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Cromnibus Stop?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.02.2015 | 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 02.01.2015 | 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 01.31.2015 | 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

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.

The Aftermath

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last night, Democrats got well and truly shellacked once again in a midterm election. It was so bad, it's pretty hard for Democrats to even attempt to gild the lily or spot that elusive silver lining. Republicans are consumed with glee, which they've well earned this year.

Senate Changes As More Former House Members Join

AP | By ALAN FRAM | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is becoming nearly as rancorous as the House, and many say one reason is an influx of senators who served in that sharp...

Kate Sheppard

Alaska's GOP Congressman Says He'd 'Probably' Vote For ENDA | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

Alaska's Republican congressman, Don Young, suggested in a debate Thursday night that he may be open to voting for workplace protections for gays and ...

Republicans Are Running for Congress on Their 'Jobs Plan.' Slight Problem: It Won't Create Any Jobs.

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

On wages, their rejection of even the concept of a minimum wage shows that Republicans don't care if employers engage in a race to the bottom. Five bucks an hour isn't good enough for you? They'll just find someone else. I thought we'd settled that question during the Great Depression.

Working or Fighting: Your Choice

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear political pundits saying it is a mistake to compromise. It is important to hold firm on principles, but in most instances, it is possible to reach consensus. There are multiple examples, starting with our founding fathers, of people in government that held very firm views on various issues, but made compromises to reach consensus.

Contemplating a Republican Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A Republican Senate is pretty much an iron-clad guarantee of the return of "fiscal cliffs" and "government shutdowns" and "hostage-taking" and all the rest of the budgetary games Republicans are known for playing.

Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

That headline, of course, quotes the cover to the fictional Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: "Don't Panic." This week, it seems like timely advice, as the news media and American politicians go into full-blown panic mode over one death and two illnesses within the United States.

Friday Talking Points -- Is There Anybody Out There?

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

You know what might help in this crisis-to-end-all-crises? Having a Surgeon General in office. President Obama nominated someone for the job last November, but his confirmation has been blocked ever since.

Friday Talking Points -- Games the Whole Family Can Play

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The head of the Secret Service abruptly resigned, after she got grilled by Congress over several disconcerting lapses which happened on her watch. She fell on her sword immediately, to her credit, rather than drawing the story out day after day.

"A Chore Thing"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 12.01.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima The late, great humorist Erma Bombeck once said, "Housework, if you do it right, can kill you." Since I am still alive, thanks to my...

Friday Talking Points -- Eric Holder's Record

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The news that Attorney General Eric Holder would be stepping down sent a shockwave through Washington. On the whole, was his term worth praising or condemning? We have to say that "both" is the only real answer to that question.

How to Survive Living in Your For-Sale Home

Michael Corbett | Posted 11.26.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Selling your home is such a huge financial undertaking that you want to give your home the best opportunity to sell for the highest price -- but you still have to live there. Is there a way to honor both?