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Friday Talking Points

Friday Talking Points -- Happy 50th, Civil Rights Act Of 1964!

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week was a big week for women's rights, as the Senate pushed for an Equal Pay Act to celebrate Equal Pay Day. It was filibustered, which just goes to show that one party cares about women's rights and one party clearly does not.

Friday Talking Points -- 'And Counting'

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats, from this point on, should adopt a very simple technique to disarm Republican squabbles about Obamacare numbers. To every figure quoted for people gaining health insurance, Democrats should end with "... and counting."

Friday Talking Points -- Democrats Unveil 2014 Strategy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

House Republicans now say it's just too late to pass an extension of unemployment benefits. This, after they spent time this week trying to strip President Obama of the power to create national monuments. Way to prioritize, guys...

Friday Talking Points -- Breaking News! Well... Not Really.

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans all patted themselves on the back this week for fixing their party's problems. No, really! It's been one year since their "autopsy" or "post-mortem" of the 2012 elections and the party's completely "fixed."

Friday Talking Points -- CPAC Follies and More

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ukraine erupted in crisis during the past week, as Russia's Vladimir Putin essentially grabbed Crimea in his own hissy fit. President Obama, of course, has very limited options for dealing with Russia.

Friday Talking Points -- Republicans' Foot-Shooting Party

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Even when Republicans weren't shooting at their own feet this week, it appears they were conducting a circular firing squad instead. The 2014 campaign, in other words, is off to a raucous start... and it's only February.

Friday Talking Points -- From Russian Panties To Animal Skulls

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We have a running theme this week: the utter and complete failure of the Republican Party's vaunted "outreach" to certain groups of Americans who have been voting against them in droves.

Friday Talking Points - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John Boehner has a song in his heart. As he was busy passing a clean debt ceiling bill in his House, he followed up with another lyric from the tune.

Friday Talking Points -- Freedom From Job Lock

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The next big legislative fight (raising the debt ceiling) is just around the corner, and the Republicans can't seem to agree on what to hold as hostage.

Friday Talking Points -- Avoiding Immigration Traps

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in the House have announced they are now ready to do something on immigration. There will be traps laid by the Republicans, so Democrats have to be vigilant about defusing each one as it pops up.

Friday Talking Points -- 2014 the Year of the Marijuana Voter?

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Will 2014 (or perhaps 2016) become known as the "Year Of The Marijuana Voter"? This question can now be seriously asked, because the issue of radically reforming marijuana laws seems to be growing bigger and more imperative with each passing week.

Friday Talking Points -- Republican Sandwich Filling Hits The Fan

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

One bit of minor calendar news before we get on with it: for the next two weeks, this column will be on hiatus. Instead, it will be pre-empted by our annual awards columns where we note the notable and laud the laudable from the past year.

Friday Talking Points -- Defending Populism

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back (after we took last week off, to digest) to our Friday roundup! We should have two weeks of news to cover, but nothing much of anything strange or startling happened Thanksgiving week, so we're going to concentrate on just this current week.

Friday Talking Points -- Harry Reid's Explosive Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In fact, it was even a big week just for political anniversaries. Fifty years ago this week, an event of no little importance happened. I speak, of course, tomorrow's 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who by the BBC.

Friday Talking Points -- As The Wedgie Turns

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We decided it was time to coin a new political term. We'll repeat the definition we gave it, back in May. Wedgie: When a political party's "wedge" issue turns on them and instead of dividing the other party, begins to divide their own.

Friday Talking Points -- Two Obama Promises

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Although it's been a week heavy on Obamacare, we're going to (mostly) look forward this week, to the upcoming budget battles. Because buried in the Obamacare stories this week was one very important bit of news.

Friday Talking Points -- Monkey Business

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This may be the quotation of the week, from Representative Frank Pallone, describing the House "Obamacare Is So Very, Very Bad" hearings held this week.

Friday Talking Points [278] -- ...And the Law Won

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week will be seen as a turning point in the future. Ted Cruz and his band of merry Tea Partiers fought the Obamacare law, with every ounce of energy they could muster. And the law won.

Friday Talking Points -- Shutdown Follies

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.

Friday Talking Points -- Ted Cruz: Senator Ham-I-Am

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Talk about missing the point. And no, I do not refer to the mindless mainstream media (who apparently don't know the difference between "a filibuster" and "a 21-hour ego trip").

Friday Talking Points -- The Answer To Obamacare, The Universe, And Everything

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's all becoming clear now. House Republicans are just really big fans of Douglas Adams -- that's been their plan all along.

Friday Talking Points -- Cold War Nostalgia

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we get this ball rolling, we have two minor points which relate to the calendar which we feel merit mentioning. First, for the superstitious among us, it's not only Friday the 13th, but it's actually a double-dose, being 9/13/13. Wooo! Scary!

Friday Talking Points -- A Weed Screed

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The subject under the microscope today is marijuana, and (in particular) the federal government's views and actions towards this issue.

Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republican-on-Republican fear-mongering is such a treat to enjoy. In this case, establishment Republicans vs. the Tea Party.

Friday Talking Points -- PBS, Citizen Koch, and Obama's Press Conference

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Love him or hate him, call him "patriot" or "traitor" -- it is now absolutely impossible to argue that Edward Snowden's leaks weren't effective, meaningful, and will actually cause the federal government to have a national conversation with its citizens about what it feels it is legally able to do.