1. Everyone's going to be talking about it over the next few days, so you might as well read it for yourself — Matt Taibbi's story in Rolling Stone on the tea partiers. Once you've read it, ask yourself this: is it better to be thought of as scheming bigots or to be seen as ancient angry idiots being played by the Republican establishment? At least scheming bigots have to be dealt with. Ancient angry idiots who don't realize how the Republican establishment is manipulating them are easily dismissed.
2. Mike Morrow's story about the hearing into the hiring of John Morgan is one of the most beautifully written and insightful pieces on Tennessee politics I've come across in a long time. So read it for a clear understanding of what this mess says about us as a state and our problems, but linger over the lovely sentences. Fair warning, the Examiner's many ads coming at you as pop-ups and roll-overs and pop-behinds will make you long for the "calm" of the Tennessean's webpage, so be sure your ad-blocker is up to date before clicking the link.