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PostPartisan: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

Teach for America -- let's do the numbers

The Tennessee State Board of Education recently released data showing that teachers trained by Teach For America (TFA) are getting better test scores out of their students than nearly every college of education in the state.

By Conor Williams  | December 4, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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What should Hillary Clinton do next?

Hillary Clinton said Friday that heading the State Department would be her last public post. It's easy for politicians to make these sorts of declarations and then reverse them -- I didn't realize that the country needed me quite...

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 3, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Charlie Rangel still on defense

Throughout the sad spectacle that was Charlie Rangel's showdown with the House Ethics Committee, I have been unsparing in my criticism of the Harlem representative. But when his office called to take issue with my post yesterday, specifically to...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 3, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Obama's surprise troop visit at Bagram

There's something about November -- right around Turkey time -- that has president's sneaking off to the Middle East. President George W. Bush shocked troops in Iraq and stunned Americans back home with his surprise Thanksgiving Day visit in...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 3, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Meanwhile, in the other Russia...

If prosecutors charge you with a crime in Russia, you have a 0.07 percent chance of being acquitted by a judge, according to attorney Vadim Klyuvgant. Those are considerably worse odds, he says, than you would have faced in...

By Fred Hiatt  | December 3, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Friday p-Op quiz: "Exceptional" Edition

[Update, 12 p.m.: The last question is on me, folks. I got all mixed up in the various double negatives in it. So, if you get it "wrong" you're actually right and if you get it "right" you were...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 3, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Steve Solarz, RIP

He was a dynamo who could work from morning to late at night and be eager to wake up and do the same thing all over again. He always spoke with a fierce intensity, accompanied by a smile, choosing...

By E.J. Dionne  | December 2, 2010; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Charlie Rangel: censured!

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) always acted like he was in a class by himself. The series of ethics charges against him are testament to that. And moments ago the legendary congressman from Harlem and toppled chairman of the powerful...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 2, 2010; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Why won't Republicans listen to Gates about don't ask don't tell?

I've already aired my mixed emotions about today's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the repeal of don't ask don't tell. But Greg Sargent is out with an excellent post that zeroes in on the persistent call today from...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 2, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Electric-car shocker: Lane drives Volt!

Hurrah! The Volts are starting to roll off GM's production line in Hamtramck, Mich. And the company says it is about to hire 1,000 researchers to develop more electric and hybrid vehicles. Readers of my past posts on electric...

By Charles Lane  | December 2, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A time to govern

New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg could reel off a list of problems with the debt-reduction blueprint produced by the president's fiscal responsibility commission -- beginning with the fact that, as Gregg sees it, the plan doesn't do nearly enough...

By Ruth Marcus  | December 2, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Obama's false choice on interrogation

My Post colleague David Ignatius has an important column today on the costs of not having a coherent detention and interrogation policy. The U.S. has dramatically escalated the targeted killing of terrorists, Ignatius writes, while efforts to capture senior...

By Marc Thiessen  | December 2, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Give Lieberman some credit on don't ask, don't tell

I've had quite a few occasions to be critical of Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I) of Connecticut, so let me take the opportunity to praise him for being right, and righteous, on an important progressive issue: getting rid of don't...

By Eugene Robinson  | December 2, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Quick reax to Senate don't ask don't tell hearings

Watching the Senate Armed Services committee hearing on the Pentagon report on the repeal of don't ask don't tell is at once maddening and exhilarating. Maddening because of the ignorance, stubbornness and willful disregard for the leadership of the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 2, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama's offshore drilling reversal -- yes, there are politics

On Wednesday the Obama administration reversed itself on offshore drilling, saying that it would not allow "scoping" of areas off the Atlantic coast or in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for future exploration. In March, President Obama famously announced...

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 2, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The best critique of Bowles-Simpson

What bothers me most about the way Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles are trying to sell their deficit reduction plan is their implication that they have come up with a singularly fair and reasonable way to stave off a...

By E.J. Dionne  | December 2, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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So much for kumbaya

That glimmer of hope we saw on Tuesday that Democrats and Republicans would come together was about as faint as a flashlight in deep space. The "extortion" letter from GOP senators and the latest gambit from House Democrats on...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 2, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Rep. Honda drives point home on don't ask don't tell

That letter from Republicans about how they're going to grind stuff to a halt in the Senate has me more than a little concerned about the prospects for repeal of don't ask don't tell. The importance of legislative action...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 1, 2010; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How about stopping 'one guy with a laptop'?

On Fox and Friends this morning, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs downplayed the WikiLeaks disclosures, declaring, "We should never be afraid of one guy who plopped down $35 and bought a web address.... Let's not be scared of...

By Marc Thiessen  | December 1, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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WikiLeaked: Nicolas Sarkozy's bunny

Today's new WikiLeaks cables contain new material about Pakistan's ties to the Taliban and other weighty matters. But my eye was caught by the dispatch that the Guardian newspaper headlined: "Sarkozy chases pet rabbit around his office." It seems...

By Jackson Diehl  | December 1, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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In the age of WikiLeaks, what happened to 'need to know' principle?

How in the world did Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst assigned to a battalion of a division stationed in Iraq, allegedly get his hands on 250,000 State Department classified documents, many, if not most, of...

By Colbert King  | December 1, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Republican 'extortion' letter

When I arrived at 30 Rock, the team at MSNBC's "Jansing & Co." was buzzing with the news of that letter from all 42 Republican senators. They vow to block any measure that does not deal with keeping the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 1, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Happy World AIDS Day

Another World AIDS Day, another day to remember those we've lost and to be thankful for the survival of those we love who live with the disease that has no cure. But the headline on this post is not...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 1, 2010; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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What's with Obama and summits?

What's with President Obama and summits? No sooner had he adjourned his long-awaited meeting -- it has been 27 days since the election -- with newly empowered Republican congressional leaders Tuesday than he was announcing another summit on the...

By Stephen Stromberg  | November 30, 2010; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Sec. Gates's blunt message to the Senate and Sen. McCain

My editor popped into my office to ask "What's the headline?" out of the release of the long-awaited report on the repeal of don't ask don't tell. The answer was pretty easy. Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants the Senate...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 30, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Obama, Republicans and kumbaya?

Maybe I'm desperate for Democrats and Republicans to come together like the lion and the lamb in the Bible. But after watching the Republican leaders post-meeting presser and then President Obama's availability, I'm struck that the red-hot rhetoric from...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 30, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Rep. John Shadegg's ridiculous views on unemployment benefits

A new entry in the annals of Republican ridiculousness came today with the appearance of Rep. John Shadegg (Ariz.) on "Morning Joe." Get a load of his response when MSNBC's Mike Barnicle asked him to square GOP opposition to...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 30, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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The demise of don't ask don't tell

After nearly a year of review, the Pentagon is set to release its report on ending the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military. It was not easy getting here. President Obama and his administration...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 30, 2010; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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President Obama's 'I won' to Republicans explained

Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee chairman and counselor to President George W. Bush, repeated a mischaracterization on "Meet The Press" yesterday that I feel compelled to clear up. It was about the White House meeting between President Obama...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 29, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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One solution to WikiLeaks: classify less

The latest WikiLeaks furor seems likely to produce precisely the wrong outcomes: security controls on U.S. government information will increase; the candor of U.S. diplomatic discussions will decline; the pressure to say nice things about foreign leaders, as opposed...

By David Ignatius  | November 29, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Murder in Tehran: Can covert action stop Iran's nuclear program?

The story of the Stuxnet worm, which may have disabled some of the centrifuges enriching uranium for Iran's nuclear program, offered a tantalizing hope: that covert action could somehow stop the regime's drive for a bomb peacefully -- and...

By Jackson Diehl  | November 29, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Sarah Palin needs thicker skin

You know what? I've had it up to here (visualize my hand hoisted over my head) with Mama Grizzly's gripes against the media. Does the press get it right every time? No. Can media hounds be unfair? Absolutely. But...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 29, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Charlie Rangel doesn't know when to quit

I almost spit out my leftover stuffing when I read the convenient leak (no, not that one) that Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) intends to ask the House Ethics Committee to slap him with a "reprimand" instead of the more...

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 29, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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