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Entries by Chris Weigant from 05/2009

Friday Talking Points [75] -- Monster Raving Loony Party

| Posted 05.01.2009 | Politics

First off, happy May Day to everyone! OK, with that out of the way, we must (sadly) turn our eyes to the Republican Party. Because they appear to be ...

Obama Poll Watch

| Posted 05.04.2009 | Politics

Welcome to the first installment in what will hopefully be a four-year (or eight, even) monthly series of articles examining President Barack Obama's ...

Is The Media Misinterpreting Obama's "Empathy" Dog Whistle?

| Posted 05.06.2009 | Media

By speaking of "empathy," I think Obama was doing nothing more than signaling he's about to put a woman on the Supreme Court.

Friday Talking Points [76] -- Countering The Luntz Playbook On Health Care

| Posted 05.08.2009 | Politics

I realize that, as a political blogger, I am supposed to be talking about President Barack Obama's preferences in cheeseburgers today. Sigh. The "Wh...

Solving Kashmir

| Posted 05.11.2009 | World

If Pakistan and India could declare peace and accept a line through the region as their final national boundaries, it could pay off huge dividends in the fight against terrorists.

First Milestone Approaches In Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

| Posted 05.13.2009 | World

America pulling combat forces out of Iraqi cities is going to have multiple effects within the country. At this point, nobody can accurately predict what those effects are going to be with 100 percent reliability.

Friday Talking Points [77] -- There's Always Next Week...

| Posted 05.15.2009 | Politics

I have to start by saying that in all honesty, President Obama and the Democrats didn't have a great week. Obama started the week out by cracking a fe...

What, Exactly, Was Pelosi Supposed to Do?

| Posted 05.18.2009 | Politics

Pelosi can be defended for being in an impossible situation at the time. Even if she disagreed with the policy, there simply wasn't much for her to do about it.

Exclusive Interview With Geoffrey Nunberg, On The Years Of Talking Dangerously

| Posted 05.20.2009 | Media

Epithets like "socialist" and "fascist" enable people on the right to bond with each other and -- though they may not acknowledge it -- to alienate everybody else.

Friday Talking Points [78] -- A Mixed Week

| Posted 05.22.2009 | Politics

President Obama and the congressional Democrats just had their first spat. While others have more-than-adequately delved into the fracas of Obama's n...

Memorial Day For Flu Victims

| Posted 05.25.2009 | Politics

On a lonely hill outside the small town of Cobh, Ireland (pronounced: "cove"), is a mass grave marked by three somber headstones. As mass graves go, ...

Republicans' Other Latino Problem

| Posted 05.27.2009 | Politics

The fight over the Republican primary in Florida is shaping up to be the main-ring event in the GOP's version of the intraparty struggle next year.

Friday Talking Points [79] -- Judicial Activism And Bias

| Posted 05.29.2009 | Politics

"Judicial activism" (or, alternatively, "legislating from the bench") is defined -- no matter what your political beliefs -- as "judges not ruling the...