Thursday Morning Open Thread

One week til the Iowa caucuses. Finally.

But, seriously, how can anyone focus on politics or other pending world issues when a tiger escaped from the San Francisco zoo? The Today Show is now having an in-depth — and breathless — discussion about whether zoos are safe. In the history of zoos in the U.S., this is apparently the first time any visitor was killed by an animal at a zoo. No matter. It is THE issue of our time: are zoos safe? Everyone wants to know.

Still one week to go til the Iowa caucuses. Reporters are already checking the weather reports because so many factors can impact turnout. (It looks good, cold but no snow or ice, according to

Let’s start threading the news.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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