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PostPartisan: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Sarah Palin's latest blunder

So Sarah Palin has endorsed a right-wing candidate, Doug Hoffman, running on the Conservative Party line for a House seat in Upstate New York, rebuking a moderate Republican in a forthcoming special election. And while it’s true that Palin’s...

By Stephen Stromberg  | October 23, 2009; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (391)
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The White House's election-year fratricide

By Lee Hockstader Democrats are not known for being overburdened with the gift of partisan solidarity, but in throwing Creigh Deeds under the bus, the White House is setting a high bar for election-year fratricide. Deeds, the Democratic candidate for...

By Lee Hockstader  | October 23, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Why I'm not getting the swine flu vaccine

The lead paragraph of today's story on the results of a new Washington Post-ABC News poll pretty much sums up where I am on whether I should get the swine flu vaccine: "Americans have become increasingly alarmed about the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 22, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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'Medical marijuana' is a Trojan horse

My post about “medical marijuana” stirred a lot of comments, some of them approving, the vast majority hostile and vituperative -- and one or two actually threatening. So, let me try this again. As I wrote, I think decriminalization...

By Charles Lane  | October 22, 2009; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (176)
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Torture: the soundtrack

My first reaction on reading the headline in this morning's Post was to roll my eyes and shake my head: "Torture songs spur a protest most vocal: Musicians call for release of records on Guantanamo detainee treatment." The article...

By Eva Rodriguez  | October 22, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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How cricket can save the world

Islamabad — Watching bushy-bearded Pakistani batsmen compete in the Champions Trophy competition on late-night television here a few weeks ago, it suddenly became obvious: Cricket — yes, cricket! — can save the world. What’s the only sport played in...

By David Ignatius  | October 22, 2009; 7:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The White House's war with Fox News: still dumb

My observations about the Obama administration’s “dumb” war with Fox News seem to have touched a nerve -- 868 nerves, going by the latest tally of comments. They ran the gamut from “another idiotic column” to “Amen, Ruth.” I...

By Ruth Marcus  | October 21, 2009; 7:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (300)
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Which candidate will raise taxes in Virginia?

By Lee Hockstader Bob McDonnell, the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, is a smart guy -- smart enough to frame his positions with care. Which is why I wonder whether he has intentionally left himself some wiggle room in...

By Lee Hockstader  | October 20, 2009; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Congress to Obama: Close Gitmo without our help

In what Associate Press writer Andrew Taylor calls a “modest victory” for the Obama administration, the Senate Tuesday evening agreed to let the Obama administration transfer Guantanamo detainees to the United States -- but only to stand trial. You...

By Stephen Stromberg  | October 20, 2009; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Medical marijuana is an insult to our intelligence

The Justice Department says it's backing off the prosecution of people who smoke pot or sell it in compliance with state laws that permit "medical marijuana." Attorney General Eric Holder says "it will not be a priority to use...

By Charles Lane  | October 20, 2009; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (400)
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Obama, crazy like a -- yes -- fox

One thing you can count on in Washington is that the conventional wisdom is likely to be wrong. That makes me want to reconsider my opinion about the White House’s decision to wage open warfare against Fox News. I’m...

By Eugene Robinson  | October 20, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (146)
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John Kerry's star turn

Doha, Qatar — For Sen. John Kerry, it must be sweet vindication: Frustrated in his hopes of being president or secretary of state, he has found a role as a kind of roving ambassador -- negotiating with foreign leaders...

By David Ignatius  | October 20, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Rush is the one who politicized sports

My friends Gene Robinson and Jo-Ann Armao weighed in on this controversy, and I would like to add this: I don’t see why anyone should shed tears over Rush Limbaugh being forced out of the group trying to purchase...

By E.J. Dionne  | October 20, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Obama's dumb war with Fox News

There’s only one thing dumber than picking a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel -- picking a fight with people who don’t even have to buy ink. The Obama administration’s war on Fox News is dumb...

By Ruth Marcus  | October 19, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (891)
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At the Smithsonian, a living lesson on racism?

As the institutional memory of American culture and chief steward of our national collections, the Smithsonian Institution ought, without delay, to seek to acquire all photographs, writings and oral musings of Keith Bardwell -- the justice of the peace...

By Colbert King  | October 19, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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White House to banks: shut up and take it

White House senior adviser David Axelrod loves a good populist rant. And he's found plenty of fodder for his political pontifications in the failings of the financial institutions that got billions in government handouts. Some of these institutions are...

By Eva Rodriguez  | October 19, 2009; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Fox should stop whining

By Jo-Ann Armao I wish I had a nickel for every time a public official refused to talk to me or one of the reporters I supervised in my more than 30 years of journalism. Or a penny for every...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | October 19, 2009; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (364)
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