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PostPartisan: August 29, 2010 - September 4, 2010

Barack Obama: Behind the teleprompter

Dear Chris Matthews, Why do you hate my teleprompter so much? Most people don’t even notice it's there. Like you. Remember when you said that my speaking ran a thrill up your leg? Teleprompter. Or when I upstaged John...

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 3, 2010; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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A limp response to Palin

I resisted. Really, I did. I saw Sarah Palin at the Glenn Beck rally and barely mentioned her. Bristol made it onto Dancing with the Stars (I guess this makes Bristol a star), and I stayed mum. Not a...

By Ruth Marcus  | September 3, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
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Let Rahm off the hook on that UAW expletive

I suspect I am slightly more of a gut pro-labor guy than is Rahm Emanuel, the White House Chief of Staff. But I think the media attention to Emanuel’s use of his favorite expletive with reference to the United...

By E.J. Dionne  | September 3, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Friday's p-Op quiz: 'Be-Labor Day' edition

It's Labor Day weekend! So, I cooked up 10 questions this week to occupy your time while you're stuck in holiday traffic or racing to get away from Hurricane Earl. Quiz guests include Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama, Ehud Barak...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 3, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Enhancing the dishonesty on Obama's religion

I admit it -- I gave Ann Coulter a page view this morning, and for that, I'm sorry. I was browsing one of my aggregators, when I scanned her headline today: "Obama is not a Muslim." I thought Coulter...

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 2, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Sarah Palin is everywhere -- and going nowhere

Sarah Palin has been everywhere since Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made her his vice presidential nominee two years ago. But she has been in our faces even more lately. The Glenn Beck rally. The take-down of home-state nemesis Sen....

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 2, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
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Can we ban the word 'shed' from jobs reports, already?

Indulge me, please, while I rant about my new least favorite word: shed. Not as in dog hair. As in jobs. As in, "The economy shed (fill in the blank) jobs last month." Brace yourself for another spate of...

By Ruth Marcus  | September 2, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Why we should all mourn Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) conceded her primary race Tuesday night. And despite the crowing from the enviro left and the climate-skeptic right, this is bad news. Covering energy issues, I've often disagreed with Murkowski and her staff, particularly on...

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 1, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson's dumb scholarship awards

Beware members of Congress in safe districts. More often than not, they end up wrapping themselves in the corrupting cloak of entitlement. My favorite, as you probably know, is Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.). If you didn’t, just click...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 1, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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At an historic moment, Obama's forgettable speech

Before offering an assessment of last night’s speech, it is worth recognizing the historic nature of the moment. A little over three years ago, it was possible, even likely, that America would suffer a major military defeat at the...

By Michael Gerson  | September 1, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Obama's Oval Office speech was good, but the gravitas was great

President Obama’s Oval Office speech was good, but the iconography was great. In his address marking the effective end of the Iraq War, Obama used the setting well. The flags behind him, the family pictures on either side, the...

By Eugene Robinson  | August 31, 2010; 10:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (256)
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What was Obama's Oval Office address about, exactly?

Excuse me, but what was President Obama’s Oval Office speech about? Was it about Iraq, as we were led to expect, or was it about Afghanistan, as we were not led to expect? Was it about the economy, which...

By Richard Cohen  | August 31, 2010; 9:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (182)
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Standards for a successful Iraq speech

An experiment. Having helped produce a number of presidential speeches to the nation, I know it is harder than it looks. Critics have it easy. They make their judgments after a speech is given, criticizing lapses the speakers and...

By Michael Gerson  | August 31, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Americans prefer third-rate ideas on energy

A new poll commissioned by the National Resources Defense Council appears to show that Americans want the Environmental Protection Agency to limit greenhouse emissions from power plants, refineries and other businesses. And this has some liberal bloggers dismayed. These...

By Stephen Stromberg  | August 31, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Why Obama doesn't get Glenn Beck

Not every American who marches behind a hateful crackpot is a hateful crackpot. The peaceful, thoughtful throng that assembled for Louis Farrakhan at the Million Man March in 1995 -- including a young Barack Obama -- proved that point....

By  | August 31, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (430)
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San Francisco's bold ballot measure

Some time ago, I griped about Paul Krugman’s spurious habit of equating deficit hawkishness with political regressivity. What Krugman, like many others of his political stripe, fails to perceive is that some people are deficit hawks precisely because they...

By Charles Lane  | August 31, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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The frustrating realities of the Middle East peace process

What’s the first item on the agenda for the long-awaited, face-to-face peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians that begin Thursday at the State Department? It’s just getting the parties to agree to a second meeting in several weeks....

By David Ignatius  | August 31, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Defending the right to fly the Tea Party flag

Andy McDonel is defending his American right to fly the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, which has become the symbol of the Tea Party movement. As regular readers know, I don’t have much sympathy for the Tea Party. But...

By E.J. Dionne  | August 31, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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'The Young Guns' who hope to Gallup into leadership

Republican Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Paul Ryan (Wisc.) see themselves as superheroes. A political version of the Justice League, but without the spandex costumes or women. They have written a self-aggrandizing book due out Sept....

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 31, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Fenty, Gray & the fight against HIV/AIDS

According to The Post poll released yesterday, the people of Washington love what Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has done with the place during his term. They just don’t love him. If the Democratic primary were held today --...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 30, 2010; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The shame of Alveda King

Every famous family has a member or three who do things that leave you in "oh no (s)he didn't" disbelief. Usually it's the Jackson family (Michael, not Jesse). Hello? Rebbie? LaToya? Jermaine? But they're not in the cross hairs...

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 30, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (231)
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