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Entries by Chris Weigant from 05/2011

Any Channel

| Posted 05.02.2011 | World

To me, the most momentous phrase in the American lexicon is when a friend calls up and says some version of, "Turn on your television... to any channel." What made last night different, though, was that the news was not bad.

Obama Poll Watch -- April 2011

| Posted 05.04.2011 | Politics

April was a pretty miserable month for Barack Obama, mostly due to the high price of gasoline at the pump. But May is already shaping up to be one of Obama's best months ever, for one very obvious reason.

Friday Talking Points [166] -- Osama Bin Laden Is Still Dead

| Posted 05.06.2011 | Politics

Mission freakin' accomplished. I don't care how ironic that sounds to some, it's true. Osama Bin Laden declared war on America, waged that war for ye...

Beginning the End of America's Longest War

| Posted 05.10.2011 | World

With Osama bin Laden now dead, it's going to be a lot easier to begin pulling out of Afghanistan. The only question left to ask is how fast this drawdown will be accomplished.

The Full 2012 Republican Field

| Posted 05.11.2011 | Politics

Because I'm trying to include simply everybody, this will necessarily have to be a very wide (and not very deep) look at all the possible candidates.

Friday Talking Points [167] -- Happy Friday the Thirteenth, Ron!

| Posted 05.13.2011 | Politics

Ron Paul, apparently, is not a superstitious kind of guy. Tempting fate, as it were, he announced today that he's running for president once again -- on Friday the thirteenth.

Next Up: Rudy, Sarah, and Mitch

| Posted 05.16.2011 | Politics

By the end of this month -- with the possible exception of Sarah Palin, who could jump in at any time she wants -- the Republican field is going to look pretty close to what it will look like on Republican primary ballots next year.

The Ryan Budget Acid Test

| Posted 05.18.2011 | Politics

The Republican Party has now made supporting the Ryan budget its acid test for 2012. By forcing the issue in such a major way with Gingrich, the message to the rest of the Republican candidates is loud and clear: "Support the Ryan plan -- or else."

Friday Talking Points [168] -- Zombie Attack!

| Posted 05.20.2011 | Politics

Now all Americans can breathe a huge sigh of relief because the Centers for Disease Control just posted instructions so we can all adequately prepare for "Zombie Armageddon."

Republican Field Shaping Up

| Posted 05.24.2011 | Politics

At this point, there are only a few holdouts left on the sidelines, as most of the bigwigs (and some decidedly "smallwigs") have made their intentions known.

Spinning Hochul's Special Election Win

| Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's hard to deny that Democrats are feeling good about yesterday's election victory up in Buffalo. There's a certain wind-in-our-sails feeling about the whole strategy of hammering Republicans on the Ryan plan to voucherize Medicare.

Obama Poll Watch -- May, 2011

| Posted 05.27.2011 | Politics

"What a difference a death makes." President Obama announced at the very beginning of the month that Osama bin Laden was dead, and his poll numbers reacted almost immediately.