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Entries by Chris Weigant from 01/2012

Predicting Iowa

| Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

This year we'll only be offering up picks for the Republican side all year, until we get to the general election. So, let's wipe the slate clean, dust off the crystal ball, and dive right into the 2012 election cycle!

Obama Poll Watch -- December, 2011

| Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

While 2011 was a volatile year for the president, he didn't lose all that much ground. He ended the year on an upswing, and while he still isn't in great shape for the election, he is heading upwards and things are looking a lot better than they did a few months ago.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Picking His Fights

| Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics

Obama is basing a large part of his campaign on what he can manage to accomplish without dealing with the congressional gridlock, and this is quite likely a winning political strategy.

Calling New Hampshire's Primary

| Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

Iit's time to haul out the old crystal ball and attempt to predict what's going to happen. If you hate these types of speculative wonktastic articles, then I strongly advise you to just close this article right now.

Happy Birthday, Common Sense

| Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics

Two hundred and thirty-six years ago this week, a pamphlet was published in Philadelphia. Thomas Paine's Common Sense hit the American consciousness like a bombshell -- one which would reverberate for years to come.

Friday Talking Points -- Run It Up the Flagpole

| Posted 01.13.2012 | Politics

The "right to privacy" goes back further than Roe v. Wade. It actually stretches back to another Supreme Court case -- Griswold v. Connecticut. Remind people what this means.

Not-Romney Race Killing Not-Romney's Chances

| Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics

To use a way-too-early 2012 Olympics metaphor, it won't matter who wins the epic struggle for silver and bronze, if Mitt Romney walks off the stage with the gold medal around his neck.

Friday Talking Points -- Out of Touch

| Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics

OK, to be completely honest, we just felt like beating up on some Republicans today. Mitt Romney's really been making this easy, by his pathetic response to the charges being hurled at him by fellow Republicans.

Pure Newtonium

| Posted 01.24.2012 | Politics

The Republican race is now a true two-man contest between Newt and Mitt. In fact, if Newt wins Florida, he may have built up so much momentum that people start using the word "inevitable" to describe his nomination, rather than Mitt's.

The Alternative Millionaires' Minimum Tax

| Posted 01.25.2012 | Business

President Obama last night called for a minimum tax rate of 30 percent on income over one million dollars. To some, this sounds like a radical idea, but it really isn't.

Friday Talking Points -- SOTU Review

| Posted 01.27.2012 | Politics

What is possibly the most striking thing about Obama's message is that he's going to run as a strong foreign policy president -- something that I can't for the life of me remember happening in the past 30 or 40 years.

Predicting Florida: Newt's Petard

| Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics

As we wend our way through the Republican primary season, at times predicting the outcome of a single state's race is very hard to do. At other times, it is actually pretty easy. Florida looks to be one of the latter.