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Obama shouldn't give in on terrorist trials

The Obama administration's sense of despair is almost palpable, which is the only reason I can think of for why it may be considering a preposterous "grand bargain" with Republicans on Guantanamo and terrorism trials. First a little background:...

By Eva Rodriguez  | March 5, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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How Obama can shift the health-care debate

The ground of debate shifts when a prominent figure says that a contentious topic is a matter of morality, not politics. President Obama should remember that precept in these final days of the health-care debate. The best recent example...

By David Ignatius  | March 5, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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The RNC's fertile fundraising ground

"What can you sell when you do not have the White House, the House or the Senate?," the 72-page PowerPoint presentation from the Republican National Committee Finance "leadership" meeting last month in Florida asked. "Save the country from trending...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 5, 2010; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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How Pelosi will game the Stupak 12

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) has warned that he and other pro-life Democrats are ready to kill health-care legislation unless the pro-abortion provisions enacted by the Senate are removed. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi must win their votes to pass her...

By Marc Thiessen  | March 5, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Using federal power to improve Americans' jobs

By Katrina vanden Heuvel President Obama is rumored to be considering -- the horror! -- of using executive power to do something about wage stagnation in America. I say more power to him. Obama wants to draw on an...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | March 5, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Paul Ryan's GOP budget plan -- smoke and mirrors, too?

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) took a dig at the Congressional Budget Office during the health-care summit last week that didn't sit right with me. "I work with [the people at the CBO] every single day -- very good people,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 5, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Sorry, Bart Stupak -- the feds already subsidize abortion

By Matt Miller Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak (D) threatened Thursday to block health care reform (again) because it might allow federal money to subsidize abortion. Which has Democratic leaders cooking up Rube Goldberg-like schemes to supposedly assure that any...

By Matt Miller  | March 4, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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What that RNC presentation didn't say

After flipping through the 72-page PowerPoint presentation from the Republican National Committee Finance leadership meeting, I'm increasingly convinced that Chairman Michael Steele and his cohorts are determined to remain a regional reactionary second-rate party. Lots of folks are focused...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 4, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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If Congress won't act the EPA must

Efforts by Congress to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's endangerment finding on carbon are astounding. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has made it her big issue. She and a powerful pack of Democrats rail against faceless and unaccountable bureaucrats making...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 4, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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It's Emanuel who's dangerous to the Obama presidency

By Katrina vanden Heuvel With an inane flourish of rhetoric, Washington is split between Friends of Rahm and Friends of Barack. “Arguably,” The Post’s Dana Milbank wrote two weeks ago, “Emanuel is the only person keeping Obama from becoming...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | March 4, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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The Dubai police chief's outlandish claims

Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the police chief of Dubai, certainly knows how to milk a good story for all it’s worth. It’s now been six weeks since Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was found dead in his room in...

By Jackson Diehl  | March 3, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Sarah Palin rocks!

Sarah Palin should never come as close as she did to commanding the world stage as vice president of the United States. But if the Tea Partying former governor of Alaska wants to grace the late-night or talk show...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 3, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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The faces of marriage equality in Washington

If a picture is a thousand words then this one of Sinjoyla Townsend and Angelisa Young says it all. They are the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in the District of Columbia. Washington is now the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 3, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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How Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) can still stick it to Gov. Perry

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Tex.) got shellacked in her quest to deny Gov. Rick Perry the Republican nomination to seek a third full term in Austin. I mean, it wasn't even close -- 51 percent to 30 percent. But...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 3, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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The Democrats' nuclear option in reconciliation

Get ready for the new nuclear option. You may remember the old version, legislatively speaking, which came up during the George W. Bush-era controversy over filibustering judicial nominees. The nuclear option was the notion of moving to change Senate...

By Ruth Marcus  | March 3, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Rangel's temporary leave needs to be permanent

“I have, this morning, sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi asking her to grant me a leave of absence until such time as the Ethics Committee completes its work,” said Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) in announcing his temporary...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 3, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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In Texas, the party of Jefferson Davis wins

Texas is a red state on the road to becoming a purple state. The question is whether Gov. Rick Perry’s easy victory in Tuesday’s Republican primary will accelerate that trend. The remarkable thing about the Texas primary is that...

By E.J. Dionne  | March 3, 2010; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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Washington Republicans should follow Rudy Giuliani's lead

"It used to be in politics the art of compromise was considered a very honorable thing, a very good thing. You can never get everything that you want, so you try to get as much of it as you...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 3, 2010; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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What Obama 'left out' about the uninsured

Like Fred Hiatt, I noticed President Obama’s emotional reaction when Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) advocated health savings accounts and catastrophic coverage during the health-care summit. The president essentially shot back that this might be good for well-heeled folks like...

By Charles Lane  | March 2, 2010; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (172)
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Does Rahm Emanuel feel ignored?

I know every president has to deal with stories about how his predicament wouldn't be so bad if he'd just listened to [fill in omniscient White House staffer here]. But does anyone else get that squirmy uncomfortable feeling about...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 2, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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David Paterson's deepening dilemma

Something's not right about the big mess in which New York Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) finds himself. He made domestic violence a signature issue, expanding who is covered under the state's abuse laws. Yet he stands accused of downplaying...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Senators annoying senators

The Senate is broken, and Evan Bayh says it’s as much about the personal as the political. According to Bayh, Democrats and Republicans don’t dine together or visit each other’s homes. Basically, they don’t know each other at all....

By Kevin Huffman  | March 1, 2010; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Is Pelosi right on health care and jobs?

Was anyone else struck by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s argument in favor of health-care reform at the summit meeting last week? To hear her tell it, it’s all about, well, jobs, jobs, jobs: “In its life,” Pelosi asserted, reform...

By Charles Lane  | March 1, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
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The Obama's new star social secretary

The president and first lady have replaced one star in the social secretary position with another. The difference is that the new one knows how Washington works and what's expected. Julianna Smoot has been knocking around the Capitol for...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 1, 2010; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Cigarettes for Obama

My name is K. I cannot tell you anymore than that. I am a government agent, attached to an obscure agency but assigned to the White House. My job is to get cigarettes for POTUS. This is possibly the...

By Richard Cohen  | March 1, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Don't go, Gov. David Paterson -- yet

So, the pall bearers were called, and they carted off New York Gov. David Paterson's (D-N.Y.) 6-day old campaign for a full term in the Empire State on Friday. Some folks want him to vacate Albany altogether. And that...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 1, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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