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PostPartisan: June 6, 2010 - June 12, 2010

Political quiz time

This was a pretty good week in politics. Then again, if you're a political junkie every week is. But are you enough of a junkie that you could pass my five-question quiz? Try your luck. The prize for answering...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 11, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Alvin Greene -- a candidate for the rest of us

By Alexandra Petri Alvin Greene is my hero. If this 32 year-old man without a cell phone or computer, who has never held any political office, has no job and is "on the not-guilty side" of a felony charge, can...

By Alexandra Petri  | June 11, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Alvin Greene raises red flags

The good news out of South Carolina, I guess, is that Alvin Greene has zero chance of becoming the next senator. Greene is the Democratic nominee from nowhere, with nothing to say. If I were a South Carolinian, which...

By Ruth Marcus  | June 11, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
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Alvin Greene is no Sarah Palin

I wasn't planning on writing again about Alvin Greene, the Democratic nominee for Senate from South Carolina. But then I watched his interview with Keith Olbermann last night. Not since Sarah Palin have I been so mystified by a...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 11, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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South Carolina needs help

I'm really beginning to think that Kathleen Parker is the last best thing to come out of South Carolina. We've seen the ugliness that enveloped Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley. The boisterousness of Rep. Joe "You Lie!" Wilson (R)....

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 11, 2010; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Meg Whitman might not get nod from Gov. Schwarzenegger

[UPDATE, 4:32: Video of my one-on-one with Arnold Schwarznegegger added below.] California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is no lockstep, doctrinaire Republican. While many in his party deride proposals to put a price on carbon to reduce our reliance on fossil...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 10, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Carly Fiorina doesn't get a pass on comment about Boxer's hair

What is this, middle school? I was all set to sit down and write about women in politics, and applaud Tuesday's results, when off pops the new Republican nominee for senator from California, Carly Fiorina, with a comment that...

By Ruth Marcus  | June 10, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (570)
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A league of Landon's own?

By Alexandra Petri Last summer, some rising freshmen at the elite, all-male Landon School did something stupid. They created a fantasy sex league of local teen girls, ranking them, making draft picks, and even coming up with offensive team names...

By Alexandra Petri  | June 10, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Contending with Paul Krugman, part II

As Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sink deeper into taxpayer-funded torpor, The New York Times’ Paul Krugman is once again riding to their defense. The two mortgage giants may be hoovering up public money to cover their massive losses...

By Charles Lane  | June 10, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Fiorina pulls Boxer's hair -- rhetorically speaking

The general election campaign battle in California for U.S. Senate is barely two days old, and it's already gettin' good. The Republican nominee, the stylish former chief of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina, was caught on an open mic putting down...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 10, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Bush and the 'specter of Mengele'

My Post colleague Eva Rodriguez defends former president Bush from the charge that his administration engaged in Nazi-like medical experimentation on CIA detainees, and she scores our colleague Katrina vanden Huvel for “raising the specter of Mengele.” Rodriguez opposes...

By Marc Thiessen  | June 10, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Boys who prey together -- become men

The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria had me moderate a morning plenary Tuesday on how focusing global health efforts on women and girls could yield the best results in the fight against HIV/AIDS. But we weren't...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 10, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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President Bush is no Nazi torturer

Let me be clear: I do not condone torture and have been critical of many of the techniques used by the Bush administration to squeeze information out of terrorism suspects. But I have to take exception to the post...

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 9, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
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Americans want to do something on climate -- just not the right thing

Today’s New York Times carries an op-ed that trumpets supposedly encouraging numbers about what Americans want Congress to do about climate change. Under the triumphant headline, The Climate Majority, Jon A. Krosnick argues that most people still buy climate...

By Stephen Stromberg  | June 9, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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What's Hamid Karzai up to?

Afghan watchers are scratching their heads this week, trying to decipher the meaning of President Hamid Karzai’s decision to sack two of his most pro-American Cabinet members, Interior Minister Hanif Atmar and intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh. The best guess...

By David Ignatius  | June 9, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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CIA doctors engaged in 'human experimentation'?

This week at Religion Dispatches, Sarah Posner reports on the complicity of American doctors in the CIA’s torture program as uncovered in a new report by Physicians for Human Rights. To provide a veil of legitimacy, the Bush administration...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | June 9, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Why aren't I standing in for Helen Thomas?

By Alexandra Petri Walt Whitman High School, I am deeply disappointed by your decision to pick Bob Schieffer as your graduation speaker. I tried so hard to let you know I was available! Upon learning that Helen Thomas’s discomfiting remarks...

By Alexandra Petri  | June 9, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Why Sue Lowden lost Nevada's GOP Senate primary

Much attention has been paid to Sue Lowden’s comments on bartering chickens for health care as a reason for her loss in the Nevada GOP Senate primary yesterday, and no doubt they were harmful. But a simple slip of...

By Marc Thiessen  | June 9, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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What Iran gained from today's U.N. vote to sanction its regime

The Obama administration is claiming a diplomatic triumph today with the U.N. Security Council’s passage of new sanctions against Iran. But the Iranian government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also has some reason for satisfaction. The resolution passed in New York,...

By Jackson Diehl  | June 9, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Where's the anti-incumbent rage in Tuesday's primary results?

Too much and too little will be made of tonight’s election results. There has already been a lot of talk about the fierce anti-incumbent mood in the country. The evidence in Senate races is that Democrat Arlen Specter lost...

By E.J. Dionne  | June 8, 2010; 11:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
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The District loses its effective HIV/AIDS chief

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an epidemic is considered "generalized and severe" when more than 1 percent of a local population is infected. Well, in March 2008, we learned that at least 3 percent...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 8, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Why are we closing a gold-plated Gitmo?

Yesterday’s Post story on the cost of Guantanamo detailed how many U.S. tax dollars had been invested in the naval base. When I traveled to Guantanamo last September, I also saw a lot of money being spent -- mostly...

By Marc Thiessen  | June 8, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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On BP spill, Obama puts his boot somewhere else

Responding to a question about his response to the BP oil spill on Tuesday’s Today show, President Obama insisted that he kicks ass. "I don't sit around talking to experts because this is a college seminar," he said. "We...

By Stephen Stromberg  | June 8, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Rage: Why Obama won't and can't give you what you want

Let me ask you a question. When was the last time you saw your black male colleague, especially if you're in a white-collar profession, show anger or rage in public? My hunch is never. There's a reason for that....

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 8, 2010; 6:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (261)
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Isn't there some room for Helen Thomas?

Columnist Helen Thomas, a trailblazer for women journalists and one of the few in the White House press corps who courageously questioned President Bush and other officials in his administration on war, torture and U.S. policy toward Israel, announced...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | June 7, 2010; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (257)
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Contending with Paul Krugman

I’ve been stewing about this paragraph from Paul Krugman’s recent column titled “We’re Not Greece”: So here’s the reality: America’s fiscal outlook over the next few years isn’t bad. We do have a serious long-run budget problem, which will...

By Charles Lane  | June 7, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Americans not interested in the World Cup? Who cares!

By Joel Dreyfuss When the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament opens this weekend, I won't bother to read the usual stories about how the whole world is excited -- except the U.S. I promise I will not read yet another...

By Joel Dreyfuss  | June 7, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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We made too many excuses for Helen Thomas

As someone who has benefited from the trails blazed by Helen Thomas, I am told I should cut her some slack regarding her ignorant remarks about Jews. After all, her successful career -- overcoming now unimaginable sexism -- helped...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | June 7, 2010; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
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Rep. Charlie Rangel's run for redemption

It's official! Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) is running for a 21st term -- and redemption. He kicked off his reelection campaign yesterday in upper Manhattan. More than a few of his Democratic Party colleagues have dropped reelection bids at...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Best friends of the gays: Catholics and men

Charles Blow over at the New York Times reminded me of something I totally forgot to write about last week. In his Saturday column, "Whatever, Dude," Blow writes about the new Gallup poll on American attitudes on homosexuality. They...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 7, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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