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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.
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.