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PostPartisan: March 7, 2010 - March 13, 2010

Pro-life movement should accept gays

One of the more interesting reactions to my column today comparing the gay rights movement and the pro-life movement came from John Buckley, who is associated with a group called the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians (PLAGAL), an...

By Michael Gerson  | March 12, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Making Bob McDonnell look moderate

By Lee Hockstader For Virginia’s new governor, Bob McDonnell, his fellow Republican Ken Cuccinelli is looking like the gift that keeps on giving. Cuccinelli is the state’s ultra-conservative attorney general, a job he ran for last year knowing he was...

By Lee Hockstader  | March 12, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Why are climate scientists losing the American public?

Even as predictions about the possible effects of climate change get more troubling by the day, Americans are increasingly skeptical of the science. The latest evidence is this concerning Gallup poll: A majority of Americans still agree that global...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 11, 2010; 10:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Reconciliation is in trouble

Last week, I reported that Senate Republicans intend to use something called the “Byrd Rule” to block any health care compromise Pelosi tries to reach with House Democrats using “reconciliation.” Under the rule, the minority in the Senate can...

By Marc Thiessen  | March 11, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Chief Justice Roberts is a big crybaby

The chief justice is a big crybaby. To listen to John Roberts, you'd think that mobs of pitchfork-waving Democrats had accosted a handful of trembling justices and demanded that they reverse themselves on the spot -- or else. Speaking...

By Ruth Marcus  | March 11, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (258)
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Al-Qaeda seven were serving justice

Marc Thiessen argues today that Justice Department lawyers who worked on behalf of terrorism suspects in private practice were not "doing what John Adams did" in defending British soldiers incriminated in the Boston Massacre -- "representing accused criminals already...

By Eva Rodriguez  | March 11, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Why take school choice away from the poor?

Here’s what I don’t understand about the opponents of school reform, including their most recent convert, pro-reformer turned anti-reformer Diane Ravitch. What do they have against letting poor parents have options, just as all other parents have? In an...

By Fred Hiatt  | March 11, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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The 'sapeurs' of Congo have American cousins

Stephanie McCrummen's "Letter from Congo" about the clothes horse "sapeurs" in that war-torn nation is the kind of report that makes me love looking at the front page of an actual newspaper. There you can always find a story...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 11, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A Protestant judge's voice

Earlier this week, The Post’s Robert Barnes asked the provocative question: “Does President Obama’s next Supreme Court nominee need to be a Protestant?” Justice John Paul Stevens, nearing age 90, is the last member of the once-dominant American Protestant...

By Michael Gerson  | March 11, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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The "al-Qaeda seven" aren't like John Adams

Defenders of the habeas lawyers representing al-Qaeda terrorists have invoked the iconic name of John Adams to justify their actions, claiming these lawyers are only doing the same thing Adams did when he defended British soldiers accused in the...

By Marc Thiessen  | March 11, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (159)
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Ethics Committee should still investigate Eric Massa

When Larry King asked former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) if he was gay, he responded, "Ask the 10,000 sailors I served with in the Navy." Well, Joshua Green at The Atlantic did ask some of the sailors who served...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 11, 2010; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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John Roberts gets it right (for once)

Chief Justice John Roberts is wrong about a lot of things — most things, actually — but he may be right when he suggests that he and his black-robed colleagues should give the State of the Union address a...

By Eugene Robinson  | March 10, 2010; 7:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Howard Dean's double take on health-care vote

So, did you read the story about the big health-care rally in Washington? Smack in the middle of it is this quote from former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.). "We deserve a vote," he said. "This is a vote about...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 10, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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No sympathy for Chief Justice Roberts

I find it hard to summon up much sympathy for justices of the Supreme Court who feel so put upon attending the State of the Union. Are they so out of touch that they can’t realize, much less appreciate,...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | March 10, 2010; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
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Chief Justice Roberts should scalp his SOTU tickets

What would you do if you had Super Bowl tickets you couldn't use? Or great seats to the opera on a night you were scheduled to be out of town? Most of us would either try to sell (i.e.,...

By Eva Rodriguez  | March 10, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Steny Hoyer: hero of the Eric Massa episode

Sadly, Americans now aren’t that surprised when their elected officials behave badly. Such shenanigans as frequenting prostitutes, ignoring tax codes or dissembling to cover visits to mistresses has inured us to the misconduct of people who are supposed to...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | March 10, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Biden stumbles into Middle East trap

Vice President Joe Biden was expected to spend this week nurturing the Obama administration’s shaky relations with Israel and building momentum for a new peace process. Instead he may have accomplished the opposite -- by stumbling into a classic...

By Jackson Diehl  | March 10, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (175)
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Massa hysteria is no laughing matter

It's been a hilarious few days watching former Rep. Eric Massa's (D-N.Y.) self-immolation. His recollections of groping and tickle fights with male congressional staffers on Glenn Beck's show (Fox) and his unwillingness to answer the "are you gay?" question...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 10, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Eric Massa did himself no favors on Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck said it all when he concluded his hour-long ramble of an interview with former congressman Eric Massa (D-N.Y.). He looked right at the camera and apologized to the nation. "America," the exasperated Beck said, "I have wasted...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 9, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Help schools by helping the poor

Diane Ravitch’s one-eighty on American education will surely catch the attention of those involved with the upcoming overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act. Once an ardent supporter of NCLB, Ravitch has completely changed her mind. According to...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | March 9, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Climate-change deniers take a lesson from anti-evolution activists

The similarities between the anti-evolution movement and climate change-denial seem to get more numerous by the day. The latest is that South Dakota’s state legislature called for a “balanced” approach to teaching about climate change in schools. But it’s...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 9, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Rangel's diminishing hold on power

Rep. Charles Rangel is in trouble. We all know it. But his "leave of absence" from the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee, upon further reflection, is a recognition by the embattled Harlem congressman that he knows it....

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 9, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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What's up with Massa?

Once upon a time, I used to advise clients in all manner of trouble on how to minimize the damage to their reputations or how to get in front of bad news by wresting control of the narrative away...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 8, 2010; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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'That other government takeover'? No, not really...

Following Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander’s op-ed in The Post yesterday, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page today blasts Democrats for sneakily plotting another “government takeover” in the health-care package they will attempt to pass via reconciliation, adding provisions that...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 8, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Pentagon shooter and 'medical marijuana'

The death of John Patrick Bedell, the 36-year-old man shot and killed by Pentagon police officers after he opened fire on them March 4, is a tragedy. It might have been avoided if Bedell had received timely and effective...

By Charles Lane  | March 8, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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Keep America Safe -- from Liz Cheney's tactics

In this hyper-partisan age, the bipartisan outrage being expressed over the reprehensible television ad from the fearmongers at Keep America Safe is encouraging. The organization run by Liz Cheney, a state department official under President Bush and the daughter...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 8, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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A 'Precious' victory

I was rooting for Gabrourey Sidibe for best actress. But the moment edgy comedienne Mo'Nique won the Oscar for supporting actress, I knew that the divine Sidibe was toast. It would have been a major coup and an upset...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 8, 2010; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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