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PostPartisan: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

The Wrong Way to Remember Michael Jackson

By Alexandra Petri Has anyone actually read H.R. 600? On its face, the resolution commemorating Michael Jackson that Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is attacking might not seem like such a bad idea -- a more permanent way than, say, a...

By Alexandra Petri  | July 10, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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The Obama Administration Spends Billions on the Swine Flu

By Adam Ross Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the United States will set aside billions of dollars to pursue a vaccine for H1N1, commonly referred to as swine flu. The Obama administration has officially overreacted....

By Adam Ross  | July 9, 2009; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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In Russia, Obama's Limited Reach

By Masha Lipman President Obama spoke brilliantly and powerfully at Russia's New Economic School yesterday. And his broader effort to reach out to Russian society during his trip -- meeting with civil society and human rights activists, as well as...

By Masha Lipman  | July 8, 2009; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Where Is Our Cyber Defense?

By Alexandra Petri The prolonged assault on American and South Korean websites that began July 4 shows why President Obama declared cyber security a priority of his administration. But it also highlights that, so far, we don’t have a coherent...

By Alexandra Petri  | July 8, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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What Not to Say in Moscow

President Obama’s election was supposed to usher in a new era of amity between America and a certain time-zone spanning Slavic nation that fell out with the Bush administration. But, like much else in Russia, Obama’s reception in the...

By Stephen Stromberg  | July 8, 2009; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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All Hail the King of Pop?

In the matter of Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and his impolitic remarks about Michael Jackson, let us stipulate that your mother was right on the “if you don’t have anything good to say” front. Especially if the person about...

By Ruth Marcus  | July 7, 2009; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
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The Humorless Al Franken

By Alexandra Petri The relationship between politics and humor lately has been, like that between pigs and sausage, somewhat one-sided. Politics and politicians provide grist for the mill of late-night talk shows, stand-up sets and parody news sources. Sure, Barack...

By Alexandra Petri  | July 7, 2009; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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The Best of Michael Jackson

Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. may have exaggerated when he called Michael Jackson “the greatest entertainer that ever lived,” but there’s no question that the memorial service today in Los Angeles deserved all the superlatives anyone might want to...

By Eugene Robinson  | July 7, 2009; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Barry the 'Betrayed'

It’s a hoot to observe the ease with which Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry cloaks himself in the mantle of the “betrayed” whenever he finds himself in a tight spot. And, true to form, that’s just what we...

By Colbert King  | July 6, 2009; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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With Palin, Keep Your Eye on That Audible

Sarah Palin’s speech on Friday announcing her resignation as governor of Alaska will go down as historic: truly, it was one of the zaniest moments in American political history. It made Richard Nixon’s famous “this is my last press...

By E.J. Dionne  | July 5, 2009; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (168)
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