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PostPartisan: March 21, 2010 - March 27, 2010

In Iraq's election, a defeat for Iran

Hold the fireworks for Ayad Allawi, Iraq’s former prime minister, who won his country’s election by the proverbial razor-thin margin of just two seats. It’s too early to say how --or even, if -- Allawi will be able to...

By David Ignatius  | March 27, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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The U.S. and Pakistan still have some trust issues

The top U.S. and Pakistani officials who gathered in Washington this week for a grand “strategic dialogue” took turns patting each other on the back. And with good reason. They have made gains in nearly every dimension of a...

By David Ignatius  | March 26, 2010; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Is the globe really warming?

Is the earth warming? It sounds more and more unlikely, if you listen to the blithe rhetoric from global warming skeptics who claim that it isn’t, since the hottest year on record is 1998. It would be nice, though,...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 26, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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AEI hits David Frum where it hurts

Those Republican brutes! It’s bad enough not to tolerate David Frum’s dissent on health care -- especially since his judgments have been stunningly correct. But in ousting him after a mad overnight revolt among its donors, the American Enterprise...

By Matt Miller  | March 25, 2010; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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At the Tea Party, it's every man for himself

As Republican members of Congress tried to block health-care reform over the weekend, African American Reps. John Lewis and Jim Clyburn, both veterans of 1960s civil rights battles, reported being taunted with racial epithets by angry protesters. But The...

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A return to hyperpartisanship

The writer was an upstate New York lawyer active in Democratic politics. When his column, "Between Neighbors," debuted in 1928, he outlined his goal of offering an evenhanded assessment of current events. "The day has gone by when you...

By Ruth Marcus  | March 25, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Vitter in the morning

The news out of the Senate in yesterday’s long day’s journey into night, and then into morning again, was that the parliamentarian had found 16 lines in the health-reform reconciliation bill that he had to strike out, which meant...

By Harold Meyerson  | March 25, 2010; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Republicans on 'the firing line'

Taken in isolation, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's call to put House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on "the firing line" isn't a big deal. "Fire Nancy!" has been a mantra of the GOP for a while now. But in...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 25, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (150)
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The GOP will embarrass itself

As Jonathan Capehart noted earlier today, Senate Republicans have been busying themselves (at the taxpayers’ expense) by coming up with amendments to the health-care reform reconciliation bill designed to embarrass the Democrats, who intend to vote no on all...

By Harold Meyerson  | March 24, 2010; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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In defense of Bart Stupak

I don’t enjoy disagreeing with my friend Kathleen Parker, a delightful person whose column usually makes me smile, even when my views differ from hers. But I think her comments today on Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) -- she suggests...

By E.J. Dionne  | March 24, 2010; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Is health reform unconstitutional? Don't laugh.

President Obama’s signature is barely dry on the health-care bill, but already the legal challenges have begun. Most of them strike me as pretty implausible, with one exception: the complaint that Congress lacks the authority to impose an individual...

By Charles Lane  | March 24, 2010; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (204)
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Will anyone care about health care in six months?

Democrats and Republicans are falling over themselves to explain how passing health care will hurt or help their chances in November’s congressional elections, and commentators are spilling gallons of ink handing out unsolicited counsel on how politicians should play...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 24, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Google does the right thing in China -- will Microsoft follow?

I shave with a Gillette razor and Gillette blades. I have been doing so for about 40 years -- ever since I switched from Schick because its then-owner, Patrick Frawley Jr., was an enthusiastic contributor to various right-wing causes....

By Richard Cohen  | March 24, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Sen. Coburn's (little blue) poison pills

Republicans have made it known that they will stop at nothing to "kill the bill." That is, the sweeping health-care bill that is now law. Some are pursuing a repeal effort. Others are moving down a more crafty route....

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 24, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Obama and Netanyahu: pointless poison

So it’s now been two weeks since President Obama chose to seize on a poorly-timed Israeli announcement about new Jewish housing in Jerusalem to launch another public confrontation with the government of Binyamin Netanyahu. The results, so far, are...

By Jackson Diehl  | March 24, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (187)
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Extreme Tea Party sentiments have reach

The reaction to my last post on Tea Party America was predictable. There were three comments that caught my eye that highlight why President Obama's rallying cry to the spirit of America fall's on deaf ears among many in...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 24, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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An ebullient Pelosi: watch out insurance companies, and Rahm is a 'softie'

A couple of hours after President Obama signed the health-care bill, an elated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with a group of columnists and commentators, issuing a warning to insurance companies and offering a surprising view of White House...

By E.J. Dionne  | March 23, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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A message from President Obama to Tea Party America

It irks me to no end that there are some sinister folks out there who so mistrust President Obama that they openly -- and without shame -- wonder whether he is some Manchurian Candidate sent here to destroy the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 23, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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A message from the House to the Senate

And while the Senate still has a last round of improvements to make on this historic legislation -- and these are improvements I’m confident they will make swiftly -- (applause) -- the bill I’m signing will set in motion...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 23, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Waterloo for whom?

David Frum issued his blistering critique of the Republican Party in the health-care debate on Sunday. But his words should clang in the ears of the GOP as it watches President Obama sign the biggest piece of social welfare...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 23, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Screaming: a bipartisan activity

Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner's (Ohio) is usually so mild mannered. Sure, his statements against Democrats have plenty of edge. But they're usually delivered in even, biting tones. And then came Sunday's "hell no!" rant. The more I...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 23, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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What Wall Street thinks about the health-care vote

We’ve been hearing a lot of bombast from the Republicans about how Obamacare is “socialism” and a “government takeover of the health industry.” But those dire forecasts weren’t reflected in the stock market surge today -- powered in part...

By David Ignatius  | March 22, 2010; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Sarah Palin does not speak for me

Sarah Palin took time out from hawking a proposed $1 million to $1.5 million-per-episode reality television show to bemoan House passage of the health-care reform bill. The former Alaska governor warned on her Facebook page today, "We won’t forget...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 22, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (334)
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Rep. Neugebauer does the right thing

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Tex.). (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Tex.) has done the honorable thing. Not only has he stepped forward as the "baby killer" shouter, but he also released a statement that reflects a dignity and...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 22, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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'Baby Killer' shouter should identify himself

A Republican member of Congress shouted "baby killer" at Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) as he spoke on the House floor yesterday. We don't know who he is. Rick Klein of ABC News just tweeted, "seems like there's a code...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 22, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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Mexican flag has no place in an immigration march

Let's get this out of the way: I am the daughter of immigrants who fled Cuba in 1960. They arrived in this country with the blessing of the U.S. government, which generously offered people like my parents refuge from...

By Eva Rodriguez  | March 22, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
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The Republicans continue to 'cultivate rage'

Hate-spewing wingnuts have taken over the Republican Party. Spitting saliva, the N word and the F word at members of Congress is reprehensible. But the only Republican I have seen who gave an immediate and full-throated denunciation of the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 22, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Michael Steele's disgraceful comments on Tea Party epithets

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele apparently will do anything to stay on the payroll, even if it means sacrificing his identity as a black man and disgracing himself in the process. Saturday, some participants at the Tea Party...

By Colbert King  | March 21, 2010; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (320)
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