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Rick Perry's Jabs At Washington Are Really About Hutchison

The Houston Chronicle provides an interesting analysis of why Governor Rick Perry has been loudly complaining about the federal government: he's trying to preemptively weaken any gubernatorial run by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Anonymous Republican Senator Complains About Conservative Grip on the GOP

Longtime journalist and political insider Roger Simon has a story in The Politico in which he relates a conversation with a Republican Senator who asked to remain anonymous. Here are some of the more interesting takeaways:

“I don’t think we have learned much from the election in terms of what people want to see,” he says. “We have the same gridlock.”

Liberals Love America

I know I said we'd be taking Thanksgiving off, but I was sent an article by email that I wanted to share with you to save you a bit of grief at the dinner table -- and, perhaps, remind us of what we have to be thankful for as Americans.

TPA Roundup, Week of 11/16/08

We'll be taking Turkey Day off; while we all give thanks for what we are blessed with and eat far too much along the way, you can also enjoy these highlights from last week on the progressive blogosphere.

Attention Neiman Marcus Shoppers...

From the state where John McCain flip-flopped on principle, when he mentioned he thought Saxby Chambliss' campaigning against Max Cleland in 2002 was reprehensible before he decided that he wouldn't let a little thing like dignity stand in the way of being a Republican, there's still one final election to be held before we close the books on the 2008 election cycle.

Bocephus for Senate?

The Real Clear Politics Blog is reporting that Hank Williams, Jr., commonly known as "Bocephus" to his fans, is considering a Senate run in Tennessee in 2012.

Democratic Senate Candidate Rick Noriega Met With Barack Obama

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that former Democratic Senate candidate and current state representative Rick Noriega met with President-Elect Barack Obama today in Chicago.

Fox News Analyst Dick Morris Caught Promoting His Own Business On Live TV

Media Matters has caught Fox News Analyst Dick Morris repeatedly using his perch on Fox to raise money for a PAC that employs his email communications consulting company. This is not the first time that Fox News has had conflict of interest problems with their commentators, nor is it likely to be the last.

The R Word

Is anyone out there still saying we might not be in a recession? Because the evidence isn't looking too rosy for that viewpoint.

The Humiliation of Texas Continues

Noted internet satirist Jesus' General offers his commentary on the on-going escapades of the Texas legislature with regards to science education. The organised resistance to the teaching of science in schools not only humiliates Texas on the national scene, but has strong ripple implications for education policy all over the country.