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Entries by Chris Weigant from 10/2009

Friday Talking Points [96] -- The Impressiveness of Alan Grayson

| Posted 10.02.2009 | Politics

First, let's get rid of the distractions this week. Chicago will not be getting the Olympics in 2016, even after President Obama went over to Copenha...

Obama Poll Watch: Obama Halts His Slide

| Posted 10.05.2009 | Politics

This month, the news for Obama fans is not bad. It's not get-up-and-cheer good, either, but it's a lot better than the news has been for the past two months.

Republican Leaders Join In Honoring New Rotunda Statue Of Radical Socialist Woman

| Posted 10.07.2009 | Politics

A woman whose name we all know was a proud Red, a committed Socialist, and an unapologetic Wobbly. And now she's not only buried in the National Cathedral, she's got her own statue in the Capitol.

Friday Talking Points: Is Opt-Out The Answer?

| Posted 10.09.2009 | Politics

The plan isn't going into effect until 2013. Think you're tired of TV ads and screaming folks at town hall meetings now? Picture a more local version of that for the next four years -- not a pretty sight.

Max Baucus Has Only Himself To Blame

| Posted 10.12.2009 | Politics

I have little sympathy for Baucus at this point, when he complains that his adversaries have had time to put out a report attacking his bill. Because there is one reason that they've had all that time.

Halftime At The Healthcare Reform Superbowl

| Posted 10.14.2009 | Politics

A football locker room. Hundreds of Democrats are sitting on benches, to hear Coach's halftime pep talk in the Health Care Reform Superbowl. Some appear exhausted, some appear battered.

Friday Talking Points [98] -- Newsiness

| Posted 10.16.2009 | Politics

I have to admit before I begin that I don't watch cable television "news" during the day, because I consider it largely to be a waste of my valuable t...

Holder's Baby Step On Medical Marijuana

| Posted 10.19.2009 | Politics

Obama's plan is good news for medical marijuana advocates, but although this is a historic shift in the War on Drugs, it does not go far enough because it does not resolve the illogic of the underlying legal issue.

Want Healthcare Reform? Pick Up The Phone.

| Posted 10.21.2009 | Politics

Yesterday, over 300,000 people picked up the phone and called Congress demanding health care reform this year. The phones ringing off the hook certainly did not go unnoticed by Congress.

Friday Talking Points [99] -- Misdirection

| Posted 10.23.2009 | Politics

The real head-scratcher for serious media-watchers right now is what the "war" between the White House and Fox News was meant to distract us from this week. The "war" itself is laughable, for a number of reasons.

Media's Credibility (Not Public Option) Is What Is Dead

| Posted 10.27.2009 | Media

The media has been pushing the "public option is dead" theme for so long, it's no wonder they're so astonished by yesterday's news that a public option will be included in the Senate bill.

From The Pentagon To Monty Python: The Internet Turns 40

| Posted 10.28.2009 | Technology

Technology has grown by such leaps and bounds since 1969 that it's hard to conceive how things were before we all had access to computers.

Heart-Stopping Hallowe'en Horror, Left And Right

| Posted 10.30.2009 | Politics

Happy Samhain, everyone, if that isn't an inherent oxymoron. For those of you who expected (and were, of course, waiting for with bated breath... what...