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PostPartisan: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

Rutgers suicide a hate crime? I dunno.

If the story bears out, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei are monsters. The 18-year-old Rutgers University freshmen allegedly invaded the privacy of Tyler Clementi, Ravi's roommate, by streaming live on the Internet a sexual encounter between Clementi and another...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 1, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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The problem with Carl Paladino's anger

As a one-time resident of Buffalo, N.Y., I am accustomed to making virtues out of the city's liabilities. Snow, for instance, is testament to our resilience. The Buffalo Bills are evidence of our heart and loyalty. But, try as...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | October 1, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Friday p-Op quiz: 'Stop whining' edition

Hey, y'all. I'm back on the hamster wheel, and it's Friday, so you know what that means. Quiz time! Sarah Palin, Carl Paladino, Levi Johnston, Christine O'Donnell and President Obama all make appearances in one form or another. This...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 1, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Colbert turns truthiness into truth

Honestly, I don't get why so many people are down on Stephen Colbert for testifying before Congress -- passionately, as it happens -- on the rights of migrant workers. What could be more admirable than a celebrity using his...

By E.J. Dionne  | October 1, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Pakistan may lose the war in Afghanistan

It is not likely that the new book on Charlie Chan (Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang) contains the aphorism, "War like bamboo; once started, hard to...

By Richard Cohen  | October 1, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Obama's view from Olympus

President Obama's latest interview with Rolling Stone magazine is revealing precisely because it is so typical. Everyone -- really just about everyone in American politics -- is chided, challenged, instructed, judged or admonished in one way or another. The...

By Michael Gerson  | September 30, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Republicans guilty of mass murder on job creation

Republicans like to denounce President Obama and congressional Democrats for what they describe as "job-killing" policies. But in those red-hot rhetorical terms, congressional Republicans are guilty of mass murder when it comes to job creation. They left town for...

By Ruth Marcus  | September 30, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Carl Paladino is a little too mad as hell

Carl Paladino, the Tea Party-backed Republican candidate for governor of New York, is giving voters in that state plenty of reasons not to vote for him. Sure, he's channeling the rage folks feel about the epic dysfunction in Albany...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 30, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Marriage is being saved by gays -- in the District

During my speech at the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) brunch on Sunday, I blew rhetorical kisses at City Councilmember David A. Catania (I-At Large) for his strategic leadership in bringing marriage equality to the District. Afterwards, Catania...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 30, 2010; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Run, Jerry, run!

You have to hand it to Jerry Brown. As a Californian, I was mostly averting my eyes from this year's gubernatorial race. What good could come, I thought, from a depressing showdown between another billionaire with the best talking...

By Matt Miller  | September 29, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Can business NOT afford Jim DeMint?

Steve Pearlstein, the Post business columnist, launches an attack on Jim DeMint in today's paper, asking, "Can business afford Jim DeMint?" The crux of Pearlstein's argument is that if Republicans are elected they will produce gridlock on Capitol Hill...

By Marc Thiessen  | September 29, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Michigan asst. AG cyber bullies gay student assembly president

Y'all don't know this, but I have a muse out there who brings things to my attention that I might have missed and ultimately demand wider attention. Remember that piece on the feds looking for Ebonics translators? Thank him...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 29, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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The White House's Afghanistan defeatism

One of the most remarkable aspects of Bob Woodward's new book, "Obama's Wars," is its portrait of a White House that has all but resigned itself to failure in Afghanistan. As Woodward recounts it, by last spring -- just...

By Jackson Diehl  | September 29, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Obama's 'long view' on gays in the military

President Obama's Rolling Stone interview was a treasure trove of insights and information from the man growing grayer by the day in the Oval Office. There's something in it for everyone, including lots on foreign policy and the wars...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 28, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Obama to Dems: 'Guys, wake up here.'

Okay, so maybe calling Democrats "weak-willed" and "whiners" in my last post was a little over-the-top. Perhaps the adjective I should have used is "unfocused." In an interview with Rolling Stone, President Obama makes a good case for what...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 28, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Tom Friedman's electric car aid acid test

Tom Friedman of the New York Times has been over to see the future in China again -- and guess what? It still works! The latest stroke of genius by Beijing’s enlightened central planners, Friedman reports, is "$15 billion...

By Charles Lane  | September 28, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Obama cracks whip on weak-willed Dems

Everyone, it seems, is focused today on Vice President Biden's "stop whining" lecture directed at the Democratic base. It's a talking-to that gets an amen from me. As I said Sunday in a speech that touched on the frustration...

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 28, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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The Democrats' Florida dilemma

Months ago, when Florida Gov. Charlie Crist left the Republican Party to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent, it looked like good news for the Democrats: Crist went ahead of Republican Marco Rubio in the polls and...

By E.J. Dionne  | September 28, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Could Eddie Long be the next Eric Massa?

The sex scandal that has engulfed Bishop Eddie Long and his African American megachurch, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, is troubling on so many levels. Gene Robinson's column today touches on the cauldron of conflicts: homosexuality and the black...

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A reason why President Obama's policy message falls flat

As provisions of the Democrats' health-care law phase in, polls show that it's not all that popular, few Democrats are running on their votes for it, and plenty of Republicans are promising to repeal it. Why isn't reform helping...

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 27, 2010; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Bob McDonnell, grownup in the room

By Lee Hockstader Less than a year after assuming office as governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell has staked a claim to being the grownup in the room among the triumvirate of Republicans atop the state's political hierarchy. The governor, who...

By Lee Hockstader  | September 27, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Where was Obama when D.C.'s students needed him?

President Obama acknowledged to Matt Lauer Monday that he sent his two daughters to the elite Sidwell Friends School because he knew they would get a far better education there than in the struggling D.C. public schools. Hearing those...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | September 27, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Pakistan's cricket-playing revolutionary

Islamabad -- Pakistani politics these days is something of a feudal system, dominated by a tired collection of old-line parties and politicians -- with one notable exception: He's a charismatic former cricket star named Imran Khan, who talks like...

By David Ignatius  | September 27, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Creating jobs without busting the budget

President Obama Monday signs the Small Business Jobs Act, which aims to help get credit flowing back into small business investments and job creation. This measure is a step in the right direction. But with unemployment officially at 9.6...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | September 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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