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PostPartisan: September 6, 2009 - September 12, 2009

The Art of the Insult in the House of Commons

Can you call the British prime minister a liar when he is speaking in the House of Commons? As a former holder of a House of Commons press pass, I have been asked by my colleagues to rule on...

By Anne Applebaum  | September 11, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Racism in the House Chamber?

In 1967, the play “MacBird!” opened in New York. It was (very) loosely based on Macbeth and, like it, told the story of an assassination and a palace coup, only in this case Lady Macbeth and her husband were...

By Richard Cohen  | September 10, 2009; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (452)
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Obama's Speech Was Nothing New

If history is a guide, presidents who devote a joint session of Congress to a single domestic issue gain a bump. The drama of taking the center stage of American politics increases both attention and support. President Carter’s 1977...

By Michael Gerson  | September 10, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
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Against Radicalism

It was the speech he needed to give. Three months ago, absolutely, but better late -- a lot better late -- than never. In speaking to Congress and the American people Wednesday night, President Obama made the case he...

By Harold Meyerson  | September 9, 2009; 10:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Obama Brings It

I knew something was up in the opening moments of President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress. When he said, "I am not the first president to take up this cause, but I am determined to be...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 9, 2009; 10:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Republicans Behaving Badly

One of President Obama’s goals in his speech Wednesday night – unacknowledged, perhaps, but central – must have been to make the intransigient Republican opposition to health-care reform look rude, petty, disingenuous, counterproductive and fundamentally dishonest. My verdict: Mission...

By Eugene Robinson  | September 9, 2009; 9:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (367)
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The Real Public Option: Start Over

So President Obama invited himself into our living rooms tonight...why? Not to address questions of war and peace -- even though we are fighting two wars overseas, and even though an avowed enemy and terror sponsor is rushing towards...

By William Kristol  | September 9, 2009; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (317)
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Will the Real Conservatives Please Stand Up?

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. may be the darling of the right, but newly minted Democratic appointee Justice Sonia Sotomayor displayed more conservative bona fides during the highly unusual oral arguments Wednesday over the constitutionality of certain campaign...

By Eva Rodriguez  | September 9, 2009; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Hillary: The Oral Argument

By Eva Rodriguez For court geeks like me, it doesn't get much better than this: a weighty case of national importance, a couple of historic firsts and a star-studded cast of lawyers. All of these elements come together on Wednesday,...

By Eva Rodriguez  | September 8, 2009; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A Speech Worthy of All the Fuss

By Jo-Ann Armao A lot of pundits are seizing on the uproar over today’s presidential speech to the nation’s school children as further evidence of a bumbling White House. How could they let something so innocuous become so controversial? But,...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | September 8, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Staying in School and the 'Socialist Agenda'

We have just gone through one of the most shameful episodes of the young Obama presidency -- shameful because of the behavior of the right wing, shameful because the media played into an extremist agenda, shameful because we proved...

By E.J. Dionne  | September 8, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (268)
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