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Friday Talking Points -- Best Pi Day Of The Century!

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we get on with all the politics, we have two unrelated announcements. The first is tomorrow's quirk in the calendar. Actually, today is quirky as well, if you're a friggatriskaidekaphobe, since it's Friday the 13th.

An Unbelievably Simple Way to Clear Your Clutter

Amanda Walkins | Posted 03.13.2015 | Fifty
Amanda Walkins

By keeping things around us, we weigh ourselves down. We stack things on shelves and we pile things in closets and we store things in bins in the attic and in the basement. We cling to them, surrounding ourselves with tangible reminders of moments past.

Ending the Federal Government's Doublethink on Marijuana

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Seen as a whole, the current federal attitude towards marijuana can truly be described as "doublethink." There are so many contradictions in the government's attitude that they are indeed hard to accurately count.

Friday Talking Points -- Obamacare Fails to Kill Jobs, Once Again

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. is this week's Most Impressive Democrat of the Week award-winner, for doing a much better job arguing the case for President Obama's interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court than he did the last time around.

Another Failure of All-or-Nothingism

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For the last three months, we've all been watching the Kabuki drama play out, but the ultimate outcome was never really much in doubt. Like a badly-written detective drama where the audience spots the killer in the opening act, almost everyone knew the Tea Partiers were going to lose this battle.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.

Women in Congress Are More Bipartisan, Collaborative But Still Less Powerful

Mariel Klein | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Mariel Klein

Though the increasing number of Congresswomen can be viewed as removing another shard in the glass ceiling, relatively few women have joined the leadership ranks of the 114th Congress.

A Hollywood Home: Big House, Single Guy

Mr. Kate | Posted 04.01.2015 | HuffPost Home
Mr. Kate

When my screenwriter friend, Tyler Savage, told me he just bought his first house in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles and wanted Joey and I to help him pull it together and decorate, I was thrilled! I love a blank canvas with vintage bones which is exactly what this 1920's Spanish style house satisfies

Buying Your First Home? Here Are 4 Things You Might Want to Consider

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 03.18.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

It's the American dream - having your own home. No longer having the need to pay the landlord. Living on your own terms and decorate it anyway you wish. Have family and friends come over for the holidays and cook outs, or anytime you want.

Boehner and McConnell Argue Over Who Should Cave First

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The emerging dynamic between John Boehner and Mitch McConnell is one to watch, because it is heading for a showdown in the next few weeks. Sooner or later, one of them is going to have to cave in to the hard, cold reality that Republicans just do not have the votes to impose their will on a Democratic president.

Surreal Estate: 9 Things I'm Faking to Get You to Buy My House

Allison Bagley | Posted 02.12.2015 | HuffPost Home
Allison Bagley

When my realtor calls about a showing, I practically growl at the poor guy. Because no matter how hard I try, I'm never prepared. Every time I get a call, I have to frantically clean and re-stage the house from top to bottom. Did I mention the showings are never on the same day?

Friday Talking Points -- Live, From the Moon

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama is the second Honorable Mention recipient this week, for his impressive public opinion polling on job approval in January. He had his best month (measured by month-to-month improvement) of his entire second term, and the fourth-best month he's ever had as president.

Republicans' Losing Game on Homeland Security Bill

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress have, once again, successfully painted themselves into a corner. Even though they've done exactly this previously (in exactly the same way), they now have absolutely no idea how to get out of this dilemma (which they created for themselves).

Friday Talking Points -- Sarah Palin, Under the Republican Bus

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The muck in question isn't even Democratic muck. It's purely conservative and Republican mudslinging, at a person who used to be put on a pretty tall pedestal in Republicanland: Sarah Palin.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Steals GOP's Honeymoon

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.25.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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 02.25.2015 | 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 02.11.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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?