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PostPartisan: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

Did Peter Orszag hear Obama's speech on fatherhood?

The affairs of Peter Orszag appear to be quite a source of amusement for Washington’s political and intellectual elite. The town is abuzz with talk of Obama’s nerdy budget director, a divorced father of two, who, it turns out,...

By Colbert King  | January 9, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Baltimore mayor's resignation is less than democratic

Sheila Dixon is stepping down as mayor of Baltimore, and that’s probably for the best. Already convicted of a misdemeanor for stealing donated gift cards intended for poor children, she was facing yet another trial on perjury charges. She...

By Charles Lane  | January 8, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Rudy Giuliani fails citizenship test

"Now is not the time for partisanship, it is the time for citizenship." -- President Obama yesterday laying out his terror prevention plan. "America's Mayor" Rudy Giuliani is not going along with the program. On "Morning Joe" today, the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 8, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Some campaign promises matter more than others

Is the Democrats’ failure to let C-SPAN into their negotiations merging the House and Senate health care bills a big deal because of a campaign promise by President Obama? No, it’s not. It’s true that a campaigning Obama promised...

By E.J. Dionne  | January 7, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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The perils of faux-countability

After the screwup comes the inevitable demands for a head -- or, even better -- heads to roll. Call it faux-countability, the phenomenon by which someone takes the fall for a mess that he or she is at most...

By Ruth Marcus  | January 7, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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The cruel world of online dating

The cold cruel world of online dating got a little crueler this week when international dating site Beautifulpeople.com dropped the axe on over 5,000 members for getting too chubby over the holidays. In a brilliant p.r. gambit, the company...

By Kevin Huffman  | January 7, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Dick Morris sees two parties. I see four.

I can't remember a more breathtaking 48 hours in politics since Barack Obama's election in November 2008. Byron Dorgan is out; Chris Dodd is out; Bill Ritter is out. Who would have thought that just one year into Obama's...

By Charles Lane  | January 6, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Democrats AND Republicans should fear midterm elections

There's been enough drama on both sides of the aisle over the past 48 hours that Democrats and Republicans should be freaking out about their prospects in the midterm elections this November. Democrats are right to be anxious. The...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 6, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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A response to my critics on reducing the minimum wage

I am "inane," "dumb," a "jerk," a "moron," and a "troll." I know this because many of you told me so in response to my recent post suggesting that a reduction in the $7.25 federal minimum wage might help...

By Charles Lane  | January 6, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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What would Abe Pollin think of Gilbert Arenas's guns?

I opened the sports pages today and saw the picture of a bunch of Wizards players yukking it up as Gilbert Arenas – thumbs up, index fingers out – pretended to shoot them. I was (as I suspect many...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | January 6, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Health reform skepticism, Part 2

There are policy wonks -- and then there's Eugene Steuerle of Washington's Urban Institute. A former Treasury Department official, Steuerle not only has a preternatural understanding of federal tax, budget and welfare policy, but he can communicate his knowledge...

By Charles Lane  | January 6, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A shared 'uneasy feeling' on the economy

If there was any doubt, we begin this decade in a hole. A deep one. The "Uneasy Feeling" New York Times columnist Bob Herbert writes about today centers around the stunning job loss between 2000 and 2010. He highlights...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 5, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Health reform skepticism, Part I

To the list of reasons Congress may find it difficult to rein in health-care costs, add "diagnostic creep." Step One: Society medicalizes imperfections that formerly were either not defined as disease or thought to be too minor and/or too...

By Charles Lane  | January 5, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Mayor Bloomberg tries to defy history -- again

There are two maxims in New York City politics. The first is that the political trajectory of New York mayors won't rise above City Hall. (See Mike Bloomberg, Rudy Giuliani, Ed Koch, John Lindsay.) They may run for, or...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 5, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Death sentences for gays? Uganda be kidding me

American gays and lesbians who are impatient with the pace of achieving full equality should take a look at Uganda to see just how extraordinarily blessed they are. The Ugandan government is considering a bill to make homosexuality a...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 5, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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I'll take the full-body scan

James Carafano's "booty bomb" quote in Post writer Phil Rucker's story about full-body scanners gave me a good chuckle today. Credit my giggle to the third grader in me. Or to my odd habit of finding humor in awful...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 4, 2010; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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TSA's travel tips for terrorists

Wear slip-on shoes. Don’t wrap gifts. And if you’re planning a terrorist attack aboard a plane bound for the U.S., don’t fly through Yemen or Somalia or Saudi Arabia. Those are among the travel tips that can be gleaned...

By Eva Rodriguez  | January 4, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Redskins coach Jim Zorn's reward for failure

As expected, Redskins Coach Jim Zorn was fired today. Much of the media coverage is a look-back assessment of his disastrous tenure and look-ahead speculation about his successor. Almost as an afterthought comes the report that Zorn gets to...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | January 4, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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