Monday, August 10, 2009

Morning Roundup: Cohen's Town Brawl and Other Tea Party Developments

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 5:44 AM

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Steve Cohen's Town Hall meeting turns into a raucous free-for-all: "This is America, this is Memphis, Tennessee," the congressman tells the mob. "Take two aspirin and come back in the morning." ... Bart Gordon defends his decision not to hold town hall meetings. Telephone meetings "make it much more convenient for people," he says. ... The Madison County Democratic Party chair won't apologize for calling Young Republicans brownshirts. Frist applies to rejoin the Belle Meade Country Club. ... Haslam and Ramsey find a new way to skirt contribution limits. ... Stacey Campfield is running for Tim Burchett's seat. ... Tea Party organizer speaks out about owing taxes. ... Obama nominates Jane Branstetter Stranch to the federal appeals court. ... ... Jim Kyle makes his big announcement tomorrow. ... Feds raise questions about Bredesen's solar farm. ... Corker writes an oped on health care. It needs fixing, not breaking, he says.
Millions of Americans could be covered today, without adding to the federal deficit, by providing advanceable, refundable tax credits, which would give citizens cash in hand to make monthly payments for health insurance. It could be paid for by changing tax code to limit tax benefits for the "Cadillac," or most costly insurance plans, which are currently not taxed. I believe this concept, and the many variations of it that have been discussed, could win strong bipartisan support.

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