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|Are News Orgs Underestimating ACA Signups?
Joan has a lovely post up today that notes the progress made on Obamacare signups through February , and the real numbers might be even better than what's being reported. I'm a healthcare provider, ...
|Where was Gov. Bill Haslam when President Obama visited Nashville yesterday?
President Obama made an appearance at an invitation-only event in Nashville yesterday. But Republicans stiffed the President. Senators Corker and Alexander weren't there. Democratic Congressman ...
|In which I talk with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' DC Office
So, it's been a while since I posted here. I've been busy. Started my own business. Almost went bankrupt. Have had to move to a cheaper place. My daughter is now in Kindergarten. When my ...
|Don't Forget the 99ers
While I think it's great that the unemployment rate dropped below 8% in September, I think we should continue to remember the long-term unemployed. President Obama has successfully brought this ...
The general consensus is that President Obama didn't win the debate tonight with Mitt Romney. And that's fine. I'm not about to panic. But it does remind me that we have 435 Congressional races ...
|Four More Years of What?
Want four more years of President Barack Obama? Vote for Obama . Want four more years of gridlock, filibusters, and policies written by and for corporate lobbyists? Ignore Congress and just worry ...
|Military Does Not Equal Troops
Mitt Romney says military and troops are the same thing. He's dead wrong, for the same reason that corporations are not people . People have hearts. They have kids. They get jobs. They get sick. ...
|A conversation with Paul Ryan (based on his convention speech)
So, I started writing on Facebook and realized that what I was really doing was engaging in a point-by-point refutation of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Republican Budget Committee Chairman and VP ...
|"An owner, if you will..."
I took it upon myself to view to the full interviews that Mitt Romney gave last Friday to discuss his non involvement with Bain Capital, and it raised a significant concern for me about the core ...
|New Vanderbilt University Poll Shows Obama in Dead Heat with Romney
Editor's Note: This was already diaried today by joelgp . I'll keep this diary up for a bit more information and background on local races. But please recommend and comment on the joelgp diary if ...
|An Open Letter to Rick Santorum
Dear Rick: I'm kind of new to this whole Catholic thing. I went through RCIA in 2008 and 2009, got confirmed at Easter of 2009, and was raised Protestant. Being new to this, I bring a certain ...
|Defending Dionne - A Reply to Armando
Armando's front page diary this afternoon cites a January 29 op-ed in which E.J. Dionne discussed the Obama Administration's approach to mandatory contraception coverage as part of the HHS rule on ...
|Infrastructure Bank: Cantor's False Equivalence
TPM "I'm wary of the suggestion of an infrastructure bank," ...
|Family Systems Theory Applied To Congress
So, Congress is totally dysfunctional. It shows, especially, at moments when members of Congress have to pull together and do something hard. Stress tends to lead to increased emotional reactivity,
|Wealth Protection v. Wealth Creation
There was a time, about 10 years ago, when I honestly believed that Republicans cared about things like creating jobs and economic opportunity. Since then, I have come to realize that the primary ...
|For Pete's Sake, is this what our country has come to?
So, I just got this really wonderful email about a benefit concert. But it got me thinking: in a nation where we spent $700 billion a year on bombs, spies, trained killers, and predator drones, why ...
|Jobs - Make it in America
A few things: 1. The jobless rate is creeping back up. 2. The Recovery Act's funding is running out. 3. Republicans are very unlikely to do anything at all to stimulate the economy, because ...
|The Power of Human Capital
That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington,
|Eric Cantor's "Plan for Job Creators": No rules, no taxes, free trade agreements
Just had a chance to view the new Republican plan for " job creators " at the website of the House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor (R-VA). The plan doesn't ...
|Climate Change Meets Disaster Capitalism in Tennessee
Some good news on job creation in Tennessee: The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $3,589,704 National ...
|TNDP Values Summit Liveblog: Legislators Talk about 2011 Session
The 2011 state legislative session has come to recess until January 2012 - this is the earliest that the recess has happened in years, and it comes at a time that unemployment is rising (currently ...
|No More Lies: Catholic Group Hits GOP for "False Charges" Against Obama
In a withering critique of Republican leaders, Fred Rotondaro called on Republicans to end their campaign of deceptive campaigning ...
|An idea for John Boehner.
John, I've got an idea for you. You are concerned about the deficits. I was just watching you on Face the Nation, and Harry Smith was asking you about the families with an "anvil over their heads"
|Developing: Christian Protestors Pulled from Geert Wilders Church Lecture on Free Speech
I'm just getting word from Nashville that Christian protestors were forcibly removed by security last night at Cornerstone Church, where Dutch parliament member Geert Wilders was giving a lecture on ...
|Townhall.com says Obama is a "rabid mongrel"
Yes, it really happened . On a major conservative online blog. Barack Obama is not an ...
|Maybe this is why Republicans pulled their Medicare Plan.
So, as the story goes, "senior Republicans" are saying that the Ryan ...
|Talking with Tennessee Republicans
This pretty much sums it up .
|The mother of all sekritarmy pootie diaries
Slate wins . Happy Friday.
|GM to Add 250 Jobs to Bowling Green Corvette Plant
Skeptics take note : BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (
|House Republicans Vote to Defund Insurance Exchanges, Subsidies (HR 1213)
House Republicans voted today for a bill that would pummel state budgets, with the most negative impact on low- and middle-income families. HR 1213, ...
|Middle Tennessee Muslims Respond to Bin Laden News
In a refreshing act of journalism, the Tennessean's religion editor, Bob Smietana, ...
|Evangelical Alumni Group Stands in Support of LGBTQ Students
Several dozen signatories spanning over 50 years of alumni history wrote an open letter to members of the Wheaton College (IL) student body, just weeks after a ...
|BREAKING: Shackled Latina Mom Wins Case
Kind of a big deal : A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Nashville mother who triggered ...
|The Most Important Person in the Room
My Cheetos by my side, I am fired up and ready to ... write a blog post about blog posts about blog posts. Because frankly, I've been really disappointed with the low quality of the meta diaries ...
|2012: MyBO Introduces the Weekly Wrap-Up
Over the past year, the White House website has posted a " West Wing Week " summary blog with highlights and human interest ...
There's understandable frustration about President Obama's deal with the devil Speaker Boehner and House Republicans to ...
|No, Speaker Boehner. Spending Cuts Don't Create Jobs.
So, about 2 hours ago, on Twitter , House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) posted a link ...
|Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory in WI
Gloating over a 200-vote victory in a state Supreme Court election is stupid. Anyone trying to say the Prosser-Kloppenburg election is a validation of left-wing progressive ideology is fooling ...
|LIVEBLOG: Obama at Georgetown to Address Energy Security
Just a couple weeks out from the start of military operations in Libya, President Obama will address an audience at Georgetown University today at 11:20 AM EDT. Here's the announcement from the ...
|President Barack Obama: A Study in Unchecked Executive Power
As this outstanding article on Salon.com points out, President Obama is pushing the limits of Executive Power with ...
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|Tennessee Democrats Go On Offense, Ask Republicans to Be Active in Job Creation
In a letter posted in today's edition of The Tennessean , Sen. Minority Leader ...
|Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey: "Unions promote mediocrity"
In a statement on Thursday , Tennessee's Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) argued that "unions exist to promote mediocrity" and that they "exist to promote ...
Members of teachers unions are thugs. Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and across the country are interested in freedom. Peter King is concerned about national security.
|Sarah Palin: Still more popular that Pelosi and Reid
This ought to raise some serious concerns about the public ...
|Teachers Stand Together in Tennessee
Thousands of teachers marched yesterday to protest bills proposed by Tennessee Republican lawmakers, which would make it illegal for school boards to collectively bargain with teacher unions.
|So, John Piper... Is Peter Gomes in hell?
An old saying I've heard in 12-step recovery circles over the years goes something like this: Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell. Recovery is for those who have ...
|Boehner Hits Obama on Debt, Ignores GOP Tax Cuts
In a speech to the National Religious Broadcasters Association in ...
|Understanding the Tea Party's Antagonism Toward Unions
"Three people are sitting at a table: One of them is David Koch, one is a Tea party member, and one is a teacher who is in a public employees union. In the middle of the table there ...
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|Tennessee Democrats Stand with Labor Groups
It shouldn't be newsworthy that a state Democratic Party would stand in solidarity with teachers or unions. But in Tennessee, things are a little different. Tennessee is a long-time incubator of ...
|TN GOP State Rep. Debra Maggart Explains Union Busting to Everyone Else
Rep. Debra Maggart (R-Hendersonville) is the sponsor of state ...
|Flashback: Union Busting in Nashville Claimed Auto Worker Jobs in 2009
UAW Local 1832 tells the story of how Peterbilt employees negotiating in Nashville were locked out by management in June 2008. The Peterbilt plant was ...
|Memphis Democrat Calls for Proactive Job Creation. GOP Punches Teachers.
State Senator Reginald Tate (D-Memphis) called for a continued, sustained effort to attract jobs to Tennessee and bring down the state's unemployment rate. Just a few days after automaker ...
|Family Budget and Family Values
Families across the country live within their means and invest in their family’s futures. It’s time we did the same thing as a country. That’s how we’ll grow our economy and ...
|Groups on the Left Made Pre-Emptive Attack on Obama's Chamber Speech
From USA Today : Liberal groups are slamming ...
|New Markets, New Jobs: Obama Administration Rolls Out National Tour
From the Department of Commerce Blog : On the one-year ...
|Tim Pawlenty: Action Hero
Serious question: Has Tim Pawlenty ever done anything hard in his life?
|Tea Party Nation Leader: Don't Let the Left Silence Us
A book-end to President Obama's speech, Sarah Palin's video,
|Homophobic business leaders, lobbyists meet to plan continued discrimination
The beatings will continue until morale improves .
|Violent Rhetoric: Pooping in the creek
If I poop in the creek upstream from your house, and your family comes down with typhoid, it doesn't require a DNA match to prove that pooping in the creek is a bad idea which exposes ...
|"Fear is a useless emotion" - Michelle Obama, May 2008
It was in the close of the primary season, when it was becoming clear that Barack Obama was going to be the nominee unless ... well, unless something terrible happened. Michelle Obama was at ...
|Three Years Ago Tonight: Yes We Can
I was just realizing ... 3 years ago tonight, on January 8, 2008, Barack Obama lost the New Hampshire primary to Hillary Clinton. For Democrats who supported Obama, the loss was a punch in the gut, ...
|They are not cutting spending. They're cutting corners.
So the latest great spending cut by the House GOP is a symbolic measure to cut House staff by 5%, which will save a whopping $35 million. That's a dime for every American! Yippee! Meanwhile, I'...
|Message Discipline and Oppo Research: How You Can Help
In a conference call last evening with Organizing for America regional leads in Tennessee, I had the opportunity to hear from Lenda Sherrell, ...
|Democratic Pro-Business Rhetoric in Tennessee
So, Tennessee Democrats are coming off a historic loss in 2010 - both houses of the legislature, 3 Congressional seats flipped to Republicans, loss of a Democratic governorship to Republicans - and ...
|Why Obama was right about Mike Vick
Yesterday there was a front page diary talking about the stupid Fox News piece regarding Michael Vick. Apparently, President Obama talked to the owner of the Eagles (mainly to talk about the green ...
|Iranian authorities issue stay of execution for Habibollah Latifi
Late last week, I wrote a diary about Habibollah Latifi, the Kurdiah Iranian student ...
|Habibollah Latifi scheduled to die on Saturday
This is happening: According to news received from Habbibolah Latifi’s lawyer Mr. Nikbakht, Mr. Latifi is set to ...
It's a good day for tolerance. President Obama just signed into law a bill repealing the 17-year-old policy of official secrecy and denial in our Armed Services. On the Barack Obama page ...
|John McCain Says You Need to Stop Celebrating
No high fives. Because some folks who don't go to salons in Georgetown are very very upset today.
|Correcting Glenn Greenwald's Claims Regarding Bradley Manning
I actually had an opportunity to speak by phone today with Lt. Villiard, the Public Affairs Officer who spoke with ...
|A spending problem or a revenue problem?
Last fall, I had the opportunity to meet Rep. Jim Cooper (D, TN-5) at a small community gathering in East Nashville. The gathering was an outdoor get-together in a new commercial redevelopment of ...
|My friend meets President Obama on Thursday
My friend Lenda, who is a community organizer and volunteer in Tennessee, will be meeting with President Obama this week on Thursday. She is one of six organizers who have been selected nationally ...
|The logical consequences of opposing GOP demands
So, do you want to wait another 3-4 years for things to turn around? As far as I can tell, that's what happens if we don't get things done in this lame duck session. I'm not saying which way we ...
|I don't need a tax cut. I need a pay raise.
Middle Class Tax Cuts are papering over the real issue, which is that American workers have not received a raise to adjust for cost of living increases. Inflation remains far too low, and with 10% ...
|GOP Sen. Bob Corker wants to amend Obama-McConnell plan
In another signal that pressure from the left and right is breaking down consensus in the Senate, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said he ...
|Hey, Blue Dogs: What happened to PAYGO?!
Why is it that when it comes to tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, Blue Dog Democrats stand with Republicans instead of upholding PAYGO rules? Perhaps Ben Bernanke's call for stimulus is ...
|A Tennessee Lament
My Senators, Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, do not represent my values, my beliefs, or my politics. They are diametrically opposed to those values, in fundamental and deeply troubling ways. On ...
|Targeting Capital Gains Taxes: Compromise?
OK, so a lot of the discussion has centered around extending Bush-era tax cuts for high-income individuals. Republicans refuse to compromise. Democrats feel a need to capitulate in order to spur ...
|Obama announces big South Korea trade agreement, hits GOP for block in Senate
Leadership for grownups . President Obama returned from a visit to ...
|God loves homophobes
A Tennessee university's women's soccer coach resigned this week after telling team members that ...
|Anonymity Breeds Contempt: A perspective on leaks
Today's NY Times has a nice piece up on how anonymity impacts discourse and undermines civility - one of the things that any ...
|No Compromise v. Get Things Done
There are two main complaints coming from voters about Congress - and of course, both have to do with getting things done. On the one hand, you have purists outraged about compromises. On the ...
|Comedy: Scarborough suspended for undisclosed campaign donations
MSNBC is suspending Joe Scarborough for a few days. “I recognize that I have a responsibility to honor the ...
|Lessons for Democrats from a Princeton conference on abortion
Yesterday, I wrote this : Now, don't get me wrong - I fight like the devil against misogyny and domestic ...
|BREAKING: AHIP Funneled $86.2 Million to US Chamber to Fight Public Option
Wow . Health insurers last year gave the U.S. ...
|FLASHBACK: John McCain Touts Ireland's Business-Friendly Economy
Into the Wayback Machine ... During Friday’s presidential debate, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) argued...
|Drawing Parallels Between 2010 and 1946
In 1946 midterms, Republicans won an astonishing 55 seats in the House . They ...
|Legislative Certainty Breeds Economic Confidence
There's a twofold reason that the Republican Party has so willingly lied about, obstructed, and sought to repeal the progress of the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats. First, ...
|Austan Goolsbee: Discuss
Austan Goolsbee is now the chair of the Council of Economic Advisors. Romer is gone. Geithner is being watched/babysat by Elizabeth Warren. Summers is outta here. Does the new economic ...
|Obama's New Tack: Economic Populism, Stop Outsourcing, Fiscal Discipline
Watch for it, folks. This is the new agenda : "As President, I have a ...
This diary will, in itself, be short. But I want to make this a starting point for an important discussion that will challenge the media's Conventional Wisdom about the 2010 elections. The meme ...
|My Request: Give OFA Back to the Grassroots
In 2009, a fateful decision was made to entrust Obama for America to the Democratic Party. It was an enormous gift from Barack Obama to the ...
|My fellow Americans, the first election post-Citizens United
So, how did you like that sodomization by corporate America tonight? John Boehner was just on my TV telling me that the voice of the American people was heard tonight. I disagree. Then he said ...
|"Basically, I'm dying."
Those were the words I heard on the other end of the phone from a woman in East Tennessee today. She is 76 years old, and is unable to vote tomorrow. Not only homebound, but confined to her bed, ...
|The moral foundations of curbstomping
Of course, Kossacks and the political left are up in arms about the curb-stomping incident involving Rand Paul campaign supporter Tim Profitt, as well as the more recent event involving Eric Cantor ...
|Ground Game Wiki - How Is GOTV In Your District?
All politics is local, right? While the Republicans are trying to nationalize the campaign, and the 24/7 news media is talking about a pending Republican surge, I'm not so sure that's going to be ...
|I told you so: Monday morning quarterbacks, the Monday BEFORE Election Day
There is a reason why Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize-winning economist, and not a political operative who seeks to elect more and better Democrats. Case in point:
|Charities donating millions to promote fear of Muslims
In a mind-blowing piece of investigative journalism, Tennessean religion writer Bob Smietana has uncovered a web of hate, fear, and charitable giving that is influencing public opinion, policy, and ...
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