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My New Hampshire Picks

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is time once again to peer deeply into my somewhat-foggy crystal ball, and attempt to pick the winners of tomorrow night's New Hampshire primary. Before I get to that, though, some old business needs to be brought up. First, we have some very recent old business and then some truly ancient business, so bear with me.

Money Matters (in Presidential Elections)

Kirby Goidel | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

One of the observations currently being made about the 2016 presidential elections involves the ineffectiveness of money as a campaign resource. Anecdotally, there appears to be good reason for such skepticism.

Friday Talking Points -- Toss of a Coin

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats are down to a head-to-head contest, which was on full display last night. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made their respective cases fairly well, and the jostling between them for position was notable.

My Iowa Predictions

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The primary season officially gets underway tonight, as Iowa voters brave the winter weather and head to the caucuses. This will give political wonks some actual hard data to discuss, instead of just opinion polling and sheer speculation, so it's a big day on the political calendar for us.

Friday Talking Points -- One No Trump

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We have serious doubts that we'll see Trump at any future debates -- after all, if he can blow them off with impunity, why would he subject himself to them in the first place?

Democratic Primaries 2016: The Sexism Is Now Officially appalling.

Annette Niemtzow | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Annette Niemtzow

The sexism is now officially appalling. A self-appointed Boy leader of millennials asks the most admired woman in the world why she doesn't make him more excited. No one talks about the arrogance of the question or the questioner.

Friday Talking Points -- Conservatives Are Revolting!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A full 22 conservative thinkers (although, with the likes of Glenn Beck and William Kristol in the mix, we do of necessity use that term quite broadly) all weighed in on why Donald Trump is a terrible candidate for Republicans to consider making their presidential nominee, and why Trump is an all-around terrible human being.

Friday Talking Points -- The Knives Come Out

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The winner of the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award was none other than Chelsea Clinton. There's a word for what she is doing, and it is called "fearmongering."

Friday Talking Points -- Underpants Gnomes Will Defeat Trump!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Now that the primaries are getting a lot closer, some are doing mental pretzel-bends to rationalize their gut feeling about Trump's inevitable loss (since their gut feeling can't possibly be wrong, of course.)

5 Ways Democratic Socialism Isn't What You Think

Dan Arel | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Dan Arel

To quell any fears and to put a great deal of misinformation to rest, here are five things that democratic socialism is not.

My 2015 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Let's get on with the remaining 2016 best and worst awards. One warning: it's a very long column, so we encourage readers to pace themselves.

Democrats Ramp Up Redistricting Plans In Effort To Avoid Repeating 2010 Fiasco

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an acknowledgement of the steep climb they face to regain control of the House of Representatives, three top Democratic campaign com...

Friday Talking Points -- Not Funny Anymore

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's not funny anymore -- it's getting closer and closer to becoming reality. Donald Trump, leader of the Republican Party. Deal with it, everyone.

Donald Trump's New Southern Strategy

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Today, almost everyone agrees it's unacceptable to openly express racism in elections. But lately, the Southern Strategy has taken on a new form. You can't be openly racist, but it's just fine to hate Muslims.

Friday Talking Points -- A Knee-Jerk Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans, of course, do the whole fear thing very well. Democrats cannot hope to ever stoke the public's fear as effectively as Republicans. But this week it was on display more than usual, because there are still 14 Republicans running for their party's presidential nomination.

Friday Talking Points -- Rebutting GOP Debate Nonsense

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

This week's talking points are all, essentially, rebuttals to the biggest nonsense espoused on the stage of the fourth Republican debate. It was hard to pick only seven, as there was a bumper crop of nonsense in this particular debate, so forgive us if your favorite didn't make the cut.

Friday Talking Points -- The Winnowing Process

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We have entered the winnowing phase of the Republican presidential primary process, as those two bastions of the liberal media -- Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal -- announce they're downsizing who will be allowed into the next televised debate.

Friday Talking Points -- Hillary's Very Good Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Hillary Clinton just had the best week of her campaign yet. Not only did she shine at the Benghazi hearing yesterday, three of her Democratic opponents dropped out of the presidential nomination race.

Egyptians Say No to Sisi's Propaganda

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Egypt looks nothing like the promised heaven of stability and cohesiveness. Scores of Egyptians have been murdered by an ever more rampant police, sentenced to death in kangaroo courts, or jailed in the most inhumane conditions where torture is routine. Dissent is not tolerated, with the media and the press reduced to the role of state propagandists singing the General's praises and parroting his words.

Friday Talking Points -- Debate Talking Point Rundown

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Because of the importance of the first debate of the season for Democrats, we're devoting the entire column today to scrutinizing the various talking points (good and bad) delivered by the candidates.

So, Who Won the #DemDebate?

Emil Mella | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Emil Mella

A presidential primary debate should be a proud symposium of ideas. A profound series of respectful arguments among ideological companions for the chance to be their party's standard-bearer in a massive and historically gorgeous democratic exercise.

Democratic Debate Preview

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Next Tuesday, we will finally get some degree of parity in the world of televised presidential debates, as the Democrats come together for the first time to make their case to the American public.

Friday Talking Points -- New Speaker's Speaking Problem

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Kevin McCarthy is not worthy. Of using the English language correctly, among other things. Amusingly, though, this will likely not stop him from becoming the next speaker of the House.

Friday Talking Points -- New Job Vacancy: Chief GOP Cat-Herder

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boehner certainly picked an interesting time to step down. Before his announcement, we were facing the possibility of a government shutdown as early as next week. However, the Senate doesn't seem to be backing the "shut it down" caucus on this particular fracas.

Nepal To Adopt Its First Full Democratic Charter

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.19.2015 | World

KATHMANDU, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Nepal will adopt its first full democratic charter on Sunday, a historic step for a nation that has seen war, a palace...