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The states that opted not to create their own health exchanges – the states that would lose their health insurance subsidies if SCOTUS rules against the government – are mostly Republican-governed states. The sudden unavailability of those tax credits would mean that a lot of newly insured people in those states would no longer be able to afford their health coverage. They will expect their elected officials to do something to mitigate the damage, which would be catastrophic. Close to 5 million people across the country would see their health insurance costs spike.

That would pose an awkward situation for Republicans in the statehouses and Congress: Do they stick to their ideologically acceptable rigid opposition to Obamacare, or do they work to fix the law? Congress has the ability (if not the willingness) to pass a quick legislative fix to solve the problems. Governors could agree to set up exchanges within the state to keep the subsidies flowing. These are the simplest paths to resolving the issue, and there would be intense pressure to get either or both done.

I don't see our legislature turning back, but Haslam might try to set up a hasty exchange (yeah, a new web complex site in two months, that's a good idea... because I know we wouldn't be smart enough to just buy existing code from, say, KYnect).

Could it shift the voters in some red-leaning states? Could it change politics in those states for the next 20 years?

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Wed
Nov 12 2014
12:18 pm

The European Space Agency just announced they have successfully landed an unmanned probe on a comet more than 300 million miles away from Earth. Awesome!

UPDATE: First closeup of the comet from lander during descent:

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Wed
Nov 12 2014
12:00 pm

Because, despite Devaney's incredible success at stomping a large mudhole in the ass of Tennessee Democrats, the TNGOP is apparently just not batshit crazy enough. The Nashville Scene breaks it down.

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Wed
Nov 12 2014
11:42 am

We recently reactivated HBO to watch the final season of Newsroom. A pleasant surprise was the mini series Sonic Highways featuring Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters. The premise is they travel to eight cities to explore the local music history in each city. Then they record a song inspired by the stories on location, and all of it is put together as a documentary.

Continued...

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Wed
Nov 12 2014
11:11 am

Except for women's basketball, which will still be known as the "Lady Vols." The rebranding was done in conjunction with study by the NIKE Graphic Identity Group. Here's a link and excerpt from the press release:

One Tennessee: Branding Restructure

Coinciding with the 2015 campus branding transition and its own 2015 transition to NIKE, the University of Tennessee athletics department will implement a branding restructure that will feature the Power T logo utilized for all programs except for women's basketball. As such, beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, all sports other than women's basketball will compete under the name, "Tennessee Volunteers."

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"Following significant branding studies by both our University and the department of athletics as well as conversations with head coaches and student-athletes, we will implement the related changes that resulted from this collaboration on July 1, 2015," said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart.

The women's basketball program was excluded from this transition because of the accomplishments and legacy of the championship program built by Coach Pat Summitt and her former players. The Lady Volunteers nickname and brand is truly reflective of Coach Summitt and her legacy and will continue to be associated with the Tennessee women's basketball team.

Chancellor Jimmy Cheek actually said "Brand consistency across the university is critical as we strive to become a top 25 public research university."

Reaction from former UT women athletes is mostly negative so far.

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Wed
Nov 12 2014
06:40 am

"Dozens of people in the area were charged anywhere between $8,000 to $99,000 for a dinner at a local restaurant", The Chop House on Chapman Highway.

he's thinking about tearing up his debit card.

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, many customers of The Chop House on Chapman Highway were accidentally overcharged for their meals. If your bill was $27, you might have been charged $27,000. If using a debit card, that would certainly be a hit to your checking account.

The Chop House is correcting the problem and "helping to pay overdraft fees." However, if using a debit card, the overcharges drained accounts and possibly caused overdraft fees on subsequent transactions. Will The Chop House cover those fees as well? Will The Chop House cover interest charged on credit card accounts?

If you use a debit card, your personal cash is affected by provider mistakes. If at all possible, use a credit card or hit the ATM for cash to avoid these temporary cash flow problems.

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Wed
Nov 12 2014
06:30 am

NYT's Mark Landler - U.S. and China Reach Climate Deal After Months of Talks

As part of the agreement, Mr. Obama announced that the United States would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. That is double the pace of reduction it targeted for the period from 2005 to 2020.

China’s pledge to reach peak carbon emissions by 2030, if not sooner, is even more remarkable. To reach that goal, Mr. Xi pledged that so-called clean energy sources, like solar power and windmills, would account for 20 percent of China’s total energy production by 2030.

Continued...

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Tue
Nov 11 2014
11:58 pm

... that 8 of the 10 "top stories" on the KNS website at the moment are about sports.

Tell me why we don't need Metro Pulse again.

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Tue
Nov 11 2014
10:52 am

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Hargett, Goins unsure of vote totals in Amendment 1 suit

State elections officials say they do not know how people who voted on the governor’s race voted on Amendment 1 in light of a lawsuit arguing that the constitution requires a vote on both to change Tennessee’s guiding document.

Elections Coordinator Mark Goins said compiling those numbers would require a “very tedious” manual recount, but said his office is researching what would be needed should the courts demand it of the state.

I'm pretty sure every voting system now used in the state has an electronic database, and probably some built-in reports and report generators. Seems like it would be a pretty simple query.

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Tue
Nov 11 2014
10:18 am

Thanks to all who serve.

From the Presidential Proclamation -- Veterans Day, 2014

Across our country, veterans who fought to protect our democracy around the globe are strengthening it here at home. Once leaders in the Armed Forces, they are now pioneers of industry and pillars of their communities.  Their character reflects our enduring American spirit, and in their example, we find inspiration and strength.  

This day, and every day, we pay tribute to America's sons and daughters who have answered our country's call.  We recognize the sacrifice of those who have been part of the finest fighting force the world has ever known and the loved ones who stand beside them.  We will never forget the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice and all those who have not yet returned home.  As a grateful Nation, let us show our appreciation by honoring all our veterans and working to ensure the promise of America is within the reach of all who have protected it.

ALSO: History of Veterans Day

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Tue
Nov 11 2014
09:31 am

Betty Bean reports that Knox Co. Schools Superintendent McIntyre has a new mentor courtesy of the Broad Foundation. The former Bush Secretary of Education once referred to the National Education Association as a "terrorist organization."

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Tue
Nov 11 2014
03:48 am

A good thing. I was a little surprised that wasn't already happening.

from NBC News ...

Experts project that the screening test, which costs $250-$300, may prevent as many as 20 percent of future deaths from lung cancer, making it akin to mammograms and colonoscopies in terms of saving lives.

Medicare Plans to Pay for Lung Cancer Screening

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
06:35 pm
By: michael kaplan  shortURL

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forget about "don't embarrass the israelis."

remember that these are the kids building (i.e. doing the construction work for) the israeli settlements in the west bank, so they know how to wield sledgehammers.

seeing this i keep thinking about metro pulse. imagine resurrecting the paper using the original name ..

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
05:52 pm

The band spent the day yesterday in a dress rehearsal for Val's Thanksgiving Dinner do. This is her first smoked turkey done in the Big Green Egg and she didn't want any last minute surprises. The look on her face when she opened up the egg after 7 hours was priceless.

Best smoked turkey I've had.

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
03:00 pm

What: South of the River Democrats
When: Monday, November 17, 2014 - 6:30pm
Where: South Knoxville Community Center, 522 Maryville Pike, Knoxville 37920

Guest speaker is Chris Foell, 4th District Co-Representative and Board of Governors member of the Knox Co. Democratic Party, who will lead a discussion about the Local and State November 4th election results, reflection and lessons learned.

for info: Jim Sessions (sessions5@icloud.com)

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
12:21 pm

Congratulations to LeftWingCracker on your 10th anniversary of keepin' it real over in Memphis!

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
11:39 am

Amazon has a one day only deal on Certified Refurbished Kindle Paperwhites for $79, which is $30 off the regular price for a new one. It comes with a one year warranty just like a new one. The Mrs. and I both have Kindle Paperwhites and we love them.

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
11:25 am

Now that the smoke has cleared and the 2014 elections have been sliced, diced, digested and regurgitated by the pundits, was it really that bad?

Continued...

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Mon
Nov 10 2014
11:11 am

Maybe I am wrong, but I don't see Romney, McConnell, etc ever doing this sort of thing.

from Reuters ...

Obama, who campaigned on the issue of net neutrality, said the FCC's new rules should explicitly ban such paid prioritization deals and sided with consumer advocates who have pushed for the FCC to reclassify ISPs so that they can be regulated more like a public utility.

Obama asks FCC for strong net neutrality rules

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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