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PostPartisan: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Nobel Peace Prize reaction: China's angry, the U.S. is subdued

Within hours of the announcement of a Nobel Peace Prize for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese government reacted as if reading from a script. As expected – and as was appropriate, given that Liu is an advocate of...

By Anne Applebaum  | October 8, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Friday p-Op quiz: 'jobs' edition

Jobs are on the brain today because the national unemployment numbers for September hit. But all the chatter this week has been about jobs centered here in the Washington bubble. Christine O'Donnell, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Donald Trump and President...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 8, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Palin will run in 2012 if you want her to

Taking time out from bashing out-of-touch elites, Sarah Palin went to West Palm Beach on Wednesday to tape a webcast for newsmax.com and made a laughable pronouncement. According to Jose Lambiet's "Page 2 Live" blog at The Palm Beach...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 8, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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High-speed rail will take taxpayers for a ride

My wife and I are planning a weekend in Philadelphia with our three kids. I thought it would be fun to take everybody up from D.C. to Philly on the Acela Express, Amtrak's fastest passenger train. It's only 95...

By Charles Lane  | October 8, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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The job numbers: why stimulus foes are disastrously wrong

President Obama will take the rap for September's job numbers showing a net loss of 95,000 jobs. But guess what? Our supposedly "socialist" president is presiding over private-sector job growth. The losses are in government jobs. That, in turn,...

By E.J. Dionne  | October 8, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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If the Dems win, will Pelosi still be speaker?

Here's a crazy-sounding question: Could Nancy Pelosi lose by winning? If Democrats manage to retain the House, could the speaker's job be in jeopardy? That sounds, I admit, totally backwards. In the ordinary course of things, the power of...

By Ruth Marcus  | October 8, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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O'Donnell is me. Now I'm scared.

Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is out with a new, creepy "I'm you" ad. She's left the witch stuff behind and now admits "I didn't go to Yale." O'Donnell then continues her implicit mea culpas for past transgressions...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 8, 2010; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Westboro Baptist Church's protected speech

I don’t know if there’s a hell, but if it exists, Rev. Fred Phelps and other members of the Westboro Baptist Church deserve a place. In this world, their repulsive actions are shielded by the Constitution. Phelps and his...

By Ruth Marcus  | October 7, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Clinton for president speculation: stop the madness

Yesterday, the chatter was about a Biden-Clinton job swap for 2012. Today, it's about the secretary of state's presidential ambitions in 2016. I wish people would focus on the Democrats in 2010, since a new political landscape might take...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 7, 2010; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and the problem with political 'news'

Good for Bob Woodward. While out selling his new book, "Obama's Wars," an interesting look inside the administration’s decision-making process on foreign policy, he decided to stir things up a bit. So he floated his now famous idea that...

By E.J. Dionne  | October 7, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Megalomania and war, from Cannae to Iraq

The greatest "mass knife fight in history," as Robert L. O'Connell calls it, took place on Aug. 2, 216 B.C. at Cannae in Italy. There, 120,000 men went at each other in brutal heat and, for the most part,...

By Richard Cohen  | October 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Netanyahu and Obama on the brink -- again

The crisis in the Middle East peace talks over Israeli settlement construction is "coming to a head," Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren told me in a video interview on Wednesday. If the process fails -- which currently...

By Jackson Diehl  | October 7, 2010; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Meghan McCain's Palin problem

The closest I've come to meeting Meghan McCain was outside a gala for the Trevor Project last year in New York City. I was waiting for a friend while she was working the red carpet. But after reading "My...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Take Biden-Clinton Veep swap off the table -- for now

Thanks to Bob Woodward's musings on MSNBC and CNN yesterday, the Washington bubbletocracy is chattering away about the rumor that President Obama might make Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton swap jobs. And since I'm...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 6, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Levi Johnston is 'After love' in all the wrong places

Christine "I'm you" O'Donnell wasn't the only person in the political sphere to creep me out via video today. My boy Levi Johnston got into the act.Yep, the very same video that led Bristol Palin to end her short-lived...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 5, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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O'Donnell: 'I'm you.' And I'm creeped out.

A key rule in public relations, especially in crisis PR, is don't repeat a negative. Christine O'Donnell, the erstwhile witchcraft-dabbling Republican candidate for Senate in Delaware, has broken this edict big time with her first campaign ad. But leave...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 5, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (192)
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Germany's terror mosque

As reports about an alleged al-Qaeda plot in Europe emerge, it is beginning to look as though a mosque in Hamburg where members of the 9/11 plot against the United States gathered once again has served as a crucial...

By Jackson Diehl  | October 5, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Sec. Gates' real worry about who serves

Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivered a speech at Duke University last week on the all-volunteer military that shouldn't be overlooked. He's worried there's a widening gap between the armed forces and the nation they are called upon to defend....

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 5, 2010; 6:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Are Michelle Rhee and Vincent Gray playing chicken?

My first question to D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee in the latest Post Opinion Leaders video centered on the elephant in the room -- namely, her future. In the months leading up to the Sept. Democratic primary, Rhee...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | October 5, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Should we geoengineer the planet?

Can we just engineer our way out of climate change? Maybe artificially create more clouds to reflect solar radiation away from the Earth's surface? Or perhaps spray sulfur particles into the atmosphere to achieve the same effect? Ideas such...

By Stephen Stromberg  | October 4, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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The Democrats should run on Social Security

If Democrats really want to rally their base and win over voters who are either on the fence or thinking of sitting this midterm election out, they'd be smart to start talking Social Security. You won’t find a lack...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | October 4, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Why doesn't the U.S. take credit for aiding Pakistan?

Islamabad -- Hundreds of Americans have been working their butts off to help Pakistan cope with their flood disaster, and they haven't been getting much credit for it -- including from me. I wrote last week from a village...

By David Ignatius  | October 4, 2010; 6:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Declaring a cease-fire on Hitler analogies

Dana Milbank's interesting analysis of Glenn Beck's obsession with Nazism leads me to make a proposal for improving our increasingly degraded national political discussion: Stop equating our ideological opponents with famous dictators, their chief executioners, police apparatus or ideologies....

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | October 3, 2010; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Learning from suicides of gay youths

Last month was one of the darkest in recent memory for the gay community. In one week came reports of five -- five -- suicides of young men and boys who felt they had no other way to end...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 3, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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