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PostPartisan: September 5, 2010 - September 11, 2010

Obama and the right to burn the Koran

President Obama was certainly right to be disgusted by "Reverend" Terry Jones's threat to stage a public burning of the Koran, a plan that was mean, stupid, intolerant, and spookily evocative of Hitlerian book bonfires. But I am also...

By Charles Lane  | September 10, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (262)
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An ode to Tiffany Livingston

If there's one thing that Steven Slater and Tiffany Livingston have taught us, it's that people really want to get off of JetBlue flights! I love everything about the Tiffany Livingston story, the tale of the Playboy model who...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 10, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Why Obama won't use the word 'stimulus'

Lefty Democrats tried for years to reclaim the word "liberal" from the negative associations Ronald Reagan and his entourage attached to the term. It didn't work. So they recently adopted the label "progressive" to describe essentially the same position...

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 10, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Phil Davison vs. the YouTube generation

Have you seen the Phil Davison speech yet? In it, this campaigner for Ohio Stark County treasurer goes wild in one of the boldest displays of incorrect affect that I have ever witnessed. What seems to have happened is...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 10, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Friday's p-Op quiz: 'Burn, baby, burn' Edition

What do abstinence, integration and a crazy preacher have in common? They're all in this week's quiz. Rev. Terry Jones, Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R-Del.) and a mess of Republican governors are on it. The only one missing is...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 10, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Don't burn the Koran: chapter three

There continues to be a flurry of confusion over whether Rev. Terry Jones will go through with his plans to burn the Koran tomorrow -- and concern that the crackpot preacher from the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 10, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Obama should debate Boehner and McConnell

An election is about choices. But especially in midterm voting, which involves state-by-state and district-by-district contests, the differences are not always joined cleanly. So let's give the country a chance to understand what's at stake this year. Between now...

By E.J. Dionne  | September 10, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
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How a Koran burner goes global

A letter writer in today's Post, Rev. Earl D. Trent Jr., makes a great point: His fellow pastor, Terry Jones, who was promising to burn the Koran on Saturday, has no more credibility "than that of a person walking...

By Jackson Diehl  | September 10, 2010; 6:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
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Does the right need its own TV entertainment network?

If you've never seen Kelsey Grammer attempt to seduce Perez Hilton with the Right side of the Force, then you have had a comparatively good life so far. This is about to change. I'm sorry. I had to share...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 9, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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If a Koran burning falls in a forest...

Today, I'm writing about Willow Smith's new single. Not because I want to. It's for America. Have you heard "Whip My Hair?" Go listen to it! It's great! This isn't nepotism! Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith are fabulous, and I...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 9, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Palin and Beck stab hearts with 9/11 event

"Restoring America" apparently wasn't enough for Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. They now appear to be cashing in on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Politico reports that tickets for their Anchorage, Alaska, event this Saturday range between...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 9, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Wall Street needs to change, not Obama

While no one said that reforming Wall Street would be easy for President Obama, the big-money backlash against his proposals has been surprisingly swift and screechy. In 2008, high finance donated about $40 million to Obama's campaign. As a...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | September 9, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Dems: Go into budget battle with Obama. Here's your ammo

With his speech in Ohio yesterday, President Obama marked a pivot point in the midterm elections and in his administration. The latter-day man from "hope" finally jumped feet-first into a debate over what to do to jumpstart the economy,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 9, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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No Google Instant gratification

I'm frightened by Google Instant. It makes me nervous and jittery, the way I feel when I am at the wheel and the person in the back seat starts asking: "Don't you want to turn left?" "Isn't this where...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 8, 2010; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Don't burn the Koran: chapter two

Despite the condemnations from Gen. David Petraeus, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and even the Vatican, Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center is still on course to burn the Koran this Saturday, the ninth anniversary...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 8, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Why does Haley Barbour think we don't 'know' Obama?

It was a jarring moment from an ordinarily smooth pol. Haley Barbour, governor of Mississippi, chairman of the Republican Governors Association and 2012 presidential prospect -- which helped explain the big turnout a breakfast Wednesday sponsored by the Christian...

By Ruth Marcus  | September 8, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Who would want to replace Rahm Emanuel?

It took about three nanoseconds after Chicago Mayor Richard Daley announced "I'm outta here" for speculation to rise on whether White House Chief of Staff and Chicago native Rahm Emanuel would run to replace him. Judging by senior adviser...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 8, 2010; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Burn after reading except on 9/11? The Koran burning debate

Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., and his 50-member congregation are planning to burn the Koran on Sept. 11. And it's ignited a controversy. I personally wonder how members of the congregation who...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 8, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Why Obama is going after John Boehner

Did you notice how President Obama kept mentioning House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) by name during his speech in Ohio? Obviously, he did it on purpose. But why? Last week, there was that crazy Gallup poll that showed...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 8, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Terry Jones's modern-day Crusade against Muslims

The Rev. Terry Jones in Gainesville, Fla., who wants to burn Korans on Sept. 11, would have been right at home in the medieval Crusades. Imagine, thousands of men with crosses affixed to their uniforms marching off in military...

By Colbert King  | September 8, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Lady Gaga and the curse of Washington celebrity

Lady Gaga is in D.C. this evening. Why does that excite us so much? So many things were happening. Google had a new logo. President Obama said people were talking about him like a dog. Some folks want to...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 7, 2010; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Why we don't talk about Barack Obama 'like a dog'

"They talk about me like a dog," Barack Obama said to a Labor Day rally in Milwaukee on Monday. "That's not in my prepared remarks, but it's true." Apparently, this has been slang for some time, and it's not...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 7, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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Don't burn the Koran

Terry Jones is the pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla. He is the author of the book "Islam is of the Devil." And he has declared Sept. 11 "International Burn a Koran Day." This is...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 7, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Is the fighting Obama back?

For President Obama"s supporters, watching his speech at a Milwaukee labor rally on Monday was old-fashioned fun from a leader who hasn't given them all that much fun in a while. To draw enough Democratic-leaning voters back into the...

By E.J. Dionne  | September 7, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
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Wall-to-wall coverage of Michaele Salahi in Playboy

Ever since Michaele Salahi and her equally irksome husband, Tareq, party crashed their way into the national consciousness by showing up at the White House state dinner for the prime minister of India last November, we have gotten to...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 7, 2010; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama, deficits and 'the ditch'

[CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION, 1:22 a.m.: The Twitterer RepJackKimble cited below is not a real member of Congress. The budget deficits are real deficits.] "Why have the wars cost so much under Obama?" tweeted @RepJackKimble (R-Calif.) at 7:40am on Sept. 2. "Check...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 6, 2010; 10:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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A trail that Rhee shouldn't have hit

I suppose D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee assumed that a Mayor Vincent Gray would not keep her on the job if he wins the D.C. Democratic primary on Sept. 14. Or maybe Rhee concluded that she wouldn’t want to...

By Colbert King  | September 5, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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