Thursday Morning Open Thread




Good morning.

Your President received his Nobel Peace Prize today. He’s giving the speech as I write this. There’s much discussion about the role of war in his speech.

The House is trying to pass financial services reform. The “New Democrats” led by Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL) have been pushing pro-industry amendments. I mean, it seems that everyone hates Wall Street and the banks right now. The GOP is owned by bankers — and insurance companies. So leave it to Bean and allies to kowtow to Wall Street.

The Senate is waiting for the CBO score on the health care bill compromise. It’s all very fluid. And, Democratic leaders are all trying to make sure that Joe Lieberman is happy.

Let’s get started….


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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