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Tea Party Republicans Win Earmark Fight

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Mitch McConnell has realized that this battle was really not worth fighting, and has thus thrown in the towel on his opposition to the outright ban on earmarks.

GOP Senators Back Earmark Ban After Requesting MILLIONS In Pork

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

GOP senators have begun sharpening their swords for an epic face-off over a proposed earmark ban, a measure that some members of Congress believe must...

Banning Earmarks

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's more fun to watch Massa's implosion on nationwide television, but we shouldn't allow this to distract us from what could shape up this year as a contest between Democrats and Republicans over who can denounce earmarks the loudest.

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.

Goldman Sachs Congressional Earmark: Bank Subsidiary Gets $3 Million

businessinsider.com | Lawrence Delevingne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WIth all the company's riches, why is a Goldman Sachs (GS) subsidiary getting a $3 million earmark from Washington?...

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Adds Definition Of 'Earmark'

Los Angeles Times | Richard Simon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Those who pore over congressional legislation in search of earmarks often have been guided by the "I know it when I see it" maxim that Justice Potter ...

Senate Rejects McCain In Bipartisan Fashion

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The bottom line of this story is that nine out of forty-one Republican senators just broke ranks with their party and voted to strip a McCain amendment from a budget bill.

Friday Talking Points [47] -- Our First Anniversary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Surprise! It's our first anniversary column! But before we get to that, I have to pass on this information, in the hopes nobody will get stung by a v...

Friday Talking Points [46] -- Moose Poop!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sarah Palin has already singlehandedly introduced several terms into our political lexicon. "Hockey mom" is probably the most recognizable of these. ...

Sarah Palin, Explain Yourself, or Stop Using the USW as a Prop

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

When presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain introduced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his intended vice presidential running mate, those ...

Framing Sarah Palin

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats should stay away from the baby stories. They must resist the urge to comment at all on it. Let the media do the muckraking.

Obama Should Go North To Alaska

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Alaska is going to be very close this year. This stems from Republican office-holders apparently trying to take the "first in political corruption" award away from Louisiana.