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PostPartisan: July 4, 2010 - July 10, 2010

LeBron James and the American way

Why is everybody hating on LeBron James? I mean, is this a free country? Or did a couple of important amendments to the Constitution get repealed while nobody was looking? I understand, of course, why the good people of...

By Eugene Robinson  | July 9, 2010; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
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Judge Tauro's questionable past

Judge Joseph Tauro’s opinions striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act may or may not be good constitutional law. I’ll leave that complex matter to others. But as works of history, they are puzzlingly incomplete. In ruling DOMA...

By Charles Lane  | July 9, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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The 'Mama Grizzlies' video and Palin platitudes

I just got a chance to look at the latest Sarah Palin video, “Mama Grizzlies,” and I have to say it is vintage Palin: relentlessly, insultingly unsubstantial. It is one minute and 48 seconds of recycled Palin platitudes. "This...

By Ruth Marcus  | July 9, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Right call in filling West Virginia seat

While I was worrying about Gov. Linda Lingle’s stupefying veto of civil unions in Hawaii and this week's political opinions quiz, democracy broke out in West Virginia. State Attorney General Darrell McGraw (D) issued an advisory opinion that said...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 9, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Friday political opinions quiz

Beat the heat (if you’re on the East Coast) with this week’s political opinions quiz, featuring questions about President Obama, gun rights and gay marriage. We're also looking for reader contributions to future opinions quizzes. Shoot me a question...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 9, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Override Hawaii Gov. Lingle's veto of civil unions

In agreeing with Van Jones and his “We’re a little spoiled” critique of progressives who aren’t willing to take incremental gains, I acknowledged that “it’s difficult to tell those pushing for equality to wait until conditions are more favorable...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 8, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Obama's cynical recess appointment of Donald Berwick

[Updated below on July 9 at 5:50 p.m.] As a matter of policy, President Obama's nomination of Donald Berwick to oversee Medicare and Medicaid was inspired: Berwick, co-founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is the country's leading evangelist...

By Ruth Marcus  | July 8, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (232)
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Wall Street not giving to Dems: good riddance

Wall Street donations to the two Democratic congressional campaign committees are down 65 percent from two years ago, The Post reports. Party insiders say “the overwhelming factor is the rising anger among financial executives who think they have not...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | July 8, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Millennials are dreaming a new American Dream

By Alexandra Petri I’m a millennial. So I was startled to read in Tuesday’s New York Times that this means the American Dream is slipping out of my reach. But perhaps my response is typical of millennials: Who wanted that?...

By Alexandra Petri  | July 8, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Van Jones is right. 'We're a little spoiled'

For a variety of reasons, no one would confuse former White House green jobs adviser Van Jones for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. When her selection was announced, there was story after story about how her personal views weren’t...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 8, 2010; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Blessed are the armed?

Sometimes, actual news stories are so absurd that they read like brilliant inventions by the Onion. Here’s the first sentence of a story that went up on Politico a little while ago: “Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed...

By E.J. Dionne  | July 7, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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NASA: Mission to Mecca?

The latest flap in the blogosphere is about NASA administrator Charles Bolden Jr.’s observation, in an interview with Al Jazeera, that President Obama wants his agency to conduct more outreach with what Bolden called “dominantly Muslim nations.” “He wanted...

By  | July 7, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
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What else does Obama want to do this year?

I’ve been hearing a lot of frustration from staffers on the Hill lately about how little time is left in the 111th Congress relative to how much legislating Democratic leaders want to pack in: Financial reform still isn’t quite...

By Stephen Stromberg  | July 7, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Why is America Googling Lindsay Lohan's fingernail?

By Alexandra Petri During her court hearings yesterday, Lindsay Lohan sported some sort of writing on her finger that directed an aggressive transitive verb at the viewer. Now all heck has broken loose. I doubt Lohan is alone in writing...

By Alexandra Petri  | July 7, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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David Obey's bankrupt idea to bail out teachers

I’ve argued previously that spending $23 billion in federal money to prevent teacher layoffs is a bad idea, in part because it enables state and local governments to put off structural reforms -- pedagogical, administrative and financial. Now comes...

By Charles Lane  | July 7, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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At the White House, Netanyahu makes his case

Binyamin Netanyahu doesn’t have any illusions about Barack Obama’s regard for him, despite their friendly meeting at the White House on Tuesday. But Netanyahu does apparently believe that if he presents this most cerebral of U.S. presidents with a...

By Jackson Diehl  | July 7, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Obama's terrorist lawyer wants illegals to control Arizona?

These are the sorts of irrational scare tactics that give blogging a bad name. Conservative blogger Doug Ross is getting attention this morning for pointing out that Tony West, the assistant attorney general listed on the federal suit challenging...

By Stephen Stromberg  | July 7, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Amid Biden visit, Iraq inches closer to forming a government

The formation of a new Iraqi government is proving as complicated as solving a Rubik’s cube, but at least Vice President Biden has a better sense now of how all the pieces might fit together. Biden spent the July...

By David Ignatius  | July 6, 2010; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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GOP arrogance, hypocrisy on energy policy

Ohio Republican Senate candidate Rob Portman previews one of the GOP’s primary lines of attack this midterm election year in a new ad. He blasts the Democrats’ cap-and-trade “energy tax,” saying that the scheme will charge Americans for turning...

By Stephen Stromberg  | July 6, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Could impending Prop 8 decision doom same-sex marriage?

Supporters of same-sex marriage are understandably giddy with excitement over the impending decision from U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker. There’s pretty much universal agreement that the liberal-conservative tag team of David Boies and Ted Olson made an excellent and...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 5, 2010; 10:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
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Enviros push Obama on climate bill

The Democratic Senate is in the process of failing to pass a palatable energy bill. So where do environmentalists turn? To Mr. Hope himself, of course. On Friday, a group of prominent environmental advocates sent a letter to the...

By  | July 5, 2010; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Time for another Independence Day-- from Britain

By Alexandra Petri As we consider our nation's founding this year, it's time for a return to basics. We must embrace the principle on which our country was founded -- a principle that Sam Adams and George Washington alike held...

By Alexandra Petri  | July 5, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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