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PostPartisan: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

Palin's blame game

So portions of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s memoir have leaked, and the juiciest parts so far are those in which she attacks CBS news anchor Katie Couric. Palin, apparently, calls Couric “badgering” and biased, and mentions speculations that...

By Stephen Stromberg  | November 13, 2009; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Lou Dobbs is a special case

By Edward Schumacher-Matos A coalition of Hispanic and progressive groups crowed today about the success of their Drop Dobbs campaign against CNN and its advertisers. They deserved to beat their chests. Their latest effort showed that the fragmented Latino movement...

By Edward Schumacher-Matos  | November 12, 2009; 9:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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The Morella-mander

A couple of weeks ago, Bernie Mihm Jr. of Dickerson, Md. wrote a thoughtful letter to The Post replying to a column I had written. I have been meaning to offer a response, but got distracted by the recent...

By E.J. Dionne  | November 12, 2009; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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No room for reason in the GOP?

If you haven’t heard, the Republican Party of South Carolina’s Charleston County just censured the state's GOP senior senator, Lindsey Graham. Who Runs Gov’s Beth Marlowe got her hands on the text of the resolution. It condemns Graham for,...

By Stephen Stromberg  | November 12, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Chalk one up for porn (aka free speech)

Huge kudos to the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland, which has refused to abide by a cockamamie edict from state Sen. Andrew P. Harris (R-Baltimore County). Harris was offended last spring by plans to show...

By Eva Rodriguez  | November 12, 2009; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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The administration goes after Karzai

Today’s papers are once again full of leaks by administration officials heaping scorn on Afghan President Hamid Karzai -- the leader with whom the United States will have to work if U.S. forces remain in Afghanistan. Among other things,...

By Jackson Diehl  | November 12, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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In defense of Blue Dogs and RINO's

My friend Jill Lawrence has an interesting column in AOL’s “Politics Daily” about what she calls “the misfits” -- politicians who are in the wrong party and, she thinks, “really ought to switch.” With all respect to Jill, I...

By Ruth Marcus  | November 12, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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Overpaid economists

If there were any question that mainstream economists will end up in the same circle of hell as Wall Street’s wizards, today’s “Breaking Views” column in the New York Times should dispel any lingering doubts. In the column, in...

By Harold Meyerson  | November 11, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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The meaning of 'strategic reassurance'

After reading the column I co-authored with Dan Blumenthal yesterday, a senior official called me to correct my understanding of the administration's "strategic reassurance" strategy toward China. I had focused on what I understood to be the American side...

By Robert Kagan  | November 11, 2009; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Scared of Steele

On his program "Washington Watch," Roland Martin asked Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Sunday what were the two issues that "speak to black voters that Republicans have a shot at." Steele replied, "Education and the economy. Education...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 10, 2009; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Do young criminals deserve a second chance?

Not everyone can be saved. I believe that there are kids who, as a result of abuse and neglect, are so devoid of conscience and empathy that they will likely never become productive members of society. I say this...

By Eva Rodriguez  | November 10, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Polarizing around Fort Hood

Can we please avoid a horribly polarizing and ultimately harmful debate over whether Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s interpretation of his Muslim faith played a role in motivating his alleged act of mass murder? We need to be able to...

By E.J. Dionne  | November 10, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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How far have we come from 'Precious'?

Words failed me. I was supposed to be leading a panel discussion of the gripping movie "Precious" with director Lee Daniels, actress Paula Patton and Becky Pringle of the National Education Association. But after watching the movie, I had...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 10, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Freedom of choice, except for women

Opponents of the various Democratic health-reform proposals spend a lot of time talking about how people should be free to purchase whatever kind of insurance they want. Except, it turns out, if those people are women. Going into Saturday’s...

By Ruth Marcus  | November 9, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
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A wall falls in Baghdad

Several of my colleagues have weighed in today on the fall of the Berlin wall 20 years ago. I covered that event for The Post, and I have a graffiti-stained chunk of the wall to prove it. But to...

By Jackson Diehl  | November 9, 2009; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Why the Berlin Wall endured

Several months after the Berlin Wall was breached -- 20 years ago today -- I stood at what remained of the wall with my teenage son and watched a stylishly dressed woman in a fur coat whack away at...

By Richard Cohen  | November 9, 2009; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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The wall I thought would never fall

I left the then-Federal Republic of Germany with my wife and three young children in the summer of 1969 firmly convinced that the 87-mile wall that encircled West Berlin, separating it from East Berlin and all of Germany, would...

By Colbert King  | November 9, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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