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Entries by Chris Weigant from 12/2008

Political Parties Are Not "Checks" Or "Balances"

| Posted 12.01.2008 | Politics

I'm not worried about whether checks and balances will disappear if Republicans don't have more than 40 seats in the Senate. True checks and balances are more fundamental than party affiliation.

How Will Obama Enrage The Left?

| Posted 12.03.2008 | Politics

Obama is going to do something to absolutely enrage leftists, progressives, and the few remaining Americans who actually call themselves liberals; and, furthermore, he's going to do it within his first 100 days in office.

Friday Talking Points [57] -- End Of Prohibition 75th Anniversary Edition

| Posted 12.05.2008 | Politics

Brian Williams, NBC's talking head extraordinaire, is probably a decent guy, a guy with whom you could sit down and have a beer. [More on the alcohol...

A Close Look At The Iraq Status Of Forces Agreement [Part 1]

| Posted 12.08.2008 | World

What I found is that the Iraqis got almost everything they had pushed for, and the Bush administration got almost nothing of what they wanted.

Inauguration News: D.C. Power Plays and Other Craziness

| Posted 12.11.2008 | Politics

With slightly less than a month and a half to go before Barack Obama's inauguration, Washington, D.C. has officially reached the "freakout" point on the Richter scale of event planning.

Friday Talking Points [58] -- [Expletive Deleted] Blagojevich

| Posted 12.12.2008 | Politics

The history of profanity in American political discourse is an untold story out there just waiting for someone to research and write about -- although...

War Crimes and Incompetence -- the Real Shoes Thrown at Bush

| Posted 12.15.2008 | Politics

Last week the Senate Armed Services Committee released a report which basically called Bush and his entire National Security Council war criminals.

Constitutional Coup Averted In Illinois

| Posted 12.17.2008 | Politics

The Illinois Supreme Court has just rejected what was in essence a coup attempt by the state Attorney General, which would have installed the Lt. Governor in Blagojevich's place.

My 2008 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

| Posted 12.19.2008 | Politics

Welcome to our annual awards! For the past three years, this column has paid homage (translation: "ripped off their gimmick") to the McLaughlin Group...

Make Wall Street Take The Same Deal The Autoworkers Get

| Posted 12.22.2008 | Business

If we're going to minutely examine autoworkers' wages, and dictate the travel plans of one industry we are bailing out, then it seems eminently reasonable to do the same for the banking industry.

Mr. Claus Goes To Washington

| Posted 12.24.2008 | Politics

I would rather be at home now than covering the annual "sit on Santa's lap" photo-op for politicians, but I seem to have annoyed my editor, so here I am -- your intrepid holiday reporter.

My 2008 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

| Posted 12.26.2008 | Politics
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Love her or hate her, you have to admit that John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin for the Republican ticket this year was without any doubt the boldest political tactic of the year.

Is Rick Warren Beyond The Pale?

| Posted 12.29.2008 | Politics

While I understand the anger from the gay-rights community over the Warren issue, I myself am waiting to see some solid results from Obama before judging him.