“The hope is we can sit down with folks and say, ‘Listen, let go of your old prejudices about nuclear.’ ”

Sen. Lindsey Graham on his new energy proposal that includes nuclear and “clean coal” as acceptable energy alternatives. Graham walked away from an energy reform bill earlier this year over an unrelated immigration debate. Source: The New York Times

9.8 percent

The Charleston area’s apartment vacancy rate, according to Charlotte-based firm Real Data. It’s the first time the market has fallen below 10 percent in more than two years. Source: Charleston Regional Business Journal

“It should not be held up because two male senators want to stop women from knowing their history.”

Joan Wages, CEO of the planned National Women’s History Museum. Sens. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., are blocking the federal government from selling land to the museum. Organizers aren’t asking for federal funding, but conservative groups have encouraged DeMint to block the project over concerns that museum programs might include references to abortion rights. Wages says the daunting $400 million fundraising campaign means there will be no room for divisive issues like abortion in the museum. Source: USA Today


Gov. Mark Sanford’s grade from the conservative Cato Institute, topping the list of governors. Possible 2012 presidential candidates Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota also fared well.

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