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And so does the Associated Press:
Rove exchanged e-mails about Pat Tillman with Associated Press reporter Ron Fournier, under the subject line "H-E-R-O." In response to Mr. Fournier's e-mail, Mr. Rove asked, "How does our country continue to produce men and women like this," to which Mr. Fournier replied, "The Lord creates men and women like this all over the world. But only the great and free countries allow them to flourish. Keep up the fight."One can interpret this email two ways. One, is that the reporter is a supporter of the President whose native tongue is the "language" of the administration. The other, is that the reporter was speaking like this to Rove in an attempt to curry favor with a crucial and powerful source of information. Both are troubling. If the words are authentic, then the quote is troubling because it reveals bias. However, the most probable explanation, that Fournier was simply engaged in source maintenance, is equally disturbing. You see, Karl Rove is not a believer so invoking the Lord's name is not likely to reach Rove on the level a manipulative reporter might wish. One would hope that a reporter like Fournier would be aware of this. Again, either way, troubling.
Jul 15, 2008 7:10 AM
Gail Kerr thinks Mayor Karl Dean needs to get off the fence when it comes to the subject of school rezoning:
Dean said he believes the new school board, which will be elected in three weeks, can and should revisit the rezoning plan if members want. "I respect the people that are objecting to the rezoning plan," said the mayor. "They are voicing concerns that their voices weren't heard. That obviously bothers me." The mayor praised the process as a fair one, full of "honorable intentions." Ultimately, "that's how the board voted," Dean said. "It doesn't matter what I think." Well, yes it does. Bless him for being willing to return calls and answer questions, a practice some of his predecessors were guilty of avoiding when the subject was politically difficult. But he is the mayor, and what he thinks matters a lot.SEE ALSO: Karl Dean supports the plan -- with caveats.
Jul 15, 2008 6:55 AM
We shall find out today:
German automaker Volkswagen AG today is expected to unveil a key signpost in its road map to building cars and increasing sales in the United States. Hamilton County officials have been optimistic the route runs through Chattanooga. But an auto industry publication put Limestone County, Ala., near Huntsville as the leader in the race for the investment that could reach near $1 billion and eventually create 2,000 jobs. Michigan also was mentioned as a plant site.
Jul 15, 2008 6:52 AM
John Rodgers reports that Republicans are showing a marked fundraising advantage in their quest to maintain control of the state Senate:
In the Cumberland Plateau area of East Tennessee, Republican Ken Yager is competing with Democrat Becky Ruppe for the open Senate seat that Tommy Kilby, a Democrat from Wartburg, is vacating. So far, Yager, a former Roane County mayor, is sitting on a fund-raising lead with about $171,000 in the bank compared to Ruppe’s about $80,000. Ruppe, Morgan County’s mayor, would have had much higher cash balances had she not spent nearly $54,000 in the second quarter, about $33,000 more than Yager. Also in East Tennessee, Republican Mike Faulk has about $143,000 in his campaign account compared to Independent Sen. Mike Williams of Maynardville’s about $15,000.
Jul 15, 2008 6:49 AM
Slowly but surely amassing a base of support in West Tennessee, the Republican insurgent challenger to Congressman Marsha Blackburn,Tom Leatherwood hopes to surprise the incumbent with the strength of his regional support in a low turnout election.
Jul 14, 2008 6:57 PM
Amy Griffith puts the high powered 9th District school board race in some perspective:
The crowded Bellevue school board race includes five candidates, plus one write-in. Limbird and Coverstone have, by far, raised the most money among the candidates. Coming in third among the District 9 candidates is Paul Brenner, who has received $8,214. Though less than what has been raised by Coverstone and Limbird, that amount alone is larger than what has been raised by candidates for any other school board seats.
Jul 14, 2008 6:39 PM
Meph muses about the inanity of offshore drilling as energy policy:
Reduction in oil dependency is mandatory for more reasons than inflated gas prices at the consumer level. The West’s dependency on oil fuels terrorism and massively drains the US economy. The money drained is sent directly to the region of the world which has historically hated the west and all it stands for. Bush has rightly cast this dependency as a “foreign tax,” and that tax is imposed by countries that hate us. But dependency is more than a financial burden. It places the US in extreme and present danger, since the oil-producing countries in the middle east can effectively cripple the west by simply refusing to export oil to us at all. Financially this would certainly hurt the middle east as well, but financial concerns are not a good deterrent for a fanatic. While the US and other western countries would no doubt threaten the middle east with military retaliation for such a move, this threat is empty, since our own oil reserves may or may not last long enough to sustain a land war until the oil reserves have been taken - even if on paper it would appear that they would, such an assumption is dangerous.
Jul 14, 2008 6:26 PM
The Democratic U.S. Senate candidate visits Madison County:
Tuke, a Marine veteran, wore vintage-styled camouflage pants and a bright yellow T-shirt proclaiming "Tuke for Veterans" as he hoofed around the park in boots he said he wore in the Vietnam War. He said many Tennesseans have told him they are concerned with the direction of the Iraq War. "Tennessee likes veterans," he said. "We are the Volunteer State."
Jul 14, 2008 6:17 PM
Harold Ford, Sr. advised his brother John before his arrest in Tennessee Waltz to resign in an attempt to salvage his wealth and reputation:
“If you had taken my advice two weeks ago, this wouldn’t be happening,” Harold Ford told him. (There was no indication in the recording or in any testimony yet presented what that advice was.) Harold Ford said: “(Expletive deleted) the Senate, man. Get the (expletive) out of there and don’t put your friends on the spot.”HEAR ALSO: The tape
Jul 14, 2008 5:57 PM