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Friday Talking Points [153] -- SOTU-palooza

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The past week in politics was, quite obviously, dominated by President Obama's "State Of The Union" speech to Congress. For those of you who may have...

Friday Talking Points [149] -- Making Holiday Sausage

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The holidays are just around the corner, and the preparatory legislative sausage-making on Capitol Hill is in full swing. What a happy, happy time of...

Untellable Truths

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

Democrats of all stripes have been so focused on details of policy that they have surrendered public political discourse to conservatives, and with it the key to the nation's future.

On Environmental Communication

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
George Lakoff

To achieve political and policy victories, an understanding of communication is necessary, as the communication failures of the Obama administration have made clear. And the environmental movement as a whole shares such failures.

Friday Talking Points [137] -- Listen To Westen And Lakoff, Democrats!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week, I heard an interesting take on the political scene: that both parties seem to be trying mightily to lose the upcoming midterm elections. R...

Friday Talking Points [131] -- Democratic Campaign Advice

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week, Congress -- moving with its usual less-than-blinding speed -- passed a Wall Street reform bill, a mere two years after the crisis hit. Wal...

Friday Talking Points [130] -- Who Is This "They" Obama Speaks Of?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since we took last week off to write something patriotic for Independence Day weekend, we've got two weeks to cover today. Fortunately, every other w...

Disaster Messaging

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

The best political messaging requires an excellent communications system, or it won't be heard. Progressives have the money to build this, but do they understand the desperate need for such a system, and whether they have the will to build it?

Health Means Life; Health Means Freedom

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

Where the conservatives argue loss of freedom and life, the administration has been giving policy wonk arguments about economic and pragmatic policy details that the public cannot understand.

A Good Week for Science (Or, What Eating Worms Reveals About Politics)

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

In one experiment, the strength of blink reflexes to unexpected noises was measured and correlated with degrees of reactions to external threats. Conservatives reacted considerably more strongly than liberals.