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I am so going to miss Justice Stevens

I am so going to miss Justice Stevens. The latest reminder came as I was reading the Supreme Court's ruling resurrecting -- pardon the pun -- Congress's effort to keep an eight-foot-tall cross erected on federal land in the...

By Ruth Marcus  | April 30, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Crist just might resurrect his Senate campaign

Since Florida Gov. Charlie Crist dumped the Republican Party to become an independent yesterday in his sinking candidacy for U.S. Senate, I've heard two intriguing things that make me think that Crist is not the dead man walking the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 30, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Two American pioneers: Evelyn Cunningham and Dr. Dorothy Height

As a host of dignitaries laid civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Height to rest at a service at the National Cathedral, I was mourning the loss of Evelyn Cunningham. She was not as famous as Dr. Height. But this...

By jonathan capehart  | April 29, 2010; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Eric Cantor's 'false choice' dodge

Maybe it's a verbal tick. Or maybe it's the politician's inability to pick a side on a tough question for fear of ticking someone off. But for the second time in a week, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.)...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 29, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Why Gordon Brown's 'bigotgate' gaffe was so bad

E.J. Dionne writes that it’s “astonishing” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown did not realize his mic was live when he described a voter he’d just met as “a bigoted woman,” throwing the Labor Party’s campaign into turmoil. Perhaps, but...

By Stephen Stromberg  | April 29, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Greek crisis: blame Germany, too

Greece itself is the main culprit in Greece’s financial disaster. For too long, that country has lived beyond its means, running up huge deficits to pay for lavish public sector wages and benefits and then fudging official statistics to...

By Charles Lane  | April 29, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Why conservatives should oppose Arizona's immigration law

A healthy debate rages on the right about the details and dangers of Arizona’s new immigration law. Serious conservative writers such as Byron York of the Washington Examiner argue that the burdens of the law on citizens and legal...

By Michael Gerson  | April 29, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Stop the finger-wagging about Obama's Census form

It’s tough being president. In the last year, pretty much every constituency has expressed disappointment in some facet of Barack Obama’s work or play. Now, apparently, the president is even letting down biracial children with his choice of Census...

By Kevin Huffman  | April 29, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Obama's political woes: made in Greece?

The Federal Reserve assures us that the economy is on the mend. Financial regulation reform seems on its way to some sort of resolution in the Senate. But given what’s happening in Europe right now, there is a part...

By Charles Lane  | April 29, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Missing Marilyn Monroe in a time of Kardashians

Marilyn Monroe! There she is, on Page C2 of this morning’s New York Times. I got to her late, after first finishing The Post and all the other news of the day –the Greek crisis and the Goldman Sachs...

By Richard Cohen  | April 29, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Gordon Brown's campaign disaster

In recent days, there were signs that Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labor Party was creeping up in the polls in Britain’s election. Then on Wednesday came what is now being called “bigotgate.” Here are the facts, courtesy of the...

By E.J. Dionne  | April 29, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Don't ask don't tell and Obama's comments on immigration

President Obama made his way to the press section of Air Force One yesterday. Perhaps he got lost looking for an extra blanket or some water. Anyway, he mused aloud about immigration. But I found his remarks also instructive...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 29, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Nebraska Narcissist, Part Deux

Maybe I owe Warren Buffett an apology. Yesterday I chastised Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson for being the sole member of his party to side with Republicans to block debate on the financial reform bill. (Since then, Nelson voted twice...

By Harold Meyerson  | April 28, 2010; 8:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Why so much worry about 'empathy' on the Supreme Court?

The New York Times reports that President Obama is avoiding the word empathy as he picks his second Supreme Court nominee. And who can blame him, considering comments such a this from former Bush 43 adviser Ed Gillespie: “Empathy’s...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | April 28, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Harry Reid's hapless play on immigration and climate change

So what, exactly, was the point of Democratic leaders making it known last week that they might move on immigration before climate change? It looks like a transparently political play to attract Latino voters. But it hasn’t worked out...

By Stephen Stromberg  | April 28, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Hey, Birthers, Obama is an American. Got that?

It's always nice to go away. You get to take stock of what you've been doing and make promises to yourself that this time -- for real -- you're going to eat right, exercise, cut back on the martinis...

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 28, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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Goldman Sachs gored

The credit bubble was inflated by a series of Wall Street mistakes: Investment banks such as Bear Stearns borrowed too much; credit-rating agencies such as Moody’s bestowed their seal of approval on junk securities; supposedly professional investors poured money...

By Sebastian Mallaby  | April 27, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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The good and the bad of the egg-tossing in Ukraine's parliament

Smoke filled the Ukrainian parliament Tuesday, and the speaker needed an umbrella to shield himself from tossed eggs. From this chaotic scene two conclusions emerged. First: Ukraine is still a democracy, though a sometimes rowdy one. And second: Russia,...

By Jackson Diehl  | April 27, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Harry Reid can't escape the climate change issue

Many have pointed out that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to open the way to move immigration reform before climate change is probably calculated to benefit him and other Democrats in tough election battles. One way this works:...

By Stephen Stromberg  | April 27, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Ben Nelson, the Nebraska Narcissist, is at it again

Oh, Lord, Ben Nelson again? The Nebraska conservative -- who calls himself a Democrat for reasons known only to God and himself -- is back at it. In 2009, Nebraska's senior senator broke with his party to demand cuts...

By Harold Meyerson  | April 27, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Another GOP candidate on brink of defeat?

A few weeks ago, I reported on the rise of conservative insurgents who are challenging establishment Republicans in GOP primaries across the country. Among those in deep trouble is Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah, who has drawn seven Republican...

By Marc Thiessen  | April 27, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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In Britain, the implications of a three-party system

It turns out that the rise of the third-party Liberal Democrats into the top ranks of British politics was not a fluke, the temporary result of a single boffo debate performance by the Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg. After...

By E.J. Dionne  | April 26, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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