ABC News is reporting Congressman Eric Massa (D - NY) will be announcing his retirement.
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It should be noted that Sen. Byrd went after the Republicans in 2005 and compared their strategy to Nazi tactics (see video and transcript below) when Republicans considered using their majority power to halt an unprecedented filibuster mounted by the Democrats against President Bush's judicial nominees. Democrats called it the "nuclear option" while Republicans argued that the Constitution only required members to "advise and consent" on the president's nominations, with no provision for a super-majority, so Republicans called it instead the "constitutional option."
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Unwelcome spotlight falls on Obama chief of staff, What is 'reconciliation' and why is it a threat?, High court to hear Gitmo leak appeal of O-4
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that San Francisco high school students, starting in the ninth grade, can earn San Francisco State college credit in the fall by taking ethnic studies classes. The student does not get a letter or number grade. A student can simply receive a "pass" or may withdraw from the class if it looks as if he or she will fail.
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: CNN’s Cafferty: ‘Why is Pelosi defending Rangel?’, GM recalling 1.3 million vehicles over same steering problems affecting Toyota Corolla, and First Lady credits school cafeteria programs for bolstering national security.
California Federal District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez ruled late Friday that the Poway Unified School District in San Diego violated math teacher Bradley Johnson's constitutional rights when it ordered him to remove two patriotic banners from the walls of his classroom in January of 2007, because they "overemphasized" God.
Doctors warn Obama to cut back on the booze
Daniel Hannan, a British Conservative MEP, is reporting (via the Telegraph) that the tea party rally he helped organize in Brighton on Saturday was a success
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are:Thompson-Feingold match getting closer, Narcissism and denial in the Obama administration, and Buzz and bullets: Gun fans cheer Starbucks' policy.
Last year, Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D - CA), accused tea party protesters of waving swastikas. She called tea party rallies "astro-turf". Today, however, she claimed tea partiers and Democrats have some things in common and that the GOP has hijacked the tea party movement for its gain.
New York Democrat Congressman Charlie Rangel who is also the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee blamed his staff for the violation of a House Rule an ethics panel is admonishing him for. “Common sense dictates that members of Congress should not be held responsible for what could be the wrongdoing or mistakes or errors of staff unless there is reason to believe the members knew or should have known,” said Mr. Rangel. Four Democrats are already calling on him to step down from his chairmanship.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D - CA) weaved her way around reporters' questions today regarding fellow Democrat and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee New Yorker Charlie Rangel. Mr. Rangel is in hot water,and news broke on Friday morning that the ethics committee was planning to admonish Mr. Rangel.
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Charlie Rangel ruling puts Nancy Pelosi in a jam, Obama campaign arm focuses on talk radio, and Rep. Paul Ryan to Obama: ‘You're not listening’ to the people.
John Loughlin shares his feelings and his views on the issues important to Rhode Islanders.
Our Founding Fathers would have never thought that over two hundred years later, British subjects would be throwing a "Tea Party" after being inspired by American activists overseas who demanded smaller government from their own policy makers in Washington.