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PostPartisan: March 28, 2010 - April 3, 2010

Oh great, Kay Bailey Hutchison isn't retiring

“For family reasons, I had planned to begin making a transition home to Texas this spring. But it is clear to me that the stakes in our nation’s capital have never been higher. President Obama’s victory on health-care legislation...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 2, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Would someone tell Vincent Gray that he's running for mayor?

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) so botched the city's response to February's double-whammy snow storms that he turned me into a single-issue citizen of the District. That's why I was happy when City Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D)...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 2, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Where does Japan stand on relations with the U.S.?

With Japan’s government still finding its ideological way after unseating the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party, its foreign minister, Katsuya Okada, has emerged as one of its clearer and more consistent voices. And with Japan set to chair the U.N....

By Fred Hiatt  | April 2, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Tiger Woods, golf's meal ticket, is back

Get ready for the madness. On Monday, Tiger Woods will arrive at Augusta National for the Masters. What could easily become the wildest week in the history of golf will be under way. The words “wildest” and “golf” are...

By Eugene Robinson  | April 2, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Karl Rove and I -- GULP! -- agree

Would someone call the paramedics? What I'm about to say shocks even me. Karl Rove is right. Not about everything. Well, not about a lot of things. But when it comes to schooling the earnest followers of the Tea...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Stories of slavery in Sudan

A few additional points on the issue of slavery in Sudan, which the constraints of a 750-word column did not allow me to make: First, many readers will wonder about the fate of released captives such as Majok. Where...

By Michael Gerson  | April 2, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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'Dear Mr. President'

President Carter was having a rough time of it. The Iranian Revolution was on and 53 American hostages were taken on Nov. 4, 1979. Carter was being pummeled in the press and by potential opponents in the upcoming presidential...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 1, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Republican insanity is not all it's cracked up to be

Matt Miller is a formidable policy analyst, a great addition to the Post’s stable of columnists, and an old friend, so I hope he won’t mind if I respectfully disagree with his view that Republicans are behaving irrationally --...

By Charles Lane  | April 1, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
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Obama's 'ploy' on offshore drilling?

There’s been a lot of speculation about what President Obama tried to accomplish politically yesterday with his offshore drilling announcement. Liberals insist that it’s little more than a semi-corrupt payoff to get "conservadems" to cooperate on climate legislation. Conservatives,...

By Stephen Stromberg  | April 1, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Mayoral candidates stumble on the first day of the race

Wednesday was day 1 in the D.C. mayoral contest between incumbent Adrian M. Fenty and his challenger, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. And, judging by some notable missteps, both candidates need to step up their game before the...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | April 1, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Texas posts strong showing in death-penalty tourney

Texas didn’t quite make the Final Four this year. It was edged out by China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, which, as luck would have it, all executed more people in 2009 than the Lone Star State. Still, Texas...

By Richard Cohen  | April 1, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Where's the positive Republican agenda?

The "Party of No" can't seem to get to yes. In the short term -- think the November midterm elections -- that might suit Republicans just fine. But that doesn't make it right. This approach probably explains Andrew Card's...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 1, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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RNC staffer at strip club was...a woman

A woman did it. Turns out the Republican National Committee staffer who accompanied a group of donors to Voyeur, a bondage-themed nightclub in West Hollywood, and then turned in an expense account seeking reimbursement for the nearly $2,000 tab,...

By Ruth Marcus  | March 31, 2010; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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The Bill and Hillary conference at the U.N.

By Lee Hockstader The Bill and Hillary conference on Haiti started at the stroke of 9:00 a.m. today at the United Nations, a somber pageant of hundreds of international grandees, foreign ministers, diplomats, do-gooders, journalists and hangers-on of every description,...

By Lee Hockstader  | March 31, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Andrew Card's 'arrogant' accusation

Andy Card, chief of staff under President George W. Bush, had me leaping out of my chair on the set of "Morning Joe" today. Several times during the interview he accused President Obama of being "arrogant." He said that...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 31, 2010; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Will Haiti tap its overseas talent?

By Joel Dreyfuss When the U.N. convenes a group of wealthy countries to declare their financial commitment to rebuild Haiti on Wednesday, Haitian-Americans will be paying careful attention. Their focus will not be simply on how much money the "donor"...

By Joel Dreyfuss  | March 30, 2010; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Nissan Leaf: an affordable electric car?

The environmentalist’s dream seems tantalizingly close today with the unveiling of the Nissan Leaf, a plug-in car that will go 100 miles on a single charge, priced at $25,000. Yes, there’s a catch. What drove the price down was...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 30, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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President Obama still wants to work with Republicans

One of the "New Rules" that Bill Maher, host of "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO, issued last Friday exemplified the new-found giddiness of Democrats. "You can't use the statement 'there will be no cooperation for the rest...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 30, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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The Tea Party, and a history of going to extremes

The American patriots who flung crates of imported tea into Boston Harbor on Dec. 16, 1773 were acting against their countrymen's economic interest. The Tea Act, adopted by the British Parliament, allowed direct shipping of the East India Company’s...

By Charles Lane  | March 30, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (207)
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After signing health-care bill, Obama's unfinished business

President Obama just signed a huge health-reform and higher-education bill. At Northern Virginia Community College. You’re forgiven if you don’t see the irony. As Congress crafted its final version of the higher-ed package, estimates of what it would save...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 30, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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President Obama hears the Tea Party

Tea Partyers might not know it -- and some of them might not even care -- but President Obama hears them. In an interview this morning with Matt Lauer of the Today Show, Obama talked about the agitated movement...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 30, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Are Chechens responsible for the Moscow subway bombings?

If two bombs went off on the New York subway, and if three dozen people died as a result, al-Qaeda would certainly be the first suspect. Al-Qaeda, however, would not be the only suspect. The world is full of...

By Anne Applebaum  | March 30, 2010; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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'Who can we trust?'

Over dinner last week, friends and I were talking about the swirl of controversy around the Catholic Church and the recent revelations of decades of abuse of children by priests in Germany, Ireland and the United States. Sadly, we've...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 30, 2010; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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How soon we forget

Frank Rich yesterday made a point in his column -- "The Rage is not about Health Care" -- that no one should forget. "[T]he current surge of anger -- and the accompanying rise in right-wing extremism -- predates the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 29, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
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Michael Steele's flights of fancy

Last month, Politico revealed complaints about Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's high livin' among the party's deep-pocketed donors. Well, the Daily Caller today puts a price tag on Steele's use of private planes ($17,514) and private cars ($12,691)...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 29, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
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Don't even think about it

Cross-posted from Tom Toles's new blog. There's an old conundrum about a treasure buried in a field. But the rule is that the treasure will only be there if you don't think about a white horse while you're digging....

By Tom Toles  | March 29, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Sarah Palin: Bridge to nowhere

No doubt about it, Sarah Palin is the life of the party. The Tea Party and the Republican Party. That's great for the former, but for the latter? Not so much. The GOP is bereft of a positive agenda...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 29, 2010; 12:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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