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Entries by Chris Weigant from 07/2011

Friday Talking Points -- Excerpting Obama's Press Conference

| Posted 07.01.2011 | Politics

An important debate flared this week -- one in which sides were chosen, positions staked out, and invective hurled. I will let that sentence stand in...

Obama Poll Watch -- June, 2011

| Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics

[Program Note: Last month, we ran this column four days before the end of May, due to travel plans. We promised we'd update the preliminary numbers i...

Friday Talking Points -- Obama's Fourteenth Option

| Posted 07.08.2011 | Politics

The silly season has come early to Washington, it seems. The root cause is a simple fact of American politics these days -- sometimes, there just can't be transparency.

The Big Debt Ceiling Stall

| Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

There's an old bumpersticker saying that "if it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would ever get done," which bears repeating right now. But this time around, it will be by design.

Historical Context Missing From Debt Ceiling Reporting

| Posted 07.14.2011 | Politics

Back in 1995 and 1996, a government shutdown actually happened -- twice. The debt ceiling was not raised, but the country did not default. President Clinton actively used his veto pen, as the Republicans sent him bills that they knew he would not sign.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama 2.0?

| Posted 07.15.2011 | Politics

In the midst of the debt ceiling frenzy, nobody seems to have noticed that Obama is negotiating in a markedly different way than what we've seen from him in the past. He is at the absolute center of the showdown.

2012 Republican Presidential Field Update

| Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics

Since it's been over a month since we last took a look at how the 2012 Republican presidential field is shaping up, we're overdue for an update.

Libyan Rebels Battle for Brega

| Posted 07.20.2011 | World

Whoever controls Brega will control the oil the town can ship out, which would be a huge source of income for the rebels. In the end, this war may wind up being one of attrition.

Friday Talking Points -- What Would Ronald Reagan Do?

| Posted 07.22.2011 | Politics

Since the Republican Party now worships at the altar of "Saint Ronald of Reagan," it's always fun to point out the hard, cold fact that Reagan would simply not be acceptable to the Republican Party as it stands today.

Another Debt Commission? Really?

| Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics

Forgive me if I'm not impressed, Speaker Boehner. Because I've seen this movie before, and I know how it's going to turn out. Republicans will refuse to raise one thin dime of revenue, and Democrats will refuse to cut one thin dime from the social safety net.

Congress' Real Deadline: Summer Vacation

| Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics

It's a pretty safe bet that the issue will (at least temporarily) be resolved by the fifth of August, at the absolute latest. Bank on it. The reason for such certainty is a simple one.

Friday Talking Points -- In The Darkest Depths of Mordor

| Posted 07.29.2011 | Politics

If I were a hobbit, right about now I would be wondering just how the heck I wound up at the center of this Washington intraparty political fight, personally.