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President Obama criticizes the petulant left

President Obama isn't backing off his criticism of his progressive detractors. First, there was White House spokesman Robert Gibbs mocking the "professional left" for holding the White House to unmeetable standards. Then there was Vice President Joe Biden this...

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 17, 2010; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (188)
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The childish political thought of the Tea Party

With his recent criticisms of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell on Fox News, Karl Rove kicked up a controversy. His critique of O'Donnell was granular and well-informed. Having worked with Karl for a number of years, I know that...

By Michael Gerson  | September 17, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (190)
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Friday p-Op quiz: 'Gone fishin' edition

While y'all were taking time off in July and August, sitting in the sun and having fun, I was toiling here on the opinion hamster wheel. Well, I'm hopping off the wheel for a week starting tomorrow. But if...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 17, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Michelle Rhee has managed to offend me now, too

There are some people that Michelle Rhee managed not to offend during her tenure as chancellor of the District of Columbia's public schools. Apparently, in whatever time she has left, she's determined to make it all the way to...

By Eugene Robinson  | September 16, 2010; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Driving while phone-toxicated

I am, as of this writing, 144 days away from never again being able to sleep soundly. That is when my 15-year-old daughter, as she delights in constantly reminding me, will receive her learner's permit. And every time she...

By Ruth Marcus  | September 16, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Is George Mitchell in the Middle East, or Northern Ireland?

A dozen years ago, former senator George Mitchell helped to broker a peace accord, the "Good Friday agreement," between warring Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. The Irish still appear to be grateful. But I'm not so sure about...

By Jackson Diehl  | September 16, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Joe Biden scolds progressives -- and he's right

Vice President Joe Biden is telling progressives to grow up. Not in so many words, of course. But in an interview with Rachel Maddow that aired Wednesday night, he pleaded with the camera about how the Democratic base needs...

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 16, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Adrian Fenty was no Mike Bloomberg

I moved to Adrian Fenty's Washington from Mike Bloomberg's New York just a month after Fenty was inaugurated in 2007. There was a lot of excitement about the city's new mayor. He was young (the youngest ever), aggressive and...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 15, 2010; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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What Republicans might fear most about O'Donnell's victory

Washington Wednesday was rotund with speculations about the significance of Christine O'Donnell's win Tuesday night in the Delaware GOP Senate primary, particularly on the effects her victory will have on the Capitol's political math. Do Republicans have any chance...

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 15, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Chris Coons can't coast to victory against Christine O'Donnell

Democrats are right to be thrilled about Christine O'Donnell's victory over Mike Castle for the Republican Senate nomination last night. The seat once held by Vice President Biden that everyone thought would go to the well-regarded Castle is now...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 15, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Mike Castle, TARP martyr

Add defeated Republican Senate candidate Mike Castle of Delaware to the list of TARP Martyrs. He joins Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) and Reps. Bob Inglis and J. Gresham Barrett, both South Carolina Republicans, on the list of members of...

By Charles Lane  | September 15, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Mitch McConnell better beware Jim DeMint

Y'all can focus on the come-from-outta-nowhere win of Christine O'Donnell, the perky Republican Senate nominee from Delaware. My attention is focused on Room 361-A of the Russell Senate Office Building. That's where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) hangs...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 15, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The GOP's primary-night putsch

If the United States had a slightly different political tradition -- and possibly some more palm trees -- what happened Tuesday night would have been called a putsch. With something like 350 million people in the country, only a...

By Richard Cohen  | September 15, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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How Vincent Gray beat Adrian Fenty -- and what awaits him

The remarkable thing about District Council Chairman Vincent Gray's victory was the unremarkable way in which he went about it. He kept his ego in check and did it by the book. From the time he made up his...

By Colbert King  | September 15, 2010; 1:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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D.C.'s poor primary-night performance

I'll grant that the foremost job of election officials is to get the count right. Accuracy -- more than speed -- is of paramount importance. But Tuesday night's performance of the D.C. Board of Elections in the battle between...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | September 14, 2010; 10:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Why Christine O'Donnell's victory is scary

Partisan Democrats are delighted about Christine O'Donnell's Republican primary victory over Rep. Mike Castle in the race for the open Delaware Senate seat. I’m despondent. From the Democratic point of view, the defeat of the moderate, well-known Castle turns...

By Ruth Marcus  | September 14, 2010; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (291)
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Christine O'Donnell's win is the GOP's loss

When you ride a tiger, you go wherever the tiger wants to go – even off a cliff. The Republican Party – viewed less favorably by voters than even the Democrats, according to polls – has been planning to...

By Eugene Robinson  | September 14, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (400)
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Why aren't Tea Partyers mad about Obama's school speech?

Even as the Tea Party racks up impressive showings in primaries across the country, the anti-Obama right seems to be forgetting how it got to where it is now. Where, for example, is the apoplexy about President Obama's second...

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 14, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Koran and Justice Breyer

Rioting in Muslim regions over threatened Koran-burning in Florida is just the latest instance of a violent pattern stretching from Ayatollah Khomeini's 1989 death threat against novelist Salman Rushdie, through the attacks on Danish embassies stirred by a Danish...

By Charles Lane  | September 14, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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The news of this primary day: low turnout

In an otherwise tepid election day, the sight of the season belongs to Ward I council member Jim Graham, whom I spotted cruising along Georgia Avenue in a chauffer-driven, 17-foot long, 1986 white, factory hand-built, Excalibur convertible, equipped with...

By Colbert King  | September 14, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lady Gaga tweets with Harry Reid

Despite a love of brunch, Bergdorf's and South Beach in winter, I'm sure my "Gay Card" will be revoked because my universe doesn't revolve around the music or actions of Lady Gaga. The closest I've come to hearing any...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 14, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A slow start for primary day in the District

A quick stop this morning at West Elementary School and precinct 54 in Ward 4, then I was off to Taft Junior High School, where I got a taste of District of Columbia elections 50 years ago. First, a...

By Colbert King  | September 14, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Tea Party: From rebellion to absurdity

WILMINGTON, Del. – The primary here today will determine definitively whether the Tea Party is capable of carrying its rebellion to a truly absurd extreme. Want to know how angry the state’s Republican leaders are at the campaign of...

By E.J. Dionne  | September 14, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (235)
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The drone war drones on

This year's anniversary of Sept. 11 was dominated by debate about a would-be Koran burner in Florida and a would-be mosque near Ground Zero, about America's allegedly shrinking tolerance for Islam and flagging will to fight in Afghanistan. Less...

By Jackson Diehl  | September 14, 2010; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Charlie Rangel won't turn the page

Scandal-plagued Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) went to church in Harlem yesterday to receive the blessing of Rev. Calvin Butts of Harlem's influential Abyssinian Baptist Church. That would be the same church where Adam Clayton Powell Sr. and his...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 13, 2010; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Why does Campus Progress want Justin Bieber fans to vote?

Justin Bieber is the target of all kinds of things. He has variously been sent to North Korea (well, almost), rumored to be deceased, and sent unfertilized eggs in small test tubes with encouraging notes from fans (or if...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 13, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Did President Obama psych out John Boehner?

Commentators have been wondering why President Obama has been calling out John Boehner on the midterm campaign trail. He's descending from the foggy peaks of the Oval Office to elevate a man that many Americans hadn't heard of --...

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 13, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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How Newt Gingrich thinks

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich's comments on President Obama and his worldview are so beyond the pale that the only time the presumed presidential aspirant should ever come close to the Oval Office in the future is either on...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 13, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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