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PostPartisan: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009

The Moderate Backlash on Notre Dame

President Obama’s impending appearance at Notre Dame has drawn a right-wing backlash, but it’s also worth following the continuing backlash to the backlash from moderate and liberal Catholics. One of the most significant responses to the right was a...

By E.J. Dionne  | May 16, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
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The Magnificent Irony of Dick Cheney

Could we pause just a moment to appreciate the magnificent, multi-lawyered irony of Dick Cheney being on the side of disclosing government secrets -- and losing? Vice President Dark Side, Mr. Can’t-Reveal-Meetings-With-The-Energy-Task-Force, all of a sudden believes in openness,...

By Ruth Marcus  | May 15, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Pelosi Up a Tree

It has been the nightmare scenario ever since the modern system of congressional oversight of intelligence was created in the late 1970s: When a scandal erupts, a member of congress will put his (or her) political interests above those...

By David Ignatius  | May 15, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
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What Do Guns and Credit Cards Have in Common?

By Eva Rodriguez Never underestimate the power and ingenuity of the gun lobby. The latest example of the lobby's strength involves a fight over whether to allow concealed weapons in national parks and refuges. In its waning days, the Bush...

By Eva Rodriguez  | May 14, 2009; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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The Logic of Picking Elena Kagan

Word is that President Obama is close to naming a Supreme Court justice to replace David Souter. This week, I sat down with a very smart and politically shrewd Washington lawyer (who is outside the administration), and we agreed...

By E.J. Dionne  | May 13, 2009; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Obama's Sister Soulja Moment?

President Obama’s decision this week to reconsider release of inflammatory Pentagon interrogation photos may mark a shift in his administration’s handling of politically charged national security issues -- upsetting his allies on the left but making some new friends...

By David Ignatius  | May 13, 2009; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
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A Republican Litmus Test?

What is a Republican? Depending on the outcome of Florida’s upcoming Senate race, that might become a pretty simple question to answer. Searching for ideological purity, some conservatives, it seems, cannot countenance associating with anyone who favored Obama’s $787...

By Stephen Stromberg  | May 12, 2009; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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