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PostPartisan: May 23, 2010 - May 29, 2010

Fewer teachers! Whoopie!

It now looks as if the efforts to keep the states from laying off between 100,000 and 300,000 teachers in the next couple months through a proposed $23 billion federal appropriation have failed. Tom Harkin, the Iowa Democrat who...

By Harold Meyerson  | May 28, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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Betting against Gates on "don't ask don't tell"

The 17-year-old "don't ask don't tell" policy that has forced gay men and lesbians to lie about who they are in order to serve their country -- lest they be kicked out for acknowledging the truth in any manner...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 28, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Obama holds his own on BP

Okay, so President Obama tripped badly on a question in today's news conference about the departure of the chief of the Minerals Management Service. He was inexplicably caught unaware. Putting that aside, Obama was effective in dispelling the overall...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 27, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Twisting the truth in the Connecticut Senate race

By Marisa Katz So it looks like, after all, we may be beyond the days when combat service mattered in politics. And the days when lying about combat service mattered in politics. As Chris Cillizza noted, a Quinnipiac poll out...

By Marisa Katz  | May 27, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Obama accepts ownership of BP oil spill

Obama didn’t take control of the effort to cap and clean up BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill at today’s news conference. He took ownership. Despite what you might have heard, the president insisted, he’s always been in charge: “This...

By Stephen Stromberg  | May 27, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Obama didn't know MMS chief resigned?!

Let me get this straight. President Obama didn't know whether Elizabeth Birnbaum, the once invisible and now former head of the Minerals Management Service, was fired or whether she resigned? The news broke she was leaving an hour or...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 27, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Sarah Palin is rightfully agrieved about invasion of privacy

I’m with Sarah Palin on this one. The Palins’ new neighbor, it turns out, is author Joe McGinniss. Coincidence? I think not. McGinniss wrote an unflattering profile of Palin for Portfolio magazine last year, and he’s now writing a...

By Ruth Marcus  | May 27, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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The U.S.-Israel relationship on defrost

The White House will show some love to Israel next Tuesday -- when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visits the White House -- as part of an effort to improve chemistry after a March encounter widely described as a “snub”...

By David Ignatius  | May 27, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama fires the head of the Minerals Management Service

When I wrote my last post on what Obama has to do at today's press conference, my Twitter follower @GStuedler wrote, "@CapehartJ... I think you hit the nail squarely on the head with that column, let's hope Obama 'listens'."...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 27, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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What Obama has to do at today's press conference

President Obama must do four things at his press conference later today. He must show that "plug the damn hole" frustration publicly. He should try his best to prove that the purpose of the 1,200 National Guard troops to...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 27, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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What Bob McDonnell should have known about Fred Malek

Virginia's Bob McDonnell really knows how to hurt a guy. I was frankly stunned to hear the governor say this week on WTOP radio that he didn't know that Fred Malek, whom he appointed to chair a government reform...

By Colbert King  | May 26, 2010; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Is the public turning against teachers unions?

Kurt Schmoke, the former mayor of Baltimore who helped broker the contract agreement between D.C. schools and its teachers union, had strong words for those who wanting to improve education. “Stop demonizing the unions,” he told an education roundtable...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | May 26, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Why doesn't Obama 'take charge' of the BP oil spill?

For an Obama administration spokesman on the BP oil spill, Adm. Thad Allen, the Coast Guard commandant and national incident commander, is admirably straightforward. Working on behalf of the president who ran a campaign based on the mantra, “Yes...

By Stephen Stromberg  | May 26, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Hugo Chavez's implosion continues in Venezuela

Hugo Chavez has been keeping a relatively low profile of late -- there have been no grand world tours, no fiery speeches at the United Nations. The Obama administration, which once promised to “engage” the Venezuelan caudillo, is instead...

By Jackson Diehl  | May 26, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Listen to the American people: Repeal "don't ask don't tell"

News that Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) will vote in favor of repeal of "don't ask don't tell" means the amendment will pass out of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 26, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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GOP: Gimmicky Old Party

A couple of weeks ago, I lamented the lack of Republican ideas that weren't from well-worn GOP talking points. I held out hope that an effort being led by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) would be the answer to my...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 26, 2010; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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After BP oil spill, is it time to abandon offshore drilling?

Filling in for my colleague Ezra Klein, Mother Jones’s Kate Sheppard condemns President Obama’s continuing commitment to domestic offshore oil and gas drilling. She argues that offshore drilling won’t appreciably enhance America’s energy security, because there’s just not enough...

By Stephen Stromberg  | May 25, 2010; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Is Obama's foreign policy 'enemy-centric'?

Is the Obama administration’s foreign policy “enemy-centric”? That was the contention put forth this morning by a European who has been one of the most stalwart friends of the United States -- and of democracy -- since his days...

By Fred Hiatt  | May 25, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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The end of 'don't ask, don't tell'

The compromise reached on "don't ask, don't tell" is not the ideal way to allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military. But it's the best way to hasten the demise of a shameful policy. In...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 25, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Eric Massa's latest episode

Eric Massa, the former member of Congress from upstate New York who resigned abruptly in March for a variety of reasons, but mostly for the stuff about groping male staffers, is more than a little off. See, for example,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 25, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Dems' unforced error in Hawaii

Democrats are arguing that their loss of a House seat in Hawaii’s special election on Saturday is not really significant, since two Democrats were on the ballot, and, between them, those Democrats got 59 percent of the vote. It’s...

By E.J. Dionne  | May 24, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Sarah Palin's pity party for Rand Paul

In Sarah Palin's "World of Grievance" there's nothing more harmful or pernicious than the media. Or as she put it in a groan-worthy flight of rhetorical fancy, the "lamestream" media. So, it's no surprise that the FOX News commentator...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 24, 2010; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Small GOP victory in Hawaii

"It's a significant win for us," Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said of the GOP's capture of a House seat from Hawaii in a special election. And, sure, yes, after compiling a 0-11 record in special elections since...

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 24, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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It doesn't matter what Rand Paul thinks about prejudice

Kentucky's Republican senatorial candidate Rand Paul insists that there isn't a racist bone in his body. Who am I to say he's not telling the truth? Paul also said he's not in favor of racial discrimination or the repeal...

By Colbert King  | May 24, 2010; 12:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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