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Entries by Chris Weigant from 08/2011

Which Three Democratic Senators?

| Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics

In the new congressional joint committee, any plan will only require 7 votes out of 12 in order to move to Congress at large. Which means if one Democrat votes for a Republican plan, then that will be the committee's official plan.

No FAA Bill? No-Fly List.

| Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics

Congress has chosen its priorities -- a month of paid vacation is more important to them than doing the work they have been hired to do. This is unacceptable.

Friday Talking Points -- More Tea, Anyone?

| Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics

With the conclusion of the debt ceiling "crisis," the media pivoted swiftly to their standard larger questions (to them, at any rate) about any politi...

Wisconsin's Vote More Important Than Iowa's

| Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

The less said about the Iowa straw poll the better, actually. Wisconsin could prove to be a much better weathervane in terms of predicting which way the political winds will be blowing, come next year.

A Wisconsin Centennial Worth Celebrating

| Posted 08.11.2011 | Politics

Since the news yesterday was a bit depressing for progressives, I thought it was time to mark an important upcoming centennial: on the first of September in 1911, the first constitutional workers' compensation law took full effect in Wisconsin.

Friday Talking Points -- Corporations Are People, Mitt?

| Posted 08.12.2011 | Politics

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the Iowa straw poll is meaningless. The Republican debate last night in Iowa wasn't as meaningless, but will also soon be forgotten.

GOP Field Tightens

| Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics

Almost a full month ago, I placed four names in the "Frontrunners" category: Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney. This list hasn't changed at all.

Libyan Battle Map

| Posted 08.17.2011 | World

The rebels are on the move in Libya. Unfortunately, getting answers to the question "where exactly are they moving?" from the American media is not that easy.

Friday Talking Points -- Phony Vacation Outrage

| Posted 08.19.2011 | Politics

President Obama is on vacation. This fact is being subject to ridicule from Republicans, and their enablers in the media. Which has prompted me to -- in the fashion of Bill Maher -- come up with a New Rule.

Obama's Libya Strategy Proves His Critics Wrong

| Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

The American military continued in a support role -- exactly as Obama told us would happen -- and the outcome, at this point in time, has to be judged a clear success.

Taking Rick Perry Seriously

| Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics

To most Dems, Rick Perry's candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination seems like somewhat of a joke. Today's news should force Democrats to start taking Perry seriously. He's now the frontrunner. By double digits.

King's Eloquence Goes Far Beyond "I Have A Dream"

| Posted 08.26.2011 | Politics

The best-known parts of "I Have A Dream" have entered into a sort of comfortable familiarity, which allows everyone to view them without being challenged by the more pointed things Dr. King had to say that day.

Ron Paul Versus Government

| Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics

Ron Paul has a philosophy of government. He sticks to it, even when it would quite obviously be convenient for him to downplay this position or that.

When Democratic Rhetoric Goes Too Far

| Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

The history of lynching should not be abused and belittled by politicians in hyperbolic fashion to make a much smaller point. Even if, or perhaps especially if, the politician in question is black.