The Washington Times - December 1, 2009, 07:56AM

Today’s Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Huckabee and O’Reilly on the cop-killer clemency, why scientists lie and what to do about it, and Christmas music was banned in a New Jersey school district.

  • Hot Air: Video: Huckabee and O’Reilly on the cop-killer clemency
    “[S]oftball treatment,” declares the boss, wondering what happened to the patented O’Reilly third-degree vis-a-vis Huck’s long, infamous record of clemencies while governor. 
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The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Maple-South Orange school district’s ban on all religious Christmas music including instrumentals, which had been part of the school district Christmas program for years — until one parent complained.