The Washington Times - January 8, 2010, 10:26AM

Today’s Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Video: How banks got strong armed, Cook: Dems could lose the House, and Obama’s ‘read my lips’ moment.

  • Hot Air:  Video: How banks got strong armed  
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John Stossel gives us an inside look into the actual application of TARP with banks who didn’t need it and didn’t want it. John Allison, CEO of BB&T, not only didn’t want TARP money but openly opposed the program altogether, lobbying Congress against it.

How many other wavering House — or Senate — Democrats will look at the past five weeks and decide that spending the rest of this year as a lame duck is more attractive than spending a horrific year fundraising, scarfing down fast food, and shaking hands — all the while facing the very real possibility of losing in the end?
Yid with Lid: Obama’s ‘Read my lips’ moment
A major component of the Senate Obamacare bill is the 40% tax on “Cadillac” health plans. The bill defines Cadillac plans as any health insurance policy costing more than $8,500 (for an individual) and $23,000 (for a family).

 

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