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Chris Weigant
Chris Weigant is a political commentator.

He has been a regular contributor to Arianna Huffington’s The Huffington Post since June of 2006, and also writes on his own website,

As “Tom Paine” Chris wrote the book How Democrats Can Take Back Congress in 2006, which (while obviously dated now) still has a lot of good advice for Democratic candidates today.

You can email Chris from this page.

Chris lives in sunny Northern California with his lovely wife and (mostly) well-behaved cat.

Entries by Chris Weigant

Friday Talking Points - Our 4/20 Acronym Contest Challenge

(10) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 9:14 PM

Three hundred of these columns? To coin a phrase... far out, man.

We'll get to patting ourselves on the back in a bit, but first we'd like to propose a party game for this weekend's big 4/20 festivities across the land. So put this in your (metaphorical) pipe and smoke...

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Are Political Lies Constitutional?

(47) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 7:15 PM

Are political lies constitutionally-protected free speech? That's an intriguing question, and one that the Supreme Court is going to take up next week. What makes the question interesting is how a valid argument could be made either way, no matter what your personal politics. Both sides resent well-funded politicians who...

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Democrats Should Widen Focus on Voter Suppression

(66) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 7:54 PM

What with the ceremonies at the L.B.J. presidential library last week to commemorate the Civil Rights Act of 1964 becoming law, the subject of current-day voter suppression was brought up by several Democrats, including President Obama. While it was important to spotlight Republican efforts to move backwards on expanding voting...

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Friday Talking Points -- Happy 50th, Civil Rights Act Of 1964!

(4) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 8:58 PM

We have some "old business" to take care of here, first, before we begin. Last week, the subtitle of this column was "And Counting," which referred to the 7.1 million signup figure reached by the Obamacare exchanges. Our point was for all Democrats to always tack this phrase onto...

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Election-Year Posturing From Congress Defines Campaigns

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 8:08 PM

Congress is now doing what it normally does, in an election year. This is not intended to sound cynical, as I actually think it is a good thing for a divided Congress to stand up for its divided beliefs -- even while knowing that almost none of the bills it...

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Patiently Crunching Obamacare's Numbers

(49) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 9:18 PM

We are in the midst of a political battle over the Obamacare numbers right now, so it seemed like a good time to examine what they all mean, in an attempt to interject some clarity into a very confusing debate. The numbers will change over time, as will (no doubt)...

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Friday Talking Points -- 'And Counting'

(31) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 8:13 PM

Today we're turning over the whole talking points section to the president, because he certainly deserves a victory lap after announcing this week that -- against all odds, and against all the slings and arrows of misfortune -- 7.1 million people signed up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges.

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Obama Poll Watch -- March, 2014

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 8:22 PM

The new normal?

President Obama's job approval polling was down a bit last month, ending three months of positive news. He didn't slip back much, but the reversal does bring up a serious question: is Obama stuck in a "new normal" of job approval numbers in the low-40s range? We'll...

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Democrats Should Launch Pro-Obamacare Ad Campaign

(48) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 7:54 PM

Everyone's talking about Obamacare today, since it is the deadline for signing up for health insurance in the first "open enrollment" period for the marketplace exchanges. The final numbers aren't in yet (and won't be for at least another few weeks), but from the numbers already released, the Obamacare website...

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Friday Talking Points -- Democrats Unveil 2014 Strategy

(39) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 9:36 PM

I spent most of my time (and my columns) this week on reviewing Betty Medsger's new book The Burglary (with both a two-part review of the book and an interview with the author), which meant I wasn't focusing as closely as I usually do on current politics....

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Interview With Betty Medsger, Author Of The Burglary

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 8:56 PM

Earlier this week, I wrote an extensive book review of former Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger's The Burglary (2014, Alfred A. Knopf). This book chronicles a break-in at the Media, Pennsylvania, branch office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1971, and the subsequent release to the public of...

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Before Snowden, Before Wikileaks, Before the Church Committee, Before Deep Throat, Before The Pentagon Papers... There Was The Burglary

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 11:44 PM

[Program Note: What follows is the start of my book review of Betty Medsger's The Burglary. It is quite a bit longer than the normal book review, for which reason it has been split into two parts. What follows is "Part 1," and I have posted "Part 2" on...

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Friday Talking Points -- Breaking News! Well... Not Really.

(31) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 9:26 PM

Things have apparently gone too far for Chuck Todd of NBC News. After weeks of breathless lead-story coverage of the missing airplane -- with pretty much zero new facts to report -- Chuck finally expressed his feelings on Twitter:

Wait, so when did finding NOTHING get characterized as "breaking...

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GOP's Post-Mortem Post-Mortem

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 8:47 PM

Has it really been a whole year since the Republican Party put out their "post-mortem" document, which tried to identify why they got shellacked so badly in the 2012 election? Since it's not a big date on my political calendar, the one-year anniversary kind of snuck up on me, I'll...

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Friday Talking Points -- Happy Pi Day!

(6) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 9:00 PM

Today is 3/14, therefore a happy Pi Day to all! Next year will be even more fun, though, since it'll be 3/14/15...

Moving right along... a lot happened in the world of politics this week, including Democrats being disappointed in a special House election down in Florida and the president...

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We Need a 'Do Not Track' List

(13) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 8:01 PM

Over a decade ago, the federal government did something which made people's lives better. A law was passed by a Republican House and a Republican Senate and signed by a Republican president, and it has demonstrably made people's lives better. It was called the "Do-Not-Call Implementation Act" and it created...

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Republicans Begin Evolving on Gay Marriage

(10) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 9:51 PM

Is the gay marriage issue beginning to disappear from the Republican Party's playbook? Are Republicans on the verge of admitting defeat and deciding to move on? The answer is likely "not quite yet" to both of those questions, but the fact that they can even now be seriously asked seems...

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Friday Talking Points -- CPAC Follies and More

(5) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 8:02 PM

It's been a busy week in politics -- even without all the CPAC follies -- so let's get right to it.

In the House, Republican Darrell Issa, who chairs the Investigate Obama Until We Find Something To Impeach Him Over Committee (I think that's what it's called, at any rate...)...

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Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2014

(7) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 6:59 PM

Another good month

For the second month in a row, President Obama had an all-around positive month in the public polls. His job approval average was up, his job disapproval was down, and he has almost completely recovered from the dip his numbers took after the Obamacare website rollout fiasco....

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Russian Indifference

(19) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 7:34 PM

Alexis de Tocqueville, at the very end of the first volume of Democracy In America, took a look into his crystal ball and made a prediction for how global politics and power would change in the future. Tocqueville was a Frenchman, of course, and he had also studied English society...

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