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Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.17.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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.

Should a Transhumanist Run for US President?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

I'm in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run in the 2016 election for US President. I'll be doing it as a transhumanist for the Transhumanist Party, a political organization I recently founded that seeks to use science and technology to radically improve the human being and the society we live in.

Friday Talking Points -- Games the Whole Family Can Play

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.03.2014 | 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.

Democrats Cheer Kansas Ruling

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The chances of Greg Orman defeating Senator Pat Roberts in Kansas just got a whole lot better. A lawsuit which tried to force the Kansas Democratic Party to field a candidate in the race just essentially got laughed out of court, which means there will be no Democrat on the ballot at all.

Friday Talking Points -- Eric Holder's Record

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.26.2014 | 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.

Friday Talking Points -- Congress Briefly Interrupts 3-Month Vacation to 'Work'

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress followed up their recent five-week vacation with almost two whole weeks of actually doing their jobs, so to reward themselves they're now going to take off on another vacation. Until mid-November.

What if the United States Lost Texas?

Dr. Jason Johnson | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Dr. Jason Johnson

How would Americans fare under losing Texas compared to the British losing the Scots? The idea of a Texas secession may seem less likely than the Scots leaving the U.K., but the vote might be a lot closer than anyone in the U.S. would like.

Friday Talking Points -- Slouching Off to War

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress needs to vote on this war. They need to vote not just on a budget item to move some money to some rebels, they need to vote on a clear Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution.

Friday Talking Points: The Gender Gap

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As Silly Season winds to a close, there were a smattering of 'Obama's on vacation -- how dare he!?!' stories, as usual. Obama has taken less than a third of the days off that President Bush did, but that certainly doesn't stop pundits from complaining every time Obama picks up a golf club.

Conservative Media Coverage of Michael Brown's Killing Is Embarrassing

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.26.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

If you are white or Republican, you are likely to think the racial component of the shooting of Michael Brown is getting far too much attention. If you are black or a Democrat, you are likely to feel the opposite is true. This divide suggests we don't live in a post-racial America like many would have you believe.

Friday Talking Points -- Big and Little Brother

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to focus on the aftermath and ramifications of what has been happening in Ferguson, Missouri for the past few weeks. It even reached international proportions, as both Egypt and Russia got in a few digs at American police and protesters.

Friday Talking Points -- Dog Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to the 'Dog Days' of summer, at the height of the political Silly Season. This year, one dog did indeed have his day in August, as 7-year-old 'Duke' just won a rather bizarre election to become mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota.

Friday Talking Points -- Past, Present and Future

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Forty years ago today, President Nixon addressed the nation to announce he would be resigning the next day -- the only time in US history this has happened. Today, President Obama announced the US will be dropping bombs on Iraq once again. That's a pretty heavy-duty amount of the past to contemplate, in one week.

Friday Talking Points -- Prelude To Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Paul Ryan is attempting to address poverty, once again. What he's really doing is trolling the media to write "compassionate conservative" columns about him (which, so far, doesn't seem to be working very well), to bolster his chances to get the Republican presidential nomination.

Chalking Up Montana As A Democratic Loss

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The revelations that John Walsh plagiarized a major paper in college have now completely torpedoed his chances for retaining the seat. To be fair, there was little chance that Walsh was going to win in any case. But the difference between "little chance" and "no chance" can be measured in hope. There is now no hope for Democrats in Montana, this year.

Obama's Immigration Dilemma

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

But what is pretty clear is that if Obama does act, it is going to help Democrats in the 2016 presidential contest. The whole immigration reform issue is a gigantic trap for Republicans, and they will likely be unable to resist the urge to walk right into it.

Boehner's History of Inaction on Border Control

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boehner has gone from confidently touting his and his fellow House Republicans' upcoming leadership on the issue of immigration, to now doing nothing more than groveling for Obama to solve the problem using his executive authority -- which is an ironic enough stance for a Republican to take, these days.

Dear President Obama: Secure The Border Now Or Risk Civil War

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

As any grade-schooler, let alone a graduate of Harvard Law School, knows, the first job of a US President is to protect the homeland. Nothing comes ...

Poor Hillary?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Poor Hillary? I don't think so. I think she's perhaps a little surprised at which particular aspect of her life is now being attacked (if she had a cartoon thought bubble over her head right now, it might read: "This is all you got? Really?!?"), but I don't think she's surprised the attacks have started.

Young Party Hoppers: Another Mississippi Millennial GOP Leader Makes an Exit

David Dent | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
David Dent

Do Mississippi Republicans have a millennial problem? Evan M. Alvarez, former chairman of the Federation of College Republicans, has deserted the elephant for the donkey.

One Year Down, How Many More To Go? Why We Must Not Give Up On Immigration Reform

Jason Ritchie | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Jason Ritchie

The surge of immigrants on our Southwestern border underscores what we know to be true: We need immigration reform and we need it now. We need the U.S. House. We need the Republican Party to listen to business, and act now.

A New Low for Dick Cheney

Robert Hoopes | Posted 08.20.2014 | Media
Robert Hoopes

Republicans have a regrettable history of using key political moments for ridiculous publicity. However, for Dick Cheney to take an international crisis and turn it into a self-centered publicity campaign is a new low entirely.

The VRWC, ODS, and Now CDS?

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This month seems to be now be marking a turning point, to perhaps what might be called a new and virulent "Clinton Derangement Syndrome." Or, more prosaically, what we're now seeing can be said to be the real start of the 2016 presidential election season.

Do Obama Mamas Make Democratic Babies? A Look at Parents' Effect on Their Childrens' Partisanship

Brian Stryker | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Brian Stryker

How much are our politics influenced by our parents? One school of thought says we are predisposed to rebel against our parents, and we'll end up as opposing partisans screaming across the Thanksgiving dinner table.