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Get over your fear of advanced airport scanners

The debate over the images created by the new security scanners making their way to the nation's airports is heating up again. The Department of Homeland Security has consistently said that the pictures of passengers created by the machines...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 6, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Unfair attacks on Michelle Obama's Spanish vacation

Let's stipulate: A five-star resort on the Spanish Costa del Sol was probably not the first choice of White House spin-meisters for a mother-daughter getaway. Especially when the getaway included a posse of 40 friends of the first lady...

By Ruth Marcus  | August 6, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (245)
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Friday political opinions quiz: 'Run and tell THAT' edition

I don’t know about you, but I thought this week totally rocked! And this week’s political opinion quiz reflects it. Well, I hope it does. Errybody’s on it. Antoine Dodson, Sens. Carte Goodwin (D-W.V.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Oprah...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 6, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The biggest day of her life: Elena Kagan, Chelsea, and Prop 8

By Alexandra Petri It’s that day every little girl dreams of. It will mark the beginning of a new life as part of something bigger than herself. Centuries of tradition have determined what she’ll wear, what she’ll say. Some have...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 5, 2010; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Elena Kagan, justice of the Supreme Court

Elena Kagan, the former solicitor general of the United States, is now the 112th Justice of the Supreme Court. The eminently qualified former Harvard Law School dean who has never donned the judge’s robe will replace liberal jurist John...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 5, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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A final warning to WikiLeaks?

The Hill is reporting that the Pentagon has demanded WikiLeaks immediately hand over all the classified documents it illegally possesses, including those it has not yet published, and that the website delete those records from its computers. Pentagon spokesman...

By Marc Thiessen  | August 5, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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The Prop 8 decision: look at the evidence

In a court of law, evidence is presented by the plaintiffs and the defense. A judge or jury considers the evidence. A verdict or decision is rendered. In the case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the plaintiffs went before Judge...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 5, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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U.S. terrorism arrests an ominous sign

Last week, I reported here on the growing threat to the American homeland from al-Qaeda’s new East African affiliate, al-Shabab. Al-Shabab has been recruiting Americans, and one of its top leaders, Omar Hammami, is an American citizen who grew...

By Marc Thiessen  | August 5, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Tea Party exposes diabolical U.N. plot

Some commenters scratched their heads after reading my last post, in which I implicitly criticized “U.N.-phobes.” What’s wrong, they wondered, with skepticism about the United Nations’ semi-corrupt bureaucracy and morally-suspect structure? The answer is: nothing, as long as such...

By Stephen Stromberg  | August 5, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Charlie Rangel is no crook

Charlie Rangel is no crook. He’s right to insist on the opportunity to clear his name, because the charges against him range from the technical all the way to the trivial. All right, there’s one exception: On his federal...

By Eugene Robinson  | August 4, 2010; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (383)
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Ten birthday gift suggestions for President Obama

By Alexandra Petri Happy Birthday, Mr. President! Today, you are 49 years old. This is the same age as the landmark Mapp v. Ohio court case. I bet it spent today by itself, too. For anyone who is at a...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 4, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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From a drunk-driving tragedy, lessons in forgiveness

Imagine what it took for the parents of the young man charged in the drunken-driving accident that killed Sister Denise Mosier on Sunday to go to the monastery where the nun lived to offer their personal apologies. Imagine what...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | August 4, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Sorry, Time, Assange is a criminal, not a journalist

Over at Time Magazine, Michael Scherer takes issue with my column charging that WikiLeaks is a criminal enterprise and that its founder, Julian Assange, should be indicted for violations of the Espionage Act. Scherer writes: To be clear, Assange’s...

By Marc Thiessen  | August 4, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Bristol Palin: Who's sorry now

Okay, I have just one thing to say about the Bristol-Levi break-up: apology retracted....

By Ruth Marcus  | August 4, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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'I got played' by Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston

I so wanted to believe in the rekindled romance between Bristol Palin and baby daddy Levi Johnston. When they announced they were (re)engaged last month, I wore my heart on my sleeve and swooned over their reunion. Now comes...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 4, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin and predictable news

By Alexandra Petri Forget the news cycle. This is the old news cycle. Sharks are terrorizing swimmers, just in time for the Discovery Channel's Shark Week. NFL sources say that Brett Favre is retiring. (Based on his performance in the...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 3, 2010; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Lula: Stonewalled by Iran

The best friend of tyrants in the democratic world -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva -- has once again been humiliated by one of his clients. That would be Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the sponsor of terrorism and...

By Jackson Diehl  | August 3, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Earmarks help, Palin doesn't

Over and over, politicians in Washington have condemned “earmarks,” language stuck into bills designed to provide money for special projects supported by individual members of Congress. Yet politicians keep fighting for those earmarks -- and there are some members...

By E.J. Dionne  | August 3, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (214)
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Antoine Dodson is for real, y'all

The subject line of the e-mail read, “Criminals beware.” Because it was coming from my friend Chad, I just knew it would be hilariously off-kilter. But, man, I wasn’t prepared for what I saw when I clicked the YouTube...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 3, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Reviewing the Princeton Review college rankings

By Alexandra Petri The Princeton Review just came out with its list of college rankings. Now I know where to go when I go back to college, a prospect that convinced me to work so hard to invent this time...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 2, 2010; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Russians show U.S. conspiracy theorists a thing or two

In case you were worried, the past few weeks in Russia have proven that American exceptionalism doesn’t mean that Americans are exceptionally illogical. First, there was the episode last month in which the operators of a failing adventure sports...

By Stephen Stromberg  | August 2, 2010; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Ethics probe race angle is ridiculous

There’s a troubling storyline to the ethical travails faced by Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). Both The Post and Politico ran stories Monday that highlight concern that African American lawmakers are facing added scrutiny....

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 2, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Mama Grizzly anatomy lesson

Do Mama Grizzlies have cojones? It was rather startling to hear Sarah Palin, Mama Grizzly in chief, accusing President Obama of lacking that uniquely male accoutrements. "Jan Brewer has the cojones that our president does not have" to tack...

By Ruth Marcus  | August 2, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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No, I'm not suggesting drone strikes on WikiLeaks

My colleague Eva Rodriguez notes that I state in my column today that because WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a non-U.S. person operating outside the United States, the government “can employ not only law enforcement, but also intelligence and...

By Marc Thiessen  | August 2, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Drone strike for the WikiLeaks founder?

Did my colleague, Marc Thiessen, just call for a drone strike in Iceland? Thiessen is obviously incensed by WikiLeaks's dissemination of tens of thousands of pages of government documents relating to the Afghan war. And he wants WikiLeaks founder,...

By Eva Rodriguez  | August 2, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Did the Bush tax cuts reduce revenue? Of course.

The Heritage Foundation's Brian Riedl accuses me of committing economic malpractice and cherry-picking data on a column that argued against permanently extending the Bush tax cuts. Okay, I’ll engage on that. First, he says I picked “highly misleading” years...

By Ruth Marcus  | August 2, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The political gospel according to Rep. Paul Ryan

Y’all know I have a soft spot for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). Today’s Post profile of the Wisconsin Republican shows why. The budget hawk of the GOP has the cojones (thanks, Sarah Palin) to actually propose real ideas to...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 2, 2010; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Get out of the race, Rep. Rangel

It turns out that Rep. Gene Green (D-Tex.) and the ethics subcommittee he led for nearly two years looking into misconduct allegations against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) don’t have the authority to recommend sanctions against the Harlem congressman. "I...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 1, 2010; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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The allure of Chelsea Clinton's wedding

I didn’t think I cared about Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. In the run-up to the big day, I scoffed at the media hype about the "wedding of the century" and America's "royal wedding." Then, there she was – staring at...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | August 1, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Sarah Palin's sleight of palm

No matter how many times Sarah Palin writes it on her palm, it's not true. Democrats do not want to enact a $3.8 trillion tax increase, the biggest in U.S. history. Let's leave aside the point that it was...

By Ruth Marcus  | August 1, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (187)
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