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PostPartisan: March 15, 2009 - March 21, 2009

Ron Silver R.I.P.

He spoke at 100 mph, and thought just as fast. He was a man of passionate attachments and fierce loyalties, but he could change his mind on things. He absolutely loved everything about politics. He liked big-think and could...

By E.J. Dionne  | March 18, 2009; 10:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Obama's Tough Road Ahead

Yesterday Peter Orszag, President Obama’s budget director, acknowledged that earlier federal revenue estimates were too optimistic, and that new ones, forthcoming from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), would show an even worse budget outlook than the White House expected...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 18, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Maternal Wisdom on AIG

By Rachel Dry I should always listen to my mother. She is always right. I know this, and yet I often -- too often, I suppose -- fail to act on it. Usually, my own mistakes and missteps are enough...

By Rachel Dry  | March 17, 2009; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Show Us Some Drama, Obama

When the president was a candidate, his staff referred to him as “No Drama Obama." That’s the way he is: cool, steady, no histrionics, no distractions, keep your eye on the ball. This is a moment, however, when he...

By Eugene Robinson  | March 16, 2009; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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The Dangers of AIG Outrage

Today, everyone -- from Bill Kristol on this blog to President Obama on TV -- is mad about the taxpayer-financed bonuses the American International Group (AIG) just revealed it awarded its derivatives traders. The early reporting, which indicates these...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 16, 2009; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Obama Should Be Gutsier on Guantanamo

By Eva Rodriguez The time has come for President Obama to be truly gutsy. A high-level delegation from the European Union met today with members of the Obama administration to discuss the future shuttering of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility....

By Eva Rodriguez  | March 16, 2009; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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AIG Bonus Babies

The AIG moment feels like a big one. Public distaste for both the Bush and Obama administrations' handling of the financial crisis seems to be crystallizing in response to the reports of bonuses for executives at the AIG financial...

By William Kristol  | March 16, 2009; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
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