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PostPartisan: December 26, 2010 - January 1, 2011

Read the Constitution? The new rules Congress really needs to adopt.

According to a pointless new rule, every bill in the House of Representatives next year will include a section citing the portion of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to enact it. The Senate is also considering some...

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 31, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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A happy, rational new year

Happy New Year to all. I won't bore you with my personal New Year's resolutions, but I do hope we might collectively agree (and please don't charge me with "collectivism") that not everything a politician does or says should...

By E.J. Dionne  | December 31, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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DADT repeal: 18 days in December

Rare is the occasion in which a president and a nation get to revel in affirming their fundamental principles. And that's exactly what happened on Dec. 22 when President Obama signed the bill that will pave the way to...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 31, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Obama's recess appointment that makes sense

I gave President Obama some grief last summer for bypassing the Senate and making a precipitous recess appointment for Donald Berwick, his choice to oversee the Medicare and Medicaid programs. I have a completely different take on the president's...

By Ruth Marcus  | December 30, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Oh, snow, Mayor Bloomberg!

Dangit, Mayor Bloomberg! I'm watching with despair as you and New York City continue to struggle to dig out from the day-after-Christmas blizzard. It's not supposed to be this way. When Washington found itself in the same situation after...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 30, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Christine O'Donnell (R-Grassy Knoll) thinks everyone is out to get her

By now, we all know that Christine "I am not a witch. I'm you" O'Donnell is reportedly being investigated by the feds for allegations that she used $20,000 in campaign contributions to pay her rent and other personal expenses....

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 30, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Playing (race) cards with Bill Clinton in Chicago

Some members of Chicago's black political class are a wee bit ticked that former president Bill Clinton is getting involved in the impending mayor's race by doing a campaign event next month for former White House chief of staff...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 29, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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The real reason Vick got a second chance

The commentary about President Obama's call to the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles regarding that adjudicated dog killer Michael Vick has now reached an apogee of stupidity that strongly suggest that too many otherwise smart people have lost their...

By Richard Cohen  | December 29, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (216)
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Denis Dutton's digital legacy

I never met Denis Dutton, and didn't know him at all, in fact. But when I clicked on the Arts and Letters Daily Web site yesterday and found it ringed with a black border, I wished that I had....

By Anne Applebaum  | December 29, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama and Michael Vick: the president's American values

Barack Obama is a real American. I don't just mean that, according to some reliable accounts, he was born here. I mean that he extols some of the most American of values. Sure, President Obama is a good family...

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 28, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
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Bloomberg, Rendell and 'a nation of wusses'

Snow makes people cranky. But if you're a public official, you're probably crankier than most. Two great yet different examples of this come from New York and Pennsylvania. New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is getting smacked around for the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 28, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Blizzards and political fortunes

It was not hype. Everything you heard about the severity of the Great Blizzard that hit New York and New Jersey is true. The response to big storms of this sort by governors and mayors can break (and, occasionally...

By E.J. Dionne  | December 28, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Sarah Palin's nightmare: What Michelle Obama dares not propose

Discussing the bizarre obsession among some on the right with Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign, Fred Hiatt points out that the first lady isn't actually proposing scary-sounding social engineering policies: Insinuations from her critics notwithstanding, Obama has not endorsed nanny-state...

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 27, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
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Needed: more church outings for the Obamas in 2011

If President Obama is looking for a New Year's resolution might I suggest he do in Washington with more regularity in 2011 what he did yesterday in Hawaii. Go to church. He can be discreet about it. No need...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 27, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Bipartisan 'birther' backlash in Hawaii

Democrats and Republicans don't agree on a heckuva a lot. But in the Aloha State of Hawaii when it comes to dealing with those seriously cracked people who refuse to accept that President Obama is an American citizen, there...

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 27, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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