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Dateline Rio—The Rio—Hello!

Looking at the twitter feed for #NN10 earlier Wednesday, I saw one antsy tweet with a TCOT hashtag saying “Something going on in Vegas this week.” Well, yes, I dare say that Tea Party patriot/expresser/nation-er/whatever might just be right.

Many of your favorite Firedoglake contributors, diarists, and community members are gathering here at The Rio in Las Vegas for the next few days. . . and I am here, too. [rimshot] Thank you, thank you very much. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, and try the veal. . . wait, isn’t that what we’ve been doing for the last 18 months?

But seriously, I am just the opening act. Along with keeping our eye on the big picture, FDL is going to try to give you a taste of what is being discussed during some of the panels and presentations here in Las Vegas, plus, if we get lucky, we’ll post the odd video stream, liveblog, and super-sentient tweet, as well.

Today, we will be treated to ‘lakers Marcy Wheeler, Dave Dayen, and frequent FDL contributor Mike Stark talking about Covering Congress: The Art of Insider Citizen Reporting. They will be joined by David Waldman (aka KagroX of Congress Matters), Donny Shaw (of OpenCongress.org), and Jeremy Koulish. Alas, this is currently not one of the sessions that promises a livestream (NN10 streaming info can be found here); I am hoping that time and the quality of the internet connection will allow me and/or other FDL community members to provide some coverage for those that could not be here.

And speaking of coverage, if you are reading this from somewhere within the friendly, garish, and perplexingly themed confines of the Rio complex and are attending any of the panels, speeches, or events at this conference, I strongly encourage you to give us your impressions. If you haven’t already done so, register for an account at The Seminal and write a report or host a liveblog, yourself. (Please include “Netroots Nation” or “NN10” in your headline to help interested folks find your post.)

Looking at the rest of Thursday’s schedule, I see panels that include several FDL and Seminal contributors—such as James Rucker and Kyle de Beausset—and recent Book Salon guests Tracy Van Slyke and Deanna Zandt, to name only a small sample. And Thursday also features a panel with the one an only sitting member of the Obama Administration that could find time to visit this conference: Former Republican Representative and current Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

Later in the weekend, we will be joined by Jon Walker, who will talk on Saturday, programmed directly opposite other panels featuring Marcy and David (the nerve!)—more on all that in the next couple of days.

And, of course, while we are in here, the world is still out there, and FDL has plenty of folks outside the bauble bubble (including Jane) just to make sure that patriot/expresser guy doesn’t get any ideas. . . and just to make sure that you all get plenty of them.

Thank you. I’ll be here all week.