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Palin 'Catastrophic' for GOP?

Steve Schmidt, John McCain's chief campaign strategist in 2008, said today that a Sarah Palin presidential nomination in 2012 would be “catastrophic” for the GOP. Is this controversial? I can’t count the ways in which she is a poor...

By Stephen Stromberg  | October 2, 2009; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (492)
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On Olympics, Told You So

Told ya. I wrote earlier this week that President Obama's trip to Copenhagen to lobby for Chicago's Olympics bid could be futile or even counterproductive. Obama-mania notwithstanding, the U.S. president is always seen at international gatherings as the ultimate...

By Eugene Robinson  | October 2, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
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Don't Blame Obama on Olympics

By Jo-Ann Armao Maybe they should have sent Michael Jordan. Clearly, the International Olympic Committee wasn’t bowled over by President Obama’s in-person plea to hold the 2016 Summer Games in his home town of Chicago. Indeed, it was the first...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | October 2, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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Chicago Olympics Were a Mistake, Win or Lose

I am not that surprised that the International Olympic Committee turned down Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Games. I'm also not that upset. Once upon a time, the Olympic Games might have had something to do with building...

By Charles Lane  | October 2, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
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The Public Option Walks Into a Bar...

As I reviewed the goings on in the Senate Finance Committee last night, it struck me that I had never heard a good public option joke. I even googled “public option jokes,” and the results were less than satisfying....

By Stephen Stromberg  | October 1, 2009; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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The Problem With Cable News

I’m attending a conference today – “First Draft of History,” sponsored by the Atlantic, the Aspen Institute and the Newseum – at which David Gregory interviewed John McCain. When asked about the decline of civility and bipartisanship in Washington,...

By Michael Gerson  | October 1, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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The Climate Change Mess

Over lunch with The Post editorial board Wednesday, Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt said that, when it comes to climate change, "we can't complain about the ambition of this administration," but that secretary of state Hillary Clinton has been...

By Stephen Stromberg  | October 1, 2009; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Woody Allen on Roman Polanski? Really?

By Jo-Ann Armao LOL. That was my first reaction at seeing Woody Allen’s name on the top of a petition demanding justice for director Roman Polanski. Here, after all, was one pervert using his supposed good name in defense of...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | September 30, 2009; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
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Obama's Display of Immodesty?

I doubt President Obama’s trip to Copenhagen to argue for Chicago to get the Olympics matters much, but, on balance, I think I’d have skipped it. I understand why the president would want to support his hometown in its...

By Eugene Robinson  | September 29, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Family Guy Could Learn a Thing or Two

On Sunday, Fox cartoon show Family Guy imagined a universe in which everything is depicted as a Post political cartoon: I couldn’t understand it because the characters weren’t labeled. Family Guy’s writers might examine my latest cartoon for guidance:...

By Tom Toles  | September 29, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Obama Fights the Good Fight

By Jo-Ann Armao President Obama is soon off to Denmark in a bid to convince Olympic organizers to hold the 2016 world games in his hometown of Chicago. If some of the pundits are right, he has as much chance...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | September 29, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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America's Next Great Pundit Contest

Think you have what it takes to be a great pundit? Put your opinions to the test -- and win the opportunity to write a weekly column and a launching pad for your opinionating career. We’re looking for a...

By Contest  | September 29, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Reaction to Roman Polanski

Of all the many and unexpected responses I received to my four-paragraph blog post on Roman Polanski, two struck me as worthy of reaction. Here is the first, from an online comment: Hey Ann Applebaum do you have a...

By Anne Applebaum  | September 29, 2009; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (423)
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The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Is Back

The last time a Clinton spoke of a right-wing conspiracy, she provided late-night comedians material for years. These days, barely anyone notices. Asked Sunday on Meet the Press if the “vast right-wing conspiracy” that Hillary Clinton accused of hounding...

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 28, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Let Polanski Go -- But First Let Me at Him

It’s alright with me if Roman Polanski is freed by the Swiss authorities who have detained him at the request of the United States -- if first I get a chance to bust him one in the mouth. I...

By Richard Cohen  | September 28, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
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The Outrageous Arrest of Roman Polanski

Of all nations, why was it Switzerland -- the country that traditionally guarded the secret bank accounts of international criminals and corrupt dictators -- that finally decided to arrest Roman Polanski? There must be some deeper story here, because...

By Anne Applebaum  | September 27, 2009; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1031)
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