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PostPartisan: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

DADT repeal: now what?

The effort to repeal don't ask don't tell (DADT) hit a brick wall Thursday with the defeat of the motion to reconsider debate on the defense authorization bill, better known as the NDAA. But there a variety of Plan...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 10, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
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Friday p-Op quiz: 'My bad' edition

In between tearing my hair out over the will-it-won't-it-die of don't ask don't tell repeal I was able to cobble together a fun (at least I think it is) p-Op quiz for y'all. There's so much on it, I...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 10, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Republican hypocrisy in the lame duck Congress

If you've ever wondered what the term "situational ethics" means, just look at how the Republicans were against this lame-duck session of Congress before they were for it. And why? Could have something to do with a phrase that...

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 9, 2010; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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DADT repeal failure: next steps

Those who questioned Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins's sincerity in wanting to repeal don't ask don't tell (DADT) got their comeuppance when the Republican from Maine did what she hinted she might do when we talked yesterday: She voted...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 9, 2010; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Hooked on iPad Scrabble

I could write more about the tax deal, but you're probably tired of hearing about it, and, to be honest, I've been too busy playing iPad Scrabble. Too busy losing, actually. It's lucky I never started smoking, because I'm...

By Ruth Marcus  | December 9, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DADT repeal almost DOA? [Update]

Yesterday's non-stop action on the efforts to vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the repeal of don't ask don't tell (DADT) may very well be the high point. For, today, everything could come to a crashing...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 9, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Holding students hostage while the adults argue

Former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's Students First initiative got started this week. Pitching her new organization, a foundation dedicated to driving education reform in communities across the country, Rhee told Oprah that you should join Students First,If you want...

By Conor Williams  | December 9, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Republicans ignore the American people on tax cuts for wealthy

Flush with victory on Election night, John Boehner talked about how the new Republican majority was the voice of the American people and how President Obama needed to listen to them and "change course." Watch for yourself (start at...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 9, 2010; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Susan Collins: Let's make a deal on don't ask, don't tell [Updated]

This has been one sloppy day in the ongoing saga to end don't ask don't tell. Read Greg Sargent's excellent blog post and subsequent updates for the complete and harrowing play-by-play on where things stand. News that Sen. Lisa...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 8, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Guess who else supports Obama's tax-cut deal?!

The president wants you to know that Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx (D) has endorsed the tax-cut deal he just brokered with congressional Republicans. Well, in that case. Since Tuesday, the White House has made sure that reporters saw seemingly...

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 8, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Obama's double-or-nothing moment in the Middle East

The latest collapse of the Middle East peace process has underlined a reality that the Obama administration has resisted since it took office -- that neither the current Israeli government nor the Palestinian Authority shares its passion for moving...

By Jackson Diehl  | December 8, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Love Obama's smack at the 'sanctimonious' left

As someone who frequently catches more hell from liberal Democrats than from conservative Republicans, I am completely sympathetic to President Obama's exasperation at the "sanctimonious" folks in his party who cling to "unrealistic" "purist position[s]." He was at his...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 8, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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WikiLeaks: The worm turns

Since my column urging the Obama administration to return fire in the cyber war with WikiLeaks appeared, Julian Assange's defenders have mocked the notion that U.S. Cyber Command could launch any kind of successful attack on WikiLeaks in cyberspace....

By Marc Thiessen  | December 8, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Tax cuts for rich and poor alike

Today's guest blogger is Anatole France. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1921), but he is probably known for the acute observation that, "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges,...

By Richard Cohen  | December 8, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Where was the tax duel we needed?

"The issue is not, 'How do I persuade the American people?' They are with me," Obama said during Tuesday's press conference of his desire not to extend the Bush tax cuts for the best off two percent of Americans....

By Matt Miller  | December 7, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Obama presser: the new normal?

There was a snap to President Obama's voice today that reminded me of many a male (and the occasional female) relative when I was a kid -- the voice I heard before I was asked to go get my...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 7, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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White House on 2012 tax cut debate: bring it on

If President Obama's deal with Republicans on the Bush tax cuts holds, the extension of current tax rates will expire in 2012. Choosing to extend the cuts for two years, I suppose, is defensible on policy grounds -- it's...

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 7, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Prop 8 case: A success for cameras in the court

Anyone worried about the potential for cameras in the courtroom to create a circus atmosphere should take a peek at the televised hearings in the Prop 8 appeal. (You can probably still catch a replay on C-Span.org.) The subject...

By Eva Rodriguez  | December 7, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Prayers for Elizabeth Edwards [updated]

Our day started a little sadder with news that Elizabeth Edwards stopped her cancer treatments and is now surrounded by family. There's a lot to be said about the estranged wife of ne'erdowell playboy baby daddy John Edwards. But...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 7, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Don't leave until don't ask don't tell is done

The compromise struck on extending the Bush tax cuts, unemployment insurance and other measures should (hopefully) keep the anemic economic recovery going. Fine. Great. Okay. But I'm more happy the framework for a deal has been achieved because it...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 7, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Ginni Thomas: my bad -- probably

We interrupt my reporting and writing about the ongoing effort to get the Senate to do its job and repeal don't ask don't tell to bring this news flash from Gini Thomas. In an interview with the Daily Caller,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 6, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Obama, Republicans' ominous deal on Bush tax cuts

For weeks, observers have preemptively hailed the sort of deal the White House and congressional Republicans seem to be striking on extending the Bush tax cuts. Republicans, it seems, will acquiesce on maintaining enhanced federal unemployment benefits if Democrats...

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 6, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Joe Lieberman agrees: keep Senate in session to repeal don't ask don't tell

Last night, I called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to keep the chamber in session until the repeal of don't ask don't tell is done. Late this morning, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) endorsed that idea via Twitter....

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 6, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Who is reading about Sarah Palin -- and why?

Sarah Palin. The reason I started this post with the name Sarah Palin is that two weeks ago, when I wrote about Palin and Michelle Obama, my column was recommended on Facebook around 11,000 times. I credit some of...

By Richard Cohen  | December 6, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
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What Michelle Rhee is doing next

Anyone who watched Michelle Rhee these last three and a half years as she upended Washington's troubled public schools shouldn't be surprised by her decision to start up a new national organization dedicated to school reform. From the get-go...

By Jo-Ann Armao  | December 6, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Repeal of don't ask, don't tell: 'If not now, when?'

Gay rights activists and others who want Congress to repeal the abhorrent, discriminatory and "un-American" ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military are fretting over the waning lame-duck calendar. So I propose an easy solution:...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 5, 2010; 9:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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