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PostPartisan: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

Balloon Boy: Hoax Americana?

We should have known something was up yesterday as we watched that helium-filled balloon float high above Colorado with the ease of that plastic bag in the movie "American Beauty." The nation was transfixed for hours as it feared...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 16, 2009; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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No Farewell to the Filibuster, Sadly

Thursday afternoon, Max Baucus, by now the world-famous chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, predicted that all 60 Democrats and maybe more than one Republican would vote for the health-care reform bill that he, Harry Reid and a few...

By Stephen Stromberg  | October 16, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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The Biggest Disappointment of the Obama Presidency

President Obama's brief display of drive-by compassion Thursday in New Orleans was, for me, by far the worst outing of his presidency thus far -- and the biggest disappointment. I covered Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath -- the flood...

By Eugene Robinson  | October 16, 2009; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (452)
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From Joe to Beau?

The Delaware Senate race shaping up for 2010 could have everything: youth versus age, the makings of a new political dynasty, a proud father with a propensity to speak his mind at inconvenient moments -- and, perhaps, a photo...

By E.J. Dionne  | October 16, 2009; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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No, the NFL Isn't Too Good for Limbaugh

By Jo-Ann Armao Ringleading a notorious dog fighting ring wasn't enough to prevent Michael Vick from being welcomed back into the National Football League’s fold. Likewise, his involvement in a fatal drunk driving accident probably won't prevent Donte Stallworth's eventual...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | October 15, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (240)
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Forget Tea Parties, Throw COLA Parties

Forget tea parties. Folks outraged about government deficits should throw COLA parties. Wednesday the White House said that it wants to spend $13 billion to give Social Security recipients -- seniors, that is -- another $250 each, the equivalent...

By Stephen Stromberg  | October 15, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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What's Up With the 'Reset?'

Commentators have heaped criticism on the Obama administration for failing to forcefully advocate for human rights in countries with oppressive regimes. But Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who earlier this year suggested that human rights shouldn't interfere with other...

By Stephen Stromberg  | October 14, 2009; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Chief Justice's "Nobel Prize"

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. may be feeling a little Obama today, especially if he reads GQ. The gentlemen's magazine listed Roberts as the tenth most powerful person in the nation's capital. Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel,...

By Eva Rodriguez  | October 13, 2009; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Michael Steele's New Domain

Tuesday morning, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele unveiled the new GOP.com, “a forward-looking, open platform for the party of new ideas,” as the chairman himself puts it as he walks across the homepage when you first access the...

By Stephen Stromberg  | October 13, 2009; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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No President Hillary

By Jo-Ann Armao Secretary of State, former U.S. senator, former first lady and would-be president Hillary Clinton was just stating the obvious when she, for the first time publicly, dismissed the possibility of ever running again for the country’s highest...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | October 13, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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The Next Step on Gay Rights

The day after President Obama recommitted himself to the cause of gay rights -- albeit at a pace that is too slow for many -- thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Americans and their straight allies streamed past...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 11, 2009; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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The Oslo-Copenhagen Contradiction

Reading the latest issue of The Economist magazine this weekend, I was struck by a great contradiction in the response to Chicago’s rebuff by the International Olympic Committee after President Obama’s intervention on the one side, and the response...

By E.J. Dionne  | October 11, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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