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Water Cooler Archive: October 2012

  • PICKET: Sandra Fluke gives get out the vote speech to 10 people in Reno

    The Reno Gazette Journal is reporting Sandra Fluke, the woman who found fame after demanding that Georgetown University's health insurance plan cover the cost of contraception, appeared before 10 people at a Sak ‘N Save in north Reno to discuss early voting. Published October 21 2012

  • PICKET: Anti-Muslim filmmaker detained for almost a month...next court date three days after election

    Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the 55-year-old filmmaker responsible for the anti-Muslim video that President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice initially and wrongly blamed for inciting the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, is still being held at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) without bond. Published October 20 2012

  • PICKET: Report - Israel says Obama admin 'had not informed' them of upcoming U.S. talks with Iran (UPDATED)

    The New York Times is reporting the Obama administration and Iran have agreed to direct one on one talks regarding Iran's nuclear program. Published October 20 2012

  • PICKET: Illinois pol wants $55,000 for unpaid Obama 2008 campaign rally

    The Obama campaign still owes $55,000 in police overtime costs from a 2008 Obama campaign rally, says Springfield Alderman Frank Edwards. Published October 19 2012

  • PICKET: Rep. John Lewis dances Gangnam style

    The popular new hit song "Gangnam Style" by South Korean rap artist Psy has found it's way into a number of parodies and Congressman John Lewis, Georgia Democrat, managed to work it into his latest campaign ad. Watch Rep. Lewis dance Gangnam style. Published October 19 2012

  • PICKET: 'Hating Breitbart' opens in select theaters

    "Hating Breitbart", a film documenting the last two years of conservative media citizen journalist Andrew Breitbart, opens in select theaters. Published October 18 2012

  • PICKET: (VIDEO) Man taken away by Capitol Police screaming about Bachmann

    A disturbed man was taken away in a police van at the senate park today shouting threats at Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican. The Congresswoman was not in Washington today, however. Published October 18 2012

  • PICKET:(VIDEO) Bill Clinton - Economy is 'not fixed' and Obama knows it

    At a campaign rally for President Barack Obama in Parma, Ohio on Thursday former President Bill Clinton chose some interesting words to go after Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, but he ended up saying that that the country's economy is still "not fixed" yet and that Obama knows it. Published October 18 2012

  • PICKET: Second NY Home Depot bomb threat tied to extortion attempt

    A suspicious package was found at a New York Home Depot store on Wednesday, reported New York's CBS News. Published October 18 2012

  • DIAMOND: McCurry defends Candy Crowley's debate performance

    Did presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley "facilitate the discussion" when she selectively fact-checked Mitt Romney on Benghazi but not President Obama? We asked Michael D. McCurry, co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), what he thought. Published October 17 2012

  • GREEN: Factcheck Obama: did not call Benghazi 'act of terror'

    A check of the September 12, 2012 speech released by the White House shows that President Obama did not call the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya an "act of terror" as he claimed in the debate tonight. Published October 16 2012

  • PICKET: Flashback - Oil drilling permits down 36 percent under Obama

    President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney engaged in a heated discussion over oil production during the president's first term during their second debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on Tuesday night. President Obama insisted that oil production has been up and that the oil companies have been granted permits to drill but refuse to do so. Governor Romney, though, pointed out that the government is not granting many permits to oil companies, particularly on federal land. Published October 16 2012

  • PICKET: Obama spox -(VIDEO) Obama takes full responsibility for safety and security of all diplomats

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN on Monday she is responsible for the security for American diplomatic outposts, but Obama campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki told Fox News on Tuesday the responsibility ultimately rests with the president. Published October 16 2012

  • PICKET: Alan Grayson faces tight race and accusation of $2.1 million tax fraud

    Former Florida Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson is leading by only three points in the latest St. Pete poll against Republican challenger Todd Long in Florida’s newly formed 9th Congressional District. According to StPetePolls.org, Grayson has 45 percent of the district’s support, while Long has 42.2 percent. Grayson was defeated after one term in 2010 by then Republican challenger (now Congressman) Daniel Webster in Florida’s 8th Congressional District. Published October 16 2012

  • PICKET: Ivy league admissions officer - White middle class and east asians least favored for admissions

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard an hour and 20 minutes of oral arguments last week pertaining to a case that could impact racial preferences and affirmative action programs in higher education. The case stems from a white applicant who filed a lawsuit against the University of Texas claiming she did not gain admission as result of the school's racial preferences in their admissions process (Fisher v. Univ. of Texas). Published October 15 2012

  • PICKET: Obama campaign to continue to use John Kerry for debate prep

    Despite blaming Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, for President Obama's poor debate performance in Denver, the Obama camp will continue to employ Senator Kerry's talents for President Obama's upcoming debate prep. Senator Kerry played Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney in previous debate rehearsals before the first presidential debate last week. Published October 12 2012

  • PICKET: (VIDEO) Axelrod - Biden was the 'school principal' debating the 'class president'...blames Romney-Ryan on Benghazi issue

    Obama sr. campaign manager David Axelrod defended Vice President Joe Biden's bizarre behavior on Thursday night after the debate in Kentucky. Published October 12 2012

  • PICKET:(VIDEO) Axelrod- Big Bird ad not central element of campaign

    “What do you think the Big Bird Spot is? What did you think the campaign consisted of?” The Obama Campaign’s Sr. Adviser asked on Thursday night following the vice presidential debate in Kentucky, when I pointed out that a report from Reuters said that Democrats were concerned about a possible backlash over the campaign’s use of Big Bird in a recent campaign ad. Published October 12 2012

  • PICKET: (VIDEO) Carney's smooth double speak on Benghazi attack

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted on Wednesday that immediately following the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, the Obama administration immediately declared it an act of terror. However, Fox News Ed Henry asked Carney about the September 14 press briefing (below) in which Carney stood before reporters and repeatedly blamed the "violence" "protests" and "unrest in the region" on the obscure anti-Muslim video. Published October 11 2012

  • PICKET:(VIDEO) Media commentators find Biden's laughing 'unsettling' and criticize his 'smirk'

    Vice President Joe Biden went into hysterical laughing fits, particularly when Rep. Paul Ryan was talking, during the vice presidential debate on Thursday night in Danville, Kentucky. A number of media commentators found the Biden's laugh and his constant smirk disturbing. Here are few who weighed in on Twitter: Published October 11 2012