September 27th, 2010
09:22 AM ET

On the Radar: Levee failing, Lohan's lawyer, Tea Party

Wisconsin levee failing - As many as 100 homes could be affected by floodwaters in Wisconsin as forecasters anticipate the total failure of a 120-year-old sand levee along the Wisconsin River. The levee, near the city of Portage in Columbia County, began failing Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service's Milwaukee/Sullivan office.

"Once the levee completely fails ... it is unknown how far south the flood waters of the Wisconsin River will travel," the National Weather Service says.

Lawyer to the stars - It seemed Lindsay Lohan and her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, were everywhere this summer. The scrape was minor, the coverage major. Lohan spent 13 days in jail for violating probation in a case involving a 2007 DUI arrest, and then got into more trouble for allegedly failing a drug test. And Holley, a former public defender who also worked on O. J. Simpson’s so-called defense Dream Team, was suddenly the “it girl” on the Los Angeles legal scene. Justice producer Ann O’Neill profiles Holley, a quipping quote-master (“There’s the OJs and the NoJs," she says of the types of clients she has had) who wears $695 red-soled Christian Louboutin pumps and talks about Living La Vida Lohan.

What is the Tea Party? - Depending on who was talking Sunday, the Tea Party movement is either an extremist force dividing Republicans or a group of disgruntled taxpayers setting the government on a proper course. The conservative political force has shaken up this year's congressional elections, backing candidates who defeated Republican incumbents and other mainstream GOP candidates in primaries across the country.

Sal Russo, chief strategist for the Tea Party Express - the most organized and visible of the movement's factions - told the CBS program "Face the Nation" the Tea Party movement reflects the "sentiment in mainstream America that Washington is broken."  But not everyone agrees.

Obama and small biz - President Obama on Monday will sign a $42 billion bill to aid small businesses. The bill seeks to create thousands of jobs and will offer about $12 billion in tax breaks.

Last week, the House of Representatives approved the Small Business Jobs Act by a 237-187 vote. The measure is also expected to create 500,000 jobs, according to a summary of the bill from the Senate.

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  1. Jim Brieske

    Many of the Tea Party named members manage the home and children while their husbands earn the family income.
    These women are very intelligent, well informed, great budget managers who are thrifty while being very good at settling disputes and managing time.
    They are called a much more common name dozens of times a day. Mom.

    September 27, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    p.s. They are beautiful too. Last but not least applies here.

    September 27, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Big Game James

    Wow, Jim! Do they let the Beaver come out and play, too? Tea baggers yearning for the 'Saturday Evening Post' days. Not gonna happen. Too many crazies drowning the real people for change.

    September 27, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mark Montgomery

    The tea party has no answers to our problems, the tea party IS our problem. The tea party is just a sad group of old, white, racist bigots who are all going to die naturally very soon so they have NOTHING to say about our future. They can't stand the fact that we have a black president and when they howl "TAKE BACK AMERICA!!!" they mean to take it back from the minorities. They represent only the top 3% richest Americans so they are our cultural enemies. Barrack, don't dignify those low lifes by asking them for suggestions. Mark Montgomery

    September 28, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Brieske

    Mark and BGJ, you are idiots. We have a one term president who was unqualified for the job yet the low IQ'd majority (a group both of you belong in) voted for him. Now it's my job to make sure he does what he is told because hasn't the courage.
    If he refuses, the two 250,000 people being sent to Heaven Events will pale in comparison to what comes next.
    Millions of people have have been fleeing from death in the last several months. They have been allowed to. Another words, God could have sent every one of them to Heaven.
    If this president doesn't back up his campaign words and his presidential words, "Iran having nuclear weapons is unacceptable." If he doesn't invade Iran with ground troops, God is going to send millions and millions of people to Heaven.
    Senator Obama knew what the Iranian situation was before he applied (campaigned) for the job. Not invading Iran makes him a collaborator.

    Tea Party people are here to stay.
    This race card you play to hide your stupidity is old.
    Do not write it again.

    September 28, 2010 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. ammie crowley

    The tea party n their so called god sarah palin need 2 shut up u know the 2008 race is over get over it palin need

    September 28, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. ammie crowley

    ok let me finish elc went out these tea party so called value voters its the moral mor crap from the jerry falwell days we the people need 2 say no 2 these crazy people they need 2 move on n stopabortion is not 4 everyone but its a legal right n people need 2 stop n think of the everyday person n whom is sleeping w who n stop w this god bless u g b america the founding fathers knew the difference of sep of church v state

    September 28, 2010 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |