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PostPartisan: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

Did Robert Rubin apologize? You be the judge.

Did he or didn’t he? Headline writers seemed torn Friday over whether Bob Rubin actually apologized during his testimony to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission this week. The Financial Times headline read, “Ex-Citi chiefs apologise for losses.” The Washington...

By Matt Miller  | April 9, 2010; 11:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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John Paul Stevens the restrainer

Justice John Paul Stevens has long been labeled, correctly, as the leader of the Supreme Court’s liberal bloc, but I suspect that future historians will refine that distinction a little more carefully. Stevens’s chief contribution has been to lead...

By Harold Meyerson  | April 9, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Obama could move the Supreme Court to the right

Here is an unsettling thought for those who waited eight years for a Democratic president to make judicial appointments: Barack Obama could well end his first term with a more conservative Supreme Court than the one he inherited. This...

By Ruth Marcus  | April 9, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
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John Paul Stevens, American

Covering the Supreme Court for six-plus years was one of the best jobs I have ever had, and one of the best things about it was the opportunity to observe Justice John Paul Stevens on the bench and to...

By Charles Lane  | April 9, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Another Waterloo moment? The Supreme Court battle ahead

With President Obama in the White House, it's pretty safe to say that there's no danger that the leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing -- Justice John Paul Stevens -- will be replaced with an ideological opposite. But...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 9, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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After Justice John Paul Stevens retires

[UPDATED AFTER THE JUMP] Justice John Paul Stevens’s retirement is an enormous loss for the country, and particularly for progressives who have valued his brave and straightforward defense of civil liberties, equal rights and equal justice over many years....

By E.J. Dionne  | April 9, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Eliot Spitzer's comeback

Speaking of redemption, like Tiger Woods, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) is everywhere! The New York Times Style section front page story on him today is all about his "long, winding and slightly bewildering road to redemption."...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 8, 2010; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Does the U.S. need to worry about Kyrgyzstan's new leader?

The self-proclaimed interim leader of Kyrgyzstan -- an obscure Central Asian state with a very important U.S. military base -- raised some alarms in Washington when she took a congratulatory phone call from Vladimir Putin and thanked Russia for...

By Jackson Diehl  | April 8, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Bob McDonnell and Michael Steele's damaging damage control

It's a maxim of criminal defense law that the cover-up is worse than the crime. Criminal defense lawyers warn their clients that they are likely to get in more trouble for what they do after the underlying offense --...

By Ruth Marcus  | April 8, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Qatari diplomat was stupid and arrogant to light up mid-flight

Maybe he was arrogant. Perhaps he was just stupid. But air marshals were right Wednesday to take a Qatari man into custody while traveling on a United Airlines flight from Reagan National to Denver. Details about the incident are...

By Eva Rodriguez  | April 8, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann meet Thelma and Louise

A new CBS News poll out today continues to show that Americans view former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) about as favorably as a gift Toyota. Overall, just 24 percent of Americans view the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 8, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (197)
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Bush's conservative legacy

Craig Shirley and Don Devine use Karl Rove’s new memoir to argue that George W. Bush was no conservative. I am admirer of both men (and particularly Shirley’s outstanding histories of Reagan’s presidential campaigns), but I respectfully disagree. (Full...

By Marc Thiessen  | April 8, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
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Michael Steele: serial failure

By Lee Hockstader Amid the gushing torrent of Michael Steele’s loopy remarks, bumbling mismanagement and unstinting bad judgment, an essential fact has been lost: His very appointment as head of the RNC was an act of supreme cynicism. Let’s remember...

By Lee Hockstader  | April 8, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Just play golf, Tiger

That's it. I'm done. I'm tired of Tiger Woods' seemingly endless emotional striptease as he tries to prove that he really is contrite, chastened and humbled by the mess his libido caused. First came the apology before a live...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 8, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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McDonnell backpedals on Confederate History Month

By Lee Hockstader So it turns out that slavery did cause the Civil War. So says Bob McDonnell, Republican governor of Virginia -- a student of the Better Late Than Never School of Political Damage Control. On Tuesday the governor...

By Lee Hockstader  | April 7, 2010; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (276)
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What's up with the GOP?!

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's (R-Va.) sanitized celebration of Confederate History Month got me thinking about a sanitized version of a common question that I'd like to ask the Republican Party: what the frig?! By itself, McDonnell's seven-paragraph insult could...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 7, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Sheila Johnson condemns Gov. McDonnell

This just in: Sheila Johnson, billionaire co-founder of Black Entertainment Television who endorsed Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R-Va.) just sent me the following statement on "Confederate History Month." “I must condemn Governor McDonnell’s Proclamation honoring ‘Confederate History Month,’ and...

By jonathan capehart  | April 7, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Happy Confederate History Month, people!

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proclamation declaring April Confederate History Month notes that in April 1861, “the people of Virginia joined the Confederate States of America.” I guess it depends on what you mean by “the people.” The 1860 Census...

By Charles Lane  | April 7, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (169)
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Bob McDonnell can't change Virginia's history of slavery

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to recognize April as Confederate History Month in the Commonwealth is within his rights as governor. He also is at liberty to word the proclamation any way he wants. But he cannot change the...

By Colbert King  | April 7, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (171)
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Taxes too low? Write a check to the feds.

Today, Dana Milbank reports on a different kind of tax protest -- one by wealthy liberals who think their taxes are too low: “I'm in favor of higher taxes on people like me,” declared Eric Schoenberg, who is sitting...

By Marc Thiessen  | April 7, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Gov. McDonnell (R-Va.): slave to the Confederacy

"I know them both well, and I just want to say from the very beginning Bob McDonnell has had his pulse on the state of the economy that's facing Virginia right now. He understands that we need jobs, jobs,...

By jonathan capehart  | April 7, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Nerves of Steele

Everyone seems to be on a career death watch for Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee. Totally understandable since Ken McKay, his chief of staff, and Curt Anderson, a long-time adviser, hit the bricks last night. Michael...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 6, 2010; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Pope Benedict is not like Nixon

In his op-ed yesterday, Timothy Shriver writes: The scandal facing Catholics today looks a lot like the Watergate scandal that engulfed the United States in the early 1970s. Then, what started as a crime committed by a few burglars...

By Marc Thiessen  | April 6, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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What's with Tavis Smiley and Obama?

The Post story on President Obama's meeting with black Christian leaders before the Easter prayer breakfast this morning had an enraging quote from political commentator Tavis Smiley. After hosting a forum on how Obama could help African Americans in...

By  | April 6, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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President Obama, Ricky Martin & stating the obvious

What do President Obama and singer Ricky Martin have in common? Both men made announcements last week that fall into the category of "Yeah, and?" But each was notable in its own way. Martin came out of the closet...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 5, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Tiger Woods's news conference

Here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Tiger Woods's news conference Monday: Good: He blamed no one but himself for his predicament. Yes, it would have been ridiculous for him to try to shift responsibility to anyone...

By Eugene Robinson  | April 5, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Republicans' early, hypocritical shot at Supreme Court pick

There isn’t even a vacancy on the Supreme Court and yet the absurdities have already begun. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), the minority whip, essentially warned President Obama that sterling qualifications won’t be enough for...

By Eva Rodriguez  | April 5, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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No, the Tea Party isn't just like the rest of America

Headlines this morning proclaimed all the nasty myths about the Tea Party that the media has peddled over the last several months to be “busted.” Four in ten Tea Partiers are Democrats or independents, according to a survey by...

By Stephen Stromberg  | April 5, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
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Michael Steele's 'error'

"Do you feel that, as an African-American, you have a slimmer margin for error than another chairman would?" That was the blunt question emailed from Myron to ABC's George Stephanopolous for Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. And the...

By jonathan capehart  | April 5, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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President Obama: Calm in the eye of the storm

Homing in on a central theme of New Yorker editor David Remnick's new book on President Obama, "The Bridge," Frank Rich examines a well-worn truism in American politics today. Namely, that Obama is a Rorschach test. Whatever you think...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 5, 2010; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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