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PostPartisan: March 14, 2010 - March 20, 2010

The nuns, the bishops and health care (continued)

In today’s Post, Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, writes to challenge an assertion in my March 18 column on health care. In that column, I noted that while...

By E.J. Dionne  | March 20, 2010; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Health care isn't like civil rights

In his remarks yesterday, President Obama compared tomorrow's health-care vote to the 1964 vote on civil rights legislation: "In just a few days, a century-long struggle will culminate in a historic vote. We’ve had historic votes before.... We had...

By William Kristol  | March 20, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
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Republicans love to cry wolf

Dana Milbank and I were thinking the same thing. Republican protests against the health-care reform package have the same apocalyptic ring we've heard before. And they never, ever, ever work. The only difference is that Milbank is smarter and...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 19, 2010; 9:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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My personal health reform nightmare

We all have our hopes and fears about health reform. Mine revolve around the proposed individual mandate, which would cover 24 million currently uninsured people by a) requiring them to buy a policy from a private company on a...

By Charles Lane  | March 19, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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A response in the health-care and abortion debate

Here is a response by Professor Timothy Jost to my recent post on the treatment of abortion in the Senate health-care reform bill, provided out of fairness (though not agreement). Michael Gerson contends that Ruth Marcus and I misrepresent...

By Michael Gerson  | March 19, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Why Democrats are fighting for a Republican health plan

Here is the ultimate paradox of the Great Health Care Showdown: Congress will divide along partisan lines to pass a Republican version of health care reform, and Republicans will vote against it. Yes, Democrats have rallied behind a bill...

By E.J. Dionne  | March 19, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Wanted: Courage on health care vote

If I were a member of Congress struggling with how to vote on the imperfect health-care reform bill, I'd lift a line from Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich's speech announcing his grudging "yes" vote. "I have to make a...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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On abortion in health-care reform, pro-lifers make two big mistakes

My colleague Michael Gerson thinks I’ve got it wrong on the differences between the House and Senate when it comes to attempting to make certain that federal funding does not go to subsidize abortions. For the record, I don’t...

By Ruth Marcus  | March 18, 2010; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Video Q&A with SEC Chairman Schapiro

Following a meeting with our editorial board, SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro voiced strong support for the financial regulation reform bill currently pending before the Senate Banking Committee, arguing that a regulatory overhaul is necessary to prevent another Wall Street meltdown.

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Eric Holder's bizarre comments on Osama's corpse

It’s taken not one, but two high-level Obama administration officials to beat back patently bizarre comments this week from Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Appearing before a congressional panel on Tuesday, Holder was asked how the government planned...

By Eva Rodriguez  | March 18, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Obama-Israel negotiating agreement: don't ask, don't tell on settlements

It’s beginning to look as though a week-long confrontation between the Obama administration and Israel over Jewish housing construction in Jerusalem may be winding toward a negotiated settlement. At least, that is what Israeli officials are hoping as Prime...

By Jackson Diehl  | March 18, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Baier-ly substantive health-care interview with President Obama

Twelve minutes into his 19-minute White House interview with President Obama, Fox News anchor Bret Baier finally got around to a question on substance. I understand asking a question or three on process. About "deem and pass," about the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 18, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (163)
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Obama the hyper-partisan?

As the Democrats close in on passing health-care reform with only D votes, conservatives are describing President Obama as "hyper-partisan," shoving the blame for the current lack of bipartisanship onto him and his allies in Congress. It's a familiar...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 18, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Democrats are responsible for the partisan mess they're in

In the New York Times, Carl Hulse and Adam Nagrouney “report” the following so-called news: Before the health care fight, before the economic stimulus package, before President Obama even took office, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, had...

By Marc Thiessen  | March 18, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
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America really hates Congress

For as long as I can remember, polls have borne out the conventional wisdom that Americans hate Congress but love the person who represents them. Yet a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released yesterday pronounces that wisdom false, and...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 17, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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The abortion debate is just a mix-up?

Well, this is a relief. According to my colleague Ruth Marcus, the whole Pelosi-doesn’t-have-the-votes-for-health-care-reform-thing is just a big misunderstanding. If only pro-life Democrats such as Bart Stupak and the Catholic Bishops actually read the House and Senate health-care reform...

By Michael Gerson  | March 17, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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A stunning AIDS fact

At a meeting with the editorial board yesterday, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, dropped this stunning piece of data on the AIDS epidemic in the United States. In the 1980s, he said, a...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 17, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Does the Democratic leadership know where health reform stands?

Over the past week, top Democrats have been serving health-care reform obsessives a steady stream of quotes on whether they have the votes to pass their bill. Getting this sort of messaging is important. Sound too pessimistic, and those...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 16, 2010; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Democrats' deem denial

Within the walls of the House of Representatives, enacting health-care reform through one vote that both declares -- or deems, as the term-of-art has it -- the Senate bill to be passed and amends it into a better bill...

By Harold Meyerson  | March 16, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Obama: hard on Israel, easy on China

Clearly, President Obama blew his famous cool when Israel announced new apartments in East Jerusalem during a visit by Vice President Biden last week. The U.S. response -- White House advisor David Axelrod called Israel’s move an “affront” and...

By Charles Lane  | March 16, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Andrew Young and the restless

Well, that didn't take long. Mere moments ago, it seems, I told you to "trust me" that "the potential for more musings from Andrew Young, the tell-all former Edwards aide" meant that we would be seeing more of him,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 16, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rielle with cheese in GQ

Initial reactions to Rielle Hunter's interview with GQ were swift and strong. Ruth Marcus branded her "a hands-down winner for the title of most loathsome" among the cast of characters in "John Edwards: The Meltdown." When you see the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 16, 2010; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Obama softly threatens Dennis Kucinich

President Obama just finished enthralling a crowd in Ohio in one of the last acts (one hopes) of his push to pass health-care reform. Rolling up his shirtsleeves, Obama began his speech with a little public arm-twisting, calling out...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 15, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Save, don't kill, the U.S. Postal Service

The Post editorial board’s casual discussion of privatizing the United States Postal Service may seem pennywise, but it is pound foolish. It would be a grave error to break up a service that instead should be remade. There is...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | March 15, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Rielle Hunter bares too much

Of all the unattractive characters involved in the sordid sage of John Edwards, including the (thankfully) ex-candidate himself, we now have a hands-down winner for the title of most loathsome: Rielle Hunter. I don’t particularly hold it against Hunter...

By Ruth Marcus  | March 15, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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When Senate appointments go well

Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) requested a meeting after reading my post on how Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) should avoid leaving her seat open to a gubernatorial appointee. He didn't take kindly to my comment that "there are way...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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