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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.

Launch the 'Nuke,' Harry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's an old adage in politics that the way to win political struggles is to "bring a gun to a knife fight." If this imagery isn't violent enough for you, the subject on the table now is whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering what is called the "nuclear option."

A History of Mitt Romney on YouTube (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Shira Lazar

With the RNC kicking off this week and election mode launching into full gear, What's Trending is taking the opportunity to serve up a YouTube history of Republican Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

Josh Ozersky On The 2011 James Beard Awards

Josh Ozersky | Posted 07.09.2011 | Food
Josh Ozersky

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Nobel Prize Obstructionism

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is downright ludicrous to say that a Nobel Prize-winning economist is somehow not qualified to get a job running economic policy for the government. Until Sen. Richard Shelby realizes this, Obama and the White House should point it out.

Obama Interviews Elena Kagan For Supreme Court Nominee

Newsweek | By Daniel Klaidman and Ben Adler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEWSWEEK has learned that President Obama interviewed Solicitor General Elena Kagan at the White House on Friday for the open seat on the Supreme Cour...

Elizabeth Warren On Supreme Court Nomination: It Would Be An 'Honor' To Be Considered (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Elizabeth Warren says it would be an "honor" to be considered for President Obama's next Supreme Court nominee. Warren, chair of the Congressional Ov...

Can Harry Reid Deliver?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Given that Harry Reid's Senate is not exactly known for moving with blinding speed, one has to wonder whether Harry Reid can deliver on some of these big issues before the midterm elections or not.

Obama Supreme Court Nominee: The Case For Selecting A Sitting Politician

Politico | William Yeomans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

But the president has an option that could minimize the filibuster threat, speed confirmation, avoid turning the court farther right, increase the cou...

Religion, Bigotry, and Political Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Put aside the crazy "Obama's a Muslim" idiocy -- assume John McCain had won the presidency instead. Do you really think the Senate would confirm a Muslim candidate right now, even a conservative right-wing one? I don't.

Jeff Bridges: A Unique American Icon

Jeff 'The Dude' Dowd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jeff 'The Dude' Dowd

There's something about the appeal of Jeff Bridges that goes deeper than his engaging performances, good looks, charm, brains and acting chops. That was the mystery that I may have stumbled into figuring out.

Friday Talking Points [111] -- Use It Or Lose It

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama this week has successfully put the Republican Party on the defensive. This could be a fleeting thing, or it could be the start of a whole new way for Obama's administration to operate.

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.

Senator Sessions, Judge Sotomayor, And Racism

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In all the hoopla over Judge Sonia Sotomayor being nominated to the Supreme Court, there is one interesting side story that the media is largely ignor...

Friday Talking Points [79] -- Judicial Activism And Bias

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"Judicial activism" (or, alternatively, "legislating from the bench") is defined -- no matter what your political beliefs -- as "judges not ruling the...

Representation, Empathy, and the Supreme Court

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Schweber

Any argument in favor of Obama choosing a woman or Hispanic should be made in terms of an expectation that such a justice will display a level of knowledge or imagination of social realities that would otherwise be unavailable.

The Ultimate Blind Date

Bridget Wagner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bridget Wagner

Sarah Palin - A Fidgety Choice and the Makings for an Awkward Duo

A Historical Perspective On Divided Democratic Conventions

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Don't buy into the media narrative that this is some sort of "divided party" -- because today's Democrats aren't. All true Democrats are pulling hard to defeat the legacy of George W. Bush.

Interview With Al Franken

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For all the people who scoffed at the idea of a former comedian running for such a high public office, it can now be strongly stated that Al Franken's Senate campaign is definitely no joke.

Superdelegates Still Splitting Support: Clinton Picks Up Two; Obama Three

Erin Medlicott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Erin Medlicott

Reflecting recent seesawing in the race for the Democratic nomination, which seemed all but won by Obama two weeks ago, Party superdelegates, far from tipping the race, are still divided.

A McCain Court: Likely Less Than Maverick

Alexander Heffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alexander Heffner

Presidential candidate McCain has pledged to appoint strict constructionists to the high court-- conservatives who would attack the kind of "maverick" legislation McCain has so famously backed.