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PostPartisan: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

Arizona's shameful 'immigration' bill

It is nothing short of astonishing that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Friday signed a bill that could make it dangerous just to look Hispanic. That’s not the purpose of the new law, of course. As The Post reported, the...

By E.J. Dionne  | April 23, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (843)
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Armenia and Turkey, overcome by history

This week, the horrors of the past once more extinguished hopes for the future, as Armenia and Turkey demonstrated that they have yet to find a way to resolve the burden of the history they share. Just ahead of...

By David Ignatius  | April 23, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Michael Steele says something... sensible?!

By Lee Hockstader It's a measure of Michael Steele's low standing with his party, and of the GOP's dysfunction, that when the man finally says something sensible, his own party immediately labels it a gaffe. Steele, who famously pledged to...

By Lee Hockstader  | April 23, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Immigration vs. climate: Reid, Pelosi do what's politically easier

So whose bright idea was it to announce just before Earth Day that Democrats will prioritize immigration reform over climate change? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apparently agreed in a meeting yesterday that moving...

By Stephen Stromberg  | April 22, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Obama's wink and nod on abortion

During an Oval Office meeting with Senate leaders yesterday, President Obama symbolized the sorry, misleading state of public argument about the Supreme Court. He insisted that he has no “litmus test” on abortion for his Supreme Court nominee, while...

By Michael Gerson  | April 22, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Term limits for Supreme Court justices

Not that it's going to happen, but the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens and the focus on the age of President Obama's pick to replace him have gotten me thinking about term limits for Supreme Court justices. I'm...

By Ruth Marcus  | April 22, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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The Republican Party has no soul

"Battle for the Soul of the Party" was the subject of the panel discussion at The Week magazine's opinion awards dinner Tuesday night. So, I figured it was a perfect opportunity to ask a question of House Minority Whip...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 22, 2010; 6:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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John Kerry's climate-change battle

As the Senate looks more closely at dealing with climate change this Earth Day, Democrats have split on how much Congress can actually do this year. On one side is Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and others behind the effort...

By Stephen Stromberg  | April 21, 2010; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Mickey Kaus for Senate: a campaign taking on union power

In a recent interview with Ezra Klein, Andy Stern, the just-resigned president of the Service Employees International Union, described the labor movement as “the greatest middle-class, job-creating mechanism that we have ever had in America that doesn't cost tax...

By Charles Lane  | April 21, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Leftist thugocracy in Nicaragua: Will Washington notice?

Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista thugocracy has spent the last several years systematically dismantling Nicaragua’s democracy. Now it has given a whole new meaning to the term “judicial activism.” On Tuesday, two Supreme Court justices appointed by Ortega led a violent...

By Jackson Diehl  | April 21, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Petards, Park Police and gays in the military

"The Park Police screwed up," David Schlosser, the public information officer of the U.S. Park Police, said as he immediately threw himself on his sword after I asked, "What happened yesterday?" What happened was that six protesters urging President...

By jonathan capehart  | April 21, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Pentagon plays mind games with Muslims

In a devilish bit of psychological warfare, the Pentagon has invited the Rev. Franklin Graham to speak there next month. Graham, son of evangelical preacher Billy Graham, is probably best known in the Muslim world for pronouncing Islam a...

By Richard Cohen  | April 21, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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William Gheen has gay old time at Lindsey Graham's expense

William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration has a beef with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). It's understandable. The Republican senator is actively working with the White House to come up with a rational and comprehensive immigration bill. And Gheen...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 21, 2010; 6:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Everybody hates Charlie Crist

Any day now, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) is expected to dump the Republican Party in his election bid for the U.S. Senate and declare himself an independent. Can't say that I blame him. He's running well behind his...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 20, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Honoring Dorothy Height

She loved herself some hats. So when they surprised her with a beautiful, ornately decorated purple hat at an event at the Anacostia museum last fall, Dorothy Height's face lit up like a Christmas Tree, and the gathering gave...

By Colbert King  | April 20, 2010; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Maybe Obama should pick a white guy for the Supreme Court

On the subject of President Obama’s Supreme Court choice, maybe, as a matter of political strategy, this is the moment for him to pick a white guy. The conventional wisdom is that if the picks a woman for the...

By Ruth Marcus  | April 20, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Dorothy Height, a national treasure, goes home

Dorothy Height, the longtime head of the National Council for Negro Women and a front line soldier in the Civil Rights movement, passed away early this morning in Washington, D.C. of natural causes. She was 98. Height worked for...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 20, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Don't holler, don't yell -- only at the president

President Obama flew out to California to help the sagging reelection effort of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and came face-to-face with frustration over efforts to repeal the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military. He...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 20, 2010; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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My Goldman Sachs confession

Let’s be honest: The Goldman schadenfreude that began erupting with news of the SEC’s fraud suit Friday has become as large a force, in its own way, as the volcanic ash over Europe. I’ll confess I’m not immune. Until...

By Matt Miller  | April 20, 2010; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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The long ascent of Rev. Al Sharpton

The Rev. Al Sharpton has gotten a lot of ink lately. There he was on the front page of the Wall Street Journal last month. And on the front page of the Washington Post on Saturday. Both pieces marveled...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 19, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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The Tea Party's moment of truth

On “Meet the Press” yesterday, David Gregory asked Marsha Blackburn, a very Republican congresswoman from Tennessee, whether she approved of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) referring to the Obama administration as “this gangster government.” Blackburn had just finished telling Gregory...

By Richard Cohen  | April 19, 2010; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
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The real Tea Party is in Britain

In my column today, I argue that the Tea Party movement is not a generalized protest movement, but the old right wing in new clothes. My colleague Dan Balz made a related point yesterday, tracing the differences between the...

By E.J. Dionne  | April 19, 2010; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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