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Libyan Rebels Battle for Brega

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.19.2011 | World
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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 -- Obama 2.0?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
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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.

Historical Context Missing From Debt Ceiling Reporting

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
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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.

The Big Debt Ceiling Stall

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
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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.

Obama Poll Watch -- June, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
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[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 -- Excerpting Obama's Press Conference

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
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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...

Predicting Obama's Afghanistan Announcement

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics
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Obama, from many accounts, will be using a tactic in his primetime speech that I would call "muddying the waters." The president is going to have a more complicated withdrawal schedule than one might have expected.

Friday Talking Points [169] -- Weiner Roast

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.11.2011 | Politics
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Having just gotten back from a trip abroad where the news was dominated by the story of a politician facing severe consequences for his sexual misconduct, I opened up the pages of the American news to find... well, pretty much the same thing.

Obama Poll Watch -- May, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
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"What a difference a death makes." President Obama announced at the very beginning of the month that Osama bin Laden was dead, and his poll numbers reacted almost immediately.

Spinning Hochul's Special Election Win

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
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It's hard to deny that Democrats are feeling good about yesterday's election victory up in Buffalo. There's a certain wind-in-our-sails feeling about the whole strategy of hammering Republicans on the Ryan plan to voucherize Medicare.

Republican Field Shaping Up

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
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At this point, there are only a few holdouts left on the sidelines, as most of the bigwigs (and some decidedly "smallwigs") have made their intentions known.

Friday Talking Points [168] -- Zombie Attack!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics
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Now all Americans can breathe a huge sigh of relief because the Centers for Disease Control just posted instructions so we can all adequately prepare for "Zombie Armageddon."

Friday Talking Points [167] -- Happy Friday the Thirteenth, Ron!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
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Ron Paul, apparently, is not a superstitious kind of guy. Tempting fate, as it were, he announced today that he's running for president once again -- on Friday the thirteenth.

Obama Poll Watch -- April 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
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April was a pretty miserable month for Barack Obama, mostly due to the high price of gasoline at the pump. But May is already shaping up to be one of Obama's best months ever, for one very obvious reason.

Friday Talking Points [163] -- The Ads Just Write Themselves

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics
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Something the media largely missed in the midst of multiple budgetary battles this week was the fact that this is what bipartisanship looks like.

Two Reluctant Bargainers

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics
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With the possibility of a government shutdown looming, it's hard not to see how uncomfortable both Speaker of the House John Boehner and President Barack Obama are at this sort of bare-knuckles game.

Obama Poll Watch -- March, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
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While catastrophic world events dominated the news for most of the month, Obama's approval rating was being hit with a creeping domestic problem -- the rising price of gasoline.

Friday Talking Points [161] -- April Fools

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
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To clarify that title: when you pull a prank on this particular day, you're supposed to reveal yourself as the prankster by yelling "April Fools!" (or...

Obama's Libyan Gamble, Week Two

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
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If the Libyan war ends well, Obama's Libyan gamble will have paid off handsomely. A little more than one week in, things seem to be going fairly well.

Obama's Libyan Gamble

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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Rather than selling a war as an existential threat to America, American democracy, freedom, the flag, Mom, and apple pie (as pretty much every president has done for decades), Barack Obama's approach is something new: war as a nuisance.

The No-Fly Zone Decision

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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President Obama is in a tough spot on the whether or not to push for a no-fly zone over Libya. He is weighing the costs and benefits of the situation, and his reluctance to get involved may turn out, in the long run, to be the correct decision.

What "The American People" Really Want

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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A new poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC says that 74% of Americans think that eliminating oil and gas industry tax breaks is a good idea, while 77% oppose cutting social security.

Friday Talking Points [157] -- Eight Point Nine

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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This just in... Charlie Sheen and Sarah Palin caught smoking pot in love nest! Well, no, sorry, that's absolutely false. However, it would make a dan...

Obama Should Give Second Cairo Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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People in America need to hear this type of leadership, and the people in the region who are risking everything -- including their lives -- to protest tyranny absolutely deserve to hear from Obama at this point.

Our Forgotten "Presidents"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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In between the Declaration of Independence and George Washington's inauguration, there were 16 (or perhaps 13, or maybe just eight) men who were called "president".