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PostPartisan: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

Should we offer teachers buyouts?

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, wrote in response to my column Thursday about a proposal to spend $23 billion to keep teachers on the job across the country. I argued it would be smarter to...

By Matt Miller  | May 14, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The nation glares at Arizona

Arizona just won’t learn. Two thousand and ten isn’t the first time that the state has invited a boycott by pursuing a culturally insensitive (or openly racist) policy. Led by Stevie Wonder, Americans boycotted the state in 1987 and...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | May 14, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Obama's collect call to Madrid

President Obama has his own problems controlling the U.S. budget deficit, having recently farmed the issue out to a bipartisan commission. But that didn't prevent him from calling Spain's prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the other day to...

By Charles Lane;  | May 14, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Why Chris Christie is catching fire

A few weeks ago, I reported on the growing popularity of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Garden State and beyond. If you want to get a sense of why Christie is catching fire with conservatives across America,...

By Marc Thiessen  | May 14, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Sarah Palin slams feminists -- and makes an interesting point

The last time I saw Sarah Palin speak live was in 2008 when she accepted the Republican Party nomination for vice president. And she gave the performance of her life. The ensuing 20 months for me have been like...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 14, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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An elegant defense of Kagan from an unlikely source

Talk about a class act. You'll recall that Miguel Estrada's nomination to a prestigious federal judgeship was blocked by Democrats and left-wing groups who grossly distorted his record and used every conceivable trick to keep the young, brilliant and,...

By Eva Rodriguez  | May 14, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Elena Kagan does not fear locusts

Whether Elena Kagan is gay or not is no concern of mine -- although as in almost all matters sexual, it is of some interest. More to the point, though, is another aspect of her life -- or lifestyle...

By Richard Cohen  | May 14, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Sarah Palin's bad fishing advice for the GOP

Way back when, I would go fishing with my (former) stepfather. Don't get me started on the agony of baiting the hook. And I possessed no ability to cast the line far enough without falling out of the tiny...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 13, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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A specter haunts Arlen: himself

For those of us who generally wish that there was less polarization and more pragmatism in politics, Sen. Plastic Man Arlen Specter (R D-Pa.) presents something of a conundrum. There is, of course, a fine line between a willingness...

By Charles Lane  | May 13, 2010; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Hey, birthers, Obama is still an American, so back off!

Gov. Linda Lingle, the Republican governor of the great state of Hawaii, yesterday signed a bill into law that will allow that state's health officials to ignore repeated requests for President Obama's birth certificate. According to the Honolulu Advertiser,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 13, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Polarization starts at the top

In today’s lead editorial, the Post decries the “ideological purification of both parties,” citing the conservatives who recently defeated Sen. Bob Bennett in Utah and the liberals who have targeted Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas. “There is no particular reason...

By Marc Thiessen  | May 13, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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Laura Bush, 'where were you when we needed you?'

I was tooling around Facebook yesterday when something my friend Scott Sanders put on his news feed caught my eye. Laura Bush, who's promoting her new book, "Spoken from the Heart," expressed support for abortion rights on Tuesday's "Larry...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 13, 2010; 5:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Obama and Karzai play nice

President Obama’s meeting today with Afghan President Hamid Karzai was a touching piece of theater. The real message, I thought, was that Obama and Karzai have realized they are stuck with each other: They have no alternative for now...

By David Ignatius  | May 12, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Auto dealers: special interests or special friends?

I have no opinion on the proposal by Sen. Sam Brownback, Republican of Kansas, to give auto dealers a pass on new consumer protection provisions in a major financial regulatory bill. I am not surprised that a Republican would...

By  | May 12, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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GOP hands Charlie Crist a victory

No, the Republicans aren’t welcoming Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who announced recently that he’s running for Senate as an independent, back into their party. But they did give him something he badly wanted. The party announced this afternoon that...

By E.J. Dionne  | May 12, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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What will Britain's government do about 'slavish' relations with U.S.?

So what does it mean not to be a “slavish” ally of the United States? For Washington, that seems to be the salient question from the formation Britain’s first coalition government in half a century, led by Conservative David...

By Jackson Diehl  | May 12, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Political analysis, informed by British miniseries

Those of us addicted to British television series about randy and corrupt politicians, and the randy and corrupt journalists who keep an eye on them, know just from looking at David Cameron, the new prime minister, that he has...

By Richard Cohen  | May 12, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Baradar, Times Square and Joe Klein's attack

Over at Time Magazine’s Swampland blog, Joe Klein attacks my column asking whether a captured Taliban leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, could have warned us about the Times Square plot. Klein declares my piece “stone stupid.” He ought to...

By Marc Thiessen  | May 12, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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It's Cameron!

(To the tune of Camelot) Old Gordon was too dour, so he must go. Nick Clegg was just a dress you might try on. The banks are bust and debt is set to crush, so It’s Cameron! The Tory...

By Matt Miller  | May 12, 2010; 12:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The British political system worked beautifully

May I just note for the record how satisfying a narrative the formation of the new British coalition government has turned out to be. For four days, the politicians negotiated, leaving the press and the public in genuine suspense;...

By Anne Applebaum  | May 11, 2010; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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It's Prime Minister David Cameron

What an extraordinary five days it has been in British politics. An indecisive election result led to the sorts of political negotiations for which the word Byzantine really is appropriate. First, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg entered negotiations with...

By E.J. Dionne  | May 11, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Elena Kagan must loosen up at confirmation hearings

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and I shared a dinner table once. It was almost a year ago at a mutual friend's house. We didn't say much to each other except, "Nice to meet you" at the casual gathering....

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 11, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Uganda's ugly anti-homosexuality bill is almost dead

Back in January, I told you about a proposed law in Uganda that would criminalize homosexuality. Not only that, it would require gays and lesbians to be reported to the authorities. And it would make being gay punishable by...

By Jonathan capehart  | May 11, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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How Elena Kagan saved New York

Solicitor General Elena Kagan, a born-and-bred New Yorker, may not realize it, but her selection as President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court is a boost for her hometown, which has pretty much been awash in unwelcome news for...

By Jonathan capehart  | May 11, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Michael Steele's idiotic criticism of Elena Kagan

The only -- I mean only -- way to explain RNC chairman Michael Steele's incredibly idiotic criticism of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's support for Justice Thurgood Marshall's critique of the originally drafted Constitution is that an RNC staffer...

By Colbert King  | May 10, 2010; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Is Kagan a bleeding heart or right-wing 'Bushie'?

I'd be miffed if I were Elena Kagan. This morning, as President Obama introduced his new Supreme Court nominee, he predictably lavished her with praise as "one of the nation’s foremost legal minds" and "a trailblazing leader." He went...

By Eva Rodriguez  | May 10, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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In Bob Bennett's loss, accountability hits Congress

Staunchly Republican and staunchly conservative Sen. Robert Bennett (Utah) failed to win his party's nomination to run for a third term over the weekend. The stunning defeat was certainly a victory for the Tea Party movement, although folks seem...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 10, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Gordon Brown out, Labor in?

British Prime Minister Gordon’s Brown offer today to step down is good news for those who hoped that Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats would form a coalition government with the Labor Party rather than with David Cameron’s Conservatives. As I...

By E.J. Dionne  | May 10, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Two cheers for Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan

Two cheers for the president because he has nominated someone other than yet another appellate judge to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. But only two cheers, for this reason: The appellate judiciary at its most senior and distinguished levels...

By George Will  | May 10, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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The advantage of Elena Kagan

Last May, when President Obama was considering his first Supreme Court nomination that eventually went to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, I made the case for Elena Kagan. I see no reason to change what I wrote then. She's just as...

By E.J. Dionne  | May 10, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Elena Kagan's pastel career

On the Elena Kagan nomination to the Supreme Court, the White House has won the initial battle -- the battle over expectations. Kagan was widely regarded, even by conservative judges and legal experts, as the least ideologically confrontational among...

By Michael Gerson  | May 10, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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Elena Kagan: From trailblazer to less of a big deal

The first woman to be dean of Harvard Law School. The first woman to be solicitor general. But: the fourth woman, if she is confirmed, on the Supreme Court. The third woman among the current justices. The arc of...

By Ruth Marcus  | May 10, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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How conservatives will attack Elena Kagan

President Obama is still an hour and a half away from formally announcing his choice of Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice John Paul Stevens's retirement, but red flags are already being raised...

By Eva Rodgriguez  | May 10, 2010; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
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Toyota, Massey, BP and the shrinking list of good corporate citizens

The idea that companies can be good corporate citizens took a very serious beating in Q1. Toyota skidded off the road in February. Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine exploded on April 5. And British Petroleum blew up...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 10, 2010; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Senate moves on food safety -- finally

Before we get consumed by Elena-mania (President Obama is set to pick Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court later this morning, in case you somehow haven't heard), I'd like to point out this little, yet significant, news...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 9, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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