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PostPartisan: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Settling our Chinese panda debt

I am shocked that economists and businesspeople aren’t paying much attention to the news that best symbolizes America’s precarious economic situation. I’m talking, of course, about the impending departure of Tai Shan, the adolescent panda born and succored at...

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 4, 2009; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Miss Rogers's neighborhood

At President Clinton's state dinner for then-South African President Thabo Mbeki, White House Social Secretary Capricia Marshall made a very gracious offer. For dessert, she would swap places with my mother, who was seated in another part of the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 4, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Tiger's privacy: a reconsideration

Oh, Tiger, Tiger, not so bright. Apologies to William Blake—and I must confess I never really liked that poem—but this line might be apt: “In what furnace was thy brain?” It would appear, actually, that Tiger’s brain had rather...

By Ruth Marcus  | December 3, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Obama's tough love for Afghanistan

In another installment of President Obama's "Talk to the American people like Adults" series, Obama Tuesday deftly made the case for escalating the war in Afghanistan while laying the groundwork for withdrawal. No one's really happy with the path...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 2, 2009; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Obama's lonely decision

So now two presidents in the space of less than three years have bucked overwhelming conventional wisdom, as well as public opinion, and decided that they did not want to lose a war. And what lonely decisions these have...

By Robert Kagan  | December 2, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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Obama's resolve -- and reluctance

President Obama has made a necessary, mature national security decision on Afghanistan – a state of affairs that he seems embarrassed about. Philosophically, Obama’s West Point speech reaffirmed key elements of the Bush doctrine. The president rooted his decision...

By Michael Gerson  | December 2, 2009; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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At West Point, Obama likes Ike

For now, I just want to note two striking moments in President Obama’s Afghanistan speech. Did you notice that the president did not choose to quote any of his party’s own giants -- Franklin D. Roosevelt (though FDR got...

By E.J. Dionne  | December 1, 2009; 10:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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In and out with Groucho

Every American war has its distinctive anthems, and on due consideration, the one that seems most appropriate for our almost simultaneous escalation and withdrawal in Afghanistan is Groucho Marx’s entrance song in Animal Crackers: “Hello, I Must Be Going.”...

By Harold Meyerson  | December 1, 2009; 9:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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A novel way to argue for war

George W. Bush was able to successfully prosecute the Iraq war because, against all reason and much longer than necessary, he believed in it. Barack Obama may be able to successfully prosecute the war in Afghanistan because he, too,...

By Richard Cohen  | December 1, 2009; 9:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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A long haul -- continued -- in Afghanistan

President Obama may have announced an Afghanistan exit strategy Tuesday night, but this is no 18-month affair. What I took away from his speech was that we’re in for the long haul. Afghanistan has already been a long haul,...

By Eugene Robinson  | December 1, 2009; 9:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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A war president

In his Monday open letter/cri de coeur to the man he supported for president, Michael Moore asked Barack Obama: Do you really want to be the new "war president"? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm)...

By William Kristol  | December 1, 2009; 9:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
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The Salahis doth protest too much

Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the couple accused of committing a brazen security breach at the White House, took to NBC's "Today" Show this morning to defend their "honor" and get us to feel their pain. They failed on both...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 1, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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The quintessential Andrew Sullivan

Blogger Andrew Sullivan charged Sunday that, whereas in December of last year I advocated a gasoline tax, in my “latest column” on climate change, “the gas tax idea is missing.” “Why?” asks Sullivan. Because: “In the end, the conservative...

By Charles Krauthammer  | November 30, 2009; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
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Yes, we should ban loud commercials

By Jo-Ann Armao It isn’t the most pressing issue of our time. But it surely is one of the most annoying. So I’m putting aside my skepticism of government trying to solve all our social ills to cheer a bill...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | November 30, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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The Salahis and the red carpet rules

My colleague Jo-Ann Armao addressed my concerns about the seriousness of the state dinner breach by Michaele and Tareq Salahi. It’s clear that there was a major security lapse. Much fuzzier is the question of whether the Salahis broke...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 30, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Court on the spot after Washington State killings

In the wake of the horrible massacre of four Tacoma, Wash.-area police officers, there's been a lot of talk about the fallout for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican. While in office, Huckabee commuted the lengthy prison sentence...

By Charles Lane  | November 30, 2009; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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