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Friday Talking Points [123] -- A Working Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate has actually been dealing with many financial issues that will directly effect American consumers, and they've been doing so in an orderly way. You'd think this would be news.

Friday Talking Points [115] -- Git 'Er Done!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Call it the calm before the storm. What everyone's waiting on is for Congress to leap into action. But, in a surprising twist, this time it might actually happen.

Friday Talking Points [113] -- Republican Reconciliation Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the dust settles on the aftermath of the health reform summit, not much has changed. Not that anyone really expected anything to change, much, to be honest.

Friday Talking Points [112] -- Public Option's Last Stand

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we begin here, I'd like to humbly propose a new law. No American television station should be allowed to have an exclusive contract for any Ol...

Friday Talking Points [111] -- Use It Or Lose It

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama this week has successfully put the Republican Party on the defensive. This could be a fleeting thing, or it could be the start of a whole new way for Obama's administration to operate.

Friday Talking Points [110] -- Left Still Waiting For Rahm Apology

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats need to realize that they still have the biggest majority in both houses of Congress that they are likely to see in their lifetimes.

Friday Talking Points [109] -- Obama Enters Lions' Den, Bells Cat

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama followed up Wednesday night's speech with a town hall meeting in Florida, and then a truly stunning performance today, managing to "bell the cat" in the Republican lion's den.

Friday Talking Points [108] -- Obama's Pivotal Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since Democrats are taking some time to figure out what to do next, we shall do the same here, and skip over the entire health care reform subject, after highlighting two hilarious commentaries on the situation.

Friday Talking Points: Is Opt-Out The Answer?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The plan isn't going into effect until 2013. Think you're tired of TV ads and screaming folks at town hall meetings now? Picture a more local version of that for the next four years -- not a pretty sight.

Friday Talking Points [102] -- Harry Reid's Glacial Progress Grinds On

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Harry Reid thinks he's got enough votes, but then this is the reason why the vote keeps getting pushed back -- because he's obviously still scrambling for the final few votes before he moves ahead.

Friday Talking Points [99] -- Misdirection

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The real head-scratcher for serious media-watchers right now is what the "war" between the White House and Fox News was meant to distract us from this week. The "war" itself is laughable, for a number of reasons.

Friday Talking Points [107] -- What A Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Much of the frenzied activity took place this week behind closed doors (and most decidedly not on C-SPAN), as health care reform entered its final negotiating phase.

Friday Talking Points [96] -- The Impressiveness of Alan Grayson

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

First, let's get rid of the distractions this week. Chicago will not be getting the Olympics in 2016, even after President Obama went over to Copenha...

Friday Talking Points [95] -- A Call To Action

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The progressives and Blue Dogs are going to have a showdown. It is going to culminate not in statements to the press (or the lack thereof), not in some whispered whip count, but rather in a very public vote.

Friday Talking Points [93] -- Lies, Lies And Propaganda

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Political discussions in America are fast becoming solely theological in nature.. Each side has their beliefs. Each has their tenets which they fervently defend. Much of this is done on faith.

Friday Talking Points [92] -- The End Of Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sadly, Obama's speech to school children has become mired in manufactured controversy from the right, with typical sky-is-falling rhetoric about the evil, evil man who occupies the Oval Office.

Friday Talking Points [91] -- Win One For Teddy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Calling for some sort of decorous avoidance of politics during politicians' funerals is downright ridiculous. It'd be like eulogizing Charles Lindbergh and not mentioning airplanes.

Friday Talking Points [90] -- Obama To Switch Parties

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ted Kennedy is putting both his legacy and his sense of entitlement to his office before the interests of his constituents.

Friday Talking Points [89] -- Fighting Crazy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

The media is not completely responsible for the state of the debate over healthcare reform. The Democrats have done such a poor job of presenting their case that they really bear the lion's share of blame.

Friday Talking Points [87] -- A Tale Of Two Houses

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Simply for acting like a leader this week, Speaker Pelosi wins the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award hands-down.

Friday Talking Points [80] -- Parsing Obama's Cairo Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

This is an interesting and refreshing subtext in Obama's entire speech -- he says things are "facts" and not opinions. Considering the lunacy that passes for "political debate" on American television screens -- where there are always two points of view, and every "fact" is subject to spin from one side or another -- it is a breath of fresh air.

Friday Talking Points [79] -- Judicial Activism And Bias

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"Judicial activism" (or, alternatively, "legislating from the bench") is defined -- no matter what your political beliefs -- as "judges not ruling the...

Friday Talking Points [60] -- Democratic Assertiveness Training

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What a week! With Congress back in session, with the excitement of newly-elected members being sworn in (or barred at the door, as the case may be), ...

Friday Talking Points [59] -- New Year's Resolutions (For Democrats)

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Happy New Year 2009! Because I've always felt it is more amusing to make new year's resolutions that others should follow, today's Friday Talking Poin...

Friday Talking Points [58] -- [Expletive Deleted] Blagojevich

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The history of profanity in American political discourse is an untold story out there just waiting for someone to research and write about -- although...