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PostPartisan: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

The GOP's Shameless New Attack

How desperate are Republicans? If their political anxiety correlates with their shamelessness, very. Last week, the House GOP released a web video that flashed images of President Obama associating with the King of Saudi Arabia and, yes, members of...

By Stephen Stromberg  | May 6, 2009; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Souter Lets Go, Specter Clings

The juxtaposition of Justice David Souter’s early (as these things go) retirement at age 69 and Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter’s strategic party shift in hopes of winning a sixth term -- he’d be 86 and 11 months when it...

By Ruth Marcus  | May 5, 2009; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Ideas -- and Jack Kemp

What moves history? Is it the power of ideas? Or is it the power of objective forces like money, for example, deployed behind ideas no more complex or sophisticated than simple self-interest? Jack Kemp, the former Republican congressman and...

By Michael Kinsley  | May 4, 2009; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Jack Kemp, RIP

It seemed as if Jack Kemp was capable of only one speed: enthusiasm. He was as sunny and ebullient a politician as we have produced. Before anyone was talking much about compassionate conservatism, Kemp insisted that conservatives not only...

By E.J. Dionne  | May 3, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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