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On marriage, gays need to take page from Obama playbook

The ink is barely dry on President Obama's signature repealing "don't ask, don't tell," and the tribe is already pushing him on same-sex marriage. According to today's Post, "Gay rights activists are... urging Obama to publicly call for states...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 24, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Obama's lame-duck session lesson: leadership

On "Morning Joe" today, Joe Scarborough praised the accomplishments of the lame-duck session as what can happen when President Obama reaches out to Republicans. He has a point. The deal on extending the Bush tax cuts and unemployment insurance,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 23, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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President Obama (D-Persistent)

"I am persistent," President Obama said in his "How ya like me now?!" press conference. "If I believe in something strongly, I stay with it." And he has enough legislative victories in this lame-duck session to prove it. The...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 22, 2010; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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What the START vote says about the next Congress

The ratification of the New START treaty was a victory for common sense and the national interest. It was a defeat for a particularly acidic form of partisanship. Are there lessons for the future in how the treaty's ratification...

By E.J. Dionne  | December 22, 2010; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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More signs Sarah Palin isn't running? [Update]

So, I was catching up on my reading yesterday, when two stories on the Politico website leapt out at me as possibly more signs that Sarah Palin won't run for president in 2012. Sign 1: Tom Van Flein, described...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 22, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Mitch McConnell's failed bid to kill DADT repeal

Yesterday, they -- the folks who want to derail the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" in order to continue discrimination in our armed forces -- were preparing to unveil a new weapon in their bid to defy President...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 22, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Haley Barbour's race blinders

Despite his just-released statement of contrition, Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.) has a blind spot the size of the Confederate flag when it comes to race. I'm not saying that this son of the South is a racist. I am...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 21, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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The Dream Act joins a shameful tradition

In 1830, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act. It forced most Native Americans in the Deep South to move to Oklahoma in what became known as the "trail of tears and death." Then in 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive...

By Edward Schumacher-Matos  | December 20, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
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Sarah Palin's 'sarcas-ka'

Snark Palin continued her campaign against first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to keep the nation's youth from becoming bedridden obese people who have to be forklifted out of their houses to make doctor's appointments. The latest broadside came during...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 20, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (530)
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