Archive: April 2009

'Hoax' Against Hate Crimes Bill

Earlier today, I called Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), hoping to get her statement of contrition for her stunningly ignorant comments about the murder of Matthew Shepard. While arguing against passage of the hate crimes bill yesterday, Foxx said: I...

By Jonathan Capehart | April 30, 2009; 4:45 PM ET | Comments (74)

From Obama, Presidential Prose

Mario Cuomo once observed that politicians campaign in poetry but govern in prose. That truth was on display at tonight’s prime-time press conference, in which a president renowned for his soaring rhetoric found himself instead mired in the prosaic....

By Ruth Marcus | April 29, 2009; 10:16 PM ET | Comments (15)

So What's Next on Torture?

President Obama's words on torture at his "100 days" news conference were, to my ears, sharp and unequivocal. What he didn't tell us is what happens next. He said bluntly, without leaving any wiggle room, that waterboarding is torture....

By Eugene Robinson | April 29, 2009; 9:34 PM ET | Comments (122)

New Foundations and Obama's Style

A few things became clear quickly at President Obama's news conference tonight. First, the administration really is pushing hard to get his program labeled the "New Foundation." Obama used that magical phrase right off in his opening statement. It's...

By E.J. Dionne | April 29, 2009; 8:51 PM ET | Comments (6)

Hypocrisy on Obama and Notre Dame?

I've received a number of emails questioning why some pro-life Catholics oppose President Obama's invitation to give the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Notre Dame when they didn't oppose George W. Bush's 2001 speech there, given...

By Kathleen Parker | April 29, 2009; 3:57 PM ET | Comments (30)

Good News for Republicans!

On May 24, 2001, I wrote an op-ed for The Post in the wake of Vermont Sen. James Jeffords’s party switch. I argued that the switch, which cost Republicans control of the Senate, could well turn out to be...

By William Kristol | April 28, 2009; 4:56 PM ET | Comments (485)

Arlen Specter's Switch and GOP's Identity Crisis

The Republican Party's identity crisis just got worse with Sen. Arlen Specter's announcement that he is leaving the GOP to join the Democrats. I know, I know. Specter's move is about his own political survival. He was facing a...

By Jonathan Capehart | April 28, 2009; 1:56 PM ET | Comments (94)

Is Obama's Team Too Wall Street?

Is Obama’s economic team -- especially its most public face, Treasury secretary Tim Geithner -- too Wall Street? Does that even matter if its policy is credible? The answer to both questions is “no,” but the charge still isn’t...

By Stephen Stromberg | April 22, 2009; 4:51 PM ET | Comments (25)

Perez Hilton's Hypocritical Rantings

By Eva Rodriguez It's a wonder that even supporters of same-sex marriage don't reconsider their position after hearing the embarrassing, infuriating, self-absorbed rantings of quasi-celebrity Perez Hilton. Hilton, a self-proclaimed gay man who made a name for himself by blogging...

By Eva Rodriguez | April 21, 2009; 7:34 PM ET | Comments (237)

What Kaine Is Doing Right and Fenty Is Doing Wrong

By Jo-Ann Armao Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine (D) today is on a plane over Turkey. Tomorrow, he’ll be in Dubai. We know that because if you call his spokesman, he’ll tell you. Even better, he’ll tell you who is paying...

By Jo-Ann Armao | April 21, 2009; 3:56 PM ET | Comments (4)

What Chavez Should Have Given Obama

By Carlos Lozada In the photo-op seen ’round the world, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez greeted President Obama at the Summit of the Americas this weekend with a gift copy of “The Open Veins of Latin America,” a 1970s tract of...

By Carlos Lozada | April 20, 2009; 4:20 PM ET | Comments (14)

Obama, Catholics and Notre Dame

The objections of more conservative Catholics to the University of Notre Dame’s decision to invite President Obama to deliver this year’s commencement address and to receive an honorary degree have received a lot of attention. But the views of...

By E.J. Dionne | April 17, 2009; 5:29 PM ET | Comments (114)

Investigate Bush? Obama Indicates 'No'

Elements of the American left are pretty peeved that President Obama hasn’t swept away -- or even fully revealed -- controversial Bush-era anti-terrorism policies. Just one of many complaints: Whereas civil libertarians wanted mountains of classified documents on torture,...

By Stephen Stromberg | April 16, 2009; 7:06 PM ET | Comments (65)

Wrong on Gays in the Military

Alright, I've had it! Had it with the antiquated arguments against gays serving openly in the military espoused today on The Post’s Op Ed page by James J. Lindsay, Jerome Johnson, E.G. "Buck" Shuler Jr., and Joseph Went. Gay...

By Jonathan Capehart | April 15, 2009; 5:16 PM ET | Comments (158)

The Real Outrage This Tax Day

By Jo-Ann Armao Each time I signed my name to a tax return last night, I felt a bit of satisfaction. Some of it came from knowing that I'll (barely) meet the deadline and get a refund. But there was...

By Jo-Ann Armao | April 15, 2009; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (26)

The Bases Obama Didn't Cover

It's hard to think of many bases that President Obama didn't cover in his big speech today on the economy -- there were just a couple, actually, and I'll get to those in a minute. He spoke like a...

By Eugene Robinson | April 14, 2009; 3:18 PM ET | Comments (23)

The Maersk Alabama Captain vs. Sully Sullenberger

Who's the bigger hero: Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips or Chesley B. Sullenberger III, the pilot who landed US Air flight 1549 on the Hudson River in January? It's tempting to say, no brainer: It's Sully. He saved 155...

By Frank Ahrens | April 13, 2009; 1:55 PM ET | Comments (65)

In Praise of Snipers

Just as the policy mavens were beginning to debate elaborate political-military strategies for dealing with the Somali pirates, we were reminded that the best solution is sometimes the simplest and most direct -- in this case, a sniper’s rifle....

By David Ignatius | April 13, 2009; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (55)

Going Way Too Far to Help the Homeless

By Eva Rodriguez This is -- to state the obvious -- a very tough time for a lot of us. Unemployment has soared and foreclosures are at unprecedented levels in many parts of the country. Extraordinary help is needed --...

By Eva Rodriguez | April 10, 2009; 1:47 PM ET | Comments (32)

Maturity Returns to the University of Maryland

By Eva Rodriguez It took a bunch of "kids" to bring maturity and a sense of perspective to the University of Maryland. As The Post wrote and I commented on last week, some state lawmakers went into a tizzy --...

By Eva Rodriguez | April 7, 2009; 1:57 PM ET | Comments (15)

A Schism in the Black Community

I read with great interest The Post’s A1 story today on the schism within the African American community over just how tough President Obama should be questioned and scrutinized, particularly by black members of the press. Krissah Thompson related...

By Jonathan Capehart | April 6, 2009; 7:47 PM ET | Comments (42)

Why Not a World Without Nukes?

Are you kidding me? Do I hear the new administration's critics -- okay, one critic, Bill Kristol -- complaining about President Obama's call for moving toward a world without nuclear weapons? To quote the great philosopher John McEnroe: You....

By Eugene Robinson | April 6, 2009; 4:41 PM ET | Comments (80)

Obama Keeps a Promise

There will be much to argue about when President Obama comes home from Europe. But his town meeting in Strasbourg showed he has kept at least one promise from his campaign: that he would restore some of the world’s...

By E.J. Dionne | April 4, 2009; 5:04 PM ET | Comments (13)

One Way Obama Can Win

Last night, Congress endorsed the Obama agenda. Passing a budget outline that closely mirrors the one the president submitted to it, the majority is now poised to fill in the details, ushering in a new era of federal interventionism....

By Stephen Stromberg | April 3, 2009; 8:38 PM ET | Comments (9)

Sex, Senators and Stupidity

By Eva Rodriguez Chalk this up as a win for Cowardice on Campus. Maryland Sen. Andrew P. Harris (R-Baltimore) hears that an XXX-rated movie is scheduled for screening at the University of Maryland. He threatens to introduce an amendment to...

By Eva Rodgriguez | April 3, 2009; 1:46 PM ET | Comments (38)

What Medvedev Didn't Say

I have to admit that I didn't remember the passage from Alexis de Tocqueville that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev cited in his Monday oped in The Post, written in anticipation of today's meeting with President Obama. Now a friend...

By Fred Hiatt | April 1, 2009; 2:16 PM ET | Comments (11)

 
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