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PostPartisan: November 7, 2010 - November 13, 2010

In the GOP's House, God won't allow global warming?

Just how radical is the Republican House going to be? Part of that depends on the chamber's new committee chairmen. I'm already worried about what Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) might do as the House's chief inquisitor, particularly when it...

By Stephen Stromberg  | November 12, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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The McCain gay family feud

Cindy and Meghan McCain have become outspoken advocates of gay rights. Meanwhile, John McCain (R-Ariz.), husband, father and senior senator from the great state of Arizona, seems determined to run the other way. The latest example of this family...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 12, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Friday p-Op quiz: 'TGIF' edition

After the continental ricochet I've just endured, I'm thrilled Friday is here. But not as thrilled as you must be about this week's p-Op quiz. Admit it, you look forward each week to seeing if you can figure out...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 12, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Someone to lead the Marines out of 'don't ask, don't tell'

The Marines need one good man. That would be a commandant who sees his job as implementing the end of "don't ask, don't tell" and integrating openly homosexual men and women into the Corps. As it is, the current...

By Richard Cohen  | November 12, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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The end (still) is near for 'don't ask don't tell'

You know that sound you hear when carpenters are busy hammering nails at a construction site? Well, that's what I'm hearing now that there is a second leak about the impending Pentagon report on the ban on gay men...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 11, 2010; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The good and bad of Iraq's political deal

The news that Iraq has finally formed a new government after eight months of haggling brings to mind an Iraqi proverb that conveys the logic of compromise: "Sometimes you need to sacrifice your beard in order to save your...

By David Ignatius  | November 11, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Debt commission co-chairs should go rogue

The chairmen of the president's debt commission should keep on pushing, and threaten to go rogue, if needed. Their proposal Wednesday went down like a lead zeppelin. Their own commission members pussy-footed away from it; the president's knees showed...

By Kevin Huffman  | November 11, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Sorry, Alan and Erskine -- it's not nearly enough

I'm torn between cheering some of the "tough choices" (by Washington standards) that Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson have usefully put on the table -- and running from the room screaming at how phony and inadequate so many of...

By Matt Miller  | November 10, 2010; 10:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
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Obama throws his fiscal commissioners under the bus [updated]

The co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, which President Obama convened to recommend viable ways to fix America's finances, produced an ambitious plan Wednesday afternoon. It would decrease Social Security cost of living increases, cut discretionary spending...

By Stephen Stromberg  | November 10, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Sen. Susan Collins isn't afraid to trap the Mama Grizzly

Many of you probably think my Republican political crush is Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisc.), since I've written lots (not all nice) about his "Road Map for America" and how he's the only GOPer willing to put his ideas up...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 10, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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In defense of Ben Bernanke and the Fed

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is getting a lot of grief from abroad for his decision to buy an additional $600 billion of long-term Treasury securities as a way of stimulating the American economy. Bernanke is right, and his...

By E.J. Dionne  | November 10, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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The color of murder and gun violence in New York

I ran into Police Commissioner Ray Kelly last week while dining at a favorite breakfast joint in New York. Since I still read the Daily News and the New York Post, I asked him about the increase in crime...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 10, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Netanyahu's post-election offensive?

Has Binyamin Netanyahu launched an offensive against a politically-weakened Barack Obama? You wouldn't have to be a member of the Obama administration's beleagured Middle East policy team to draw that conclusion. Consider the chronology: As Netanyahu headed for the...

By Jackson Diehl  | November 10, 2010; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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When Obama should be more like Bush

I never liked George W. Bush's swagger -- his undue surety, how his rhetoric simplifies then exaggerates complex issues that demand nuanced discussion. But his serene self-confidence is sometimes effective and, on certain issues, occasionally even appropriate. The Troubled...

By Stephen Stromberg  | November 9, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Where there's smoke, there's apparently no fire

Have y'all gone soft? I write a piece encouraging the president of the United States to continue -- not quit -- smoking, and all I've heard are crickets. Even the comments, usually about as gentile as a cage match,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 9, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Harry Reid: Get don't ask don't tell repeal done this time

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wasn't above bald-faced pandering to Hispanic voters during his tough reelection campaign, including an attempt to pass the DREAM Act by attaching it to the defense authorization bill. The entire measure went down...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 9, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Obama must listen to 'Regina' again

Unlike most, if not all, of my colleagues in Washington, I didn't read "Dreams of my Father," Barack Obama's introspective autobiography on race, before he became president. As a result, my reading of the book now takes on a...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 8, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Actually, Americans do care about corporate campaign cash

In Sunday's Post, former congressman and head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Martin Frost said that corporate campaign money is "something the average voter couldn't care less about" and that Congress should "leave campaign finance reform to the...

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | November 8, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Hire Hoyer

The Republican National Committee has changed the sign hanging outside its entrance from "Fire Pelosi" to "Hire Pelosi," which says something about whether its a smart move for House Democrats to retain Nancy Pelosi as their leader. Here's the...

By Ruth Marcus  | November 8, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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What really happened in the 2010 election

You can't blame a victorious political party for claiming an election victory as an endorsement of everything it believes in. Republicans want the 2010 vote to be interpreted as a mandate in which voters declared the GOP right about...

By E.J. Dionne  | November 8, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (226)
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Move over, Slurpee. Could cigarettes bridge the partisan divide?

Ever since last week's "shellacking," President Obama has received advice from everyone (See: Tom Daschle, Martin Frost and Dana Milbank for starters) on how to deal the the new political landscape. At his day-after press conference, Obama was asked...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 7, 2010; 10:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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