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In a survey of old quotes of 2002 Senate candidates, Open Left tries to show linkage between Senators and the President but in the case of Lamar Alexander all they show is that, even at the height of Bush's popularity, Lamar made sure he had an out clause:
"President Bush is right about fixing schools - he's right about cutting taxes and he's right about creating jobs - I want to support him and represent Tennesseans in the Senate with conservative principles and an independent attitude."
Jun 26, 2008 8:16 AM
Jackson Baker notes some striking similarities between Tennessee's junior Senator and the GOP's Presidential nominee:
Early in his luncheon remarks, Corker had described himself as "one of the most nonpartisan people in the Senate," pointing out that he had sought out legislative partnerships with Democrats. This, of course, had been McCain's own practice — historically, at least — though one that was arguably less evident during the Arizona senator's battle for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. Together with the various other positions taken on Monday by Corker — a growing hawkishness in foreign affairs, a measurable degree of environmental consciousness, strict fiscal conservatism, and pride in taking maverick positions — it was a stance uncannily like that of the soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee. With one important difference: There are no signs yet that the mild-mannered senator from Tennessee has acquired a volcanic temper à la McCain — a fact Corker's colleagues no doubt appreciate.
Jun 26, 2008 7:49 AM
Sharon Cobb sees exploitation in the recent appearance of Tim Russert's son on Larry King Live. She just not sure who is exploiting who:
Did you ever see Luke Russert on television as a pundit prior to this? Jesus, Mary and Joseph, he just buried his father last week. I don't know who is exploiting whom, but I find having Luke Russert on as a pundit, (especially when he had never been on any show as a pundit), when his dad isn't even cold is in extremely poor taste. And with all due respect, he wasn't very good. Just because his dad was Tim Russert, that shouldn't give him an automatic pass to jump from son to pundit. I've seen the young interns at NBC/MSNBC around the same age as Luke working 18 hours a day to get a break just to move up to associate producer, let alone being on air. But Luke Russert just graduated from Boston College a few months ago and he's on Larry King as a political pundit?
Jun 26, 2008 7:43 AM
A new plan is making the rounds to give employees not offered 401(k) through their employer a chance to get into the "investor class":
The gist of their mandate for businesses that don’t offer any retirement benefits: Employers above a certain threshold, perhaps 10 employees, would set up a system for employees to automatically enroll and make payroll contributions to an IRA — a tax-favored individual retirement account that’s the personal version of a 401(k). Employers would get a tax credit to compensate for administrative costs, and employees could opt out. The benefit, supporters say, is that many more of the 75 million working Americans without workplace retirement plans — nearly half of all workers — would start saving. And taxpayers wouldn’t have to step in at a later date to support throngs of impoverished seniors. “If we’re not strategic and successful in getting people to save more, the ultimate outcome will be that expanded government programs will be called upon to support millions of additional people,” said Iwry.
Jun 26, 2008 7:37 AM
Billy Bear is running for Senate:
Sonny Landham carved out a tough-guy reputation in a series of big-screen roles, from roughing up Sylvester Stallone to getting tossed out a window by Carl Weathers. He pulls no punches in his newest role: Libertarian challenger to a man known for political toughness, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Jun 26, 2008 7:34 AM
Business interests can feel free to move about the cabin in Tennessee:
In its annual boardroom guide to state litigation climates, the American Justice Partnership Foundation listed Tennessee as the state with the lowest risks of lawsuits against business. The foundation, a group that advocates litigation reform to limit liability risks and costs for businesses, said Tennessee had a relatively low rate of litigation against corporate interests last year. State courts were judged to be more favorable for business than in many other states, according to the foundation, which uses court filings and judicial decisions to compile its list. “We’re moving in the right direction,” said state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, who pushed a measure through the Tennessee Legislature this year to limit medical malpractice filings.
Jun 26, 2008 7:23 AM
The East Asian nation is a rogue regime no more:
The Bush administration on Thursday will lift some trade sanctions against North Korea and move to take it off the U.S. terrorism blacklist -- a remarkable turnaround in policy toward the communist regime, which President George W. Bush once branded as part of an "axis of evil."
Jun 26, 2008 7:20 AM