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For The First Time In Her Adult Life...

...Michelle Obama is on the cover of US Weekly:
Barack and Michelle Obama appear on the cover of the Us Weekly hitting newsstands later this week, further establishing their crossover appeal as both political and entertainment figures. The magazine will feature a six-page article on the Obamas' love story as well as an album of family photos. The cover is headlined "Michelle Obama: Why Barack Loves Her" and teases, "She shops at Target, loved 'Sex and the City' and never misses the girls' recitals. The untold romance between a down-to-earth mom and the man who calls her 'my rock.'"
Jun 18, 2008 7:01 AM

The Marks You Have To Hit

FiveThirtyEight defines a "must-win" state in the Presidential election:
The new definition is that a Must-Win State is a state won the highest percentage of the time by the winning candidate when the election is close. By "close", I mean an election in which the popular vote is within 4 percentage points. If the popular vote is outside that 4 percentage point range, it is pretty much mathematically impossible for the trailing candidate to win in the Electoral College, meaning that the electoral math becomes irrelevant. So these are the states that the candidate needs to win when winning individual states matters.
Jun 18, 2008 6:57 AM

Zach Wamp Is Not Poor

He just wants to make sure you know that:
His 2007 disclosure, released this week, shows the congressman’s only asset is an account at the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union worth between $1,001 and $15,000, from which he earned interest of between $1 and $200 last year. “I don’t have any outside investments, no stocks, no bonds, no real estate outside of my personal residence,” Rep. Wamp said. “I’ve been married for 23 years. We have bought and sold four houses in that continuum, and I’ve made money every time I’ve done it. I’ve moved the equity into my home, ... but (the disclosure form) makes you look like you have absolutely nothing.” Rep. Wamp, who said his true net worth is “in excess of half a million dollars,” said he decided not to own stocks or bonds because of any potential conflicts of interest that might come up during his service in Congress.
Jun 18, 2008 6:47 AM

The Mayor Passes His Budget

From Enclave:
Well, we got a minuscule amount of debate and the expected absolution and praise of Karl Dean. Substitute budget passed. Next year they won't be able to blame Bill Purcell. He should be free and clear.
SEE ALSO: Unanimously by voice vote. Megan Barry throws a party. Sean Braisted Blake Farmer The Nashville City Paper
Jun 17, 2008 8:47 PM

Lacking Talent And Capital In A Modern World

Bill Hobbs seems to have a beef with Barack Obama's outlook on the world. Obama:
Sen. Obama cited new economic forces to explain what appears like a return to an older-style big-government Democratic platform skeptical of market forces. "Globalization and technology and automation all weaken the position of workers," he said, and a strong government hand is needed to assure that wealth is distributed more equitably. He spoke aboard his campaign bus, where a big-screen TV was tuned to the final holes of the U.S. Open golf tournament.
Jun 17, 2008 6:00 PM


From WKRN:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have shutdown a popular Chinese restaurant in Murfreesboro following a raid Tuesday. Agents raided Chef Wang's on Northwest Board Street around 9:30 a.m. and took over a dozen suspected illegal immigrants into custody.
Jun 17, 2008 5:38 PM

A Sophisticated Right-Wing Reactionary

The New Republic seems to have an issue with Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Jim Webb:
So what is Jim Webb's underlying worldview? Not only is Webb not a liberal; he is pretty much the opposite of one. I realize The Weekly Standard may not be the most credible judge of a candidate's liberal credentials; but the magazine ran a great piece about Webb in 2006 that called him "the most sophisticated right-wing reactionary to run on a Democratic ticket since Grover Cleveland." The author, Andrew Ferguson, made a pretty convincing case. The article quotes extensively from Webb's books, relaying staggeringly creepy quotes about his Scots-Irish heritage such as this one: "In a society obsessed with multicultural jealousies, those who cannot articulate their ethnic origins are doomed to a form of social and political isolation. My culture needs to rediscover itself, and in doing so to regain its power to shape the direction of America." But Webb's brand of Scots-Irish nationalism is just the beginning. There is also his well-documented misogyny (he once wrote an article called "Women Can't Fight" and famously denounced the investigation of the Tailhook sex-abuse scandal as a "witch hunt"). Then there is his glorification of violence. It is one thing to accept a certain level of state-sanctioned violence as necessary to the preservation of a just order--to endorse certain wars abroad or certain police strategies at home. But it is quite another thing to glorify violence, to celebrate it, to elevate its practice into a virtue--which is exactly what Webb seems to do in his books.
SEE ALSO: The American Conservative
Jun 17, 2008 5:37 PM

The Brzezinski Connection

Mickey at Blue Collar Republican notes that John McCain's 2000 campaign and Barack Obama current effort shared a common thread.
Jun 17, 2008 5:01 PM

Open Air Dean

Michael Cass witnesses an interesting site at the courthouse:
I was walking out of the Metro Courthouse after filing my budget story Monday when I saw the city's hobbled deputy mayor, Greg Hinote, and Jim Hester, a senior adviser to Mayor Karl Dean, waiting in front of the historic building along James Robertson Parkway. And then along came a red convertible driven by none other than the mayor himself.
Jun 17, 2008 4:40 PM

Matt Of The Cumberland

Liz Garrigan reports that her Managing Editor will traverse the Cumberland River on Thursday with several councilpeople to an attempt to prove the river is clean:
Pulle, a scrawny dude who can run a marathon at an almost Kenyonesque pace, is undoubtedly athletic. We're just not sure how amphibious he is. Good luck, Matt. We'll be at Brandon's.
Jun 17, 2008 4:01 PM