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PostPartisan: June 27, 2010 - July 3, 2010

We must stop procrastinating on federal debt

Stop procrastinating. That is always good advice, and always hard to heed. But in some situations procrastination is more damaging than others. One of those involves getting the country's fiscal health in order. The latest advice to stop procrastinating...

By Ruth Marcus  | July 2, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Take a hike, Chairman Mike

It's been fun, but now you're done. (Or should be.) It was revealed this morning that the disastrously quotable Michael Steel -- still chairman of the Republican National Committee as of this writing, but I'm checking my watch --...

By Eugene Robinson  | July 2, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Surprise, surprise: Tea Partyers are Republicans

For some months now, I have been battling against the idea that the Tea Party movement is some brand-new thing in American politics, an independent movement akin to the rebellion led by Ross Perot in the 1990s. Tea Party...

By E.J. Dionne  | July 2, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (182)
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Michael Steele blows up Afghanistan

Just in time for the Fourth of July -- a time we celebrate America, freedom and our troops who defend both at home and abroad -- Michael Steele once again sticks his foot in his mouth (and down his...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 2, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Celebrate, America! Political quiz time

Listen, folks, I know you're not paying attention to anything until maybe about 9:00 a.m. on July 6. So before you completely check out, take a look at this expanded "Political quiz: celebrate america edition" to test whether you're...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 2, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sen. Lindsey Graham comes out -- as a maverick

You might recall last December my whining about Republican leaders such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who say all the right, bipartisan things in elite settings but don’t dare say those things in a wider forum. Well, I’m happy...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 2, 2010; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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What Obama didn't -- and couldn't -- say on immigration

By Edward Schumacher- Matos President Obama said all the right things in his speech on reforming immigration today -- except one: that he was going to do anything. He didn’t announce a new comprehensive reform bill. He didn’t pledge action...

By Edward Schumacher-Matos  | July 1, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Giving Poland its due

The writer Alan Furst was on the Charlie Rose show the other night, and Rose kept asking him why none his novels have been made into movies. I was distracted at the time, so it’s possible I missed Furst’s...

By Richard Cohen  | July 1, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Sen. Byrd, the Senate and the 'national interest'

My wish for today is that every member of the U.S. Senate read David Broder’s column about the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.). Perhaps it will remind them of what their role as members of the upper chamber...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 1, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Elena Kagan belongs on Team Jacob, not Team Edward

By Alexandra Petri This is the one question that divides Americans of all races, creeds, ages, and genders. And it is an issue on which -- once again -- Elena Kagan has refused to comment. Team Edward or Team Jacob?...

By Alexandra Petri  | June 30, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Does it matter that Elena Kagan is a woman?

I know I'm going to offend some people -- mostly women -- with what I'm about to say. But here goes: Did Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, really need to spend a significant chunk of her time this...

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 30, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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North Miami mayor invites Haitian immigrants

By Lee Hockstader I recently had a conversation with the mayor of North Miami, Andre Pierre, who has the distinction of having invited thousands of generally low-skilled immigrants with an imperfect command of English to come settle in his city....

By Lee Hockstader  | June 30, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Elena Kagan: the great comedienne

Without question, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s “Christmas” retort to Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) will be the most memorable moment of her confirmation hearings. Graham asked, “Christmas Day bomber. Where were you at on Christmas Day?” Kagan, whose day...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 30, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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How Afghans see Obama's withdrawal deadline

In The Post this week, I argue that Obama’s July, 2011 withdrawal deadline in Afghanistan is undermining our counterinsurgency strategy, because Afghans will not risk joining us in the fight if they think America will soon be leaving them...

By Marc Thiessen  | June 30, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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What Kagan should have said

There is something refreshing about Tom Coburn, the very conservative senator from Oklahoma who is one of the few in the chamber who is not a lawyer. In listening to Coburn question Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, I was...

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 29, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Why not replace Elena Kagan with Paul the octopus?

Turns out that an English-born, Germany-residing octopus named Paul has correctly predicted the outcome of every match the German World Cup team has played in this year's tournament. My first question is: Does Paul have a travel tank that...

By Stephen Stromberg  | June 29, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Kagan on presidential power and the war on terrorism

If there was any question about Elena Kagan's conservative leanings on matters of national security, that doubt was put to rest in an exchange with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). During her half-hour question-and-answer period with the South Carolina Republican,...

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 29, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Kagan: She's no Barak

The exchange between Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) was perhaps the most enlightening thus far about her approach to judging. Grassley raised questions about Kagan's 1983 thesis at Oxford University in which she examined...

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 29, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Snapshots from the morning session of the Kagan hearings

We've just resumed the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan. Here are a few thoughts on the morning session. -Kagan did well under sometimes intense questioning. Particularly intense was her exchange with Sen. Jeff Session (R-Ala.), who was...

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 29, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The Judiciary Committee's weird obsession with Citizens United

Why the obsession with the Citizens United campaign finance case? Almost every senator from both sides of the aisle has invoked the case: Democrats to bemoan the "conservative activism" of the Roberts court and its alleged bias toward corporate...

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 29, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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MC Kagan in the house: The Elena Kagan confirmation rap

By Alexandra Petri In light of Solicitor General Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings so far, the old saying could be updated. "Behind every successful woman," it might go, "is a person trying not to fall asleep." I think it's time to...

By Alexandra Petri  | June 29, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Sessions slugsfest over military recruitment at Harvard

I haven't seen an exchange as intense as the one between Elena Kagan and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) since the Thomas confirmation hearings. The senator punched hard, very hard on Kagan's handling of military recruitment in the mid-2000's when...

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 29, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Kagan is right on "don't ask don't tell"

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan endured a rather persnickety line of questioning from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R- Ala.) on the ban on military recruiting at Harvard when she was the dean of the law school. In a pointed challenge,...

By Jonathan capehart  | June 29, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Disappointed in DC Mayor Adrian Fenty

The people who lined up to attend tonight’s one-on-one debate between D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and his rival, Council chairman Vincent C. Gray, have every reason to be disappointed with Fenty’s last minute decision to back out. Unlike other...

By Colbert King;  | June 28, 2010; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Kagan hearings: what you need to know about the first day

This is what we learned from the first day of the Kagan confirmation hearings: 1. Elena Kagan has an amazing ability to sit stone-faced for a long period of time. 2. Democrats apparently really, really like her, as evidenced...

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 28, 2010; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Retiring Chief Justice Roberts's umpire analogy

Between some astonishingly awful refereeing at the World Cup and MLB umpire Jim Joyce’s infamous, perfect game-robbing miscall last month, it’s been a rough summer for the world’s arbiters of sport. So as Supreme Court nomineeElena Kagan prepares for...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | June 28, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Kagan speaks: open thread

After three hours of Democratic fawning and Republican attacks, it's Elena Kagan's turn to speak. You can see my open thread on senators' opening statements here. Live analysis of Kagan's is below. 4:06 p.m. After three hours it's over,...

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 28, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Supreme Court gun decision moves us toward anarchy

Perhaps Chief Justice Roberts and other enthusiasts for our newly created universal right to bear arms should take a trip to Beirut or Baghdad and see how this idea works out in practice. My biggest worry with Monday's Supreme...

By David Ignatius  | June 28, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
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Kagan hearings open thread: opening statements

We won't see any explosive question-and-answer sessions today, but we will see senators and the nominee establishing the themes that will mark the next few days of hearings. I'll update this post as Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy...

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 28, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Kagan was right on social promotion

Yesterday's curtain-raiser on the Supreme Court nomination hearings that start today for Elena Kagan held an interesting nugget. When she was deputy director for domestic policy under President Clinton, Kagan favored a policy that would prohibit social promotion in...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 28, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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How Elena Kagan could get through her confirmation hearings

It's well-understood by now that Supreme Court nominees assume personas calculated to ease them through the confirmation process. Take, for instance, John "Show Me The Strike Zone" Roberts. Or Sonia "Did I Say I Was Wise?” Sotomayor. Elena Kagan...

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 28, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sen. Robert Byrd and the Iraq war

Sen. Robert Byrd’s political career was so long and involved such an enormous evolution in his views – notably on civil rights – that those who write about him in the coming days will be able to paint his...

By E.J. Dionne  | June 28, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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The passing of Sen. Byrd and the filling of his seat

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.), the longest-serving senator in the history of the United States, has died. For more than 50 years he represented the people of the Mountain State. And he did so with gusto, bringing billions of federal...

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 28, 2010; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Why Dems should hate, and the GOP should love, Elena Kagan

Imagine the outrage from the left if a Republican president nominated someone to the Supreme Court who: argued that the ruling that gave Guantanamo detainees the right to challenge their incarceration in federal court should not apply to those...

By Eva Rodriguez  | June 27, 2010; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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