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PostPartisan: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

How much will we do to ensure the terrorists don't win?

My daughter's middle school debate team began work two weeks ago on its new topic: Should the Transportation Security Administration use full-body scanners to search airline passengers? After some research and some soul-searching, she came out squarely on the...

By Kevin Huffman  | November 19, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Prince William, Kate Middleton and 'obsolete' marriage

[UPDATED: 8:10 P.M.] It's hard not to notice the juxtaposition when the global excitement sparked by a royal wedding announcement is followed by headlines announcing "Four in 10 say marriage is obsolete." In other words, should those of us...

By Autumn Brewington  | November 19, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Friday p-Op quiz: 'Junk' Edition

As the nation was riveted by the ethics drama of Charlie Rangel, enthralled by the gay drama of ending don't ask don't tell and gripped by airport screeners, I was working on this week's p-Op quiz. Despite his iconic...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 19, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Charlie Rangel apologizes

[Update, 6 p.m.: The ethics committee recommends censure for Rangel.] Wednesday, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) was convicted of 11 ethics violations by a jury of his congressional peers. Thursday, the legendary Harlem lawmaker did something extraordinary. He apologized. Not...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 18, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Kate Middleton, modern bride

I've been wallowing in exit polls and poring over debt-reduction plans, so perhaps you'll forgive a brief walk on the low-brow side. No, not Sarah Palin -- though her show-a-little-more-presidential-leg interview with Barbara Walters is an awfully tempting topic....

By Ruth Marcus  | November 18, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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TSA: Touch Sensitive Areas

The website Mediaite dubbed it "The Junk Grabbing Photo You'll Be Seeing All Day Today." My buddies on "Morning Joe" had a good ol' time giggling over it, too. IT is the Denver Post photo of a Transportation Security...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 18, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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Nancy Pelosi to hold the line on GOP and Obama

The Atlantic Wire compiles the range of opinions on Nancy Pelosi remaining the leader of House Democrats. Some folks aren't happy that Pelosi is staying put after being the face of Democratic defeat in the midterm elections. I'm in...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 18, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Sarah Palin needs to 'man up' if she's going to run

After reading Robert Draper's profile of Sarah Palin that will run in the New York Times Magazine on Sunday -- the one in which she says "I am" thinking about running for president -- I remain convinced that she...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 17, 2010; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Give it up, Joe Miller

It's pretty clear that with the all the votes now counted by Alaskan election officials, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) has prevailed (quite comfortably) in her write-in bid for re-election over Tea Party favorite Joe Miller. Yes, it was improbable....

By Jo-Ann Armao  | November 17, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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TSA's 'junk' bond helps keep us all safe

As mantra's go, "don't touch my junk" is an excellent rallying cry for folks opposed to the invasive pat-downs that must be endured if they decline to go through the advanced and more revealing airport scanners. While I totally...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 17, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Let senators see the don't ask don't tell report -- now

If you're following the drama -- and it IS drama, y'all -- over the repeal of don't ask don't tell, you know that a big report is due from the Pentagon on the matter on Dec. 1. But twice...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 16, 2010; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Should Obama really decline to run for a second term?

In a widely-read Post op-ed, Douglas Schoen and Patrick Caddell make the truly unique argument that President Obama should not run for reelection in 2012. In the central thesis of their piece, they argue: If the president goes down...

By Kevin Huffman  | November 16, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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So many GOP earmark opponents

After Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his support for a GOP earmark ban, other Republican senators, including many earmark supporters, quickly joined the anti-earmark bandwagon. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison -- who lost her GOP gubernatorial primary running on...

By Marc Thiessen  | November 16, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Censure Charlie Rangel

Now that a jury of his congressional peers has found him guilty of 11 out of 13 counts of violating House ethics rule, Rep. Charlie Rangel's storied biography is branded with an asterisk. This is not how the 20-term...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 16, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Why Russia defends a 'merchant of death'

International criminals with ties to the Russian government are accustomed to enjoying impunity. A couple even sit in the parliament despite being charged by foreign police with murder. So it's not surprising that the extradition from Thailand to the...

By Jackson Diehl  | November 16, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Prince William's wedding is no time for austerity

Yes, Britain just passed an austerity budget with deep, painful cuts in spending and jobs. And, yes, politicians everywhere ought to be thinking about economic plans that are actually within their means. But, no, the economic downturn should not have...

By Autumn Brewington  | November 16, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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So why don't the Democrats ban earmarks, too?

If President Obama is looking for areas of bipartisan cooperation with Republicans on Capitol Hill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell just handed him a golden opportunity. Yesterday, McConnell went to the floor and declared he would support a unilateral...

By Marc Thiessen  | November 16, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The sad spectacle of Charlie Rangel

[Update, 12:45 p.m.: The ethics panel has found Rep. Rangel guilty of 11 of the 13 counts of violating House rules.] Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is a legend -- in New York and in his own mind. Legends think...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 16, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Progressives must figure out what happened with young voters

Generational differences may be more important to American politics now than they have ever been in American history. While there was a lot of talk about "the generation gap" in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the partisan and...

By E.J. Dionne  | November 16, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Ginni Thomas and the complications of being a government spouse

I come to the controversy about Virginia Thomas and her role as head of a conservative group from a different perspective than most observers of my ideological persuasion: I'm sympathetic to Thomas's efforts to have a career -- and...

By Ruth Marcus  | November 15, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Sympathy pangs for Ginni Thomas

I'm a little surprised to be writing this, but I sort of feel sorry for Ginni Thomas. The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Ginni has just announced that she will be relinquishing control of Liberty Central, a...

By Eva Rodriguez  | November 15, 2010; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Cindy McCain retreats on don't ask don't tell. John McCain digs in

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), you're safe on that pedestal. Less than 24 hours after Cindy McCain threatened to topple Collins from it with her gutsy comments that contradicted her husband's stance on don't ask don't tell, the wife of...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 15, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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The Palinization of Obama

Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell have presented President Obama with a provocative proposition: For the good of the nation, they argue, he should announce immediately that he will not seek a second term. I have enormous respect for these...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 14, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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