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'Juvenile justice reform' -- or a clear-and-present threat?

Manuel D. Sanchez, 29, of Capitol Heights was with a crew of people hired a week ago to clean up the area in the rear of an apartment house in the 4600 block of Hillside Road in Southeast Washington....

By Colbert King  | June 4, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Recovery? What recovery?

Today’s jobs figures should dispel any notion that slamming the brakes on government fiscal stimulus is a good idea. The private sector created a measly 41,000 new jobs last month -- a rate that would have us returning to...

By Harold Meyerson  | June 4, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Pay attention to Holloway, Flores murders

When Natalee Holloway went missing five years ago, quite a lot was made of all the attention that was focused on her mysterious disappearance. The suggestion was that the only reason the media, and, hence, the public, was so...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | June 4, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Laura Bush is right -- I think -- about Obama and the oil spill

On Good Morning America today, Laura Bush defended President Obama’s handling of the gulf oil spill. Or at least I think she did. Because I’m not entirely sure whether Bush was trying to praise the president or give him...

By Stephen Stromberg  | June 4, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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What Jim Joyce's bad call teaches us

Soon after Jim Joyce made what is now being called “the worst umpiring call in the history of baseball,” the event was labeled a teachable moment. This is almost always an attempt by adults to justify their interest in...

By Richard Cohen  | June 4, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Obama on the Gulf Coast, take three

President Obama will be wheels-up to Louisiana in a little bit. His third trip to the oil-soaked state since that BP oil rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20. He'll meet with federal and local...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 4, 2010; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Gore divorce: Talk about inconvenient truths

Maybe the Clintons gave us too much information about their marriage, but the Gores can’t get away with so little. Or so says my wife. In Jody’s view, the Gores’s decision to split after 40 years has unleashed doubt,...

By Matt Miller  | June 4, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Paul McCartney's cheap shot at President Bush

We all know the first rule of polite society: If you can’t think of something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all. In certain bien pensant circles, however, there is a corollary: If you can’t think...

By Charles Lane  | June 3, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (369)
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The umpire versus BP CEO

If only BP and its CEO Tony Hayward had one iota of the class displayed by baseball umpire Jim Joyce. Joyce blew a call with two outs in the ninth inning that cost Detroit Tigers' pitcher Armando Galarrago a...

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 3, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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During oil spill crisis, do we need Obama to play Angry Daddy?

The presidency is not a play in two acts. The disaster in the Gulf is not six characters in search of a leader. So why the coverage of President Obama and the oil spill as theater criticism? Is he...

By Ruth Marcus  | June 3, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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What's missing in Obama's National Security Strategy

Michael Gerson Tuesday wrote about the absurdity of including “affordable health care” and “redeveloping our infrastructure” as part of the new National Security Strategy. Earlier, Jackson Diehl pointed out what is left out of that new strategy -- any...

By Marc Thiessen  | June 3, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama, don't go to Australia and Indonesia

NBC News's Chuck Todd was the first I heard suggest it on Tuesday. Now I read in today's Wall Street Journal that Obama administration officials are considering it. It being a cancellation -- again -- of the president's trip...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 3, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Why Artur Davis lost in Alabama

By far the most stunning result in all the primaries so far this year was the overwhelming defeat of Rep. Artur Davis in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Governor of Alabama. Davis, who was trying to become the state’s first...

By E.J. Dionne  | June 3, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Gulf oil spill and the use of dispersants

Since May 24, my Facebook friend Hugh Kaufman has had one persistent question about the response to the volcano of oil spewing under the Gulf of Mexico. "I would be grateful," he asked, "if someone could explain why millions...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 3, 2010; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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There goes the (Palins') neighborhood

Sarah and Todd Palin may move their family out for the summer, thanks to their new “creepy” neighbor, writer Joe McGinniss. So said Todd Palin in a telephone interview with me as he described the strange events unfolding around...

By Kathleen Parker  | June 2, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (599)
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What the banks owe America

Just a couple of thoughts on President Obama’s speech in Pittsburgh, which test-drove his party’s theme for the fall election: “We want to go forward, they want to go back.” I was struck by how little applause the president...

By Charles Lane  | June 2, 2010; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Obama wants a price on carbon pollution -- just not through a carbon tax

President Obama just wrapped up his speech at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. All day it had been billed as the debut of the White House's mid-term argument against the Republicans. We've heard snippets of it over the past...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 2, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Time to give BP CEO the boot

Tony Hayward must go. The oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico is enough of a disaster, but the BP chief executive seems determined to make it worse. On Sunday, Hayward was telling the Today show how sorry...

By Eugene Robinson  | June 1, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Bill and Hillary outlast Al and Tipper

So who would have thought that Bill and Hillary would outlast Al and Tipper? The Clintons’ marriage was -- is? -- famously complicated. The Gores’ marriage -- well, except for that overwrought convention kiss -- seemed pretty normal. Almost,...

By Ruth Marcus  | June 1, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Charlie Crist stays close to Obama -- literally

Here's an observation from President Obama's Louisiana trip you might have missed on Friday because, let's face it, you and I know that you checked out (physically, if not mentally) by Thursday afternoon. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 1, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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A minimum condition for summer jobs?

The summer job outlook for teens and young adults is the worst in years, according to this story in today's New York Times. Money paragraph: The unemployment rate for the 16-to-24 age group reached a record 19.6 percent in...

By Charles Lane  | June 1, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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But what about Al and Tipper Gore's kiss? [Updated]

When I heard that Al and Tipper Gore are separating, I thought immediately of the then-vice president’s all-too-public display of affection at the 2000 Democratic National Convention (which brought down the house and was probably responsible for Gore’s impressive...

By Stephen Stromberg  | June 1, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Not the Gores?!

Ok, you're not going to believe this, but Al and Tipper Gore are cool. At least that's how I've observed them (at meetings, dinners, events) over the last 10 years. Al is not nearly as stiff as his reputation...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 1, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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No amount of 'emoting' from Obama will suffice

Cross-posted from The Plum Line. It needs to be said that the growing chorus of calls for Obama to show more "anger" or "emotion" about the gulf oil spill are pure B.S.: No matter how angry or emotional he...

By Greg Sargent  | June 1, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Obama and the oil spill: Gergen to the rescue?

There is a core problem at the heart of the Obama administration’s public relations efforts in the oil spill: The government has neither the formal power nor the expertise to stop the spill on its own. Yet in a...

By E.J. Dionne  | June 1, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The White House oil spill public relations offensive

President Obama's press conference last Thursday -- the one where his tough words didn't match his frustratingly detached demeanor -- marked the beginning of the public relations push by the White House to win the optical war in the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 1, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Obama, Netanyahu and the Free Gaza flotilla

If the Obama administration had been skillful in managing its relationship with the difficult Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu, it would have some room to maneuver in responding to Israel’s disastrous attack on the Free Gaza flotilla. Netanyahu’s decision...

By Jackson Diehl  | June 1, 2010; 5:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (360)
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