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It's official: A revolution in Egypt

The Egyptian uprising has become a revolution.

By Stephen Stromberg  | February 11, 2011; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama's Egypt opportunity

From its beginning, the crisis in Egypt has reminded many Americans of similar events a generation ago in Iran, when the pro-American shah fell and -- because the Revolution evolved in a radical, anti-American direction -- took President Jimmy...

By Charles Lane  | February 11, 2011; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Good coup or bad coup in Egypt?

Egypt has just witnessed a popular revolution -- but also a military coup. So as we in Washington watch the crowds celebrate in Cairo, we also have to wonder: will this be a good coup, or a bad coup?...

By Jackson Diehl  | February 11, 2011; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Everything is possible in Egypt

The sounds and the images from Tahrir Square today are unforgettable, but one phrase sticks in my mind in this first hour of Egyptian "liberation." An emotional commentator on Al Jazeera English, choking back sobs, said that after the...

By David Ignatius  | February 11, 2011; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Egypt: 'The people united...'

  Since Jan. 31, I have been riveted by the protests. People demanding that their voices be heard. That they have rights and that those rights be respected. Their collective chant of "the people united will never be defeated"...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 11, 2011; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Friday's p-Op quiz: 'Fit fun classy' Edition

Let's see, we've had a member of congress this week resign so fast the Earth might have been knocked off its axis. And we've had a certain dictator, I mean "father," refuse to resign, despite his "sons and daughters" growling...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 11, 2011; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The real budget solution, revisited

On Monday, I blogged in praise of Jonathan Chait's New Republic column suggesting that the solution to the budget crisis was to let all the Bush tax cuts expire. Jonathan also laid out a clever political analysis of how...

By E.J. Dionne  | February 11, 2011; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Mubarak's speech: The tone deafness of a dictator

L'etat c'est Mubarak? The Egyptian president just delivered a rambling speech announcing that he won't step down immediately -- and maybe not, it seems, until September. Throughout, I couldn't help but think: This man is a leader? It's not...

By Stephen Stromberg  | February 10, 2011; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Mubarak tells Egypt, 'I'm not going -- yet'

After waiting all day for the momentous event of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation speech, I am astounded by what he actually said. I took to Twitter to express my disbelief. #Egypt Pres. Mubarak channels Effie White of Dream...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 10, 2011; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Jim Webb: The last Jacksonian Democrat

Much of the focus on Sen. Jim Webb's retirement will be on how this might make the Democrats' already hard job of holding their Senate majority even more difficult. But more important than a single Virginia Senate seat is...

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  | February 10, 2011; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Rick Santorum is a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal

Just in case his wife doesn't take Sarah Palin up on her offer, I'll say it: Rick Santorum is a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal. The former Pennsylvania senator and wannabe president was bad-mouthing Palin the other day for being a no-show...

By Ruth Marcus  | February 10, 2011; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Happy Valentine's Day from the GOP

Reince Priebus, the new chairman of the Republican National Committee with the Wheel-of-Fortune-friendly name, just sent me an email with an enticing offer. "This Valentine's Day," he writes, "show the most important Republicans, Democrats and Independents in your life...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 10, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Egypt: Birth of a new nation?

Words cannot begin to capture how momentous the Egyptian uprising is. Are you watching? Do you see the crowds in Tahrir Square? Listen to the chants and the cheers. To hear that roiling roar of freedom emanating from Tahrir...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 10, 2011; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Syria and Facebook: Not quite friends

Yesterday, less than a week after activists held a candlelight vigil in Damascus to show solidarity with protesters in Egypt, Syria's authoritarian government ended a national ban on Facebook and YouTube. But the jury is out on whether the move...

By Sarah Lovenheim  | February 10, 2011; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is America helpless in Egypt?

What influence does America have over events in Egypt? Listening to the Obama administration doesn't make one optimistic. Vice President Biden spoke with Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman Tuesday, impressing on Suleiman American expectations that the regime must stop...

By Stephen Stromberg  | February 9, 2011; 8:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Rep. Chris Lee (R-Craigslist) [UPDATE]

Rules of Life No. 234,232: Nothing good comes from a grown man doing muscle poses in front of the mirror and capturing them in photos taken by a handheld device. The poster poser for this rule since last September...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 9, 2011; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Exit Jim Webb; enter. . .Who?

Jim Webb's announcement that he's quitting the Senate after his term's finished in 2012 confirms his refreshing reputation as a maverick unwed to the perks of office. It also cues the handicappers thrilled at the prospect of a toss-up open...

By Lee Hockstader  | February 9, 2011; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Embrace 'Obamacare'

Joe Scarborough asked us a very good question today on "Morning Joe" after Pat Buchanan uttered a term that is anathema to Democrats and progressives. Why do Democrats flip out when the health-care law is called "Obamacare"? Scarborough raised...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 9, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Is the Tea Party cynical, after all?

Some liberals may have to recalibrate their criticisms of Tea Partyers. One reads like this: They are little more than new faces on an old Republican right-wing, angry at government when it influences activities they prefer unfettered -- particularly...

By Stephen Stromberg  | February 8, 2011; 9:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Wait...Toyota might not be responsible for every accident ever?

Remember when it couldn't just be sticky gas pedals that caused Toyotas to accelerate uncontrollably? After large Toyota recalls made national headlines, some argued, there were just too many examples of speeding Camrys and Lexuses for these events to...

By Stephen Stromberg  | February 8, 2011; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Egypt warnings Obama ignored

Caught flat-footed and totally unprepared for Egypt's uprising, the Obama administration has been offering a series of excuses. It was, officials claim, quietly supporting reform all along. The CIA never warned that Egypt might blow up. No one could...

By Jackson Diehl  | February 8, 2011; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
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Whitman-Walker rebound

The dark cloud that hovered over the Whitman-Walker Clinic here in Washington for the last few years is gone. Once on financial life support, the revered institution is thriving. The embattled management announced today that, for the first time...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 8, 2011; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The politics of fat: Michelle Obama, Palin and my elliptical machine

Friday a new study revealed that the world obesity rate has doubled since 1980. This, along with its attendant public health problems, seems like the sort of thing people in government should care about, especially in America -- among...

By Stephen Stromberg  | February 7, 2011; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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'The View' from Nadin Khoury, a victim of bullying

Nadin Khoury is my new hero. And the 13-year-old bullying victim from Pennsylvania ought to be yours, too, after you see his appearance on The View from last week. I first heard of his harrowing ordeal -- set upon...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 7, 2011; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The real budget solution

Nothing is more annoying to a columnist than another columnist who gets to an idea you had planned to write about before you do. And with that, I salute The New Republic's Jonathan Chait for his excellent column in...

By E.J. Dionne  | February 7, 2011; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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What do Egypt's protesters want?

As Egypt's protests endure, there have been many anecdotal reports of Egyptian public opinion -- but no widespread surveying of what many Egyptians want. Ideally, traditional polling firms would conduct rigorous surveys of the entire Egyptian population. In this period...

By Sarah Lovenheim  | February 7, 2011; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Sarah Palin needs her own wake-up call

"CBS Sunday Morning" aired a profile of Aaron Sorkin yesterday. The peg was his best screenwriter Oscar nomination for "The Social Network." But it was his spot-on comments about Sarah Palin that piqued my interest. "I have a big...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 7, 2011; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
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After 'forcible rape,' another abortion restriction

Rep. Joe Pitts' assault on abortion.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 7, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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