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PostPartisan: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Senate health reform industrial policy

From the Huffington Post: Gone from the bill is a tax on cosmetic surgical procedures, including Botox injections. Instead, Senate Democrats are proposing a 10 percent sales tax on tanning salons, to be paid by the person soaking up...

By Harold Meyerson  | December 19, 2009; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Mitch McConnell's health-care harassment

There is a point in which parliamentary devices become pure and simple harassment. That point was reached today when Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.) prevented the Senate from waiving a rule, as is custom, thus requiring the Senate clerk...

By Colbert King  | December 19, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
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Thugs in Copenhagen

One of the reasons some Americans become wary of the United Nations is that it gives a platform to obnoxious bores, several of whom have taken the podium this week at the UN climate-change conference in Copenhagen . Among...

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 17, 2009; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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The Madam vs. Eliot Spitzer

If Eliot Spitzer were ever to run for public office again, there's no question that his escapades with call girls would be exploited by any opponent. But I bet Spitzer, aka Client Number 9, never imagined that he would...

By Eva Rodriguez  | December 17, 2009; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Sarah Palin's hat trick

Could former Alaska governor Sarah Palin be annoyed that Tiger Woods is getting all the attention? How else to explain why -- oh why -- John McCain’s 2008 running mate showed up on a Hawaiian beach wearing a "McCain"...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 17, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
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Who's really killing D.C.'s voucher program

Once again, Congress is taking a hit from some D.C. interests for calling it quits on the Washington Opportunity Scholarship -- the District's federally funded school voucher program. And, once again, the critics are aiming their barbs in the...

By Colbert King  | December 16, 2009; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Has Howard Dean lost his mind?

Question for Howard Dean: Have you lost your mind? "Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it...

By Ruth Marcus  | December 16, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (188)
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D.C. says 'I do'

The quest for marriage equality sure has taken a beating over the last 12 months. California voters banned same-sex marriage with the passage of Proposition 8. Voters in Maine stopped it at the ballot box last month. Efforts in...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 15, 2009; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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The public option died last summer

Take yourself back to the endless wrangling in Sen. Max Baucus’ Finance Committee – or, more particularly, among his select “gang of six,” including three Republicans, two of whom clearly never had any intention of voting for health-care reform....

By E.J. Dionne  | December 15, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (150)
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Harry Reid's plan or nothing?

In his response to my blog post objecting to his overblown attacks on Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Ezra Klein asserts that this country suffers from a "sterile" policy debate. But I wonder if he actually believes it will be...

By Charles Lane  | December 15, 2009; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Houston's stereotype-breaking election

Some of the media coverage of the Houston mayoral race took a bit of a man-bites-dog tone. Houston? The one in Texas? Gay?? Yes. Yes. And yes. With Annise Parker’s win on Saturday, Houston became the largest U.S. city...

By Kevin Huffman  | December 14, 2009; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Charles Lane's 'oldful' attack

In taking umbrage at Post blogger Ezra Klein’s attack on Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) for turning the health-care debate into his own personal grudge match against liberals, Post Partisaner Charles Lane gets a tad ad hoministic in terming Klein...

By Harold Meyerson  | December 14, 2009; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Not much time for good decisions on Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan --The speedy surge into Afghanistan isn't going to be quite as rapid as the White House recently suggested -- further complicating President Obama's hopes for a quick in-and-out fix. As one of the selling points of the...

By David Ignatius  | December 14, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Where is Tiger's backbone?

Too bad Tiger Woods doesn’t have a Rhett Butler advising him. Gone with the Wind fans are familiar with how Rhett wouldn’t let Scarlett O’Hara hide out after she was caught in an embarrassing moment with her erstwhile Ashley....

By Jo-Ann Armao  | December 14, 2009; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Ezra Klein's venomous slam of Joe Lieberman

Thwarted in his bid for the vice presidency in 2000 and thwarted again in his campaign for the presidency in 2004, Sen. Joe Lieberman (?-Conn.) nevertheless retains one awesome power: the capacity to make some liberals lose their minds....

By Charles Lane  | December 14, 2009; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (182)
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Why is there no female Tiger Woods?

Why are there no female sex scandals? The question, raised by The Daily Beast's Rebecca Dana has preoccupied me ever since I noticed it. Everywhere I went over the long and much-partied recent weekend, I raised the question, and...

By Richard Cohen  | December 14, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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