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CT-Senate Roundup

HOWARD MEGDAL: With the news of Senator Joe Lieberman’s retirement, it is time for Democrats to dream. Sure, Chris Murphy looks to be the early leader. But a Senate seat with Ted Kennedy Jr., Keith Olbermann or even Alec Baldwin would feel like karmic payback for the nonsense liberals put up with from Joe Lieberman lo these past few decades. Continue reading

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Joe Lieberman: Hero?

JESSICA BADER: At this time last year, when the legislative grudge match du jour in the Senate was health care reform, the mere mention of Joe Lieberman’s name was enough to make me tense up and start muttering under my breath. What a difference a year makes. In the waning days of the 111th Congress, another key liberal goal left simmering from the last time Democrats controlled both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue was finally realized, and on this Lieberman was not a speedbump but a driving force. As odd and disconcerting as it feels, today Joe Lieberman is a progressive hero.

Like Jessica, I think Joe Lieberman should be commended for his work in bringing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal in for a safe Senate landing. But let’s not get hysterical here: when Patty Murray, head of the DSCC, sits down with Lieberman, it should be to let him know the Democrats will be supporting someone else in Connecticut’s 2012 Senate election. Continue reading

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College Basketball Final Four Predictions

HOWARD MEGDAL: My admittedly early picks: Duke, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Minnesota.

BRAD GOLDBACH: My way-too-early Final Four picks: Duke, Pittsburgh, Kansas and Tennessee. Continue reading

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UConn Basketball: Twilight?

JON DALY: I spent a Lost Semester in Storrs and was a fan of the team before that; I remember when they played at the Field House and Dom Perno was the coach. Jim Calhoun put that team on the map. They made three Final Four appearances; bringing home the title twice. 22 of his players went on to the NBA including ten who were active in ’09-’10.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It simply may be that Connecticut basketball doesn’t have enough horsepower to weather this particular series of setbacks. Continue reading

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State of the Blumenthal

HOWARD MEGDAL: In the wake of a New York Times piece citing instances when Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General for the state of Connecticut and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, misstated his service record, calls were rampant for the Democrats to dump him as nominee, while the Republicans sensed a pickup opportunity.

The reality has been heartening to those who value public service: Blumenthal’s decades of great work have trumped this one week story. Indeed, it is certainly what saved him.

DAN SZYMBORSKI: The good news for Blumenthal, in addition to the polling that Howard mentions, is that he still looks like he has a fairly strong lead over McMahon.

However, the story is still fraught with danger for Blumenthal. Continue reading

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Baby Names

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I figured it might be useful during this discussion to have a look at some of the most popular Baby Names of 2009. It is fascinating to see the naming trends being created and followed by new parents.

AKIE BERMISS: In the Bermiss family we have no illusions about having popular names. My parents, black radicals in the 70s who decided settling down and raising a family would be the most radical move, acted out their revolutionary fantasies by giving us all African and Arabic first names. And, while I go by “Akie” most of the time, my full name is actually: ‘Aamir Lee Bermiss. And, of course, my first and last names are not pronounce AT ALL like how they are spelled. Needless to say I spent quite a few years trying to correct teachers and administrators over and over again before I came upon the provenance of a simple, yet still peculiar, nickname in “Akie.”

And its been smooth sailing ever since. Continue reading

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NCAA Tournament: Final Four Discussion

HOWARD MEGDAL: So the question seems to be going around- is this the worst tournament ever?

STEVE KORNACKI: I really was buying into the whole “it’s the Big East’s year!” line of thinking….until I watched Michigan State smother the life out of poor, hapless Louisville on Sunday. Continue reading

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Big East NCAA Tournament Projections


Record: 24-2, 12-2
Outlook: Obviously an NCAA tournament lock, and almost certainly a #1 seed, but the Huskies’ chances of holding the top spot in the East region

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