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PostPartisan: July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010

Are Democrats chuckling about Michele Bachmann's Tea Party?

I don’t think Rep. Michele Bachmann, the very right-wing Republican from Minnesota, is doing her party any favors by creating a Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives. In fact, I imagine that this is the first thing...

By E.J. Dionne  | July 16, 2010; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
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Sen. Carte Goodwin (D-Caretaker-W.Va.)

By selecting former aide Carte Goodwin to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D), West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) guaranteed three things. Mind you, these are not in order of importance. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is no longer...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 16, 2010; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Earthquakes in D.C.? We need an apocalypse plan.

By Alexandra Petri People are always saying that we live in the end times. When the earthquake awakened me this morning -- well, not the earthquake so much as the vibration of my cell phone alarm clock, which was pretty...

By Alexandra Petri  | July 16, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Friday political opinions quiz

If it’s Friday, it’s time for the quiz. Five questions. Five chances to prove that your knowledge of political opinion and who said what is superior to that of the colleague or family member you’re always arguing with. This...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 16, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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SEC settlement is a major victory -- for Goldman Sachs

The SEC’s $550 million settlement with Goldman Sachs is naturally being touted by the feds as a major victory, “the largest penalty ever assessed against a financial services firm in the history of the SEC.” Maybe. But there’s another...

By Matt Miller  | July 15, 2010; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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George Steinbrenner and estate tax insanity

George Steinbrenner's well-timed death -- though I suspect he may not have seen it that way -- points up the insanity of the current estate tax situation. As The Post and Katrina vanden Heuvel have noted, the billionaire Yankees...

By Ruth Marcus  | July 15, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
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BP: drenched in oil and blood

They told us he had days or weeks to live. That he was being released on humanitarian grounds. But nearly a year later, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi is alive and well in Tripoli, Libya. The same cannot be said for...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 15, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Death and taxes -- and baseball

Wittingly or not, Big Stein was definitely “onto something.” As The Post notes, because the Senate failed to renew the federal estate tax last fall, the heirs of any rich person who dies in 2010 can hold onto every...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | July 15, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Obama's HIV/AIDS strategy: sound, but not sufficient

Earlier this week, President Obama announced a comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy. It is needed. America’s domestic AIDS problem has dropped from the headlines since the early days of fear and controversy -- both of which were calmed by a...

By Michael Gerson  | July 15, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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NAACP is right to call out racists within Tea Party movement

Since February, I have been sounding the alarm against the radical voices that have attached themselves to the Tea Party movement. That is, the racists and the birthers and the Tenth Amendment-types who show up at Tea Party rallies...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 15, 2010; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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The guile of Sen. Jon Kyl

The day can't end without comment on this doozy. Millions of Americans are out of work and could use an extension of unemployment benefits -- if only congressional Republicans would stop insisting that said extension be paid for by...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 14, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Bristol Palin-Levi Johnston engagement -- reality? Or reality television?

By Alexandra Petri When you fail at reality television, try marriage. That's my takeaway from the Bristol Palin-Levi Johnston engagement. I try hard not to be cynical about the activities of those in the public eye. For instance, I'm one...

By Alexandra Petri  | July 14, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston -- isn't it romantic?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. And I don’t care if you make fun of me for it. My favorite section of the New York Times is the Sunday Styles Section. Not because I get...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 14, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Is the U.S. playing a big enough role in Iraq?

One big reason Iraq has not managed to form a new government more than four months after its parliamentary election, says Foreign Minister Hosham Zebari, is heavy and conflicting interventions by its neighbors. “Every country is a player on...

By Jackson Diehl  | July 14, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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In defense of my 'boy' Dylan Ratigan

There’s a lot of race stuff in the news today. You have the NAACP condemning racist elements in the Tea Party. (I’ll write about that in a bit.) Separately, in the wake of the Uganda bombings, President Obama told...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 14, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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A national battle plan against HIV/AIDS

Familiar. That’s what strikes me about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States released yesterday. This is not a criticism. The 60-page document is neither unimaginative nor reinventing the wheel. It rightly brings the federal government in line...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 14, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The trouble with defectors

Shahram Amiri, the Iranian nuclear scientist with a changeable heart, illustrates a truth about the spy business: Defectors are all too human. They may come in from the cold bringing valuable intelligence, as Amiri did more than a year...

By David Ignatius  | July 13, 2010; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Thank you, Switzerland, for freeing Polanski

The Swiss got it right. Their refusal to extradite film director Roman Polanski to the United States on a 33-year-old sex charge is the proper dénouement for this mess of a case. There is no doubt that Polanski did...

By Richard Cohen  | July 13, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
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Democrats' bumpy ride to November

We all know the conventional wisdom and historical trend. The party of a first-term president almost always loses seats in Congress during the mid-term elections. So, there’s no reason to believe that this November’s ballot will be any different....

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 13, 2010; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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What's in a name? For the NSA's 'Perfect Citizen,' quite a bit.

By Alexandra Petri Really, NSA, really? What names did you reject before picking "Perfect Citizen" for your newly contracted cyber-surveillance program, a name -- as numerous commentators have already pointed out -- that seems to imply everything nefarious about government...

By Alexandra Petri  | July 12, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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LeBron James isn't Kunta Kinte

Kunta Kinte became a household name in 1977 thanks to the mini-series “Roots.” That epic tale about the family of author Alex Haley, from their capture in Africa in the 1700s through their emancipation, took America through those ugly...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 12, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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An advance for same-sex marriage

Judging by the reaction to my post raising a caution flag about the impending court decision in the Prop 8 case, I was a rather unwelcome skunk at the gay garden party. But the ruling out of Massachusetts that...

By Jonathan Capehart  | July 12, 2010; 6:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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