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The Debate: Budget Balancing?

Jim Lehrer did his usual great job of moderating last night, but in one of his questions, to which he returned several times, he voiced an economic viewpoint whose support among establishment opinion-makers is as broad as its actual...

By Harold Meyerson  | September 27, 2008; 2:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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The Debate: An Edge for Obama

Instant polls are, well, instant polls. You can take them with a grain of salt. But such polls often influence the commentary and what people think (or think they think) about presidential debates afterward. A CBS News Poll of...

By E.J. Dionne  | September 27, 2008; 12:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
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The Debate: The Prime Minister and the President

Barack Obama was running for prime minister and head of government in Friday night’s debate. He spoke with the precision of a parliamentary debater during question time. He had a three-point program for everything, but he didn’t deliver many...

By David Ignatius  | September 27, 2008; 12:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (178)
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The Debate: The All-Important Grumpiness Factor

Here’s the politically incorrect way of phrasing one of the central questions about tonight’s presidential debate: Did John McCain come across as too much of a grumpy old man? That might not be a nice question, but it’s an...

By Eugene Robinson  | September 26, 2008; 11:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (234)
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The Debate: Senator Been There, Done That

McCain triumphed in the second half of the debate. Whether talking about foreign policy, his involvment in pushing for a post-9/11 commission, or his relationship with veterans, he kept driving home the point that he has a thick porfolio...

By Kathleen Parker  | September 26, 2008; 11:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
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The Debate: The War Versus the Surge

It happened fast and it was inevitable: John McCain wanted to talk about the success of the surge and did not want to address whether it was wise to start the Iraq war in the first place. Obama wanted...

By E.J. Dionne  | September 26, 2008; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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The Debate: Obama Gets His Tax Cut in Early

Most voters have no idea that most of them would get tax cuts under Barack Obama’s presidency -- 95 percent of taxpayers, according to Obama’s estimate. John McCain led early on in tonight’s debate with his longstanding attack on...

By E.J. Dionne  | September 26, 2008; 9:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Debate: McCain's Unforced Error on the 'Bailout'

McCain got off to a slow start by letting Obama own the “stabilization,” aka, “bailout” bill. While Obama outlined a specific four-point approach to fixing the broken credit system, McCain wandered off on a kumbaya jag about how great...

By Kathleen Parker  | September 26, 2008; 9:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Sarah Palin, Miss USA

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin should have seen the question coming. But when Katie Couric pressed her to explain what she meant about Alaska's proximity to Russia informing her foreign policy experience, Palin's answer was startling. It was a perfect...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 26, 2008; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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My Breakfast With Mahmoud

And now for something completely different. I’ve had breakfast with a lot of politicians over the years, but this morning’s was more memorable than most: Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a session for about 20 media types, arranged by...

By Ruth Marcus  | September 25, 2008; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Romney, a Shadow Veep?

It’s been hard this week not to consider that Mitt Romney, who knows something about finance and markets, might have been a handy running mate for John McCain. In fact, McCain has been making good use of his former...

By Kathleen Parker  | September 25, 2008; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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A Week of Gaffes for a VP Nominee

What a clueless vice presidential pick, right? Hasn’t been in charge of anything important. Doesn’t know a thing about balancing the budget. Can’t deal with the media. He really seems to be botching it. Wait, he? For all the...

By Steven Stein  | September 25, 2008; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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The Right Soapbox for McCain

What is John McCain going to do in Washington this week? The Senate banking committee, led by Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), has the lead in fashioning legislation to enable a bailout of the financial industry. McCain is not a...

By Colbert King  | September 24, 2008; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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McCain's Debatable Proposal

The "Oh no, he didn't!" Award for today goes to Sen. John McCain with his announcement that he's suspending his presidential campaign tomorrow and wants to postpone Friday's debate with Sen. Barack Obama so that he can help negotiate...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 24, 2008; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (512)
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Another Questionable McCain Pick

John McCain's strong suit is supposed to be his judgment. But that is being called into question during this presidential campaign. He's behaving as if a moment's thought is a moment wasted. His impulsiveness was on display last week...

By Colbert King  | September 24, 2008; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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The Unbelievable McCain Campaign (Continued)

No wonder the McCain campaign went ballistic after the New York Times reported on some $2 million paid to McCain campaign manager Rick Davis for serving as “president of an advocacy group set up by the mortgage giants Fannie...

By E.J. Dionne  | September 24, 2008; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Palin on Thin Ice

With today’s kerfuffle over the media being kept away from Sarah Palin’s meetings with foreign leaders -- like there was a risk she’d answer their shouted questions? -- I’ve been mulling over Colby’s post about the Hannity-Palin “100 percent...

By Ruth Marcus  | September 23, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (740)
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In Defense of the New York Times (and Independent Journalism)

Boy, you know the McCain campaign is having a bad week when it tries, yet again, to intimidate the press and tells people not to pay attention to newspapers. Steve Schmidt, the McCain campaign’s chief operating officer, held a...

By E.J. Dionne  | September 23, 2008; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (207)
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Game-Changing Moments

A week ago Saturday, I had lunch with two New York friends before our mutual friend's wedding. They were rhetorically chewing their fingernails to nubs over Barack Obama's perilous electoral prospects. He was down in the polls. TV was...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 22, 2008; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
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Taking Politics Out of the White House

It was the summer of 1992, and I was a wet-behind-the-ears White House reporter, when I stumbled across what I was sure was a scandal hiding in plain sight. How can it be, I asked my far more senior...

By Ruth Marcus  | September 22, 2008; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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The GOP's Self-Defeating Response to Troopergate

Republican campaign strategy is being surreptiously influenced by an undercover Democratic Party operative in the high reaches of the McCain camp. How else to explain the GOP's appallingly stupid behavior in the face of the Troopergate affair up in...

By Colbert King  | September 22, 2008; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
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On the Palin-McCain Ticket, Palin Is Still Under Wraps

No, that was not a typo. These big crowds really seem to be going to Sarah Palin’s head. As Jonathan noted, she actually referred to “a Palin and McCain administration" in a speech last week. But Palin’s high opinion...

By E.J. Dionne  | September 21, 2008; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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