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[Updated] Filibernie and Mr. Smith: Is Senator Bernie Sanders still filibustering? Yes!

Filibuster! He threatened to do it! Now he's doing it! This is the most excited I've ever been to watch an old man read facts into a microphone! On C-SPAN! I thought it was exciting when someone eviscerated his ex-girlfriend...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 10, 2010; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Big Deals, Congress, Petri, Senate  | Tags:  America, CSPAN, filibuster  
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Let it snow! Washington, weather and nostalgic drifts

Well, D.C., it's snowing! Or at least -- it's flurrying! Or was, when I started writing this! Oscar Wilde once wrote, "Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else."...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 10, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Big Deals, Petri  | Tags:  Classic DC, kids these days, snow  
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DADT not repealed, but, hey, Jim Morrison's free to go now

(photo by Joel Brodsky -- Govinda Gallery) It's been years coming. People said it would never happen. But how wrong the nay-sayers were! Finally, all the years of service to this country will be rewarded! This has affirmed my...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 10, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Petri, That's awkward  | Tags:  Jim Morrison, oops, the 60s  
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Can't say 'public option' on Fox News? Try these instead!

That's at least two words you can't say on television. Recently, an e-mail from Washington managing editor Bill Sammon at Fox News instructing reporters to refer to what has been termed the "public option" as the "government option" whenever...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 9, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Petri, Reality? Television, Top Lists  | Tags:  America, Fox News, healthcare  
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The break-up graph, the new profile, and why I hate Facebook's new See Friendship button

Facebook ruins everything. Did you see that mother in Florida who shook her baby to death after its crying interrupted her Facebook time? Or that graph of when break-ups occur? Hint: Mostly not Christmas. "One breakup is a tragedy," Stalin...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 9, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Only on the Internet, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  Facebook, justin bieber  
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Christine O'Donnell, tragedy, and the rule of three

"Tragedy comes in threes," Christine O'Donnell said to a gathering in Virginia. "Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edwards's passing and Barack Obama's announcement of extending the tax cuts, which is good, but also extending the unemployment benefits." I almost hate to...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 8, 2010; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  Christine O'Donnell, Too soon?, trains  
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In memory of John Lennon, why 'Imagine' is a terrible idea

I love John Lennon. He was always my favorite Beatle. My mother loves Paul, and I know J.K. Rowling's favorite is George, and that awful girl in 500 Days of Summer preferred Ringo, but I've always enjoyed John. He's responsible...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 8, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  From bad to verse, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  Beatles, the power of myth  
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Assange arrest + World Press Freedom Day announced = Irony? Not really.

I'd like to speak up for the Federal Bureau of Irony. Irony is a precious natural resource that -- like most precious natural resources -- has been eroded a great deal lately. Today, after the Bureau of Public Affairs...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 7, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Only on the Internet, Petri  | Tags:  irony, online comments, wikileaks  
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Mulligan: Newt Gingrich's day of lucrative infamy

Tweet Retreat: Newt Gingrich deletes tweet using the "69th anniversary of the japanese attack" to promote his novels "Pearl Harbor" and "Days of Infamy." Wonkette: Newt Gingrich Deletes Twitter Thing Telling You to Buy His Pearl Harbor Book...

By Dana Milbank  | December 7, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mulligans  
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What's in the WikiLeaks Insurance File

Now that Julian Assange has been arrested, everyone is concerned that they are about to leak the WikiLeaks Insurance File, a "poison pill" document cache that allegedly contains all kinds of damning revelations about everything from the government to major...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 7, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Only on the Internet, Petri, That's awkward, Top Lists  | Tags:  oops, wikileaks  
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Mulligans: Inhofe, better Boorish than Moorish

Obama basketball injury forces him to economize on syllables; removal of superfluous words could save millions in government printing costs. Politico: Obama stumbles over superfluous *** Rangel's legal fight with the House ethics committee landed him in trouble with the...

By Dana Milbank  | December 6, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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December is Enough Awareness Month

All this online awareness is making me red in the face -- and not because my face is raising awareness of Heart Disease. First there were Breast Cancer ribbons and Livestrong arm bracelets. Then we turned our Twitter avatars...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 6, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Only on the Internet, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  Enough Awareness, Facebook, alcohol, awareness  
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The hunting and the snark -- Sarah Palin shoots caribou. I'm unimpressed.

(The Palin Family, Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images) Oscar Wilde called "the English country gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable." I am not calling Sarah Palin "unspeakable," or the apparently "tiny" -- according to...

By Alexandra Petri  | December 6, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Petri, Reality? Television  | Tags:  Sarah Palin, The Palins, hunting  
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Mulligans: Que pasa, Newt Gingrich?

But she can't do this and be president. TPM: Tea Party Nation Calls On Sarah Palin To Run For RNC Chair *** Rapunzel! Rapunzel! Let down your campaign. San Francisco Chronicle: David Harmer confirms he conceded East Bay Congressional race...

By Dana Milbank  | December 6, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mulligans  
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