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PostPartisan: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

DADT repeal: victory! [Update]

[Update 3:30 p.m.: "Don't ask, don't tell," the discriminatory ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military, has been officially repealed by a vote of 65 to 31 in the Senate. History made. Justice done. A...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 18, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Krauthammer ♥ Obama

As someone who savors the ironies of life and politics, I have gotten a kick out of seeing my conservative colleague Charles Krauthammer emerge -- temporarily, no doubt -- as the Obama White House's favorite columnist. For two weeks...

By E.J. Dionne  | December 17, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Child marriage bill UPDATE

In case you missed it, S. 987 (The International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act) failed to pass last night. Despite unanimously passing the Senate, it only garnered a 241-166 majority in the House. Since House rules were in...

By Conor Williams  | December 17, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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DADT repeal: the final showdown

After a roller-coaster month, the fate of the repeal of don't ask don't tell (DADT) will come down to a dramatic vote tomorrow in the Senate. If you want the lowdown on what went down yesterday to get us...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 17, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Another sign of American decline?

On the Today Show Friday, American Express gave a million dollars to Donors Choose, the nonprofit that lets teachers seek funding for school projects, supplies and initiatives they otherwise can't afford. It's a sexy charity that gets lots of...

By Matt Miller  | December 17, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Year-end p-Op quiz: 'Memory Lane' edition

If 2009 was the year of "death panels," then 2010 was the year of the "shellacking." And, like "death panels," I will be oh so happy to never hear the term again. But that's as likely as never hearing...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 17, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A hint of hypocrisy in the House?

Dear Senate, Well, this is awkward. For years, I've blamed you for ignoring nearly everything that I, your long-suffering life-partner, pass because of some arrogant allegiance to irrational and undemocratic procedures, absurdities such as the filibuster that most Americans...

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 16, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Judges, ideology and partisanship

I'm hoping for the moment when a federal judge picked by a Democratic president strikes down the health-care law. Or when a Republican-appointed judge upholds it. Either way. Because the current lineup of decisions, in which two Democratic-nominated judges...

By Ruth Marcus  | December 16, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Ask a Michigander: Snow driving advice

While walking back from a downtown meeting this afternoon, I couldn't help but marvel at the general winter-driving ineptitude of Washington drivers. I know it's a truism here inside the Beltway -- D.C. drivers are the nation's worst -- but...

By Conor Williams  | December 16, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Palin vs. Obama: No she can't [Update]

When Barbara Walters asked Sarah Palin if she could beat President Obama in 2012, the half-term governor of Alaska confidently replied, "I believe so." Unfortunately for her, no one else does. In the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 16, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Child marriage is still an easy vote

For many, it's an easy issue to forget. Child brides across the world have no lobby to maintain congressional and media attention. Neither party made the American international development agenda central to their electoral strategy in 2010. We have more than enough crises to occupy our attention here at home. For others, however, it's an issue that can't be ignored.

By Conor Williams  | December 16, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Reid, Kyl and the ridiculous 'war on Christmas'

You know, I'm not one to stick up for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but the "war on Christmas" he finds himself in is ridiculous. Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Whinersville) complained that Reid's push to vote on the new...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 16, 2010; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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DADT repeal: Over to the Senate

With ease and dispatch, the House of Representatives did what the Senate has failed to do -- twice: pass a bill to repeal don't ask don't tell (DADT), the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 15, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Fox News on climate: Ignorant, manipulative -- or both?

Media Matters says it has uncovered a directive that Bill Sammon, Fox News's Washington bureau chief, sent to the network's reporters, commanding them to "refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without...

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 15, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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King of p-Op 2010: Antoine Dodson

Time Magazine has had its say. Mark Zuckerberg, the multibillionaire founder of Facebook who has come to control my life without the benefit of me calling him "husband," is its 2010 Person of the Year. I don't disagree with...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 15, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Putin's push for the START treaty

A piece of paper tacked on a courtroom door in Moscow Wednesday morning offered Vladimir Putin's contribution to the Obama administration in its push to pass the New START treaty through the U.S. Senate this week. The notice contained...

By Jackson Diehl  | December 15, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Photoshop: The royal edition?

This is one of two official portrait photographs taken on Nov. 25, 2010, and released by the Clarence House Press Office to mark the engagement of Britain's Prince William, left, and Catherine Middleton, right. (AP Photo/Clarence House Press Office/Copyright...

By Autumn Brewington  | December 14, 2010; 10:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Henry Kissinger and the Jews

There hasn't been much buzz in official Washington about the most incendiary quote in the latest batch of Nixon tapes released a few days ago. There was some reporting on Nixon's stunning if unsurprising displays of equal-opportunity bigotry in...

By Harold Meyerson  | December 14, 2010; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Bailing out Assange: What was Michael Moore thinking?!

In his latest episode of jack-assery, Michael Moore has shelled out 20,000 pounds in bail money for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. As has been well chronicled, Assange is sitting in a London jail awaiting extradition to Sweden on rape...

By Kevin Huffman  | December 14, 2010; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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Marine Gen. Amos's gay obsession

Look, I know the Marines consider themselves the bad-ass branch of the armed forces. But the obsession of Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, with the presumed negative impacts of allowing gay men and lesbians to...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 14, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Ed Rendell says Colin Powell should join West Wing

Everyone seemed to love my idea that President Obama needs a governor in the West Wing and that that governor should be Ed Rendell (D-Pa.). Everyone except Rendell's son. In a jovial five-minute phone conversation this morning, Gov. Rendell...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 14, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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The difficult question of the health-care law's constitutionality

Judge Henry E. Hudson's decision striking down the health care law's individual mandate doesn't surprise me. I have never seen this statute as a constitutional no-brainer. To the contrary, it raises one of the most profound questions our courts...

By Charles Lane  | December 14, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Michael Steele ruins the GOP's month

In yet another public gaffe, Michael Steele announced Monday that he is running for a second term as Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman. Steele and his supporters argue that they produced results: The GOP took two high-profile governor's mansions...

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 14, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Another shot at repealing DADT

Fasten your seat belts. The don't ask don't tell roller coaster rolls again today now that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) have introduced a stand-alone bill to repeal don't ask don't tell (DADT)...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 14, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Richard Holbrooke, a force of personality

Islamabad -- Mourners often talk about people who were "larger than life," but in the case of American diplomat Richard Holbrooke, that shopworn phrase really did apply. He was too big, too brilliant, too ambitious and, at times, too...

By David Ignatius  | December 13, 2010; 11:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Holbrooke: An extraordinary man

It could be Quincy Jones. It could be Brian Stokes Mitchell. It could be Glenn Close. And, of course, it could be Hillary and Bill Clinton. I am talking about the people you could meet at Richard Holbrooke's place....

By Richard Cohen  | December 13, 2010; 10:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Nixon bigotry: caught on tape -- again

I couldn't let this day end without saying a little something about President Nixon and his tape-recorded views about blacks during a conversation with his personal secretary on Feb. 13, 1973. The paranoid Oval Office occupant didn't think much...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 13, 2010; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Dems vs. unions: It's on

Next to the drama in Washington, the big political story in 2011 will be the struggle to rein in public-sector unions, whose pay, pensions and health benefits are bankrupting some of the biggest states in the country. Today's Wall...

By Charles Lane  | December 13, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Health care: Legislating from the Bench

"Every judge I appoint," George W. Bush declared, "will be a person who clearly understands the role of a judge is to interpret the law, not to legislate from the bench." Oh, really? Well, Judge Henry E. Hudson, a...

By E.J. Dionne  | December 13, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Conservatives: Be careful what you wish for on Obamacare

Conservatives Monday could barely contain their glee when a Virginia federal judge ruled that Obamacare's individual mandate is unconstitutional. What the right fails to grasp (as I argued in The Post in October) is that "success" in court will...

By Matt Miller  | December 13, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Bloomberg for president?

Despite the rampant speculation ginned up everywhere, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I) made it clear on "Meet The Press" that he's not running for president in 2012. You always have to take such denials with a grain...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 13, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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John Boehner's crying game

One of the perks of being in the Fourth Estate is that sometimes you get the transcripts of news shows before they air. So it was with great delight that I read the "60 Minutes" interview with Speaker-designate John...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 13, 2010; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (152)
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The Dream Act affects more than Latinos

If Senate Republicans kill the Dream Act, I and many millions of Hispanics will take it as a slap in the face. The legislation is so clearly in the country's interest that its rejection essentially means: You don't want me...

By Edward Schumacher-Matos  | December 12, 2010; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (290)
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