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Water Cooler Archive: March 2010

  • Rep. Massa expected to announce retirement

    ABC News is reporting Congressman Eric Massa (D - NY) will be announcing his retirement. Published March 3 2010

  • Video: Byrd compared 2005 'nuclear option' strategy to Nazi tactics

    It should be noted that Sen. Byrd went after the Republicans in 2005 and compared their strategy to Nazi tactics (see video and transcript below) when Republicans considered using their majority power to halt an unprecedented filibuster mounted by the Democrats against President Bush's judicial nominees. Democrats called it the "nuclear option" while Republicans argued that the Constitution only required members to "advise and consent" on the president's nominations, with no provision for a super-majority, so Republicans called it instead the "constitutional option." Published March 3 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: Unwelcome spotlight falls on Obama chief of staff...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Unwelcome spotlight falls on Obama chief of staff, What is 'reconciliation' and why is it a threat?, High court to hear Gitmo leak appeal of O-4 Published March 3 2010

  • San Francisco H.S. ethnic studies courses offer more than a generous grading curve

    The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that San Francisco high school students, starting in the ninth grade, can earn San Francisco State college credit in the fall by taking ethnic studies classes. The student does not get a letter or number grade. A student can simply receive a "pass" or may withdraw from the class if it looks as if he or she will fail. Published March 2 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: CNN’s Cafferty: ‘Why is Pelosi defending Rangel?’...

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: CNN’s Cafferty: ‘Why is Pelosi defending Rangel?’, GM recalling 1.3 million vehicles over same steering problems affecting Toyota Corolla, and First Lady credits school cafeteria programs for bolstering national security. Published March 2 2010

  • Federal judge rules teacher can display patriotic banners mentioning 'God'

    California Federal District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez ruled late Friday that the Poway Unified School District in San Diego violated math teacher Bradley Johnson's constitutional rights when it ordered him to remove two patriotic banners from the walls of his classroom in January of 2007, because they "overemphasized" God. Published March 1 2010

  • Obama Boozing?

    Doctors warn Obama to cut back on the booze Published March 1 2010

  • Update: UK tea party rally 'packed out'

    Daniel Hannan, a British Conservative MEP, is reporting (via the Telegraph) that the tea party rally he helped organize in Brighton on Saturday was a success Published March 1 2010

  • Off the beaten path online: Thompson-Feingold match getting closer...

      Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are:Thompson-Feingold match getting closer, Narcissism and denial in the Obama administration, and Buzz and bullets: Gun fans cheer Starbucks' policy.   Published March 1 2010