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PostPartisan: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

An Obama-Cheney Thought Experiment

Here’s a thought experiment: When you watch excerpts of the Obama-Cheney great debate over national security, try to imagine how these issues would play if America should be hit by another 9/11-level terrorist attack. You hope the country would...

By David Ignatius  | May 22, 2009; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
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The Contradiction in Obama's Speech

The conservative reaction to President Obama’s national security speech has been muddled. Is he actively undermining the successful fight against terrorism that followed Sept. 11, or shamelessly adopting most of the anti-terrorism policies of the Bush years? The verdict...

By Michael Gerson  | May 22, 2009; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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The Past Continues to Haunt Obama

In his speech (video and remarks prepared for delivery) on anti-terrorism policy this morning, President Obama once again insisted that he has no interest in “re-litigating” the policies of the Bush administration. That’s some questionable word choice, especially since...

By Stephen Stromberg  | May 21, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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$4 Trillion in Exaggerated Savings

By Maya MacGuineas On two separate issues -- health-care and the budget -- the president has promised savings of $2 trillion. A total of $4 trillion dollars -- now that's real money. Unfortunately, the claims are completely exaggerated. First, take...

By Maya MacGuineas  | May 20, 2009; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Gingrich's Deranged Ethics Advice

No one’s ever accused Newt Gingrich of lacking nerve, but the former House speaker’s over-the-top assault on the current speaker is stunning even for Gingrich. Doubly stunning, actually. First, while I have no brief for Nancy Pelosi’s handling of...

By Ruth Marcus  | May 20, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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Democrat Party! Socialism! Karl Marx!

You might have thought rank-and-file Republicans learned their lesson after their invocations of Joe the Plumber failed to halt Barack Obama’s march to the presidency. Apparently not. It looks as though the Republican National Committee won't, as planned, vote...

By Stephen Stromberg  | May 20, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Justice Obama?

By Eva Rodriguez Mr. President: Stop your search. I've got the perfect candidate for that soon-to-be vacant slot on the Supreme Court. She's a Harvard Law grad with a Princeton undergraduate degree. She was a lawyer in private practice with...

By Eva Rodriguez  | May 19, 2009; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Whom Would a Truth Commission Hurt?

If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set out last week to build momentum for a "truth commission" on Bush-era torture, she succeeded. A week ago the idea had some high-profile support on the Hill, but resistance from the White House...

By Stephen Stromberg  | May 18, 2009; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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What Did Rahm Know?

Commentators have been struck -- though not perhaps as much as they should have been -- by the extraordinary character of CIA Director Leon Panetta’s blunt and stark rebuke of Nancy Pelosi. Responding to political debates that “reached a...

By William Kristol  | May 17, 2009; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (188)
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