Archive of Articles for December, 2013

An Obamacare Checkup

[ Posted Monday, December 30th, 2013 – 15:09 UTC ]

It's time for a regularly-scheduled checkup (to use a medical metaphor) on how Obamacare's doing. Three months in, things do seem to be improving. So much so, in fact, that January will (one way or another) see a shift in the political discussion to other aspects of the health reform law than just the website. Whatever way the story gets spun next month, it will be different than the prevailing storyline up to this point. But before we get to that, let's take a look at the progress made in the past month.

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My 2013 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

[ Posted Friday, December 27th, 2013 – 17:50 UTC ]

Welcome back to our annual year-end awards column!

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Program Note

[ Posted Thursday, December 26th, 2013 – 17:13 UTC ]

Just a quick note for everyone with the hope that Santa brought what you wanted this year. There will be no column today, as we're getting the final "McLaughlin Awards" together.
Which means, of course, that tonight is pretty much your last chance for any nominations, which you can list as a comment here or [...]

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The Kringlebase Incident

[ Posted Monday, December 23rd, 2013 – 17:11 UTC ]

We hereby interrupt our live coverage of Pope Francis leading Midnight Mass this Christmas Eve, because we've got some breaking news from the Pentagon. We apologize for pre-empting our traditional Christmas Eve programming, and promise we will continue our coverage after the newsbreak, on a slight time delay so our viewers won't miss a single minute of the Pope.

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My 2013 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

[ Posted Friday, December 20th, 2013 – 19:27 UTC ]

Welcome everyone to our year-end awards columns! Every year, we pre-empt our normal "Friday Talking Points" columns for two weeks, in order to take a look back at the year that was.

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Program Note

[ Posted Thursday, December 19th, 2013 – 18:10 UTC ]

Today is really just going to be an extended program note, just to warn everyone, which ends with a crass fundraising plea.
I've been busy reviewing 2014 in preparation for tomorrow's (and next Friday's) year-end awards columns, so you've got that to look forward to.

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How About A Saturnalia Display?

[ Posted Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 – 17:58 UTC ]

For others, joining in the mirth has now come to mean celebrating the season of Festivus, a made-up holiday from a made-up television show. And even the Flying Spaghetti Monster adherents are getting in on the fun this year.

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Polyamorists' Legal Victory

[ Posted Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 – 17:47 UTC ]

A federal judge just made news by ruling that the state of Utah overstepped its constitutional bounds in their definition of bigamy, ruling in favor of a polygamist who had previously left the state for fear of being prosecuted. This is the first step along a path I predicted six years ago, and is a big victory for polygamists' rights. Or for "polyamory," which has been adopted as a more-neutral term for those who "love many." It is not quite the victory that some of the news headlines would have had America believe ("bigamy," or being legally married to more than one person, is still a crime in Utah, even after the ruling), but it certainly is a first step along the path of securing legal equality.

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Will Boehner Move On Immigration Reform?

[ Posted Monday, December 16th, 2013 – 16:55 UTC ]

There seems to be an interesting round of speculation taking place in Washington over whether Speaker John Boehner will move on immigration reform in the House next year, and (if so) when he would do so. The story, at heart, is part of the ongoing civil war between the Tea Party and the Establishment Republicans, which is why it is such a fascinating question to even contemplate.

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Friday Talking Points [285] -- Republican Sandwich Filling Hits The Fan

[ Posted Friday, December 13th, 2013 – 19:09 UTC ]

Let's take a quick look back at the week that was, which was actually chock full of political news. We'll begin in outer space and end up with amusing holiday news, so buckle your seatbelts, it's going to be a fast ride this week. So fast that we're not even going to explain the column's title until you reach the talking points at the end, just to warn you. Ready? OK, here we go....

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