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Bobby Jindal Becomes 13th GOP Candidate

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

But Jindal's time might have passed -- if it ever even existed. He's not as fresh a face on the political scene as he once was.

A Third Dubya Term?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Are American voters now being given the option of choosing a virtual third term for George W. Bush? Astonishingly enough, that seems to be the direction his brother's campaign has chosen to head towards.

GOP Off to the Races Early

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party and the political media world are already off to the 2016 horse races. It is way too early for any real analysis of the public's mood, but that doesn't stop the oddsmaking within the Beltway. After all, the Democratic nomination race is setting up to be a snoozer, so why not get started obsessing over the Republican race?

The Multi-Ring Republican Nomination Circus

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The sheer size of the Republican field, even at this early date, is downright astonishing. By some calculations, there are over two dozen valid possibilities for the Republican nomination.

The Haunted Hathaways Star Benjamin 'Lil P-Nut' Flores Jr. Receives News of 'Favorite TV Actor' KCA's Nomination

Danai P. Maraire | Posted 04.29.2014 | Black Voices
Danai P. Maraire

In a recent set visit to the Nickelodeon show, The Haunted Hathaways, I sat down with Ernie Hudson, who starred in Ghost Busters, with fellow actor, writer and producer Harold Ramis among others.

Those Who Nominate Dictate

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

Power, whether in an electoral system or a corporate boardroom, originates with the people who control the nomination of candidates -- not with those who "vote" after this process is complete. The more nominees voters can choose from, the more diverse the actual choices become.

Tony Hale Practices Winning and Losing Emmy Speech For "Veep"

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.16.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

The hilarious Tony Hale - best known for playing the mama-loving Buster Bluth in "Arrested Development" - has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy fo...

YouTube's Best Parodies of Oscars 2013 Best Picture Nominees (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.23.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

For your pre-Oscars 2013 enjoyment, What's Trending gathered YouTube's most popular parodies of the films nominated for Best Picture at this Year's Academy Awards.

Why The GOP's Coded Homophobia Is Surprisingly Cruel And Cowardly

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 10.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Nathaniel Frank

On Medicare, Ryan thundered, "We need this debate." But on the social values that Republicans claim stand at the core of their being, they want no debate, just underhanded cues to appease the social conservatives in their fragile coalition.

Call the Newtsplosion Contest

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Back in Newt's heyday, Doonesbury portrayed Gingrich as a lit bomb with a short fuse. Right and Left seem to be in agreement on his resemblance to trinitrotoluene (or "Newtroglycerine"?). Which leaves only one key question: When will this "Newtsplosion" take place?

Republican Field Approaches Iowa and New Hampshire

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Let's take a closer look at the first two primary states, as the electorate in Iowa and New Hampshire isn't quite the same as the national GOP primary base.

"Anybody But Romney, Inc." Announces Presidential Bid

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.14.2012 | Comedy
Chris Weigant

"If corporations are persons," said Herman Cain in the press conference, "then why shouldn't they run for president? It just makes sense."

Memo to Rick Perry

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

[Note: I get a lot of emails from politicians, political groups, and other inside-the-Beltway types, all the time. Occasionally, I get added to a mai...

GOP Field Tightens

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Almost a full month ago, I placed four names in the "Frontrunners" category: Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney. This list hasn't changed at all.

Bachmann Announces Candidacy -- Explains Gaffes

Mark Steinberg | Posted 08.28.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

"I know that millions of reporters in this country and in Hawaii have claimed that I make a lot of factual mistakes. Well, here and now I want to look the American people right in the eye and give them the facts."

Republican Field Shaping Up

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

At this point, there are only a few holdouts left on the sidelines, as most of the bigwigs (and some decidedly "smallwigs") have made their intentions known.

The Full 2012 Republican Field

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Because I'm trying to include simply everybody, this will necessarily have to be a very wide (and not very deep) look at all the possible candidates.

Josh Ozersky On The 2011 James Beard Awards

Josh Ozersky | Posted 07.09.2011 | Home
Josh Ozersky

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Egypt's Bad Choice for The Arab League

Hoda Osman | Posted 06.20.2011 | World
Hoda Osman

Why would Egypt nominate a former assistant to Mubarak, a long-time member of his party and a man whose victory in the parliamentary elections is widely contested to the Arab League?

New Tea Party Media Strategy: No Media

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A full-scale interview on one of the prestigious Sunday shows is normally the gold prize for a campaign. There's a reason for this -- it is free. That was then, though, and this is now.

Friday Talking Points [138] -- "Candidate" Obama Returns

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

America (as, likely, everywhere else) always has a seamy underside, crawling with metaphoric maggots, to anything that is mostly seen as good by the m...

One Year and Waiting -- The Nomination of Edward M. Chen

Kenneth K. Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth K. Lee

It is not in the long-term interest of the Republicans or the country to engage in a de facto filibuster of Judge Edward Chen. It's time to give him an up-or-down vote.

Vitter Wins GOP Nomination Despite Sex Scandal, Violent Staffer

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Incumbent Sen. David Vitter has easily won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. Vitter easily defeated two les...

Elena Kagan Called Pro-Military By Senator Scott Brown

AP | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Scott Brown says Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has persuaded him that she supports the military, despite her de...

Sidney Thomas Interviews With Obama For Supreme Court Nomination

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday interviewed federal appeals court Judge Sidney Thomas of Montana for an opening on the Supreme C...