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Entries by Chris Weigant from 03/2012

Friday Talking Points -- A Look Back

| Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics

Welcome to the 200th Friday Talking Points! Because of this occasion, we are going to take a look backwards at our history. So, if you're looking for an update on what is going on in the political world, you'll have to wait until next week. Sorry.

Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2012

| Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama's job approval numbers are back "above water" (where his approval rate is higher than his disapproval number), continuing an impressive rise in the polls, which began in November of last year.

Republican Factionalism's Future

| Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics

Rather than predict what will happen in any of the upcoming primary contests this month, I'd like to take a longer view and contemplate where the Republican Party will be headed after the 2012 election. There are three major scenarios as to how this could play out.

Friday Talking Points -- "Hands Off My Uterus!"

| Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics

They don't wear funny hats any more, but there still sure are a lot of Puritans in this country these days. It wouldn't surprise me if you told me some red state is going to force every woman who gets birth control to wear a scarlet letter.

The No Budget, No Pay Act

| Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics

Both Houses of Congress are currently considering a bill which, in my humble estimation, would be wildly popular with the public -- if they knew about it, that is.

Friday Talking Points -- Seamus, That's the Dog, Was Outside

| Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics

Sometimes I'm just astonished at the inability of political campaigns to do a simple Web search. Case in point: the story about Mitt Romney's dog Seamus.

Getting Rare Earth Ready

| Posted 03.19.2012 | Business

China produces over 95 percent of the world's rare earth minerals. And they're showing more and more reluctance to sell any of it on the world market. But most of the news reports on this growing trade war don't mention a crucial fact: this monopoly may not be around for very much longer.

America's Oldest National Political Holiday

| Posted 03.21.2012 | Huffington Post

On March 18, 1766, for the very first time America celebrated a political event together -- and they continued to do so for years afterwards. Together. As Americans -- celebrating a purely American national political holiday.

Friday Talking Points -- The Operation Was a Success...

| Posted 03.23.2012 | Politics

In the past week or so, the White House has rolled out a big media push to support Obama's signature legislation. Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the subject of whether the law, as written, passes constitutional muster or not.

Proportionality Makes GOP Race Less Competitive

| Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics

The Republican Party's plan of creating a more competitive race by awarding proportional delegates is simply not working, at least between the two frontrunners. If none of the Republican state contests were proportional, Rick Santorum would be a lot closer to Mitt Romney right now.

The Individual Mandate's Conservative Origins

| Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

The individual mandate which was included in Obamacare is so close to what Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation initially suggested that we can honestly say there is no appreciable difference between the two. The only real difference is whether Republicans supported the idea or not.

Friday Talking Points [204] -- The Herd Mentality

| Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics

Mitt is arguing for a "big government" solution to the problem health care. This is so far from Republican orthodoxy that it really deserves to be called out.