party Movement and Republican Party, without any respect for what each group stands for and the individual nature of the actions.

Playing politics with our energy security

Just a few short months ago, President Obama asserted that America was in dire need of fresh supplies of domestic energy. In his State of the Union address, he assured the public that his administration would work to designate “new offshore areas for oil and gas development.” This was a welcome sign – the president appeared to be championing all domestic energy sources.

Video: Liberals bait GOP in likely divide-and-conquer strategy

Moveon.org and a number of other left-wing groups numbering about 20 to 25 people gathered outside the Republican National Committee on Thursday afternoon. The protest's spokesperson, Dani McClain of colorofchange.org, brought forth several boxes of signed petitions to give to RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

Fund set up to help family of slain Marine

In October of 2007 the father of slain Marine, Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, was awarded  $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for causing emotional distress as a result of a lawsuit filed against the hideous group from Topeka, Kanas calling themselves the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). WBC, headed up by Fred Phelps and his wife Shirley, targeted Lance Cpl Snyder's funeral with vitriolic signs as they have with other military funerals. The victory for the Snyder family, however, was short lived, as the suit was thrown out on appeal by the Fourth Circuit.

First doctors group sue to overturn health care act

 It looks as if it is not just State attorneys general that are filing a lawsuit against the new health care law recently passed by the Democrats and signed into law by President Obama. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) put out a statement regarding their lawsuit to overturn the new health care act.