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Sorry to see Bob Bennett lose

I disagree with Utah Republican Sen. Bob Bennett on almost every major political issue. I am truly sorry to see him defeated. Bennett fell victim to his state party’s odd convention system, in which only the top two vote-getters...

By Ruth Marcus  | May 8, 2010; 8:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Los Angeles law shows U.S. is trending toward drug liberalization

This week in Los Angeles, anti-medicinal marijuana zealots may have inadvertently put themselves, and their cause, into the middle of Zeno’s Dichotomy Paradox. Simply put, the paradox posits that in order for one to reach his goal, he must...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | May 7, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Winners, losers and confusion in British election

“Messy, messy, messy” wrote the Daily Telegraph at 2.48 a.m. GMT. It’s hard to argue with that assessment: The most exciting British election in recent memory has produced a riot of confusing statistics and contradictory results. The Tories appear...

By Anne Applebaum  | May 7, 2010; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Wanted: real Republican ideas

Ever since the Democrats completely took over Washington, the Republicans have been groping for ways to be a substantive counterweight to the progressive agenda being pushed by President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid....

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 7, 2010; 6:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Faisal Shahzad: violent fanatic, or unhappy homeowner?

An emerging media narrative about Faisal Shahzad portrays him as a quiet homeowner whose once-normal life “unraveled” amid the Great Recession. Much has been made of the fact that his house was in foreclosure, with all the suffering that...

By Charles Lane  | May 6, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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U-Va. lacrosse player's many warning signs

The question has to be asked: Is it something about athletes? Something about entitled college athletes? Something about lacrosse? George Huguely V, a 22-year-old University of Virginia lacrosse player, is charged with murdering his one-time girlfriend, Yeardley Love, herself...

By Ruth Marcus  | May 6, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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When will Marion Barry grow up?

You know I've been rather reverential of the civil rights pioneers who have passed away recently. Their push for racial equality and justice at a time when it could have cost them their lives is a heroism we all...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 6, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Jim DeMint’s strategy is to help conservative underdogs

Over at his Right Now blog, David Weigel comments on my column about Jim DeMint, declaring that the Republican South Carolina senator would “look like a genius today” if he had endorsed Rand Paul in Kentucky and Mike Lee...

By Marc Thiessen  | May 6, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Has Brazil's Lula become Iran's useful idiot?

Has Brazilian President Luiz Ignacio “Lula” da Silva become Iran’s useful idiot? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad clearly thinks so. On Wednesday his website posted a statement saying he had accepted “in principle” a supposed Brazilian proposal to defuse Iran’s standoff with...

By Jackson Diehl  | May 6, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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George Pataki's Times Square bomb plot nonsense

I have grown weary of folks trying to claw political advantage out of (near) tragedy. Of course, I'm talking about the Times Square scare and the jockeying by Democrats and Republicans. We had House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 6, 2010; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Florida in Britain?

As British voters cast their ballots today in an election that could very well result in no party having a parliamentary majority, there is already speculation about what could happen the day after the voting. Who will get to...

By E.J. Dionne  | May 6, 2010; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Last British polls: good for the Tories, but...

The final polling in Britain points to a victory by David Cameron and his Conservatives, but they still appear short of a majority of seats in parliament. A leader of the Conservative campaign called their party’s chances of gaining...

By E.J. Dionne  | May 5, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Losing David Obey

I rise to second E.J.’s ode of admiration for David Obey, one of Congress’s longtime liberal heroes and legislative titans, who announced today that he won’t seek re-election. As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and even before that...

By Harold Meyerson  | May 5, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Chuck Schumer's jaws

According to the old Washington joke, the most dangerous place in America is anywhere between New York Sen. Charles Schumer (D) and a TV camera. But on May 2, the day after a failed terrorist car-bombing in Times Square,...

By Charles Lane  | May 5, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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David Obey: He really will be missed

It's simultaneously sad and admirable that Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wis.) announced today that he is retiring from Congress. Sad because there were few members who were more courageous and more substantive in their approach to government. By leaps and...

By E.J. Dionne  | May 5, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (150)
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The Tea Party has a race problem

The Tea Party movement has a race problem. To borrow Bob Dole's famous line: I know it. You know it. The American people know it. We all know it. According to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, three out...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 5, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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And a final British poll for the night...

This one is not all that different from the YouGov poll I spoke of earlier -- the numbers for each party differ by only a couple of points -- and yet the overall impression it creates is quite different....

By E.J. Dionne  | May 4, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Evelyn Cunningham 'broke the ribbon'

They all showed up for her. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former mayor David Dinkins. Citigroup chairman Dick Parsons. The Rev. Al Sharpton. And friends and relatives all packed St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Harlem today to celebrate the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 4, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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British polls: Labour up, Lib Dems down, Tories stable

The YouGov poll released in Britain tonight is very interesting, maybe even important. It shows the Conservatives at 35 percent, unchanged, Labour up two points to 30 percent and the Liberal Democrats down four at 24 percent. The intrepid...

By E.J. Dionne  | May 4, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Oklahoma encourages doctors to lie to you

By Rachel Manteuffel The big news out of Oklahoma is that a judge has put on hold a new state law requiring show-and-tell ultrasounds before abortions. What has received less attention, however, is its companion measure, which encourages your doctor...

By Rachel Manteuffel  | May 4, 2010; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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What did Janet Napolitano mean by 'one-off'?

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano once again faces criticism for seeming to underreact to a possible terrorist attack. Back in December, she memorably remarked that “the system worked” after alert passengers stopped a would-be underwear bomber aboard an airliner....

By Charles Lane  | May 4, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Brown finds his voice in Britain -- too late?

With his Labor Party trailing, Prime Minister Gordon Brown finally found his voice. Brown “dramatically threw off the shackles of his foundering campaign to deliver one of the most passionate speeches he has ever given, leaving even disillusioned cabinet...

By E.J. Dionne  | May 4, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Justified anger over Sec. Gates' letter on don't ask don't tell

You might not know this, but all hell broke loose between the gay community and the Obama administration on Friday. In response to a letter from House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) requesting "views on the advisability...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 4, 2010; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Political incivility hits ESPN

In our “post-Crossfire vs. Jon Stewart” world, we might have expected a bit more openness and a bit less vitriol in our public debate. Sadly, as President Obama noted over the weekend at the University of Michigan’s 2010 commencement...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | May 3, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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'Precious' little time -- or grace -- for fans

It's always a let-down when folks you've admired or respected from afar turn out to be jerks in person. Case in point: Gabourey Sidibe, the Oscar-nominated actress in the title role of "Precious." Y'all know how much I loved...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 3, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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The authors of Arizona's immigration law retreat

When I wrote last on Arizona's new immigration law, critics of the measure were arguing that requiring proof of citizenship based on a policeman’s “reasonable suspicion” -- which could be based partially but not “solely” on ethnicity -- triggered...

By Michael Gerson  | May 3, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (146)
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Sarah Palin makes sense -- on offshore drilling

Leave it to an ecological disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico and lapping up on the shores of Louisiana to put me and Sarah Palin on the same page. Usually, when the former Alaska governor issues something on...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 3, 2010; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
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Can the British Conservatives win a majority?

That is now the question in Thursday’s British election. Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour Party is in deep. Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats are in an unexpectedly strong position, but their surge has abated. David Cameron, the Conservative Party leader,...

By E.J. Dionne  | May 3, 2010; 12:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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