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Water Cooler Archive: April 2011

  • Dem Congresswoman calls for federal investigation of new votes in Wis.

    The roller coaster ride of a race in Wisconsin has yet to come to a stop. Although Democrat favored Joanne Kloppenburg announced victory, albeit by a slim margin, on election night last week, nevertheless by late Thursday afternoon, questions arose about thousands of un-counted votes in Waukesha county that gave Justice David Prosser over a 7,000 vote lead. Now, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwon, Wisconsin Democrat, wants a federal investigation into the 14,000 votes that were discovered in Waukesha late last week. Published April 9 2011

  • Boehner and Reid reach short term funding agreement

    House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, have reached a short term continuing resolution at the eleventh hour before a government shut down. Published April 8 2011

  • Boehner: No deal!

    Speaker of the House John Boehner released the following statement Friday morning: The reason no agreement has been reached in bipartisan budget talks is disagreement over the need for real, substantial spending cuts. The American people want to cut spending to help the private sector create jobs – and the Democrats who run Washington don’t. That’s why they didn’t propose a budget last year, which is why we’re where we are right now. Roll Call frames the issue at hand in terms of “the overall size of reductions to federal spending”: “…[T]he two sides are sharply divided over where to make the cuts. While the GOP insists on making cuts to discretionary domestic spending, Democrats have pushed for reductions to mandatory spending accounts. Published April 8 2011

  • Wisconsin's Prosser may be ahead by over 7000 votes

    In what looked like a race for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat that was seemingly decided last night by a thin margin for Joanne Kloppenburg has turned into something much different today since a computer error was discovered that could put Justice David Prosser over the top by over 7,000 votes. Published April 7 2011

  • Hutchison introduces bipartisan Senate bill to pay military in government shutdown

    When President Barack Obama promised to veto the House's one week Continuing Resolution that would threaten the pay military personnel receive during a government shutdown, it remained a mystery as to why Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ohio Republican, did not bring to the floor a separate military pay bill proposed by fellow Republican Reps. Jack Kingston, of Georgia, and Louie Gohmert, of Texas. In the meantime, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican, has stepped in and proposed a bill to assure military members their salaries in a timely manner if a government shutdown happens this week. Published April 7 2011

  • Accusations of voter fraud abound in Wisconsin

    The tight race for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat between Joanne Kloppenburg and Justice David Proseer is not over yet. Justice Prosser refuses to concede after a margin of 200 votes separates him and Ms. Kloppenburg, a more liberal Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General. Published April 7 2011

  • MSNBC Can't Remember 9/11

    MSNBC notes "the heroic actions of first responders on Sept. 9, 2001." Huh? Published April 6 2011

  • Hatch on 2012 favorite: Romney is the man

    Senator Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, stands firmly behind former Massachusetts Republican Governor Mitt Romney for the Oval Office in 2012. Published April 5 2011

  • 'Kill Team' Brigade commander given wrist slap

    The investigation into those responsible for the Afghanistan "kill team" tactics led to "a letter of admonition" of Col. Harry D. Tunnell IV. Published April 5 2011

  • Put the Maine Mural on ebay

    The US Labor Department is demanding Maine pay back money it granted for a pro-labor mural. The department says the fair market value may be greater than $60,000. Or it may be a lot less. A lot. Published April 4 2011

  • Holder on KSM trial: I know better than Congress

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday afternoon that the trial for confessed 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Shiekh Muhammed would not be held in a New York City courtroom but remain in a military commission, instead. In his speech he went after members of Congress who blocked the Justice Department from transferring any Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States. Published April 4 2011

  • NY Lawmakers receive e-mail threat: 'Give me a chance to pull a Gabby Giffords'

    Last Friday New York State lawmakers were sent an anonymous e-mail from an individual, claiming to be a state employee, who threatened to "pull a Gabby Giffords" style of attack against New York politicians, school children, and the press. Published April 3 2011

  • One Genocide at a Time, Please

    Last week President Obama attempted to seize the moral high ground to justify American intervention in Libya. But while the United States was taking military action to forestall possible mass killings in North Africa, an actual slaughter took place in West Africa some 2,000 miles to the south. Published April 2 2011

  • NY Dem Congressman: Health care waiver for only New York City makes no sense

    Congressman Brian Higgins, New York Democrat, cannot see how a city like New York, without the rest of the state, could qualify for a health care waiver. Published April 1 2011

  • 'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy (video)

    DADT is being replaced with TMI. Reports of new military sensitivity training with scenarios like "two junior male Marines in appropriate civilian attire assigned to your unit kissing and hugging in the food court" raise the question of how far the Pentagon will go in its new quest to promote sexual orientation diversity. Published April 1 2011

  • Gohmert and Kingston: Pay military on time if government shuts down

    Congressman Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican, and Congressman Jack Kingston, Georgia Republican, are concerned military personnel will not be paid in time if the government shuts down next week. According to a press release from Mr. Gohmert's office. Published April 1 2011