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Friday Talking Points

Friday Talking Points -- A Weed Screed

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The subject under the microscope today is marijuana, and (in particular) the federal government's views and actions towards this issue.

Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republican-on-Republican fear-mongering is such a treat to enjoy. In this case, establishment Republicans vs. the Tea Party.

Friday Talking Points -- PBS, Citizen Koch, and Obama's Press Conference

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Love him or hate him, call him "patriot" or "traitor" -- it is now absolutely impossible to argue that Edward Snowden's leaks weren't effective, meaningful, and will actually cause the federal government to have a national conversation with its citizens about what it feels it is legally able to do.

Friday Talking Points -- Congress Slinks Out Of Town

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It was a busy week in Washington, since all the congresscritters were eager to get out of town for their not-so-well-earned five weeks of vacation. It'll take awhile for the dust to settle, so let's take a look at some of what's been happening while it does.

Friday Talking Points -- The Corpse-Like Stench Of Washington's Giant Misshapen Penis

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For Obama's offensive on the economy to work, a few Democrats need to "have his back" and help him push his initiatives. Starting with the minimum wage -- an issue wildly popular among voters.

Friday Talking Points -- Harry Reid Has a Good Week, Mitch McConnell Does Not

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As America's children grow up and enter into the health insurance marketplace on their own, they will be the first generation who simply will not understand what the terms 'pre-existing condition' and 'lifetime cap' mean.

Friday Talking Points -- Drop The Nuke, Harry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Go ahead and drop that nuke, Harry! Start approving President Obama's nominees, as the Constitution says you are supposed to. Republicans will be Republicans no matter what you do, and you've already been suckered twice by "handshake agreements" that they won't.

Friday Talking Points -- Professional Edition

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

All Americans who love this country very much deserve a commonsense immigration process, one that includes a roadmap for people who aspire to be citizens.

Friday Talking Points -- War On Women Continues Apace

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week's announcement that the Justice Department is going to drop its appeal against providing the morning-after birth control pill to anyone who needs it comes as such a welcome change that we feel the award is deserved.

Friday Talking Points -- Rest In Peace, Fourth Amendment

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We gather here today to mourn the passing of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although weakened and battered in the past, it seems that it has finally succumbed and will be heard of no more.

Friday Talking Points -- So You Think You Can Rant?

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Lincoln Chaffee is our Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award-winner. See, Republicans? Not only will you be welcomed, you'll actually get awards for making the trek across the aisle! Step right up, there's room for everyone!

Friday Talking Points -- Pivoting To Other News

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Some weeks, not much happens in political news, and other weeks it seems like almost too much happens. This was one of the latter types of week.

Missing the Point of Talking Points

William Klein | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
William Klein

I've prepared kajillions of talking points for politicians, government officials and executives who need language that articulates their views in the best possible light. Consider it advertising in the form of speech.

Friday Talking Points -- Most Disappointing Plan B

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A professional pundit was fired because he wrote an opinion piece that was factually inaccurate. Is that even a thing? "Journalists" can get fired for saying things which are false (things that five minutes of fact-checking would have proven laughably wrong), and for other stupid comments?

Friday Talking Points -- Helium Brains

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress just voted overwhelmingly to continue the national helium reserve in the panhandle of Texas. This is a holdover from World War I. Which Congress has never, ever been able to get rid of, for the obvious reason that it is not necessary in the slightest anymore.

Friday Talking Points -- Don Young Shows GOP How Not To Reach Out To Minorities

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While it certainly was (quoting the Flintstones theme) a "gay old time" in Washington this week, I have already spent the whole week on the subject, so I'm really only going to mention it in passing.

Friday Talking Points -- Filibusted

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week was Representative Zoe Lofgren, who (with a Republican co-sponsor) this week introduced legislation to regulate the use of drones for domestic police work.

Talking to Our Children About Tragedy: Fostering Safety, Not Fear

Tamar Chansky | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

When talking with our children about tragedy, we can choose to emphasize grief and healing rather than fear and danger. Our purpose is to help our children recover and be resilient, not to be frightened of their lives.

Friday Talking Points -- Merry Cliffmas!

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Here is our 238th installment of valiantly attempting to get Democrats to occasionally speak with one voice, and not get lost in the weeds of rhetoric.

Friday Talking Points -- The Can-Kicking Congress

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Every member of Congress began this year knowing what was going to happen at the end of 2012. They have now had over ten months to work on the impending crisis. And what have they done about it? Nothing.

Friday Talking Points -- Wake Me When It's Over

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I would support making it illegal to complain about politics -- any politics, from any viewpoint or party, including criticizing any politician -- unless you can prove you voted in the last election.

Friday Talking Points -- Smile, Mitt, You're on Candid Camera!

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When Mitt is releasing tax returns to change the subject, you just know he's in a bad place politically. It may still be way too early to confidently predict the outcome of the election, but it isn't too early to call Romney's campaign (so far) an unmitigated disaster.

Friday Talking Points -- Convention Talking Points

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Defending free speech is easy when everyone agrees with the speech -- it's defending odious and reprehensible speech that is always the harder path. More on this subject next week.

Friday Talking Points -- Talking Back

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The facts are squarely on the Democrats' side. But we need bumpersticker answers. Slogans. Not an in-depth discussion of why the other side's position is horsefeathers, but a snappy putdown to showcase the wrongness of the Republican position.

Friday Talking Points -- Scary Medicine

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Mitt Romney opened up several new lines of attack on his taxes this week -- such as labeling him "Mister Thirteen Percent" for his admitted tax rate. Even juicier is attacking what Mitt Romney would pay under Paul Ryan's budget plan.