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PostPartisan: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

Tips for dreamers at the Lincoln Memorial rallies

With a few additions and subtractions of a small sort, this Glenn Beck rally on the Mall vs. Al Sharpton rally on the Mall vs. Memory of Dr. King rally on the Mall episode essentially has the same plot...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 27, 2010; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Mehlman's announcement was no big deal -- and that's a big deal

The reaction to former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman’s announcement that he is gay has been resoundingly muted. Most Republicans and conservatives seem neither surprised nor scandalized. The few criticisms that have emerged seem half-hearted and strained. Tony Perkins of...

By Michael Gerson  | August 27, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Friday's p-Op quiz: "We are family" Edition

For those of you frustrated that you can’t get higher than 80 percent on the danged quiz, today is your lucky day. Something tells me that you are so going to ace today’s mash-up involving Glenn Beck, President Obama,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 27, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Glenn Beck rally: is the cult of personality our political future?

Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally on the national mall -- a big gathering that doesn’t have so much to do with conservative politics as it does one man’s politics -- has me thinking: Are cults of personality the wave...

By Stephen Stromberg  | August 27, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
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Ken Mehlman's journey

Give Ken Mehlman a break! There, I said it. Many gays and lesbians are flipped out enraged over the former Republican National Committee chairman’s coming out of the closet. And I totally understand why. As the 2004 reelection campaign...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 27, 2010; 6:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Trumka shows how Palin sells

AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka gives a lot of speeches about social justice, fair wages, dangerous working conditions and, of course, the role of unions in building the middle class. I also doubt you’ve ever seen much, if any, media...

By E.J. Dionne  | August 26, 2010; 11:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Ken Mehlman's gay? Say it ain't so!

Apparently Ken Mehlman, former head of the Bush/Cheney reelection campaign and RNC national chair, is gay. Say it ain’t so, Ken! All those years I slept with a poster of Ken Mehlman in my bedroom, right between my pictures...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 26, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Boehner is right about one thing on taxes

I was pretty tough on House Minority Leader John Boehner the other day, and I don’t regret a word, but the Ohio Republican made one important suggestion that’s worth highlighting. It’s about the obscure-sounding but increasingly costly subject of...

By Ruth Marcus  | August 26, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Murkowski vs. Miller: battle of the Twitters

According to Twitter, Sarah Palin is keeping her fingers crossed, powder dry, prayers upward, and cliches loaded as the results continue rolling in from the Murkowski-Miller showdown in Alaska. I’m waiting with bated breath -- it’s the only kind...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 25, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Will John McCain lead now?

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has just vanquished his uber-right, Tea Party-backed primary challenger, J.D. Hayworth. So what’s on McCain’s schedule, now that he doesn’t have to satisfy a fringy primary electorate? Through a little creative reporting, I managed to...

By Stephen Stromberg  | August 25, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Making sense of Miss Philippines's 'Major Major'

On Monday night, Miss Philippines failed to become Miss Universe. Some attribute this to the fact that when someone asked her about mistakes she’d made, she responded that “you know what sir, in my 22 years of existence, there...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 25, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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The party crack-up, cont.

Last night's GOP primary results encourage me in my belief that the U.S. two-party system is in the throes of splitting up into four -- if not formally, then de facto. Insurgent Republicans keep winning: Rick Scott defeated Bill...

By Charles Lane  | August 25, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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DEA: the E is for 'Ebonics'

Dear Reader: I quit. It's not you. It's just that there’s a higher calling. My country needs me. See, the Drug Enforcement Administration, a division of the Justice Department, is looking for nine linguists who are experts in “Ebonics.”...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 24, 2010; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Twelve signs your eggs have turned

With more than half a billion eggs recalled and nearly 1,300 reported cases of salmonella poisoning, everyone is talking about the eggs that have penetrated our system and are threatening the American way of life. Now, everyone's rushing to...

By Alexandra Petri  | August 23, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Is the 'mosque' controversy Obama's fault?

President Obama’s positioning on the “Ground Zero” “mosque” controversy was inartful. But it wasn’t nearly as clumsy as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s abortive attempt over the weekend to blame the dispute on the president. Typically, these kinds of...

By Stephen Stromberg  | August 23, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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