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Water Cooler Archive: August 2010

  • WH counter-terrorism adviser Brennan storms out of TWT offices

    Mr. Brennan had visited the Washington Times Editorial Board on June 24 as a result of a June 11 editorial of ours he objected to. It did not take long for the White House counter-terrorism adviser to lose his temper with our editorial board’s questions regarding what he previously said about why individuals become terrorists (see transcript and video here). Published August 23 2010

  • Pro-life organization targets Stupak's 'pro-life' allies

    Throughout the health care debate, abortion remained an issue that could have sunk the still unpopular health care bill. A number of self-proclaimed pro-life Democrats, led by Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan, promised they would not vote for any health care bill that had the American tax-payer funding abortions. However, as time went by, Mr. Stupak’s group shrank from being a dozen to a half dozen. Published August 22 2010

  • Washington Senate race poll: Rossi leads Sen. Murray by 7 points

    Senator Patty Murray, Washington Democrat,was paid a visit by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, and he helped raise $1.3 million for both Ms. Murray and the state Democratic party, say media reports. Why would the Washington Senator, need the president at this time? This year's election cycle appears to be tough one for Senator Murray. According to Seattle's King5.com, Republican Dino Rossi, Ms. Murray's challenger in the general election, is ahead by 7 points in a recent poll. Published August 21 2010

  • Pro-life group files suit to halt robo-abortions in Iowa

    Operation Rescue, a national pro-life organization, will ask the Iowa Board of Medicine to mandate that Planned Parenthood's dispensing of abortion pills to rural Iowa clinics, via a remote controlled system be halted, reports the Des Moines Register. Published August 20 2010

  • Lock up Lockerbie bomber - and get answers from BP

    He was supposed to be six feet under by last November. Instead, a year after being released from prison on "compassionate" grounds, convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi is said to be living in the lap of luxury among his friends and family in Tripoli. Published August 20 2010

  • Video: WH on terrorism, wrong again

    White House counter-terrorism security advisor, John Brennan, spoke to reporters in Martha’s Vineyard today about the controversy regarding the proposed Ground Zero Mosque and Pan-Am Lockerbie bomber Libyan Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who was released from a Scottish prison one year ago from a Scottish prison on the expectation that he was dying of terminal cancer. Published August 20 2010

  • AP to reporters: Refer to GZ Mosque as 'NYC Mosque' now

    The Associated Press sent a press release out on Thursday telling its staff to stop referencing the controversial Cordoba House as the "Ground Zero Mosque." Instead, the AP wants their reporters to call it the "NYC Mosque." Published August 19 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: Whistleblower alleges Florida GOP illegally helped Crist campaign...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are:60% of voters say most in Congress don't care what they think, Whistleblower alleges Florida GOP illegally helped Crist campaign, Stewart rips Fox's GOP contribution, ignores Viacom's Dem donations. Published August 19 2010

  • Video: Charlie Crist:'I used to be a Republican--thank God, used to be'

    Florida Governor Charlie Crist, now a declared Independent since leaving the Republican Party, told audience members during a campaign stop, "I used to be a Republican…thank God, used to be." Mr. Crist is running for an open Senate in a three-way race against Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meeks. Published August 18 2010

  • If Israel strikes Iran, it will do so alone

    President Obama has made clear his administration doesn't believe in the threat of radical Islam. Published August 18 2010

  • Pelosi walks back mosque investigation remarks

    It looks as if Speaker or the House, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, is playing both sides now, since she asked to find out who is funding opponents of the Ground Zero mosque. In a statement sent to the Washington Times Published August 18 2010

  • AUDIO - Rep. Pelosi calls for investigation of WTC mosque opposition

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, called for an investigation of those who are protesting the building of the Ground Zero Mosque on Tuesday. Published August 17 2010

  • '05 Ground Zero 'freedom center' was secular, liberal, and rejected

    A number of proposed Ground Zero structures have yet to be built or for that matter rebuilt since the 9/11 attacks. These include the building meant to replace the World Trade Center towers and the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox church, a structure that was crushed as a result of the September 11th attacks. In fact, a one proposed idea that was eventually rejected was the International Freedom Center. This cultural center, first proposed in 2004, was a left-wing endorsed project that presented itself as a way to “dialogue” about the events of 9/11. Published August 17 2010

  • Reid immigration flip followed labor's flip on immigration

    Liberal defenders of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are complaining that the “whole story” is not being told about Mr. Reid’s flip-flop on birthright citizenship. The Washington Post will point to a time when Mr. Reid “apologized profusely” on the Senate floor in 2006 for proposing his failed 1993 immigration bill which would have ended birthright citizenship for individuals born to illegal immigrants. They also point to a December 1999 Las Vegas Review Journal piece about where Mr. Reid stood on the immigration issue; however, Mr. Reid's immigration flip-flop was likely more a result of organized labor changing their immigration stance to a pro-amnesty policy rather than a Nevada Senator feeling guilt about a bill his wife did not like. Published August 16 2010

  • Charlie doesn’t get it: nor do any around him

    Charlie Rangel (D-NY) threw himself a birthday fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel. His ethics hearing does not appear to have rained on his self-executed parade. Amid the praises at the party, and the acclamation on the morning talk shows following, it is plain to see the problem: They just do not get it. Published August 16 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: Lawyer says DOJ ends criminal probe of Tom DeLay...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are:Lawyer says DOJ ends criminal probe of Tom DeLay, Issa hits Obama admin for extensive use of ‘propaganda’ to boost health care, Disgruntled JetBlue flight attendant gets reality TV show offer. Published August 16 2010

  • Justice Stonewalls Cornyn on Military Voting

    Despite claiming to be working to help ensure that military personnel abroad can vote, officials at the Department of Justice refuse to allow Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, to see the poof of their efforts. Published August 13 2010

  • N.H. Dem resigns from legislature over Palin death wish remark

    UPI is reporting that New Hampshire lawmaker, State Rep. Timothy Horrigan, is resigning from his seat after he posted his reaction to a Face Book commenter, a Democratic candidate for office, who wished former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Levi Johnston, the father to her grandson, had perished in the plane crash that killed former Alaska Senator Republican Ted Stevens. Published August 12 2010

  • 1993 flip-flop: Sen. Reid introduced bill 'clarifying' birthright citizenship

    For all the brouhaha over Republicans wanting to review the interpretation of the 14th Amendment, the citizenship/birthright clause, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, once supported revising the current interpretation of the birthright citizenship clause in 1993. Published August 12 2010

  • It's the barrier, stupid

    Israel Defense Forces announces plans to dismantle a security barrier that has done its job for the past eight years: kept out terrorists. Published August 12 2010