The Washington Times - June 3, 2010, 09:41AM

Today’s Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: FTC to “reinvent” journalism, The Supreme Court hears the sounds of silence, Forced unionization: Big labor’s last stand? 

  • Hot AirFTC to “reinvent” journalism
The nation needs a strong, independent press, the FTC argues, and so they want to find ways for government to “reinvent” journalism.  If that sounds vaguely Orwellian to you, the actual language in the Federal Trade Commission’s discussion-points memo should have hairs standing on the backs of necks across the nation.

  • TownhallThe Supreme Court hears the sounds of silence
But not everyone is so adaptable. Some people bridle at the notion of going along with something that protects the guilty as well as the innocent. Five of them sit on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Michigan Capitol Confidential:  Forced unionization: Big labor’s last stand?
Some experts suggest that’s the driving force behind the “stealth unionization” in Michigan to rope in sometimes unsuspecting independent contractors who watch children and the elderly and take state subsidies from low-income clients.