The Washington Times - July 16, 2010, 09:52AM

Today’s Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Only 10% of Israelis think US president is pro-Israel, Harvard wimps out on testing, Sharpest drop in manufacturing in past year. 



  • Jerusalem PostOnly 10% of Israelis think US president is pro-Israel.


US President Barack Obama’s efforts to reach out to the people of Israel last week – when he hosted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for a positive meeting at the White House and gave his first interview as president to an Israeli television station – were not very successful, according to a Smith Research poll for The Jerusalem Post. 

Starting in September, courses in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) will no longer routinely require final exams. For most of Harvard’s existence, any professor wishing to forgo the practice of final exams required formal approval by the entire faculty. 

  • Hot AirSharpest drop in manufacturing in past year
Factory output dropped by the largest amount in the past year, the Commerce Department announced yesterday.  The news cast a pall over Wall Street, and declines in two regional indexes of activity contributed to losses in the stock market.