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Water Cooler Archive: December 2012


  • Poll: Obama policy 'will move' U.S. 'toward socialism'

    A Fox News year-end poll finds that a hefty majority of American voters are noting changes in the nation: 61 percent of U.S. voters are concerned that Obama administration policies "will move the country toward socialism"; 89 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Democrats agree with that. Published December 17 2012

  • Media coverage of Newtown shootings draws criticism

    Many Americans say an invasive, exploitative press is going too far in its coverage of the Newtown tragedy. Published December 16 2012

  • Mayor Bloomberg on Newtown killings: 'Meaningful action' not enough

    "With all the carnage from gun violence in our country, it's still almost impossible to believe that a mass shooting in a kindergarten class could happen. It has come to that. Not even kindergarteners learning their ABC's are safe. We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek. And now we are hearing it again," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking as co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of 700 mayors around the nation. Published December 15 2012

  • Food assistance program bloated to $110 billion

    A decade ago, the federal government spent $43 billion on food assistance. That figure is is now projected to be $113 billion in 2013, funding 80 programs overall, says Sen. Jeff Sessions, a ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. Published December 14 2012

  • Ladies: Don't forget your pants

    All Enlist, a new breed of Mormon feminists seeking gender equality, have emerged as the holiday season nears its peak, declaring Sunday to be worldwide "Wear Pants to Church Day." Published December 14 2012

  • Conservatives demand justice for Michigan attack

    They haven't forgotten the events that transpired 48 hours earlier. Now they want justice. And an explanation. Published December 13 2012

  • PICKET: Sec. Clinton to testify on Benghazi attack report

    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican and Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement announcing that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify at an open hearing on the Benghazi attack report. Published December 7 2012

  • PICKET: Gallup - U.S. payroll population rate drops to 43.7 percent

    Gallup is reporting that the U.S. payroll population employment rate (P2P) for the month of November dropped 2 percentage points from October to November. Published December 7 2012

  • PICKET: Gallup - U.S. Unadjusted unemployment rockets back up

    Gallup released it's latest U.S. unemployment report, and the seasonal unadjusted rate has shot back up to 7.8 percent for the month of November. October's seasonal unadjusted rate was 7.0 percent. Published December 6 2012

  • PICKET: DeMint says taking helm at Heritage Foundation is a 'big promotion'

    Senator Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, announced on Thursday that he will be leaving the U.S. Senate to become the new president at Washington D.C. conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation. Published December 6 2012

  • PICKET: Speculation grows around GOP'er Tim Scott to become only African American in Senate

    Senator Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, announced on Thursday before Heritage Foundation staffers that he would be the new president of the conservative Washington D.C. think tank. Since making the announcement that he would be resigning from his seat, speculations as to who would replace him has already grown around Capitol Hill. According to The Hill, DeMint would like to see Rep. Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican, succeed him. Published December 6 2012

  • PICKET: (VIDEO) Reid slams NY Jets and GOP -Asks Romney supporter Rex Ryan-'Who's the quarterback?'

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, slammed the New York Jets and Republicans on Thursday asking on the Senate floor NY Jets coach Rex Ryan, a GOP supporter, who he would choose for a starting quarterback. He compared the NFL coach's dilemma to the Republican Party during the fiscal debate talks. Published December 6 2012

  • PICKET: Ariz. authorities seize chemicals, weapons, and bomb making instructions from Iraqi refugee home

    More details are emerging about the Iraqi refugee, Abdullatif Ali Aldosary, accused of bombing Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande, Arizona last Friday. The Phoenix New Times is reporting that the probable cause affidavit, released yesterday, was written by an FBI agent in the Phoenix division's Joint Terrorism Task Force. Despite, the arrest, the FBI is not charging Aldosarry with an act of terrorism:(bolding is mine). Published December 5 2012

  • PICKET: McConnell spox says Obama admin has 'amnesia' on provision named after minority leader

    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said recently that the Obama administration supports extending the “McConnell Provision” in regards to dealing with the debt ceiling debate on Capitol Hill. Published December 5 2012

  • PICKET: Flashback- Vogue ran loving profile of Syrian first lady as Syrian gov't slaughtered its people

    Bloomberg News is reporting that President Barack Obama is considering nominating Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, to be either his next ambassador to Britain or France. Published December 3 2012

  • PICKET: Sen. Sessions - Obama's 'secret' cliff plan would hike fed debt another $9T...let C-SPAN into talks

    The office of Senator Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican and Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued a statement on Monday night warning that President Obama's fiscal cliff plan would push the federal debt another $9 trillion over ten years. This would take the federal debt to over $20 trillion by the end of the president's second term and to over $25 trillion over ten years. According to Sessions, by 2016, the yearly federal spending would overshadow $4 trillion. This would include a 30 percent increase in welfare costs. Published December 3 2012

  • PICKET: Report- Rahm slams Netanyahu for supporting Romney during election

    Israel National News is reporting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyuhu for supporting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the last election. Published December 2 2012

  • PICKET:(VIDEO) Amb. Rice and Sec. Clinton cat fight continues

    The Chicago Sun Times's report on Friday saying that if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to choose between U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, to succeed her, Clinton would likely opt for Senator Kerry. Published December 2 2012