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Friday Talking Points -- How Bad Laws Get Made

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How do bad laws get made? Quickly, for the most part. No, that's not a joke. The worst laws nearly all have one thing in common: They are rushed through very quickly, usually because Congress is facing some self-imposed deadline.

Is Housing Cost as a Percentage of Income a Failing Measure?

Dean Graziosi | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Dean Graziosi

Real estate practitioners love times like these for marketing, as they can show that in most markets it's cheaper to buy than to rent. With interest rates still low and owned homes having to compete with foreclosures in the market, prices of homes not in foreclosure haven't been rising much.

How Many Dollar Bills Would It Take to Build a House -- Literally?

Redfin | Posted 12.05.2014 | HuffPost Home
Redfin

Anyone who has struggled to save for a down payment knows that homes are expensive. REALLY expensive. Especially after taking advantage of so many holiday shopping deals lately. It got us thinking... how expensive would it be to actually build a house out of money?

Friday Talking Points -- 'Tis The Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's that magical time of year when the wee folk of Capitol Hill actually get something done. These brief bursts of activity only happen very rarely, of course, and always immediately proceed another one of the many, many long vacations Congress takes during the year.

Cromnibus Stop?

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are plenty of metaphors to choose from, as we all breathlessly watch the Republican Party make their latest attempt at semi-rational governing.

Beyond Avicii: The Swedish Techno Mafia

Sean Bradford | Posted 12.02.2014 | Entertainment
Sean Bradford

What I heard this fall blasting out of Stockholm's sound systems and into the night was an evolution of this sound... into a vibrant, groovy and danceable techno.

For Charles and the Future Mrs. Manson

Terry K Carr | Posted 12.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Terry K Carr

Can I just say thank you to you, Charles, and the future Mrs. Manson for announcing your nuptials the same day of my therapy session? The timing had everything to do with uncovering an irrational fear of mine around the concept of safety. A fear I'd never told anyone about, and surprise, surprise, your name came up.

Republican Control Is Destined to Fail

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

While Republican leadership wants to depict Democrats and the president as uncompromising ideologues, such assertions from a group that have shown to be uncompromising ideologues falls on deaf ears.

Benghazi Conspiracy Theories Definitively Debunked. Again.

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence just publicly released its report, which systematically knocks down pretty much every paranoid theory over the tragedy which happened in Benghazi, Libya and what happened immediately afterwards.

Fox News Story On House Benghazi Report Ignores House Benghazi Report

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.24.2014 | Media
Ian Reifowitz

Fox's headline is "CIA gathered intelligence on weapons to Syria: Benghazi report." What the hell does that even mean? That's not burying the lede. That's changing the lede into a word salad.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama's Gutsy Move

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When Congress wouldn't pass a bill, the president had to act on immigration and deportation policy, to keep families intact -- a measure that affected 40 percent of the undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Re-Run: Buck Supports Personhood Again!

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The GOP's newbie House members elected U.S. Representative-elect Ken Buck as their president Thursday. If you follow Buck's history here in Colorado,...

8 Rare 'House, M.D.' Cases That Can Actually Happen

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment

"House, M.D.," starring Hugh Laurie as a pill-popping genius, was conceived as the medical version of "Sherlock Holmes" and ran for eight seasons on F...

Friday Talking Points -- The Calm Between The Storms

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Many are now pointing out that Warren's elevation pretty much assures she won't be running for president in 2016, but then we never really believed she would run in the first place. At this point, she'll be much more effective within the Senate Democrats.

SiX Could Be the Answer to ALEC

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The new liberal counterpart will be named the State Innovation Exchange, or "SiX." Creative capitalization seems to be their first innovation. But I shouldn't get snarky about their branding, because the basic idea is a good one: counterbalance the impressive inroads Republicans have made in state legislatures.

Friday Talking Points -- A Democratic Economic Platform for Next Time

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress just won a smashing electoral success by essentially doing nothing but mercilessly block Obama's agenda. That, to put it another way, is a winning formula for them with their base voters.

Are You Ashamed of Where You Grew Up?

Findery | Posted 11.06.2014 | Travel
Findery

If you're ashamed of where you grew up, you shouldn't be. Some of our greatest heroes and most famous celebrities came from humble backgrounds. And all of these places are worth a visit.

The Aftermath

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last night, Democrats got well and truly shellacked once again in a midterm election. It was so bad, it's pretty hard for Democrats to even attempt to gild the lily or spot that elusive silver lining. Republicans are consumed with glee, which they've well earned this year.

Senate Changes As More Former House Members Join

AP | By ALAN FRAM | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is becoming nearly as rancorous as the House, and many say one reason is an influx of senators who served in that sharp...

Kate Sheppard

Alaska's GOP Congressman Says He'd 'Probably' Vote For ENDA

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

Alaska's Republican congressman, Don Young, suggested in a debate Thursday night that he may be open to voting for workplace protections for gays and ...

Republicans Are Running for Congress on Their 'Jobs Plan.' Slight Problem: It Won't Create Any Jobs.

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

On wages, their rejection of even the concept of a minimum wage shows that Republicans don't care if employers engage in a race to the bottom. Five bucks an hour isn't good enough for you? They'll just find someone else. I thought we'd settled that question during the Great Depression.

Working or Fighting: Your Choice

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear political pundits saying it is a mistake to compromise. It is important to hold firm on principles, but in most instances, it is possible to reach consensus. There are multiple examples, starting with our founding fathers, of people in government that held very firm views on various issues, but made compromises to reach consensus.

Contemplating a Republican Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A Republican Senate is pretty much an iron-clad guarantee of the return of "fiscal cliffs" and "government shutdowns" and "hostage-taking" and all the rest of the budgetary games Republicans are known for playing.

Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.17.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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.