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Water Cooler Archive: December 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Chairman Mao adorns White House Christmas tree...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Chairman Mao Adorns White House Christmas Tree, Democrats Protect Federal Employees From Health Care Overhaul, and Ammunition Control by the Obama Administration. Published December 23 2009

  • Barry and his ilk are at it again

    D.C. Councilman Marion Barry and other District officials earmark tens of millions to tax-delinquent groups  Published December 22 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Cheney named Conservative of the Year...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Cheney named Conservative of the Year, Fort Hood Terrorist Claims His Rights Being Violated, and Sorry, Vegans: Brussels Sprouts Like to Live, Too. Published December 22 2009

  • Audio: Post floor speech interview with Sen. Whitehouse

     Following Senator Whitehouse's floor remarks, I spoke with the Rhode Island Senator about the more inflammatory statements he made in the Senate chambers about supporters of GOP members who are looking to stall the health care bill.   Published December 21 2009

  • If you don't want to die in New York City, make sure it's not lunchtime

    New York medics claim they have no obligation to help a dying pregnant woman because they are on their lunch break. Published December 21 2009

  • Nelson: Full funded Medicaid for every state or none at all

    Democrats voted early this morning in the Senate on the initial series of cloture votes with the goal of passing the Senate's health care bill by Christmas. Following the 1:30 A.M. vote, Sen. Ben Nelson (D - NE) emerged from the floor and spoke to reporters about the bill as well as the controversy surrounding the deal Senator Nelson acquired for Nebraska for full federal funding of Medicaid in perpetuity. Published December 21 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Climate alarmist blames this weekend's blizzard on global warming

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Climate Alarmist Blames This Weekend's Blizzard On Global Warming, Film Review - Avatar, and Citadel Broadcasting Files For Chapter 11. Published December 21 2009

  • GOP senators ask for same Nebraska 'deal' for all other states

    Republican Senators hammered away tonight at the huge Medicaid deal for Nebraska that is seen as a trade off for Sen. Ben Nelson's vote for the Senate health care bill. With the addition of Mr. Nelson, the Democrats now have 60 votes to break a GOP filibuster on the Senate floor, end debate, and vote on the health care bill. Published December 20 2009

  • Sen. Whitehouse: Foes of health care bill are birthers, right-wing militias, aryan groups

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today took shots at those who are not supporting the health care legislation. During a floor speech, he excoriated Senate GOP members for holding up the pending health care bill and accused their supporters of being birthers and fanatics in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups.   Published December 20 2009

  • Sen. Reid plays down Nelson Medicaid buy off

    The Washington Times reported last night Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) had told reporters no deal was agreed to after he emerged from a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and other Democratic leaders. He went on to say health care talks were ongoing. What he failed to mention through all of his rhetoric about pro-life language in the bill was the huge Medicaid pay off to Nebraska being slipped into the health care bill. Essentially, the federal government will pay for Nebraska's new Medicaid recipients. The provision is worth about $45 million for the first decade. Published December 19 2009

  • TWT's Awesome Climate Model

    An ironic blizzard, as predicted. Published December 19 2009

  • Ben Nelson: There is no deal, health care talks ongoing

    Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) emerged from evening talks with Democratic leaders over his reservations on the health care bill still pending in the Senate. Published December 18 2009

  • Franken talks tough on the floor, runs from press outside

    Since I posted some audio of Senator Al Franken (D-MN) sending me to his press secretary recently, Mr. Franken has acted up quite a bit on the Senate floor in an unusual fashion for a freshman senator Published December 18 2009

  • Even uninsured oppose reform

    This morning comes a stunner -- a new poll shows that those without insurance think they would be worse off under the Dems plan. Published December 18 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Byrd's coal comments rock W.Va.

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Byrd's coal comments rock W.Va., Pelosi Bars Republicans from Copenhagen Press Conference, and MSNBC's Chris Matthews Slams the Left as Not Real Democrats. Published December 18 2009

  • If this is what can be accomplished with donuts, imagine what bagels might do ...

    Greenpeace ships in Copenhagen unwittingly host a banner that mocks them when opposition group members board their ship and unfurl a sign decrying the "environmental" organization's tactics. Published December 17 2009

  • MoveOn losing followers

    Relentless pro-Obama partisanship is costing the activist group with Libs. Published December 17 2009

  • Updated: Public Radio's Health Care Lie

    This morning NPR carried a whopper I just can't believe. Published December 17 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Nelson says vote not for sale...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Nelson says his vote is not for sale, don’t believe the hype about the plug-in car, and Schumer "regrets" his slur of a flight attendant. Published December 17 2009

  • DeMint says parliamentarian was in Democrats' back pocket

    Senator Jim DeMint (R - S.C.) had no regrets with the GOP's strategy today, when Senator Tom Coburn (R - OK) asked for Senator Bernie Sanders (I - VT) seven hundred and sixty-seven page single payer health care amendment be read by the clerk. Published December 16 2009