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PostPartisan: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

The persistent threat of terrorism

"[O]ur security is at stake in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is the epicenter of violent extremism practiced by al-Qaeda. It is from here that we were attacked on 9/11, and it is from here that new attacks are being...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 25, 2009; 9:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Health-care reform and politics as usual

Cash for Cloture! Cornhusker Kickback! Louisiana Purchase! We are, or so we are told by conservative commentators and politicians, supposed to be indignant, outraged, horrified at the fact that lawmakers with bargaining power extracted special deals for their states...

By Ruth Marcus  | December 24, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Sen. Ben Nelson offers a defense

I was up early this morning with a call from Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who was much kinder to me than I was to him in my column on Wednesday. He insisted that the Sen. Harry Reid-crafted language...

By Michael Gerson  | December 24, 2009; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Paranoia in the heartland

The woman was sincere. And completely wrong. She was among the dozens of protesters outside a Tuesday hearing about President Obama's plan to move Guantanamo detainees to a prison in Thomson, Ill. The woman, identified by the Associated Press...

By Eva Rodgriguez  | December 23, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Gov.-on-Gov. violence

You know how much I love (almost) all things Sarah Palin. So much raw talent -- and she's determined to keep it that way. Well, Joe Mathews over at the Daily Beast has a piece worth reading about the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 23, 2009; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Senate: an unprincipled body

Well, tomorrow is the big day. The Senate vote on health-care reform is set for 8 a.m. And it will have all the suspense of waiting for Santa to slink down the chimney. Getting to this point was u-gly....

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 23, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Not your father's filibuster (or your mother's)

I’m glad to see that my recent columns on the dysfunctional Senate and the wall of Republican obstruction there are stirring up comment, both from a reader whose letter The Post published on Monday and from Colby King, a...

By E.J. Dionne  | December 22, 2009; 8:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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Rudy Giuliani shocker -- or not

New York is abuzz with the news that former Mayor Rudy Giuliani will not run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Kirsten Gillibrand (D). Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone who has paid...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 22, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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The art of the political putdown

Dana Milbank does a great round up of all the deals -- and their alliterative names -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had to cut to secure early Monday morning's 60-40 vote on health care. It certainly does...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 22, 2009; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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The Senate: the destroyed deliberative body

Discussing the Senate health-care fight on CNN's "State of the Union" yesterday, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) had tough words for President Obama. "This is far from over. The House and Senate bills are in many ways irreconcilable,” he...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 21, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Liberals love hate the filibuster

Enough, enough, I say, of the weeping and wailing on the left about the “bizarre habits of the Senate,” as my colleague E. J. Dionne put it today, that make us “no longer a normal democracy.” He, of course,...

By Colbert King  | December 21, 2009; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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An abortion compromise that's fair

Going into the health-care battle, those on both sides of the abortion issue who understood the urgency of extending coverage to the uninsured agreed to a kind of truce. Neither side would use the effort as a way of...

By E.J. Dionne  | December 21, 2009; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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In Senate votes, 60 is the new 50

Among the passengers at New York's Penn Station yesterday struggling to get back to Washington after the massive snow storm were me and my friend Scott -- and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). But Schumer's situation was rather more urgent...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 21, 2009; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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