Archive of Articles for July, 2011

Friday Talking Points [173] -- Obama 2.0?

[ Posted Friday, July 15th, 2011 – 16:50 UTC ]

Are we seeing the new model of Barack Obama's presidency? Is this (in the parlance of Silicon Valley) "Obama 2.0"?

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Memory Lane: Footnotes From Yesterday's Article

[ Posted Thursday, July 14th, 2011 – 16:46 UTC ]

Today, I'd like to excerpt some of those articles, as "footnotes" to yesterday's column. While copyright laws prevent me from just pasting whole articles in here, I am allowed fair usage excerpts, which is what you'll find below. The promise of the internet was supposed to be easy access to this sort of thing, but in recent years many media sites have locked off their archives behind paywalls, making it impossible to freely access this historical material.

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Historical Context Missing From Debt Ceiling Reporting

[ Posted Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 – 16:17 UTC ]

I've always been astounded at the near-complete lack of historical memory regularly exhibited by both Washington politicians and the "journalists" who purport to cover them. Nothing I've seen in the past few weeks has caused me to change this opinion, either, as the fight over raising the federal debt ceiling has played itself out.

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Light Bulb Moment

[ Posted Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 – 17:28 UTC ]

I should begin by saying that if you have no idea what I'm talking about at all, you are in good company. Most Americans don't even know there's a light bulb debate happening right now in Congress. If you live in California, however, you likely have already realized what is going on: standard light bulbs are being effectively banned.

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The Big Debt Ceiling Stall

[ Posted Monday, July 11th, 2011 – 16:21 UTC ]

The entire political world right now is holding its collective breath over whether a deal will be struck between President Obama and the leadership of Congress to raise America's debt ceiling. The more honest observers of this process have noted the "Kabuki theater" nature of the proceedings, as they wisely discount the possibility that the deadline will be reached with no agreement in place. "This is all for show," the jaded pundits assure us, "there will be a deal." But this reasoning can be taken one step further: not only will there be a last-minute deal, but the deal will not happen until that last minute -- and this is by design. While duelling press conferences amuse the public, behind the scenes the name of the game Obama and the Republicans are playing could rightly be called "The Big Stall."

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Friday Talking Points [172] -- Obama's Fourteenth Option

[ Posted Friday, July 8th, 2011 – 15:44 UTC ]

The silly season has come early to Washington, it seems. The root cause is a simple fact of American politics these days -- sometimes, there just can't be transparency. That's a fairly provocative statement, so allow me to explain my reasoning in detail. Then, later on (in the talking points section of our program), we'll get into the option of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and how Obama should be using it right about now. But for now, it's time for a sober assessment of where Washington currently stands.

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Program Note

[ Posted Thursday, July 7th, 2011 – 18:38 UTC ]

Due to circumstances beyond our control, there will be no column today. We apologize for the interruption in service. Columns will resume their normal schedule starting tomorrow.
-- Chris Weigant

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Obama Poll Watch -- June, 2011

[ Posted Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 – 13:21 UTC ]

As many were predicting, President Obama's bounce in approval polls due to the death of Osama Bin Laden did not last very long. While Obama started the month still strongly riding the wave of public approval from the Bin Laden raid, this had mostly dissipated by the second week in June, and Obama's poll numbers flattened out after that. The plateau he hit at this point is slightly higher than he had before the "OBL bump," but that's about the only consolation for Obama fans in the June numbers.

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Dismal Media Poll Numbers

[ Posted Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 – 16:50 UTC ]

The mainstream media love to use opinion poll numbers to highlight the American public's disapproval of certain persons and institutions. But there's one poll number they never seem to get around to adequately reporting: their own. There's a reason for this, and it is a simple one. The media doesn't report their own poll numbers because their poll numbers stink, and it's less embarrassing to just ignore this fact rather than to report it.

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From The Archives -- The Forgotten Battle Which Won The American Revolution

[ Posted Monday, July 4th, 2011 – 12:20 UTC ]

Which is why, this Independence Day, I will personally be lifting my glass in a toast to a French admiral, and the French sailors who served under him. Because without Admiral Compte de Grasse's efforts, we might not even have an Independence Day to be celebrating. The Battle of the Chesapeake deserves to be remembered. This military triumph deserves a bit of celebration. By all Americans. So, I hope you'll join me in honoring the good French admiral this Sunday. Lift a glass and give grateful thanks to his bravery and his heroic efforts on behalf of our own revolution -- whose successful end he made possible:

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