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Reporting from the ground in Copenhagen

Now in its second week, the Copenhagen climate conference has drawn dozens of NGOs whose staffers are doing up-to-the-minute, on-the-ground blogging and reporting. There's ample reading, on the heels of the "Climategate" scandal. to be had from both sides of the global-warming opinion spectrum. Here are a few sites to follow.

Democrats continue to look for sixty votes on health care

Senate Democrats caucused this evening and discussed the details of the health care bill still sitting in the Senate. The Democrats are waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to score the bill, so most Senators in the Democratic caucus remain silent until the CBO gives some answers.

An Al Franken gag?

After Senator Al Franken (D-MN) became official among his ninety-nine other colleagues, political observers and fans alike are still waiting for the former Saturday Night Live comedian to be the outrageous guy he was known for prior to coming to Washington. Strangely enough, Congressman Alan Grayson (D –FL) is saying everything people would expect Mr. Franken would have blurted out by now.  Mr. Franken has offered up bills, amendments, and chaired Senate floor debates without any wild fanfare. So what’s up?

2001 video shows Schumer flip flopping on 9/11 terror trials

Back in November, I discovered a 2001 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing transcript where Senator Chuck Schumer (D - NY) said it would be "ludicrous" to try Osama bin Laden in New York City's downtown federal court. However, today, Mr. Schumer is welcoming the trial of professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in New York's southern district within downtown Manhattan

Policy zombies at University of Colorado

Last week university officials enforced a policy banning platic, multi-colored Nerf guns on campus after a game of Humans vs. Zombies erupted Dec. 1. The game is a glorified version of Nerf tag that can last for days.

Keep the politics off our Doritos, please

Sometimes, a bag of Doritos can be a delightful snack for the office in the middle of day. Recently, I looked more closely at the back of a bright blue bag of Cool Ranch Doritos and saw a photo of a young man. My first reaction was Doritos was spearheading a missing persons campaign similar to what dairy companies used to do, when they would place photos of missing children on their milk cartons. In this case, Frito Lay took a turn into the political realm.

Congressman Burgess calls on Obama to fire Jennings

Rep. Mike Burgess (R - TX) wrote to President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan today, referencing today's Washington Times editorial on Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings, and the congressman requested Mr. Obama dismiss Mr. Jennings from his job as the Department's Safe School's Czar. Mr Burgess addressed his concerns on the presidential appointee.