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Entries by Chris Weigant from 01/2011

Obama Poll Watch -- December, 2010

| Posted 01.03.2011 | Politics

Obama once again charted an unbelievably stable month in terms of approval ratings. The mildly good news was in his disapproval rating, which dropped significantly over the course of December.

Reading The Constitution

| Posted 01.05.2011 | Politics

The newly-Republican House of Representatives is going to start off their tenure reading the entire Constitution on the floor of the House. There's one problem with this: Who gets to read the uncomfortable bits?

Friday Talking Points [150] -- A Fortean Week

| Posted 01.07.2011 | Politics

Sometimes it is hard to come up with a metaphor to describe the week that was. This was not one of those weeks.


| Posted 01.10.2011 | Politics

President Obama is right: It is important to focus on the extraordinary courage shown on the day of the shooting rampage. Because while you can train for what to do in an emergency, you cannot train someone to be heroic.

Guest Column: Obama on Education -- A-Plus Values, F-Minus Policies

| Posted 01.12.2011 | Education

Roughly once a year or so, I turn this column space over to a guest author. This usually happens when a point of view is presented to me either in pu...

Friday Talking Points [151] -- Obama's Speech

| Posted 01.14.2011 | Politics

To honor the fallen this week, we're going to refrain from our usual heated political rhetoric here for a change. It's only fitting, really, after su...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Vietnam Speech

| Posted 01.17.2011 | Politics

Last week, a Defense Department official made a rather startling statement, to the effect that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have supported America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Let's see what King really would have said.

Symbolism Versus Substance

| Posted 01.19.2011 | Politics

Republicans know full well that their healthcare repeal vote today is nothing more than empty symbolism. They should enjoy their symbolic moment in the sunshine, as the substance that follows is not going to be anywhere near as much fun.

Friday Talking Points [152] -- A Palin-Free Month?

| Posted 01.21.2011 | Politics

With some regularity, this column excoriates the mainstream news media for all sorts of continued idiocy in the way it conducts its business. But eve...

State of the Union Predictions

| Posted 01.24.2011 | Politics

Obama is likely to lean more heavily on "reaching out" to Republicans. He knows full well that if anything legislative is going to get done in the next two years, Republicans are going to have to be on board.

Obama's New Ideas

| Posted 01.26.2011 | Politics

Obama proposed a number of ideas last night, amongst the continuation of themes or policies he has pushed previously. The following are the proposals that stuck out as being truly new ideas for him, and thus worth examining.

Friday Talking Points [153] -- SOTU-palooza

| Posted 01.28.2011 | Politics

The past week in politics was, quite obviously, dominated by President Obama's "State Of The Union" speech to Congress. For those of you who may have...

Democracy's Drawback

| Posted 01.31.2011 | Politics

America is a strong supporter of democracy worldwide. Except, of course, when we aren't. That piece of doublethink is the heart of the conundrum in which we now find ourselves in Egypt.