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PostPartisan: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Obama's hard truth: Americans must consume less

One of the odder political subplots of President Obama's term so far has been his relationship with the tourism-dependent city of Las Vegas. A year ago, Obama irked Nevadans by demanding that corporations not use federal bailout money for...

By Charles Lane  | February 19, 2010; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Now it's 'Operation New Dawn' in Iraq

Do they have a Ministry of Silly Names at the Defense Department? The war in Iraq, in case you missed it, will get a new name as of Sept. 1, when troop levels are to be reduced to 50,000....

By Ruth Marcus  | February 19, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Tiger Woods's disgusting apology

I've never been more disgusted with Tiger Woods. I found his apology unbelievable, insincere, self-serving, self-indulgent and narcissistic. (Long-winded and repetitive, too.) The more he spoke about redemption, about becoming a better man, a better husband, a better father,...

By Eva Rodriguez  | February 19, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (215)
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Joseph Stack's familiar anti-government tune

When I wrote my last post on Joseph Stack, I was very careful not get ahead of what was already known, and I was careful not to associate the entire Tea Party movement with his actions. Pity some didn't...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 19, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Obama re-engages on human rights

President Obama has taken plenty of criticism for downgrading U.S. support for human rights and its defenders. So he should get some credit for what he did yesterday: not just a meeting with Tibet’s Dalai Lama, despite furious rhetoric...

By Jackson Diehl  | February 19, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Palin and Brown: Mitt Romney's best friends

Mitt Romney got a rousing reception at the Conservative Political Action Conference. And why not? He was introduced by the new conservative hero, Scott Brown, the Massachusetts senator whose election Romney played an important role in bringing about. And...

By E.J. Dionne  | February 19, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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The Tiger Woods apology: I'm convinced

Well, that was excruciating. I’m not sure I’ve ever witnessed a more public, more extended self-flagellation. Apologizing is an art form. There is the non-apology apology: I’m sorry if you were hurt/took offense/whatever. There is the painfully extracted, curt...

By Ruth Marcus  | February 19, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Tiger Woods takes the blame

Tiger Woods said all the right things about his transgressions, about the feelings of entitlement that allowed him to stray, about wanting to make amends. But it has to be pointed out that whatever impact therapy is having on...

By Eugene Robinson  | February 19, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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A conversation with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a report yesterday calling out insurance companies for jacking up their premiums. In a conversation with me at HHS before the press conference, Sebelius pointed to WellPoint's Anthem Blue Cross in...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The conversion of Gen. Jim Jones

Every day seems to bring new reports of U.S.-Pakistani success in the war against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and the degree of cooperation is converting skeptics within the Obama administration who had doubted Pakistan’s commitment as an ally. A...

By David Ignatius  | February 18, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Alienated in Austin

Joseph Stack was angry at the Internal Revenue Service, and he took his rage out on it by slamming his single-engine plane into the Echelon Building in Austin, Texas. We now know this thanks to the rather clear (as...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 18, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (185)
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Wait, am I a socialist?

So the conservative blogosphere is raising the alarm about the book selections in the White House, supposedly made by the first lady, which include a few on the early-20th century American socialist movement. Academic books. About a once significant...

By Stephen Stromberg  | February 18, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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A crash in Austin

The first CNN Breaking News alert at 11:48 read, "-- A small plane has crashed into a building in Austin, Texas, the FAA says." And just now, another one came in: "-- Pilot set his home ablaze before intentionally...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 18, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Marco Rubio hands out the red meat

How big a deal was Marco Rubio’s speech to CPAC Thursday? If you are asking, as former president George W. Bush did jokingly the other day, “Who the hell is Marco Rubio?” you probably won’t be for long. Rubio...

By Ruth Marcus  | February 18, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White made me appreciate the Olympics

I have never really gotten into the Olympics. I suspect some of it is the hype and me just wanting to be contrary. I figured it was no big deal -- sports is not exactly something I have to...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | February 18, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Marion Barry's wasted potential

One of the last things I did before I left my job as assistant managing editor of The Post’s Metro section was to put together a table for the White House correspondents' dinner. My choice of a guest was...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | February 17, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Meg Whitman's money can't buy votes

Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay who is worth $1.4 billion, according to Forbes Magazine, wants to be governor of California. She has campaigned around the Golden State for more than a year, and she hasn't been shy...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 17, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Mayor Mort Zuckerman?

A surefire way to get me smokin' hot mad is to ask me about District Mayor Adrian Fenty's response to the double-whammy snow storms. This little nugget from yesterday's story on snow-removal efforts only deepened my mayoral dissatisfaction: Councilman...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 17, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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A scary Tea Party

Republicans looking to harness the grassroots energy of the Tea Party movement are playing with a raging fire. And after reading yesterday's exhaustive New York Times story on the "loose alliances of protesters" gathered under the Tea Party umbrella,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 16, 2010; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
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A rebuilding Haiti faces some difficult new issues

Visiting Haiti last week, it was clear that the country is entering a different stage. The depth of poverty is shocking -- more like Kibera in Nairobi than an island in the western hemisphere. But there is food being...

By Michael Gerson  | February 16, 2010; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Mikulski another Dem retirement? Not likely.

By Lee Hockstader The Maryland political blogosphere has gone berserk in the last 24 hours with the rumor that Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) is planning to retire, adding to the Democrats’ headaches about keeping control of the Senate. I’m...

By Lee Hockstader  | February 16, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Listen to Bayh's reason for retiring

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh’s decision not to seek reelection will be analyzed ad nauseam for its political implications. Will the Democrats be able to hold the seat? Might they even lose the Senate? Is this bad for me and...

By Eugene Robinson  | February 15, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (218)
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Bayh to Obama: take this job and shove it

Millions of Americans long to tell their bosses “take this job and shove it.” Hardly any have the power and money to do so, especially in these recessionary times. Sen. Evan Bayh (D) of Indiana, however, is the exception....

By Charles Lane  | February 15, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (244)
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The Evan Bayh blow to the Dems

There is no way for Democrats to sugarcoat the news of Sen. Evan Bayh's retirement: This is mighty good news for Republicans. Bayh would have been very difficult to defeat, and he has $13 million in the bank. Now,...

By E.J. Dionne  | February 15, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Dick Cheney and Joe Biden converge

The stories today are about the veep brawl on the Sunday talks shows, but actually, I was more struck by the convergence of views and tone. Former Vice President Cheney dispensed with the attack-dog snarl of recent months and...

By David Ignatius  | February 15, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Good-bye, Bayh

The brain drain of the Senate continues with the announcement that Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) will not seek reelection this year. According to prepared remarks that he'll deliver this afternoon, it wasn't his ballot prospects that drove him from...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 15, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Defending the word 'retard' is not heroic

The media is least attractive when it offers the pretense of fairness to cover a desire for self-serving controversy. “Tonight, the issue is cannibalism. Taking the pro-cannibalism side is Dr. Littleknown Academic, professor of cultural and culinary studies at...

By Michael Gerson  | February 14, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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The week in review in quotes

The hell that was the Friday evening commute gave me time to ponder what was said or written over the last week that shouldn't be overlooked or forgotten. (Mind you, I walked.) Nate Silver of 538.com on Sarah Palin's...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 14, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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