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PostPartisan: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Are Americans really 'food insecure'?

Many families are struggling in today’s economy, and this has hurt their food budgets. This week an Agriculture Department study showed that 16.4 million U.S. households containing 49.1 million people experienced “food insecurity” in 2008, up from 12.2 million...

By Charles Lane  | November 19, 2009; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Ruth Marcus going rogue

My normally mild-mannered colleague Ruth Marcus has gone rogue about my recent column on Eric Holder’s decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other Sept. 11 conspirators in Manhattan. She makes a number of sincere but flimsy arguments that...

By Michael Gerson  | November 19, 2009; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Who promoted Hasan?

Who promoted Peress? That was the question posed by Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the indefatigable red-hunter of the 1950s, regarding an obscure army dentist named Irving Peress who was promoted from captain to major despite having refused to answer questions...

By Richard Cohen  | November 19, 2009; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
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Dining on death row

By Jo-Ann Armao Larry Bill Elliott died in Virginia’s electric chair Tuesday night and, among other things, his last meal wasn’t revealed. Officials at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt withheld the details at Elliott’s request. The decision -- like...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | November 19, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Lindsey Graham's disappointing filibuster vote

What happened? I haven't always agreed with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, but I've long respected him for taking principled stances even when that meant parting ways with his party's orthodoxy. Graham recently triggered the ire of...

By Eva Rodriguez  | November 18, 2009; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Does football cause domestic violence?

Does professional football cause domestic violence? Not exactly, although Thanksgiving does (see below.) But it turns out that losses in professional football games -- specifically, when the home team suffers an unexpected upset, based on the pre-game point spread...

By Ruth Marcus  | November 18, 2009; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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'Black Man!'

File this one under quirky observation. On Sunday, Post writer Keith Richburg filed an interesting story from Shanghai about racial prejudice in China on the eve of President Obama's arrival there. The story explored the negative view of blacks...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 18, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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On Gerson's takedown of Attorney General Holder

I’d like to propose Marcus’s General Theory of Punditry: the intellectual force of a column tends to be in inverse relationship to the amount of invective. Today’s example -- and, yes, I’m sure it would be easy to apply...

By Ruth Marcus  | November 18, 2009; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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The vast Palin conspiracy

Sarah Palin is the beneficiary of the vast left-wing conspiracy. Palin is selling a book. Nothing sells books like attention. Lefties love to attack Palin. Attacks create more attention for Palin and her book. I suspect she will show...

By E.J. Dionne  | November 17, 2009; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (191)
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Progressive America, conservative France?

If you had to guess, where would you say a gay couple has a better chance of legally adopting a child: a) France or b) the United States? The answer, of course, is b. We all learned a lesson...

By Charles Lane  | November 17, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Time for 'Redskins' to go

Now it's up to Redskins owner Dan Snyder to do the right thing. Try not to guffaw. The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case in which Native Americans challenged a trademark on the Redskins name, saying...

By Eva Rodriguez  | November 16, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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