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Water Cooler Archive: March 2010

  • Conyers fabricates constitutional law citing 'good and welfare' clause

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, recently told a CNS News reporter that the “good and welfare clause” gives Congress the authority to force individuals to buy health insurance which is required in the health care bill. However, there is no “good and welfare clause” in the U.S. Constitution.  Published March 23 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: While D.C. burns, NJ tries to rise from its ashes...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: While D.C. burns, NJ tries to rise from its ashes, The five keys to killing Obamacare, Health law will make calorie counts hard to ignore. Published March 23 2010

  • Rep. Weiner: 'I feel like Mussolini now!'

    Congressman Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat, made an odd declaration on Sunday, when his Republican colleagues went outside to greet the health care bill protesters at the Capitol, reported the Washington Post. Published March 22 2010

  • Video: Stupak admits Obama could rescind executive order on abortion

    Rep. Bart Stupak, along with his other self-proclaimed 'pro-life' Democrats, is now knee-deep in damage control, as pro-life groups have made it clear that these Democrats only have betrayed the movement. Published March 22 2010

  • Sen. DeMint, others rallying support to repeal Obamacare

    Stalwart Republican leaders fight to elect conservative congressmen and repeal Obamacare.  Published March 22 2010

  • Off the beaten path online:Senator Jim DeMint to introduce bill to repeal Obamacare...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Senator Jim DeMint to introduce bill to repeal Obamacare,  Randy Neugebauer: I yelled 'baby killer', Democrats have won a battle, not the war Published March 22 2010

  • Stupak sells out pro-life movement

    Congressman Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat, told reporters Sunday: "Make no doubt about it. There will be no public funds for abortion," as he attempted to explain why he chose to support the health care bill after striking a deal with the White House. Mr. Stupak and his cadre of self-proclaimed "pro-life" Democrats defended the Executive Order that Mr. Obama said he would sign, which Mr. Stupak believes reasserts the intentions of the Hyde Amendment. Published March 21 2010

  • Health care bill opponents: Executive order on abortion doesn't cut it

    Reports are emerging that pro-life Congressman Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat, may be close to a deal with the White House regarding his issues with federal funding for abortion in the Senate health care bill. Mr. Stupak's spokeswoman toldnews outlets that a deal could be made for a presidential executive order that would address the Michigan Democrat's abortion funding objections. However, pro-life leaders and opponents of the health care legislation spoke out against the executive order idea as the best solution to keep tax-payer dollars away from the abortion industry. Published March 21 2010

  • Video appears to dispute lawmaker's claim of protesters' racial slurs

    Rep. Andre Carson, Indiana Democrat, who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, claims that "tea party" protesters hurled racial slurs at fellow CBC member Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Georgia. Mr. Carson said that "hundreds of people" were chanting, "Kill the bill," and he heard "at least 15 times" the “n – word” being thrown around. Published March 20 2010

  • Rep. Kevin Brady: This weekend has consequences

    Forty years to the day after Bogotaj’s horrendous spill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her whip team careen headlong toward a scheduled Sunday vote in the U.S. House on the their disastrous -- and widely reviled -- government takeover of health care. Published March 20 2010

  • Issa: Giving back a bribe for a vote changes nothing

    Rep. Earl Pomeroy, a North Dakota Democrat, came under fire yesterday when the GOP began questioning if the student loan provision in the health care bill held a sweetheart deal meant to entice Mr. Pomeroy, who is currently undecided, to vote in favor of the bill. Mr. Pomeroy now says the controversial aspect of that provision will be taken out. Published March 19 2010

  • DHC memo shows Democrats panicking on CBO score

    DHC marching orders show Democrats panicking on the preliminary CBO score Published March 19 2010

  • A North Dakota payoff attempt for a health care bill 'yea'?

    Republicans are going after Rep. Earl Pomeroy, a North Dakota Democrat, who is currently undecided on the health care bill, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, for possibly setting up a sweetheart deal in the student loan provision of the health care bill in exchange for his support on the legislation. Published March 19 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: Obama's approval rating lowest yet, Congress' declines...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Obama's approval rating lowest yet, Congress' declines, buying votes with water, Obama to Dems: Our fates are tied to health bill. Published March 19 2010

  • Video - Coburn to House members: We will expose any sweetheart deals for votes

    Senator Tom Coburn (R- OK) warned members of the House of Representatives that Republican senators will watch carefully for any deals the White House or Democratic leaders make with members in exchange for their votes. Published March 18 2010

  • Catholic Church going easy on pro-choice reps and senators?

    Some Catholic representatives and senators are struggling with the health care bill's lack of provision against abortion funding, others not so much. Published March 18 2010

  • Dem Tennessee Gov.: Obamacare will hurt our state

    In October of 2009, Tennessee Governor Phil Bresden, a Democrat, expressed his concerns to Senator Bob Corker (R – TN) and Rep. Bart Gordon (D – TN) about the fragile economic circumstances of their home state.   Published March 18 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: Republicans 'pissed' they weren't given CBO numbers...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Republicans 'pissed' they weren't given CBO numbers, Senator ‘Smiley’ Franken pulls no punches, honors memory of Irish PM's mother -- while she's alive Published March 18 2010

  • CBO numbers will change everything--again

     Some members who are either "no" or "yes" votes could also change as well. The CBO numbers will also affect how the Democrats will go about procedurally and whether or not the Party will use the much criticized "deem and pass" measure to pass the Senate version of the health care bill through the House with out members voting on the actual legislation. Published March 17 2010

  • Former Pa. Rep. Mike Veon in hot water

    Former Pa. legislator Mike Veon (D–Beaver) awaits a decision regarding charges leveled against him in 2008.  Published March 17 2010