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What was the best part of your week?
Was it NN13, the Supreme Court's [good] decisions, the Peoples' Filibuster in Texas, or something more personal?

Man, my head is spinning from all the good stuff that went down this week, from the personal to the political to the global. How about you?

First came NN13, my third and favorite Netroots Nation gathering. Check the comments for NN photos, and please feel free to include your own. I was continually struck by the numbers and energy of the young people in their 20's, especially the women who were poised and confident beyond their years. While many have written about the scheduled events, it was during the unscheduled events some of the best magic happened.  

One of my favorite chance encounters was at Shockwave's notorious after-party with a young political satirist who wore a conservative red suit and carried a box that held the blonde wig of her character Susie Sampson, correspondent for the mythical Tea Party Report. Susie attends Republican, Democratic, and Tea Party events alike, and we had a long talk about the differences between political persuasions. We agreed that the best comedy is not mean-spirited, and Susie's alter-ego proved her generosity of spirit in stating that all the enthusiasts she meets at these events are good people who love their country but who just have different priorities and ways of showing their patriotism.

When I asked where she wanted to take her comedy she said she wanted to be on The Daily Show within a year. "As a writer?" I wondered, and she said no-- as a correspondent! Heeding Kos' words that we need to be welcoming to the next generation of activists I offered to mentor her if she'd like to diary at Daily Kos. You can view and subscribe to her other videos HERE.

As "Susie" hones her comedic chops I can pretty much promise you that this warm, charming, confident and funny young woman is someone to keep an eye out for. Meeting her was definitely among the personal highlights of my week!

So, um, let's see, what else happened that might have made your week? A scheduled or unscheduled part of NN13? Al Gore's praise of the President's climate speech? The demise of DOMA and Proposition 8? Wendy Davis' filibuster and the triumph of Texas Democrats and women? The arrival of figbash at the party-in-progress at Glacier? Celebrate the past action-filled week with us in the comments, where I'll tell you more of my favorite NN stories and share a few pictures.

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Glacier National Park
June 27- June 30th

Glacier National Park Kossack EPIC Meetup!

TIME: 24/7
LOCATION: Glacier National Park
402 9th St W • Columbia Falls, Montana

ORGANIZER: Send arizonablue a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. BlueJessamine
2. arizonablue
3. Mr.arizonablue
4. Truman
5. Ojibwa - arriving for the weekend
6. MTmofo
7. figbash!
8. spottedbear
9. jakedog42
10. Oke
11. cooltraveler
12. Mr.cooltraveler
13. state of confusion
14. Lute the Norwegian
15. Josh Blue
16. Thinking Fella
17. Blu Gal in DE
18. NormAl1792
19. winifred3

Maybees:
Joan McCarter
slksfca
Ed in Montana
BoiseBlue
BoiseBlue GF
Timmethy

Latest diary: Glacier National Park Check In! Glacier National Park Meetup - Part II w/ lodging and campground info!
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Saturday, June 29th

Houston Area Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Goode Company Taqueria and Hamburgers
4902 Kirby Drive • Houston

ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Chrislove
2. nomandates
3. suesue
4. Mr. suesue
5. cosette
6. Delilah
7. MarciaJ720
8. jmbar2
9. mister mustardhead
Maybees:
GrannyOPhilly
Mr. cosette
Bridgitt (honorary Kossack)
Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, June 29!
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Sunday, June 30th

SFKossacks Watch the Gay Pride Parade

TIME: Meet 10:00 AM, Parade at 10:30 AM
LOCATION: One of the Montgomery BART Stations
The one at Montgomery and Market, across Market from the Palace Hotel • San Francisco

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. slksfca
2. dharmasyd
3. kimoconnor
4. navajo
5.
Maybees:
SanFernandoValleyMom
Sychotic1
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Sunday, July 7th

Chicago Kossacks Go to a Ballgame!

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Fifth Third Bank Ball Park
34W002 Cherry Lane • Geneva

ORGANIZER: Send NormAl1792 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. NormAl1792
2. figbash
3. broths
4. Mr. broths
5-10. edwardssl & her family
Maybees:
winifred3
luvweasel
Jennifer Clare
luvsathoroughbred
Mr. luvs
ScottyUrb
Latest diary: Chicago(land) Kossacks Meet-Up July 7: Take Me Out to the Ball Game
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New York Hudson Valley Kossacks

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Saturday, July 13th

NY Hudson Valley Kossacks' First Meet-up

TIME: NOON
LOCATION: Hudson House
2 Main Street • Cold Spring, NY

ORGANIZER: Send boran2 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. boran2
2. thankgodforairamerica
3. betson08
Maybees:
ask
curly
Latest diary: [Coming soon!]
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Thursday, July 18th

Phoenix Kossacks Meet-up for navajo

TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Rancho de Tia Rosa
3129 E. McKellips • Mesa

ORGANIZER: Send arizonablue a kosmail to attend.

navajo's in town one day, even though it's a Thursday we hope you can make it.

RSVPs:
1. arizonablue
2. Mr. arizonablue
3. navajo
4. Azazello
5. Mrs. Azazello
6. ninothemindboggler
7. Mrs. ninothemindboggler
8. thomask  
9. mrs. thomask
10. BluejayRN
11. Late Again
12. Mother Mags
Maybees:
Kane in CA
Kane in CA friend
cosmic debris
PSzymeczek
Mr PSzymeczek
Mr. Late Again
dewey in the desert
Latest diary: ATTN Phoenix Kossacks: Let's Welcome Navajo to the Valley of the Sun!
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Dkos Asheville
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Saturday, July 20th

Dkos Asheville, North Carolina Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Randallt
2. Gordon20024
3. davehouck
4. Joieau
5. SteelerGrrl
6. SteelerGuy
7. Captain Sham
8. Smiley7
9. DawnN
10. Phil S 33
11.
12.
Maybees:
eeff
Audri
gulfgal98
PearlJamSteelworker
Amy
Latest diary: DKos Asheville Open Thread 5/18/13: Frogs and tomatoes and snakes, oh my!
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Sunday, August 4th

NYC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send Sidnora a kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. joanbrooker
2. mconvente
3. belinda ridgewood
4. Yasuragi
5. sidnora
6. Its the Supreme Court Stupid
7. blue jersey mom
8. kathny
9. ask
10. rubyr
11. plf515
Maybees:
andgarden
wader
Latest diary: New York City Meetup - August - Choose your date
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Originally posted to Connect! Unite! Act! on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 07:25 AM PDT.

Also republished by SFKossacks.

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