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Water Cooler Archive: October 2009

  • Markey keeps out minority's witness from hearing, GOP folds

    Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, held hearings yesterday to look into fraudulent letters which were sent on behalf of the coal industry to several members of congress. The original hearing was to take place on October 15, but was postponed until yesterday morning Published October 30 2009

  • Local news blogging: Virginia gubnatorial race a blowout

    Four days away from Election Day in Virginia and the gubnatorial race looks like McDonnell's to lose.  According to polls McDonnell is leading Democrat Creigh Deeds by double digits. This is making to be a historical landslide. Published October 30 2009

  • Local news blogging: NJ gubernatorial race reaches final stages

    New Jersey Election Day is four days out and the best indication of who will be the next governor just may be the New York Yankees game one World Series loss.  The polls are sharply contrasting and the gubernatorial race between incumbant Jon Corzine, Republican Chris Christie and Independent Chris Daggett, can go any way. Published October 30 2009

  • Virginia race looks bright for GOP'er Comstock

    Virgnia's House of Delegate races are becoming just as exciting as the Deeds/McDonnell face off during this off-year election. McLean resident, Barbara Comstock is running on the GOP ticket and challenging first term incumbent Delegate Margaret G. "Margi" Vanderhye. Of all the House races, the Vanderhye v. Comstock race is said to be the most expensive in the state.  One million dollars is expected to be spent between them by November 3.  Published October 30 2009

  • Nancy Pelosi's Halloween health care monstrosity

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) introduced a health care monstrosity of a bill yesterday right before the Halloween weekend.  The House Republican Conference gives the heads up on some scary factoids packed into the almost two-thousand page long bill. Published October 30 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: 'MyCongressmanIsNuts.com', goes after Grayson...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: 'MyCongressmanIsNuts.Com' is a website created by Floridians in Alan Grayson's (D-Fla.) district who are embarrassed by his antics in Washington, FNC's Major Garrett talks about his current relationship with the White House, and candidate for New Jersey governor Chris Christie demands that Governor Corzine man up and just call him "fat." Published October 30 2009

  • Local news blogging: Crist forgets how to hug?

    From a bear hug to no contact at all?  Bloggers in Florida are asking what happened to the governor's chummy relationship with President Barack Obama.   Published October 29 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Obama salutes slain soldiers return to U.S., won’t send reinforcements...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Obama salutes slain soldiers... won't send reinforcements, conservative organizations rally behind Hoffman, and Democrats use rhetorical misdirection on the health care debate Published October 29 2009

  • Video: Rep.King grills Goodell on Limbaugh comments

    At a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Steve King(R-Iowa) questioned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the public  attacks on Rush Limbaugh. Published October 28 2009

  • Education Secretary Duncan pushes colleges to convert loan system

    The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) has passed the House, but has yet to be deliberated in the Senate. The bill, H.R. 3221 would make the federal government the sole provider of student loans and cut out private lenders. However, Education Secretary Arne Duncan played politics and took it upon himself to send a letter to thousands of colleges and universities across the country urging them to prepare to use the government's Direct Loan Program for the 2010-2011 school year. Published October 28 2009

  • Sixth-grade girl suspended for empty shotgun shells

    Chalk up another school on the list of unyielding policy slaves that punish unsuspecting students wielding weapons of mass suspension. Brody Middle School in Des Moinse, Iowa, suspended an 11-year-old girl for bringing empty shotgun shells to school. Published October 28 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Actor Larry David urinates on picture of Jesus...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Actor Larry David urinates on a picture of Jesus, Levi Johnston tells CBS he is hiding dirt on Sarah Palin, and FNC's Shepard Smith apologizes for his network's lack of balance. Published October 28 2009

  • Relying on Alan Grayson may not be the greatest idea...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Relying on Rep. Alan Grayson is not the greatest idea, Gallup shows that more than half of gun owners fear that Obama will ban firearms, Michelle Malkin goes after Newt Gingrich for his attack on Doug Hoffman and Hoffman supporters last night. Published October 27 2009

  • Department of Education pushes politics too far

    Once again, the overzealous young Obama administration is pushing politics too far into the federal agencies where it is supposed to be forbidden, this time at the Department of Education. Published October 26 2009

  • Local news blogging: States struggle to administer medical pot reg.

    A week past since the Justice Department announced it will no longer prosecute users of medical marijuana in state's where it's legal.  The announcement has caught states off-guard and sent some reeling for a way to regulate medical marijuana without help from the feds. Published October 26 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Do conservatives need to change? ask Bob McDonnell...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Bob McDonnell kept his conservative values and victory in Virginia is looking better than ever, Think tanks are bigger power players in Washington, and the "hate" industry like the Southern Poverty Law Center have become the judges of what is evil in our culture. Published October 26 2009

  • First Balloon Boy Now Koran Baby

    Passages from the Koran are appearing spontaneously on the skin of a baby in southern Russia. Nine-month-old Ali Yakubov, a.k.a. Koran Baby, has become a sensation in the Russian Republic of Dagestan, which is 90% Muslim. His parents claim that the signs began when the word "Allah" appeared on his chin, and longer passages began emerging on his arms and legs twice weekly Published October 25 2009

  • Local news blogging: Blagojevich elevates celeb status to scummy

    Impeached governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, celebrity for all the scummy reasons, will be allowed to appear on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice after a judge in his federal trial raised no objection Tuesday.   Published October 23 2009

  • Off the beaten path online: Obama's resolution to stifle free speech on Islam...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Obama's resolution to stifle free speech on Islam, Palin Wins, Pawlenty falls, and MSNBC host Chris Matthews thinks right-wing evangelicals are most like the Taliban. Published October 23 2009

  • Pawlenty's fumbling fundraiser

    Minnesota's Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty is in Washington D.C. tonight holding his first fundraiser for his newly formed political action committee "Freedom First." The fundraiser will start at a local Washington D.C. bar and make its way to the home of lobbyist John Milne and his wife Deb Anderson. Unfortunately, Pawlenty's handlers have closed the event to press.  Published October 22 2009