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PostPartisan: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

Friday p-Op quiz: "too damn high" Edition

If this quiz were a television show it would be just like Night of 100 Stars -- not many speaking parts but a slew of cameos. Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton and Carter are on it. So is the other...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 22, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Debating the Tea Party: a reply to Peter Berkowitz

When I picked up my Wall Street Journal last Saturday morning and turned to its opinion pages, I was eager to see what the distinguished political philosopher Peter Berkowitz had to say in his article entitled, "Why Liberals Don't...

By E.J. Dionne  | October 22, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Don't ask whose side Log Cabin Republicans is on

The Log Cabin Republicans deserve a lot of credit for their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military. The back and forth over a stay of the injunction of...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 21, 2010; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Juan Williams's Shirley Sherrod moment

Now Juan Williams knows how Shirley Sherrod must have felt. Williams was fired from his longtime post as NPR's senior political analyst late Wednesday because of remarks about Muslims that he made a couple of days earlier while wearing...

By Eugene Robinson  | October 21, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Remembering Biden's gaffe

Two years ago today, on the verge of becoming vice president, Joe Biden stuck his foot in his mouth. This is news, you might ask? It was, back then, because Biden was rather publicly slapped down by the top...

By Ruth Marcus  | October 21, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Gay enlistees and troops: don't come out just yet

As much as I am thrilled to see gay men and lesbians who want to serve their country going to recruiting stations to enlist, I urge them to wait. The on-again-off-again stay of the injunction on enforcement of don't...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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The GM bailout's ambiguous success

As if former Obama administration car bailout meister Steven Rattner didn’t have enough problems already, there are new indications that the federal rescue of General Motors may not be quite the “unambiguous success” Rattner touted in his insider's account....

By Charles Lane;  | October 20, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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A letter to Ginni Thomas

Dear Ginni, Wish you were here – really, really wish you were here. You might not believe it, but even in Europe your little call to That Woman, Ms. Hill, has made headlines. Nothing like fending off questions about...

By Eva Rodriguez  | October 20, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Ginni Thomas: Still angry after all these years

The home of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife Ginni must be one angry abode. Let's leave aside Mrs. Thomas's Tea Party activities aimed at the "tyranny" of the Obama administration. Her voicemail for Anita Hill --...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 20, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Why haven't all the world's countries become democracies?

Why haven't all the world's countries become democracies? Here's a provocative new answer. The question itself may seem romantic and naive. But when Communism was collapsing two decades ago, many people assumed that democracy would sweep the world. Once...

By Fred Hiatt  | October 20, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Yes, we are electing state legislatures, too

With all the focus on the battle for Congress, it’s easy to forget that 46 states will hold legislative elections for 99 chambers on November 2. Democrats currently control 61 of them. There is no doubt they will lose some....

By E.J. Dionne  | October 20, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Gerson is wrong on Obama's 'snobbery'

Michael Gerson assailed President Obama Tuesday for being an "intellectual snob." For Gerson, Obama is the arrogant, "neocortical president" who blames his problems on those idiot Americans who are too stupid to think clearly in these difficult times. Obama's...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | October 20, 2010; 6:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Move over, Carl Paladino. Jimmy McMillan has arrived

If you thought Carl Paladino was going to be the star of last night's gubernatorial debate in New York, you were wrong. The mad-as-hell Republican nominee was upstaged by Jimmy McMillan of the -- wait for it -- "The...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 19, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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A chance for democracy in Russia?

Mikhail Kasyanov might not look like your image of a Russian dissident, with his big grin, comfortable belly and deep laugh. But then, as he says, Russia is not yet fully a dictatorship, either. Under Prime Minister Vladimir Putin,...

By Fred Hiatt  | October 19, 2010; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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My memo to blacks: vote!

The storyline is pretty well established. Republicans will take over the House. And they'll do it because: 1. the party of a first-term president usually loses seats in Congress in the midterm elections; 2. the electorate is angry; and...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 19, 2010; 6:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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The Democrats' dubious alliance with public sector unions

If present trends continue, Democrats are headed for a big defeat in November, though the precise size of the landslide remains to be determined. And as bad as losing could be for them, Democrats could find that it is...

By Charles Lane  | October 18, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Bernanke's gas tax?

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke is cranking up the printing presses. He has all but announced that, by this time next month, additional "quantitative easing" in the form of huge government bond purchases by the Fed will be...

By  | October 18, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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How Obama sabotaged Middle East peace talks

For 15 years and more, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas conducted peace talks with Israel in the absence of a freeze on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Now, it appears as likely as not that...

By Jackson Diehl  | October 18, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Meghan McCain goes where Republicans fear to tread

Can it be that the conscience of the Republican Party resides in a 26-year-old woman who has never held elective office and derives her authority, not to mention name recognition, for the fame of her father? I am referring...

By Richard Cohen  | October 18, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Obama is right on don't ask don't tell

Pretty much since Inauguration Day, gay men and lesbians have asked why President Obama doesn't sign an executive order ending the military's shameful, damaging and unnecessary ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military. The refrain...

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 18, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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The Weekly Standard (sort of) defends Obama

Certain arguments are worthy of only ridicule and condemnation, and it's always heartening when political writers break with their own side to make this point. The new issue of the conservative Weekly Standard is thus worthy of note for...

By E.J. Dionne  | October 17, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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