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Corker Makes Campaign Season Trip to Middle East

In a sharp contrast to the grueling, down-to-the-wire campaign during his last run for statewide office, Sen. Bob Corker is off on a weeklong trip to the Middle East — just a month before voters decide whether to re-elect him.
“I’ve said all along that my campaign is going to be my service in the Senate,” the Republican told reporters when asked whether the trip was an indication he takes for granted a win over disavowed Democratic nominee Mark Clayton and other candidates.
In a speech before talking with reporters, Corker told the Nashville Chamber of Commerce that “I’m likely to be the lead Republican on foreign relations issues” when the Senate meets next year. He serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the trip to the Middle East will be aimed at gathering insight into the slaying of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya, Corker indicated.
“Maybe when I’ve returned from the Middle East I’ll have a better sense of what’s happened,” he said. “And it may just be that Libya has turned into a failed state and maybe it’s just that that the administration doesn’t want to discuss.”
Corker said security rules prevent him from giving specifics of the trip in advance, including whether Libya would be among countries visited.
The senator said he has visited 47 countries since being elected in 2006 and expects to finish reading former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan’s memoir while on the plane trip to the Mideast.

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In Occupying, Knoxville is Not Nashville or Washington

Excerpt from a Josh Flory report on Occupy Knoxville:
While Nashville’s Occupy encampment sparked a legal confrontation with the administration of Gov. Bill Haslam and members of Occupy Wall Street were recently forced out of a Manhattan park by police, Knoxville sympathizers have declined to camp out in public places and have cooperated with law enforcement.
Why the differing approaches?
Rose Hawley, a South Knoxville resident who has been active in the local movement, said Knoxville isn’t New York or Nashville.
“They have the human resources to occupy (a location) 24-7,” she said.
There may be more complex factors at work, though. Nathan Kelly, a University of Tennessee political scientist who has written a book about the politics of income inequality in the United States, said via email that the Occupy Wall Street message likely doesn’t resonate broadly in Knoxville, which he described as a very conservative place.
Kelly said the message of Occupy Wall Street is that the American economic system is leaving many people behind and needs to become more fair.
“A lot of rank-and-file conservatives are also really upset about the dramatic levels of inequality present in America today and share a sense that many are being left behind economically,” he said. “But for conservatives, the narrative is not that the economic system is somehow to blame, but rather that lots of individuals have made bad choices