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And now some fresh pickings from the political grapevine.
Democratic congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee is now backtracking.
On his claim that the Obama administration encouraged him to defy House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the stimulus bill.
The blue dog conservative Democrat was one of eleven to vote against the measure he said on a liberal radio network Monday quote.
I probably shouldn't tell you this but I actually got some quiet encouragement from the Obama folks for what I'm doing.
Now Cooper says he was misunderstood.
-- he was talking about laying out his concerns to the administration officials quote at no point did any member of president Obama's staff encouraged me to vote against the house economic recovery bill.
After the conversation I felt encouraged that the administration understood those concerns and shared my longstanding commitment to fiscal responsibility.
The US conference of mayors has a wish list of almost 19000.
Projects requesting funding from the stimulus bill.
Mostar shovel ready proposals for things like roads and sewers.
But The Wall Street Journal reports some localities are using the kitchen sink strategy.
Asking for whatever they can get.
Las Vegas wants to million dollars for neon signs Austin Texas says it can use 886000.
Dollars to build a 36 hole frisbee golf course.
Shreveport Louisiana has asked for six million dollars for three squad -- senators with water slides and Chula Vista, California wants a half million bucks to create a place where dogs can run without the Leach.
The United Nations has changed its story about Israel striking one of its schools in Gaza.
The January 6 incident you may remember killed 43 Palestinians and has been a major point of contention between Israel and the UN.
Over the Gaza military operation.
The UN initially claimed that Israeli mortar shells pounded a UN relief school.
But her -- newspaper reports the UN's humanitarian coordinator in Jerusalem now says his organization quote.
Would like to clarify that the shelling and all of the fatalities took place outside and not inside the school.
And finally an update on the story we brought you before here on the grapevine.
A legal immigration advocates -- group is demanding that president Obama deport his hands and illegal immigrants living inside the US.
The Americans for legal immigration political action committee is also asking immigration and customs enforcement.
To -- rest -- Tony I'm young go a spokesman says quote president Obama must either deport his aunts or destroy his own credibility by showing her favoritism.
I'm young duo is currently living in Ohio and has vowed to fight a court deportation order to her native can.
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