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PostPartisan: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

Jeremy Bernard: A historic choice for White House social secretary

The White House is set to make news and history this afternoon when it announces the new social secretary. Jeremy Bernard, currently the chief of staff to the U.S. ambassador to France, will become the third person to hold...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 25, 2011; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Friday p-Op quiz: 'Punk'd' Edition

A governor got punk'd. A dictator fell off the deep end, mentally speaking. An ugly law was called out by the president for what it is: unconstitutional. And a senator declared a doomed-before-it-started war -- on prostitutes. That's basically...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 25, 2011; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Gay rights on the march

The Maryland Senate Thursday evening passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state, following the legalization of gay nuptials in the District of Columbia last year. Though passage in Maryland's House of Delegates is not guaranteed,...

By Stephen Stromberg  | February 25, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Krauthammer falls for the Paul Ryan ruse

Et tu, Charles? I've been a Krauthammer fan for ages, quote him often on our public radio show "Left, Right & Center," and have always marveled at Charles's range, erudition and insight. But his Friday column he unfortunately becomes...

By Matt Miller  | February 24, 2011; 11:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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DOMA misinformation on Fox News

I'm slated to see Monica Crowley at a taping of The McLaughlin Group tomorrow. And I'd be shocked if we didn't discuss President Obama's historic decision to no longer defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. So, before the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 24, 2011; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Obama's historic action against DOMA

When the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Lawrence v. Texas in June 2003, a wave of euphoria rippled through the gay community across the country. Not only did the nation's highest court affirm their existence and their...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 24, 2011; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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All hail Mayor Rahm

My reaction to Rahm Emanuel's stunning and decisive victory over anyone else in the Chicago mayor's race was neatly summed up by his friend and former White House colleague David Axelrod. "Two things are surreal: the nature of the...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 23, 2011; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Wisconsin governor's -- and the GOP's -- strange 'budget discipline'

Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker, says that concern over his state's relatively modest budget crisis motivates his drive to strip public-sector employees of their ability to bargain collectively. And, yet, he just decided to put Wisconsin into a fiscal...

By Stephen Stromberg  | February 23, 2011; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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On and on and on Wisconsin

Harold Meyerson has promoted me from Scrooge-like to Kevorkianesque. Awesome! But let's stick to the issue at hand. That issue, very simply, is whether collective bargaining for employees of state and local government is in the public interest. I...

By Charles Lane  | February 23, 2011; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Edie and Jerry: The real people behind DOJ's shift on DOMA

The Justice Department has just announced that it will no longer defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act -- the Clinton-era law that forbids the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. The department's press release says that the...

By Eva Rodriguez  | February 23, 2011; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Breaking News: Obama action against DOMA coming

A well-placed and trusted source tells me that, any minute now, Attorney General Eric Holder will issue a statement announcing that it will no longer defend so-called Defense of Marriage Act lawsuits in court. The source believes DOJ had...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 23, 2011; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Harry Reid, prostitution and crickets

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs his political hearing checked. The man who only won reelection last year because his erratic opponent was this side of odd and had all the likeability of Mrs. Kravitz addressed the Nevada legislature...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 23, 2011; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Kevorkianism in Wisconsin

In a blog post Monday, the indefatigable Chuck Lane expressed disappointment that Wisconsin's public-sector unions were missing the opportunity to put themselves out of business. What they really should do, he argued, is kill themselves. Lane noted that the...

By Harold Meyerson  | February 22, 2011; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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On and on Wisconsin

The estimable Greg Sargent notes public opinion surveys showing public support for collective bargaining rights, suggesting that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has overplayed his hand by refusing to accept a union-Democratic Party "compromise," that would supposedly trade big...

By Charles Lane  | February 22, 2011; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Is the Obama administration soft on Gaddafi?

For the Obama administration, Libya ought to be the easy case in the Middle East's turmoil. Dictator Moammar Gaddafi, aptly labeled a "mad dog" by Ronald Reagan 25 years ago, is no friend of the United States, unlike Egypt's...

By Jackson Diehl  | February 22, 2011; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
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On Wisconsin, again

There's a lull in the action up in the Badger State, so let me turn to Ezra Klein's latest post, which disputes the notion that there is any distinction, from the public's point of view, between unionism in the...

By Charles Lane  | February 22, 2011; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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The American agenda is the 'black agenda'

The Post-Kaiser Family Foundation-Harvard University poll on race and recession that ran in Sunday's paper ought to put to rest the unreasonable and politically naive demand by some African Americans that President Obama have an articulated "Black agenda." As...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 22, 2011; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Time to stand up to Libya's madman

BEIRUT -- Watching Moammar Gaddafi's televised rant today -- in which he threatened, in effect, to turn himself into a suicide bomb and take his country down with him -- a reasonable person would conclude that the Libyan leader...

By David Ignatius  | February 22, 2011; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Off the fence on Wisconsin

The op-ed page today of The Post and David Brooks the New York Times -- not to mention the PostPartisan spirited tussle between Harold Meyerson and Chuck Lane -- highlight the quandary I've had about the doings in Madison,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 22, 2011; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Membership has its privileges

Other than the obvious, what do Bahrain and Libya have in common? That's right: they are both members in good standing of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Cuba, too....

By Charles Lane  | February 22, 2011; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Does America really need a civility institute?

The University of Arizona is establishing the National Institute for Civil Discourse, university officials announced Monday. Inspired by the debate that surrounded the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) last month, the institute, The Post reports, is supposed to...

By Stephen Stromberg  | February 22, 2011; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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The Tea Party and me

My colleague Jennifer Rubin took a nice poke at me Monday on her Right Turn blog. She wrote that, "after months of scorning, dismissing and vilifying the Tea Partyers," I had made a concession when I wrote in my...

By E.J. Dionne  | February 21, 2011; 10:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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For Wisconsin unions, a telling concession

Wisconsin public-sector union leaders have offered Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-majority state legislature a deal. The unions will accept all of the fiscal aspects of Walker's bill: Henceforth members will pay 5.8 percent of their salary toward their...

By Charles Lane  | February 21, 2011; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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