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PostPartisan: February 13, 2011 - February 19, 2011

Tyranny in Wisconsin, Part 4

It has been just over five weeks since a deranged gunman in a Tucson suburb left six people dead and 13 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). In the wake of that horrific tragedy, Americans reflected on -- and...

By Charles Lane  | February 19, 2011; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
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Wisconsin: Dueling statistics about public employees

As the Battle of Madison continues, I can't resist calling attention to two charts in two newspapers Saturday morning that point to quite different conclusions about the relative pay and benefits of public- and private-sector workers. The Wall Street...

By E.J. Dionne  | February 19, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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More on Al-Jazeera's silence on Lara Logan

In an internal e-mail two days ago, Heather Allan, head of news gathering for Al Jazeera English, based in Doha, Qatar, answered, "No, we're not," to the question "Lara Logan: Are we reporting this?" So I asked her why....

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 18, 2011; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Tyranny in Wisconsin, part 3

I'm out sick today, but I must drag my ailing body back to the keyboard for one more salvo in the battle of Wisconsin. My colleagues E.J. Dionne and Ezra Klein have come to the aid of Harold Meyerson,...

By Charles Lane  | February 18, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
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Wisconsin's governor is not Hitler

Rachel Maddow on Thursday night called the war over public-sector union law in Wisconsin an "existential fight for the Democratic Party." Overstatement? Maybe, but it's tame compared with the despicable slogans that some of the union protesters have been...

By Stephen Stromberg  | February 18, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
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Friday p-Op quiz: 'So be it' Edition

Quite the week, eh? A week ago, Hosni Mubarak stepped down as ruler of Egypt. Meanwhile, would-be rulers here in the U.S. of A. this week talked about giving opponents a "punch," whether President Obama is even American and...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 18, 2011; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Gov. Walker's Overreach

I have been following with great interest the spirited exchange between my colleagues Harold Meyerson and Chuck Lane over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposals going after the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. I think Walker is wrong...

By E.J. Dionne  | February 18, 2011; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (347)
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Scrooge-ism in Wisconsin, part 2

The pas-de-deux between Chuck Lane and myself, which has now become a long day's journey into night and the subsequent morning, has touched on a number of topics raised by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's attack on public-sector unions --...

By Harold Meyerson  | February 18, 2011; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Tyranny in Wisconsin, part 2

Harold Meyerson persists in claiming that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has been wielding the state's National Guard against workers in the manner of governors from days gone by. That's an improvement of sorts over his previous piece, which...

By Charles Lane  | February 17, 2011; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Palin gets it right on birthers and Obama's faith

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the Tea Party Princess, played a noxious game of dodge ball with George Stephanopoulos this morning when he asked her whether she believed that President Obama was born in the United States and is not...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 17, 2011; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Scrooge-ism in Wisconsin's union battle

In a blog post earlier today, Chuck Lane takes issue with my dire assessment of Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to deny collective bargaining rights to the state's public employees. Lane links this denial of bargaining rights to...

By Harold Meyerson  | February 17, 2011; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Al-Jazeera's silence on Lara Logan

Writing about the horrifying sexual assault on Lara Logan, my colleague Alexandra Petri stated that "[t]his sort of story has a pernicious staying power...." And that would be true if you're getting your news from American outlets, especially the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 17, 2011; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Thumb-twiddling on Social Security isn't an option

Procrastination is rarely a cost-free strategy. That is true when it comes to fixing Social Security -- as much as the Obama administration and, even more forcefully, its allies on the left may wish to believe otherwise. Their "what's...

By Ruth Marcus  | February 17, 2011; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Palin hits Michelle Obama on breast feeding [UPDATE]

Evidence that Sarah Palin's speech at the Long Island Association on Thursday will provide a wealth of head-scratching material just came via Twitter from Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times. Palin says, "It's no wonder Michelle Obama is...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 17, 2011; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Bachmann, Boehner, birthers -- oh my!

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) continued an ugly custom practiced by some big-time Republicans on "Good Morning America" today. She refused to knock down the lie widely believed within her party that President Obama is neither a citizen of the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 17, 2011; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
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Egypt's appeal for emergency economic help

Egypt's foreign minister appeals for economic aid from the United States.

By David Ignatius  | February 17, 2011; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Tyranny by the lake?

Don't look now, but a new dictatorship is rising -- not in the Middle East but on the shores of Lake Superior. Or so says Harold Meyerson, who wrote yesterday that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's effort to rein in...

By Charles Lane  | February 17, 2011; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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Did anti-Mubarak protesters assault Lara Logan?

Cairo -- The sexual assault on CBS correspondent Lara Logan in Tahrir Square Friday was an outrage, and I agree with my colleague Richard Cohen that CBS shouldn't have waited so long to report it. But Cohen and others...

By David Ignatius  | February 16, 2011; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Justin Bieber's tough love on abortion

Just the sight of Justin Bieber elicits an eye roll from me. I mean, what's up with that hair? And he has a 3-D movie out about his life? He's only 16! But it's his political comments in the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 16, 2011; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Do Americans want to defund Obamacare?

When Republicans sought to repeal the health-care law last month, they invoked the wishes of "the American people" so many times that it was as if they had some kind of individual mandate to use political clichés. But now...

By Stephen Stromberg  | February 16, 2011; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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John Lewis: True champion of 'equality and justice for all'

The Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony is that one moment in Washington -- brief though it may be -- when partisanship stops and a celebration of American values begins. Yesterday, 15 individuals from all walks of life who embody...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 16, 2011; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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CBS shouldn't have withheld Lara Logan's story

Say what you will about New York's celebrated tabloids, they know news when they see it. This is why both the New York Daily News and the New York Post devoted their front pages to the sexual assault by...

By Richard Cohen  | February 16, 2011; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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The idea of President Palin hits a granite wall

One too many political tea-leaf readers say that Sarah Palin, with her rock-star personality, loyal following and outsized influence on the Republican Party, could jump into the 2012 presidential race at the last minute and run off with the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 15, 2011; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Obama's debt of promises

President Obama, as with so many others in Washington, is deep in debt. He's asking Americans to give him yet more time to consider tackling Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security spending. And in return, he's promising to try to...

By Stephen Stromberg  | February 15, 2011; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Give me liberty, or give me health care, part 2

In the great constitutional debate over health reform, supporters of the law argue that the individual mandate to buy insurance is not nearly as novel as opponents claim. Indeed, they say, there is ample precedent for it; throughout American...

By Charles Lane  | February 15, 2011; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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Blindsided in Bahrain

According to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, all was well in the Persian Gulf emirate of Bahrain just two months ago, when she paid a visit. "I am very impressed by the progress Bahrain is making on all...

By Jackson Diehl  | February 15, 2011; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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What's the point of reducing the deficit now, anyway?

President Obama and House Republicans have formally begun their fight over federal spending. But why care so much about the relatively small domestic discretionary portion of the budget -- which, at the moment, is what all the fuss is...

By Stephen Stromberg  | February 14, 2011; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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What the press isn't telling you about Obama's budget

The amazing thing about the budget debate is how easily mainstream press coverage is steered toward the conversation our two major political parties prefer to have, as opposed to the debate the country needs. This week, the stenographic coverage...

By Matt Miller  | February 14, 2011; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Weasel words from Speaker Boehner

John Boehner's uninspiring answer when asked if President Obama is a Christian.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 14, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (305)
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