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Friday Talking Points -- Obama Steals GOP's Honeymoon

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of our article today is going to deal with Obama and his speech, ending with the snappiest portions as this week's talking points. But before we get to that, let's take a quick look at what the Republicans have been up to, as well as some other minor political news of the week.

Friday Talking Points -- Getting Ready For Obama's Big Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a busy week in politics, as the Republicans in the new Congress began a bout of legislating and President Obama ramped up his agenda in preparation for next Tuesday's big speech to Congress and the country.

Obama Bouncing Back

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

All in all, ever since his forceful response to the midterm elections, Obama seems to be getting more and more popular. In absolute numbers, of course, Obama still has a long way to go.

How to Protect Your Belongings During an Open House

Michael Corbett | Posted 01.17.2015 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Now that your home is ready to sell, opening it to the public for showings poses a few risks. While the idea of theft shouldn't be your main worry come open house day, you don't want to tempt people either.

Friday Talking Points -- Nous Sommes Charlie Hebdo

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Je suis Charlie Hebdo. In fact, let's go even further: Nous sommes Charlie Hebdo. Because we are all Charlie, this week. However, most of the American media cravenly allowed the terrorists to dictate their editorial policy this week, which is truly disappointing.

What to Expect From the 114th Congress

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Personally, I'm not holding my breath waiting for rousing choruses of "Kumbaya" to be echoing through the Capitol any time soon.

Is 2015 the Year of Living Tiny?

Tom Falco | Posted 01.04.2015 | HuffPost Home
Tom Falco

I don't know why, but I've always liked the small confines of a small place. When I was a kid, I would imagine my bedroom as a trailer somewhere out in the desert. The closet was the kitchen, my desk was the kitchen table, my bed doubled as a bed and a couch. The window was the trailer window and the door was the entry to the trailer.

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' Part 2

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Best Idea for 2014 was requiring police to wear body cameras. This idea was so good it actually cut across the lines of the protestors and the supporters of police. Many on both sides of that divide support the idea, for what boils down to the same reason: the camera doesn't lie.

Friday Talking Points -- How Bad Laws Get Made

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How do bad laws get made? Quickly, for the most part. No, that's not a joke. The worst laws nearly all have one thing in common: They are rushed through very quickly, usually because Congress is facing some self-imposed deadline.

Is Housing Cost as a Percentage of Income a Failing Measure?

Dean Graziosi | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Dean Graziosi

Real estate practitioners love times like these for marketing, as they can show that in most markets it's cheaper to buy than to rent. With interest rates still low and owned homes having to compete with foreclosures in the market, prices of homes not in foreclosure haven't been rising much.

How Many Dollar Bills Would It Take to Build a House -- Literally?

Redfin | Posted 12.05.2014 | HuffPost Home
Redfin

Anyone who has struggled to save for a down payment knows that homes are expensive. REALLY expensive. Especially after taking advantage of so many holiday shopping deals lately. It got us thinking... how expensive would it be to actually build a house out of money?

Friday Talking Points -- 'Tis The Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's that magical time of year when the wee folk of Capitol Hill actually get something done. These brief bursts of activity only happen very rarely, of course, and always immediately proceed another one of the many, many long vacations Congress takes during the year.

Cromnibus Stop?

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are plenty of metaphors to choose from, as we all breathlessly watch the Republican Party make their latest attempt at semi-rational governing.

Beyond Avicii: The Swedish Techno Mafia

Sean Bradford | Posted 12.02.2014 | Entertainment
Sean Bradford

What I heard this fall blasting out of Stockholm's sound systems and into the night was an evolution of this sound... into a vibrant, groovy and danceable techno.

For Charles and the Future Mrs. Manson

Terry K Carr | Posted 12.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Terry K Carr

Can I just say thank you to you, Charles, and the future Mrs. Manson for announcing your nuptials the same day of my therapy session? The timing had everything to do with uncovering an irrational fear of mine around the concept of safety. A fear I'd never told anyone about, and surprise, surprise, your name came up.

Republican Control Is Destined to Fail

Dale Hansen | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

While Republican leadership wants to depict Democrats and the president as uncompromising ideologues, such assertions from a group that have shown to be uncompromising ideologues falls on deaf ears.

Benghazi Conspiracy Theories Definitively Debunked. Again.

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence just publicly released its report, which systematically knocks down pretty much every paranoid theory over the tragedy which happened in Benghazi, Libya and what happened immediately afterwards.

Fox News Story On House Benghazi Report Ignores House Benghazi Report

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.24.2015 | Media
Ian Reifowitz

Fox's headline is "CIA gathered intelligence on weapons to Syria: Benghazi report." What the hell does that even mean? That's not burying the lede. That's changing the lede into a word salad.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama's Gutsy Move

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When Congress wouldn't pass a bill, the president had to act on immigration and deportation policy, to keep families intact -- a measure that affected 40 percent of the undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Re-Run: Buck Supports Personhood Again!

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.17.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The GOP's newbie House members elected U.S. Representative-elect Ken Buck as their president Thursday. If you follow Buck's history here in Colorado,...

8 Rare 'House, M.D.' Cases That Can Actually Happen

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment

"House, M.D.," starring Hugh Laurie as a pill-popping genius, was conceived as the medical version of "Sherlock Holmes" and ran for eight seasons on F...

Friday Talking Points -- The Calm Between The Storms

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Many are now pointing out that Warren's elevation pretty much assures she won't be running for president in 2016, but then we never really believed she would run in the first place. At this point, she'll be much more effective within the Senate Democrats.

SiX Could Be the Answer to ALEC

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The new liberal counterpart will be named the State Innovation Exchange, or "SiX." Creative capitalization seems to be their first innovation. But I shouldn't get snarky about their branding, because the basic idea is a good one: counterbalance the impressive inroads Republicans have made in state legislatures.

Friday Talking Points -- A Democratic Economic Platform for Next Time

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress just won a smashing electoral success by essentially doing nothing but mercilessly block Obama's agenda. That, to put it another way, is a winning formula for them with their base voters.

Are You Ashamed of Where You Grew Up?

Findery | Posted 01.06.2015 | Travel
Findery

If you're ashamed of where you grew up, you shouldn't be. Some of our greatest heroes and most famous celebrities came from humble backgrounds. And all of these places are worth a visit.