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PostPartisan: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

Blaming Bush just doesn't work like it used to

Everyone’s beating up on the Democrats because they are blaming President Bush for America’s problems this election year. The latest example is an ad from the Democratic National Committee, which uses a clip of the former president to warn...

By Stephen Stromberg  | August 20, 2010; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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Dr. Laura's N-Word rant -- the one thing you can't say

Maybe we, as a society, are being too hard on people. Somehow, we want people to be great actors, great comedians and perfectly alright syndicated advice-givers and also not go on to give sudden, epithet-filled diatribes. Could we be...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 20, 2010; 7:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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'Provocative' -- and wrong -- argument against the 'mosque'

Park51, the Muslim community center mistakenly known as the Ground Zero “mosque,” has people losing their minds. Everyone says they support a bedrock principle of this mighty nation -- freedom of religion. But because 19 fanatics killed in the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 20, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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What it took to get Israelis and Palestinians to agree to talks

The Israeli-Palestinian direct peace talks planned to open next month in Washington have been framed, of necessity, with ambiguity about what guidelines, if any, will shape the negotiating process. The Palestinian side agreed Friday to come to the talks...

By David Ignatius  | August 20, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Friday's p-Op quiz: "Heaven help us" Edition

As that great philosopher Rodney King once said, “Can’t we all just get along?” The answer this past week was an emphatic "no." You’ll see it in the quiz. Dr. Laura Schlessinger dropped the N-bomb as if she were...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 20, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The smarts and strength of Antoine Dodson

Someone sent me a Tweet asking a good question: Have Huntsville, Ala., authorities found “the idiot in the projects” who climbed through a window and into bed with Antoine Dodson’s sister and tried to rape her? I didn't know...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 19, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Why I hate the stimulus -- just a little

No, it’s not because I think Congress should have rejected it. It’s that its passage led to a lot of distorted, ideological hyperventilaton. Take, for example, this misleading dispatch from the Senate Republican Conference today: So, About Those ‘Stimulus’...

By Stephen Stromberg  | August 19, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Ted Olson's conservative argument for gay marriage

Yesterday in "The Grand Old Party of distractions", I mentioned how Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision last week declaring California's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional had rendered conservatives mute because of the limp defense put on by Proposition 8 proponents....

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 19, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
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Giuliani speaks on 'mosque.' Now, where's George W. Bush?

How does that Bible saying go, “Ask and ye shall receive”? Well, on Tuesday with regard to the “mosque” debate, I asked, “[W]here is Rudy Giuliani?” I guess he heard me, because there was the former New York City...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 19, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Repeal the 19th Amendment!

Forget repealing the Fourteenth Amendment. Let’s repeal the Nineteenth! Before the Nineteenth Amendment passed, we lived in an idyllic world of hoop skirts and corsets. Vote? We were too concerned that we might faint if left outdoors for any...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 18, 2010; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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In defense of Dr. Laura

It’s a word so grotesque, so hurtful that I can’t bring myself to type it, let alone say it out loud. Yet controversial radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger used the N-word 11 times in a recent exchange with a...

By Eva Rodriguez  | August 18, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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Chi-Blago! Rod Blagojevich and the art of Razzle Dazzle

“You're a phony celebrity, and in two weeks no one's going to give a [crap] about you... that's Chicago.” No, it’s not a quote from the Blago trial. It’s from that other memorable show set in Chicago: the musical...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 18, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Grand Old Party of distractions

The economy is in a deep funk. Private-sector job creation is anemic. The jobless rate is stuck in the mid-9 percent range. As a result, the American people are mad as hell because their unemployment benefits are running out,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 18, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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The bigger Ground Zero issue

My post this morning wondering “where is Rudy Giuliani?” in this whole "mosque" debate set off quite the conversation on my Facebook page. Some were happy the former mayor has been pretty much absent. One asked why Park51 was...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 17, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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More lame duck killers

In my latest column I interview Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who is running in a special election for President Obama’s senate seat and pledges that if he is seated as the 42nd Republican senator in November he will oppose...

By Marc Thiessen  | August 17, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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'Mosque' debate: where's Rudy Giuliani?

While discussing the mosque that is not a mosque planned for Lower Manhattan last night at dinner, it hit me: where is Rudy Giuliani? We have heard repeatedly from a chorus of callous Republicans who think nothing of using...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 17, 2010; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Stop being so mean to the 'Ground Zero mosque'

Dear Mosque: It sounds as though you are having some difficulty being located somewhere near Ground Zero. Want to locate at my house instead? Harry Reid said "the mosque should be built someplace else." This is definitely someplace else....

By Alexandra Petri  | August 16, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Can the Prop 8 ruling even be appealed?

There was drama in California on Friday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit sent word that the plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 case had until 11 p.m. that night to file papers explaining why a stay...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 15, 2010; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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