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PostPartisan: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

Terror babies? Really?

Everyone has been talking a lot about terror babies. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) appeared on Anderson Cooper and shouted about them for several minutes, which means that they are clearly a rising topic of national concern. The FBI has...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 13, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Should we get rid of air conditioning?

This is the first summer in which I have enjoyed central air conditioning in my home. I’m more productive. I exercise more often. My chi is more, um, chi-like. Until last night, when my power went out after a...

By Stephen Stromberg  | August 13, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Friday's p-Op Quiz: "Mad as hell" edition

All right, I admit it. Last week’s puzzle was more fun to write than it was difficult to complete. So I hope this one at least leaves you with sweaty palms. There’s an all-star cast this week. Charlie Rangel....

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 13, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The 'principled left' Obama needs

When Barack Obama embarked on what most political insiders saw as an audacious campaign for the presidency, the question was whether a newly-elected senator from Illinois could entice Democrats to consider a contender other than a former first lady...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | August 13, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Time for Obama to shut down WikiLeaks' Assange

Yesterday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange announced in London that he is preparing to release the remaining 15,000 classified documents he possesses, in defiance of the Pentagon’s demands that he return and delete all copies of the classified materials he...

By Marc Thiessen  | August 13, 2010; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Is Congress subsidizing slackers?

Congress has acted, after a cruel delay, to renew the extension of unemployment benefits. Those who are unemployed through no fault of their own will be eligible to collect benefits for as long as 99 weeks. This is an...

By Ruth Marcus  | August 12, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Shocking bird watching at Charlie Rangel's party

David N. Dinkins, the 106th mayor of New York City, is the consummate gentleman. Always courteous and impeccably dressed, he is grace personified. That’s why I was shocked -- and I mean SHOCKED -- to read this lead in...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 12, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Why doesn't Abbas want peace talks?

Give Mahmoud Abbas credit, at least, for consistency. Eighteen months ago, when the then-new Obama administration tried to jump start Middle East peace negotiations, the Palestinian president balked. He said he would not agree even to meet the newly-elected...

By Jackson Diehl  | August 12, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Ben Quayle owes someone an apology

Speaking on behalf of William Henry Harrison, I am deeply, deeply offended by Ben Quayle’s ad that called Barack Obama the Worst. President. In. History. Doesn’t he know how hard other people worked to earn that title?...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 11, 2010; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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How not to celebrate Ted Stevens

I have to admit to being a little uncomfortable reading some of the glowing praise with which official Washington is showering former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). Nearly every press release has a line such as this one from President...

By Stephen Stromberg  | August 11, 2010; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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In defense of Maxine Waters, Part 2

After reading through the documents issued first by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and the Statement of Alleged Violation from the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has a stronger case to make...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 11, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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In defense of Maxine Waters, Part 1

For 30 minutes yesterday, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) slammed his critics, hectored his fellow Democrats, warned them about the ethics process and called out President Obama for his expressed desire to see the Harlem congressman end his career...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 11, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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What anti-Obamacare lawsuits are really about

With a firm renunciation of reason sitting in your corner, it makes perfect sense to argue, as Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli does, that his state’s anti-Obamacare lawsuit is “more about liberty than it is about health care.” It...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | August 11, 2010; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Robert Gibbs was right to criticize the 'professional left'

I'm with Gibbs. At times I've found White House press secretary Robert Gibbs to be unnecessarily irascible, and maybe his lashing out at the constant grumbling of the "professional left" wasn't the best tactic. You want the base worked...

By Ruth Marcus  | August 10, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (183)
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Sen. Stevens, the tubes salute you

By Alexandra Petri June 28, 2006 was the day it all changed. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska uttered the following words about the Internet: Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 10, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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I repeat: Rep. Rangel, get out of the race

After watching Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) take to the floor of the House today to demand the ethics committee give him a hearing, among other things, I’d like to repeat a demand of my own from last week:...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 10, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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An apology to JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater

By Alexandra Petri On behalf of plane passengers everywhere, I want to apologize to Steven Slater. I’ve been flying my entire life -- and boy are my arms tired! -- and I am that passenger. For years, I was the...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 10, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Mayor Levi Johnston? Thanks, John McCain

Two years ago this month, Sen. John McCain unleashed, er, introduced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to the American people as his choice to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. We met her snow machine-enthusiast husband Todd. We met...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 10, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Slow clap for JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater

Steven Slater is the man! The JetBlue flight attendant was pushed over the edge when a passenger started going for her luggage in the overhead bin the moment the flight’s wheels skittered on the tarmac at JFK. He warned...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 10, 2010; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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