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Water Cooler Archive: September 2011

  • PICKET: Iranian Christian pastor's possible execution captures international attention

    Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani leads a network of Christian house churches in Iran and was convicted for apostasy by Iranian authorities for being a Christian with Islamic ancestry and must therefore recant his faith in Jesus Christ. According to reports, he has been given three different chances to do this since his hearing on Wednesday and he has refused. Published September 29 2011

  • PICKET: Sharpton on Obama in '07 - 'He never came off as a fighter'

    Before Rev. Sharpton eventually supported Barack Obama's presidential campaign, he was taking pot shots at the future president himself. Reverend Al Sharpton attacked Congressional Black Caucus Members Reps. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, and Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Democrat and CBC chairman, on Wednesday for their criticism of President Barack Obama recently. Rev. Sharpton said both lawmakers were originally Hillary Clinton supporters in 2008, so it should not be surprising that both made callous remarks towards the president. Published September 29 2011

  • PICKET: (AUDIO) Sharpton suspicious Democratic forces pushing for Hillary 2012

    Rev. Al Sharpton excoriated Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday who have been critical of President Barack Obama. He went after Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Democrat, as 2008 Clinton supporters who were never supporters of President Obama in 2008, so it should not be surprising that both members of Congress are critical of the president today. Published September 28 2011

  • PICKET: (video) Sharpton attacks CBC Obama critics - Hypocritical Waters, Cleaver sat out marches

    National Action Network's Reverend Al Sharpton took aim at Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Democrat, when I asked the MSNBC host at a press conference on Wednesday about the CBC lawmakers' critical remarks about President Barack Obama recently. Published September 28 2011

  • PICKET: (video) OMB Director Jack Lew runs from questions on Solyndra

    Director of the United States Office of Management and Budget Jack Lew refused to answer questions about Solyndra on Tuesday when he was asked if he let Energy Secretary Steven Chu there were concerns from OMB about loaning more tax payer money to the now defunct solar panel maker company Solyndra. Published September 27 2011

  • PICKET: ZOGBY - Cain leads in new poll; Perry Plummets to 18%

    Presidential candidate Herman Cain has shot up in Zogby's latest poll ahead of Texas Governor Rick Perry. Published September 26 2011

  • PICKET: AttackWatch death watch

    Is the Obama campaign quietly pulling the plug on AttackWatch? Published September 26 2011

  • PICKET: Cain - DOJ is 'supposed to be about justice not politics'

    Presidential primary candidate Herman Cain sees a Justice Department under a Cain administration would actually "put justice back into the role of the Department of Justice." The recent Florida straw poll winner spoke with me on Saturday about his thoughts President Obama's Justice Department and what he would like to see in a Justice Department if he were elected president. Published September 26 2011

  • PICKET: Freed American hikers thank Hugo Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Cindy Sheehan; raise suspicion about purpose of trip

    Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the now freed American hikers who were held in an Iranian prison after being convicted for espionage, appeared before cameras and reporters in New York on Sunday and gave prepared statements about their detentions in Iran. Published September 25 2011

  • PICKET: Bachmann campaign stays focused on Iowa...says endorsements of other camps now are 'hokey'

    Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, appears to be fading into the GOP primary background at the moment and her debate performance in Orlando did not seem as if it would improve her status in the polls right now. Gallup currently has her at 5 percent, in fourth place, eight points behind Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican. Her team, campaign manager Keith Nahigian and spokeswoman Alice Stewart argue, though, that the race is still early and the campaign believes the race is only about Iowa right now. Published September 23 2011

  • LIVE Analysis of Tonight's GOP Debate

    GOP Debate Live-blogging Published September 22 2011

  • PICKET: Romney picks up the pace and new endorsements

    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has found his stride in the GOP presidential primary horse race, according to Gallup's latest numbers. Published September 22 2011

  • PICKET: Dem Congressman - 'If it takes lawsuits to get work opportunities, then so be it'

    The push from federal lawmakers to protect the unemployed from discrimination has heated up considerably since Congressman Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican, went to the the floor of the House last week and highlighted a portion of President Barack Obama's jobs bill that prohibits employers from discriminating against potential employees as a result of one's un-employed status. Published September 21 2011

  • PICKET: Obama blows U.N. photo op

    MSNBC posted an interesting group photo of leaders from various nations at the Open Government Partnership event at the United Nations on Tuesday in New York City. The White House is probably not happy now. Published September 21 2011

  • PICKET: Food and beverage industry regulations coming from Capitol Hill soon

    The Breast Cancer Fund is about to launch a campaign against kids' canned food. Parents on a budget, who are told to take fast food off their children's diet plans, now must contend with the canned food police. In this case, the Breast Cancer Fund has a new report warning consumers about toxic levels of bisphenol A, or BPA in the lining on canned children's foods. Thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency, BPA is the new scary chemical that is on the verge of being eradicated from all food and beverage packaging. Published September 20 2011

  • PICKET: Wasserman Schultz resigns from House Judiciary Committee

    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat, submitted her resignation as a member of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Published September 20 2011

  • PICKET: Obama jobs bill makes the unemployed a new protected class

    Rep. Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican, went to the House floor last Tuesday and broke down parts of President Barack Obama's jobs bill. One particular section Rep. Gohmert highlighted was the "prohibition of discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual's status as unemployed." Published September 19 2011

  • PICKET: Florida Congressman proposes bill to make traveling with firearms easier

    Congressman Cliff Stearns, Florida Republican, has proposed legislation that would allow any fire arm owner who is also a conceal carry permit holder in his own state to cross state lines within the country and not be considered to be breaking the firearm carry laws of another state. Published September 19 2011

  • PICKET: House votes to rein in NLRB power

    The House passed legislation on Thursday that would restrict the National Labor Relations Board from keeping U.S. companies from opening their businesses in different locations. The GOP backed bill is in response to the NLRB's seeking action against the plane maker Boeing, after the company opened a plant in South Carolina, a right to work state. Published September 16 2011

  • PICKET: Dems ignored NY-9 warnings from 2010 Weiner v. Turner mid-term race

    Former Democratic New York Congressman Anthony Weiner may have been able to defend his district from going Republican during his 2010 mid-term re-election against Republican Bob Turner, but that did not mean the New York 9 Congressional District was not already becoming increasingly frustrated with the Obama administration and Democrats on the hill. A number of clues were sprinkled about within that particular race, which were later ignored by Democrats in the midst of another Weiner re-election in November 2010. I covered the Weiner-Turner race last year. The combination of the power of Mr. Weiner's incumbency and the fact Mr. Turner made first-timer campaign mistakes helped Weiner immensely but taught Turner how to be a successful candidate for the district the second time around. Published September 15 2011