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PostPartisan: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

GM moves away from 'Government Motors'

I've been tough on General Motors lately, so it's a genuine thrill to be able to take note of those occasions when the company does something smart. Case in point: Thursday's announcement that GM is canceling its request for...

By Charles Lane  | January 28, 2011; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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How the U.S. can respond to Egypt's Internet blackout

Last fall I bookmarked Egyptian blogs to read. Thursday night, I revisited some of my favorites, only to find they had vanished. "Problem loading: The connection was reset," read one error message after another. And just like that, my access...

By Sarah Lovenheim  | January 28, 2011; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Friday p-Op quiz: 'Salmon' Edition

We survived the State of the Union Address, Speaker John Boehner's scowl over President Obama's left shoulder, Michele Bachmann's Tea Party response, the reemergence of Sarah Palin and a five-inch snowstorm that gridlocked Washington. But can you survive this...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 28, 2011; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Rahm Emanuel is back in the race -- but what's the damage?

Rahm Emanuel is back in the Chicago mayoral race. The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday slammed an appellate court ruling that took President Obama's former chief of staff off the city's ballot -- and emphatically. From the opinion: We wish...

By Stephen Stromberg  | January 27, 2011; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Jay Carney to the podium

The big announcement isn't expected until tomorrow, but this being Washington the news has already leaked that Jay Carney will succeed Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary. We'll get all the deep bio stuff tomorrow. Here's just a...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 27, 2011; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Sarah Palin's weird 'Sputnik' story

On Wednesday night, Sarah Palin attacked the "Sputnik moment" line from President Obama's second State of the Union address. That was another one of those WTF moments, when he so often repeated this Sputnik moment that he would aspire...

By Stephen Stromberg  | January 27, 2011; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (219)
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Bachmann, Matthews, Adams and slavery

Chris Matthews had me on "Hardball" last night to discuss Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and her recent eyebrow-arching comments on slavery and our Forefathers to an Iowa tax group. He hadn't heard about them until he read my post on...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 27, 2011; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Charade of the week: What 'hammock' is Paul Ryan talking about?

Before we leave the State of the Union to focus on whatever squabbles will preoccupy us next week, it's worth pausing on a curious observation made by Paul Ryan in his response -- a sentiment sure to come back...

By Matt Miller  | January 27, 2011; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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It's official: The debt is ballooning. Now can we think clearly?

The Congressional Budget Office reports that the budget deficit this year will be the highest ever -- $1.5 trillion -- and that the national debt will equal 77 percent of Gross Domestic Product by 2021. And the Committee for...

By Stephen Stromberg  | January 26, 2011; 11:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Shocker! No same-sex marriage nod in SOTU from Obama

I know you're probably all SOTU'd out. I was, too, until a story on advocate.com caught my eye and caused it to roll. "Obama: Mum on Marriage" bemoans the absence of any mention of support for marriage equality in...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 26, 2011; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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From SOTU to the budget

Reading the morning papers makes it pretty clear that while many folks thought President Obama delivered a fine speech, they were more than a little put out that he didn't get into specifics about how he would reduce the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 26, 2011; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Bipartisan SOTU seating helped Obama

"Date night" proved to be a bonus for President Obama. The standing ovations appeared to be unanimous because it was difficult to see those still seated. Unity may be a mirage, after all....

By Kathleen Parker  | January 26, 2011; 1:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama's State of the Union: bipartisan and ideological

This was a smooth, sober economic speech, which took advantage of President Obama's skill at explanation -- describing the economic
changes of the last few decades and making his case for government action to catalyze private economic activity. Obama appealed...

By Michael Gerson  | January 25, 2011; 11:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Obama's SOTU, Ryan's response, Bachmann's banality

My nerd card was firmly in hand when I raced back to my hotel room to catch my favorite part of the State of the Union address: "Mr. Speaker, the president of the United States!" And then, well, the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 25, 2011; 11:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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SOTU sells big government with American exceptionalism

The rise of the Tea Party movement has seen a renewed interest in the idea of American exceptionalism -- the belief that ours is a nation set apart, a "shining city on a hill," as Ronald Reagan always called...

By Marc Thiessen  | January 25, 2011; 11:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Dr. Win the War

While Republicans are playing politics, Obama is fighting an economic war.

By Harold Meyerson  | January 25, 2011; 11:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama's State of the Union Address reframed the debate

Some speeches hit you over the head with their main points, and absolutely no one could miss the fact that "win the future" was the central theme of President Obama's State of the Union Address. It was a smart...

By E.J. Dionne  | January 25, 2011; 11:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
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After SOTU, I'm stirred but not shaken

I'm always hopeful on State of the Union night -- and always disappointed.

By Matt Miller  | January 25, 2011; 10:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Hard to argue with Obama's State of the Union address

It was the eloquent, post-partisan, uniter-not-a-divider President Obama who appeared in the House chamber tonight. It was his second State of the Union address, but the first with the lift and vision of his best campaign speeches. Obama managed...

By Eugene Robinson  | January 25, 2011; 10:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
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Obama's State of the Union address thin on foreign policy

President Obama's State of the Union portrait of U.S. engagement in the world was thin -- and weak.

By Jackson Diehl  | January 25, 2011; 10:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Can Rahm Emanuel bounce back?

Of all the pernicious things about Monday's appeals court ruling that threw Rahm Emanuel off the ballot in Chicago, among the worst was the timing: the day before city officials were to begin printing ballots, and a week before...

By Stephen Stromberg  | January 25, 2011; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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The state of Obama is strong

The President Obama you see tonight will be different from the one you saw on Nov. 3. That Obama was a little glum and introduced into our political lexicon the now-worn-out gerund "shellacking" to describe the beat-down he and...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 25, 2011; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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The selling of the 'Palestine Papers'

Anyone familiar with Israeli-Palestinian negotiations over the last decade will find nothing surprising about the supposed revelations in the "Palestine papers" published this week by the Qatar-based Al Jazeera and Britain's Guardian newspaper. Since at least the time of...

By Jackson Diehl  | January 25, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Will Chief Justice Roberts attend the State of the Union?

Sam Alito won't be there, but will John Roberts? I'm talking, of course, of the president's State of the Union Address and the question of whether Republican Supreme Court appointees will attend. You'll recall that the speech raised a...

By Eva Rodriguez  | January 25, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Everyone knows Rahm Emanuel lives in Chicago

While Rahm Emanuel was a White House aide to Bill Clinton, he caught the eye of Goldman Sachs. To Jon Corzine, then Goldman's chairman, Emanuel was the perfect prospect. He could work hard and long. He was furiously industrious....

By Richard Cohen  | January 25, 2011; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
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Paul Ryan is not what you think

Imagine that President Obama said Tuesday night that it was time to get America's fiscal house in order and then proposed a plan that would not balance the budget until the 2060s - while adding more than $62 trillion to...

By Matt Miller  | January 24, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Obama: Explain how can we afford government

Don Taylor makes a good point about liberals and the deficit: In the end, I think Progressives have more at stake on the deficit than do Conservatives, because Progressives believe that government does have a key role to play...

By Stephen Stromberg  | January 24, 2011; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Michele Bachmann's 'absolutely amazing' view of history

While others are swearing off a certain former politician from a rather large non-contiguous state in the west, I have vowed to start paying more attention to one Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). She is the ideological twin of the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 24, 2011; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Rahm Emanuel got robbed

Even hundreds of miles away, you can probably hear the blizzard of F-bombs sweeping down from the Great Lakes. They're from Rahm Emanuel, the profanity-happy former chief of staff to President Obama, who was stricken from the Feb. 22...

By Eva Rodriguez  | January 24, 2011; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
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Sorry, Dana Milbank -- I won't quit Sarah Palin

Hi, I'm Jonathan, and I'm, um, a Pali-holic. But not in the way that Dana Milbank or Ross Douthat thinks. Sure, I've written at least 34 posts with "Sarah" or "Sarah Palin" in the headline. Yes, I'm fully aware...

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 24, 2011; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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