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Entries by Chris Weigant from 06/2009

Obama Poll Watch [May 2009] -- Obama v. Clinton (First Term)

| Posted 06.01.2009 | Politics

The stability of Obama's numbers (especially the approval rating) continued in May, which is remarkable compared to other presidents during the same time period in their terms.

Senator Sessions, Judge Sotomayor, And Racism

| Posted 06.03.2009 | Politics

In all the hoopla over Judge Sonia Sotomayor being nominated to the Supreme Court, there is one interesting side story that the media is largely ignor...

Friday Talking Points [80] -- Parsing Obama's Cairo Speech

| Posted 06.05.2009 | World

This is an interesting and refreshing subtext in Obama's entire speech -- he says things are "facts" and not opinions. Considering the lunacy that passes for "political debate" on American television screens -- where there are always two points of view, and every "fact" is subject to spin from one side or another -- it is a breath of fresh air.

A Question for Dick Cheney: Should We Now Waterboard Tiller's Murderer?

| Posted 06.08.2009 | Politics

Roeder is claiming the now-infamous "ticking time bomb" scenario of what can only be termed domestic terrorism. Doesn't this mean that he should immediately be waterboarded?

My Third Anniversary Blogging

| Posted 06.10.2009 | Politics

This column apparently shares a birthday with none other than Donald Duck, who turned 75 years old yesterday. Who knew? Yes, my column turned three years old yesterday.

Friday Talking Points [81] -- Where Are The Democrats On Healthcare Reform?!?

| Posted 06.12.2009 | Politics

That subtitle can be taken two different ways. To be absolutely clear, I meant it in both interpretations. In fact, it is so exasperating that I fee...

An Ad Script for Teddy Kennedy on Healthcare Reform

| Posted 06.15.2009 | Politics

In the debate about healthcare reform, why are the loudest voices in the room the ones who seemingly are against all reform? Where are the champions ...

Gays To Obama: "If Not Now, When?"

| Posted 06.17.2009 | Politics

The political reality is that -- especially for contentious issues -- there is a very small window for presidents to get things done.

Friday Talking Points [82] -- Is Obama The Only Person Who Remembers What America Did In Iran In 1953?

| Posted 06.19.2009 | Politics

Welcome back to your weekly Friday Talking Points roundup. This week will be a bit unusual, as instead of the normal list of talking points Democrats...

Barney Frank Introduces Marijuana Legislation

| Posted 06.22.2009 | Politics

How many Democrats do we need to elect to Congress before such commonsense laws are passed to rein in some of the excesses of past eras?

The Media's Double Standard On Showing Neda's Death

| Posted 06.24.2009 | Media

Either show us the Neda video uncensored, or don't show the poster. You can't really have this one both ways. The American public can either handle this image or we can't. Decide, and be consistent.

Friday Talking Points [83] -- Dan Froomkin's Final Column

| Posted 06.26.2009 | Politics

It's been a crazy rollercoaster of a week, and at the end of it, California can proudly state that not only do we no longer have the most embarrassing...

The Beginning of the End of the Iraq War?

| Posted 06.29.2009 | World

If our soldiers are out of Iraqi cities, and the Iraqi security forces start shouldering more and more responsibility as a result, do we really need all 130,000 troops sitting in their bases?