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Entries by Chris Weigant from 04/2011

Friday Talking Points [161] -- April Fools

| Posted 04.01.2011 | Politics

To clarify that title: when you pull a prank on this particular day, you're supposed to reveal yourself as the prankster by yelling "April Fools!" (or...

Obama Poll Watch -- March, 2011

| Posted 04.04.2011 | Politics

While catastrophic world events dominated the news for most of the month, Obama's approval rating was being hit with a creeping domestic problem -- the rising price of gasoline.

Two Reluctant Bargainers

| Posted 04.06.2011 | Politics

With the possibility of a government shutdown looming, it's hard not to see how uncomfortable both Speaker of the House John Boehner and President Barack Obama are at this sort of bare-knuckles game.

Friday Talking Points [162] -- Budget Standoff Continues

| Posted 04.08.2011 | Politics

This whole government shutdown walk-to-the-brink-and-stare-into-the-abyss thing is nothing more than the warmup for the next budgetary battles -- which will be much bigger.

Suggestions for Obama's Medicare Counterproposal

| Posted 04.12.2011 | Politics

It's going to be very easy for whatever Obama comes up with to look a lot better than just handing seniors a voucher and saying: "Good luck with that medical insurance marketplace."

Breathtaking Republican Hypocrisy on Medicare

| Posted 04.13.2011 | Politics

To be sure, Republicans have always been against the concept of Medicare. But hypocrisy entered into the discourse last year, when they attempted to position themselves as the ones who were going to "save Medicare."

Friday Talking Points [163] -- The Ads Just Write Themselves

| Posted 04.15.2011 | Politics

Something the media largely missed in the midst of multiple budgetary battles this week was the fact that this is what bipartisanship looks like.

Explaining Taxes

| Posted 04.19.2011 | Politics

The concept of taxes, of course, is pretty easy to explain. Except when you look at it too closely.

Reviewing America's Wars [Part 1]

| Posted 04.20.2011 | World

Since the mainstream media has abdicated all responsibility for reporting the news, I thought today would be a good day to review the current status of America's wars.

Friday Talking Points [164] -- Skynet Attacks!

| Posted 04.22.2011 | Politics

While it's fun to watch Arnold say things like "Hasta la vista, Baby" through clenched teeth on a movie screen, the fictional war between humans and robots has taken on a new dimension these days.

Trump Mania

| Posted 04.26.2011 | Politics

Trump's celebrity value is showing up loud and clear on the straw polls. But this doesn't mean he is even going to run -- and if he does, it's likely not going to get him very far.

Should America Assassinate?

| Posted 04.27.2011 | Politics

If we're going to legitimize assassination as a valid American foreign policy tool, we really should do so with our eyes wide open. Right now, for we as a people, they are not.

Friday Talking Points [165] -- Royally Screwed

| Posted 04.29.2011 | Politics

This is going to be a somewhat surprising column introduction, for I am about to talk about something I've been absolutely ridiculing all week long -- the royal wedding. And how the American media missed a joke (not to mention a kiss).