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Chat about renewables with Gregor Macdonald

Gregor Macdonald, the writer behind our TPM Prime series The Renewables, will be in The Hive(sub req) tomorrow at 2 p.m. EST to chat about his series and all things energy. He's an independent journalist covering the energy sector who has written for The Economist Intelligence Unit, The Financial Times of London, The Harvard Business Review, The Oil Drum, The Petroleum Economist, etc.

About a month ago, TPM published the first of Gregor's 5-part series on the rapid rise of renewables in the global energy market. We've since published part two, and part three will be published tomorrow (Tuesday). The pieces deal with the changing energy mix in the US as solar and wind dominate marginal additions to the powergrid, and aging fossil-fuel power retires. Check it out and drop in your questions for Gregor about renewable energy, the economics and policy surrounding it, etc. at or before 2 p.m. EST.

"Fine With Hillary"

From our on-going series, TPM Reader JC is "fine" with Hillary ...

So a little background about me: I'm a 24 year old daughter of Haitian immigrants, born in Rhode Island and raised in Florida. I'm not religious. I have a full-time job with great benefits, health insurance, a decent education from UF that helped me get a job I love in the field I studied. Life is pretty decent. Or at least a bit better than some other semi-recent college graduates that I know or read about. (Also, I'd be interested in knowing the demographic deets of other TPM readers, they seem like a surprisingly diverse bunch...possible future article?)

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Cued Up for Greatness

New Poll: Christie approval rating "lowest ever," down to 38%.

Can we finally agree that even if he thinks he's running, Chris Christie is, shall we say, objectively not running for President. Blue state governors with terrible approval ratings with various scandals surrounding them simply are not credible presidential contenders in a GOP primary.

The New York Post's Central Role in National Media BS Food Chain

This morning we have an example of one of the more curious oddities and inanities of the New York media ecosystem. The New York Post is reporting - or one of its premier columnists is - that Mayor Bill de Blasio is plotting to enter the 2016 presidential race as the left alternative to Hillary Clinton. This is almost certainly intentionally made up nonsense for the purpose of lampooning de Blasio and generating adverse stories for Clinton as well.

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Wait, What?

Five of the six police officers in Parma, Missouri have resigned citing "safety concerns", shortly after the town's first female African-American Mayor was sworn in last Tuesday. The previous Mayor, Randall Ramsey, had served as mayor for a total of 37 years.

Are You Ready for Hillary?

Over the weekend I asked readers to tell me where they are on Hillary Clinton's candidacy. Are you ready? Are you enthusiastic? Have you been waiting for eight years?

We've already gotten a huge number of responses. As you can imagine, they run the gamut of opinions. More interesting to me though is that some pretty clear themes have already emerged - ones that on balance seem favorable to Clinton's candidacy relative to 2008. I published a couple here over the weekend from Obama supporters whose experience of the Obama presidency has made them more supportive of Hillary's candidacy this time. Others have focused on Hillary's serving in Obama's administration and mobilizing her supporters on his behalf. I'll be publishing more today. Keep your emails coming.

They Haven't Forgotten

We've gotten a ton of great responses to my weekend question about whether or not readers are ready for a Hillary Clinton candidacy, whether they're supporting her, how enthusiastically, etc. They've run the gamut. And I'm going to be publishing a bunch of them. But this email from TPM Reader AC brings out an issue that is either implicit or referenced in many of the emails you've sent in: namely, how support for Hillary is shaped by the intense and close-fought 2008 primary battle and Hillary's loyalty and work for Obama after her defeat.

From AC ...

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