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PostPartisan: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Same-sex marriage isn't the threat to African American families

President Obama is catching a fair amount of grief from theologically conservative African American pastors for his decision to no longer defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans the recognition of same-sex marriage. "The president has...

By Colbert King  | March 4, 2011; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Sam Arora is now for and against marriage equality

Maryland Del. Sam Arora (D) has broken his silence and ended his disgraceful wavering on how he will vote on the marriage equality bill. A measure he campaigned on and co-sponsored, by the way. After reading his statement below,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 4, 2011; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Sam Arora, marriage equality and the race card

Since I wrote about the disgraceful wavering of Maryland House Del. Sam Arora (D-Montgomery County) on the marriage equality bill he campaigned for, raised money from gays and lesbians on and co-sponsored after his election, three things have come...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 4, 2011; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Sheen madness

Call me Number 1,279,090. That would be my place among the ranks of Twitter followers amassed by public meltdown artist Charlie Sheen in little more than 24 hours. If there is a better illustration of the decline of American...

By Ruth Marcus  | March 3, 2011; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Sam Arora's disgraceful wavering on marriage equality in Maryland

Around 9:00 a.m. Thursday, Maryland House Del. Sam Arora (D-Montgomery County) -- who raised a ton of cash from the gay community and progressives based on his stance on marriage equality and who is a co-sponsor of the same-sex...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 3, 2011; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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A warning to would-be interventionists in Libya

Cautionary warning to would-be interventionists in Libya: This place makes Iraq and Afghanistan look like models of social cohesion. U.S. intelligence analysts caution that Libya is so depleted by four decades of rule by Moammar Gaddafi that forming a...

By David Ignatius  | March 3, 2011; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Mexican President Calderon, the Middle East and building democracy

The hour-long meeting President Felipe Calderon of Mexico had with The Post editorial board and reporters covered a range of topics, from the battles with drug cartels to the damage WikiLeaks caused to the relationship with the United States....

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 3, 2011; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Supreme Court affirms Fred Phelps's right to be ugly

When I read the breaking news alert this morning, I almost fell out of my chair. "Supreme Court upholds Westboro Baptist Church's right to stage anti-gay protests at funerals of U.S. troops." And after the initial shock wore off,...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 2, 2011; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (144)
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Wiscontradictions

Various polls on the clash in Wisconsin show that the public is more hostile to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's push against public-sector unionism than the governor probably expected. Greg Sargent may slightly overstate the degree of opposition; one question...

By Charles Lane  | March 2, 2011; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Huckabee 'slip' on Kenya was more like a slide

Sorry, Steve, but I'm going to have to disagree with your "Freudian slip" pass given to Mike Huckabee. A slip would be saying "Osama" instead of "Obama" when referring to the president. What the former Arkansas governor, who is...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 2, 2011; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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Sad, but true: Americans are out of touch with wars

If you want to know how removed we are from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- heck, from military matters altogether -- read Greg Jaffe's moving story in The Post about Lt. Gen. John Kelly and the loss...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 2, 2011; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Another moderate in Pakistan is assassinated

Shahbaz Bhatti, who was assassinated outside his home in Pakistan today, came to visit a few of us at The Post one month ago. He was soft-spoken and matter-of-fact about the dangers he faced -- and about his refusal,...

By Fred Hiatt  | March 2, 2011; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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What was wrong with Huckabee's comments on Obama and Kenya

It's the Republican equivalent of a Freudian slip: Mike Huckabee says he misspoke when he repeatedly claimed that President Obama grew up in Kenya and that this might inform the president's views on foreign affairs. And the depressing thing...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 1, 2011; 9:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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McCain: U.S. 'making up reasons' to avoid action on Libya

Fully a week after Libya's delegation to the United Nations first proposed that Western countries impose a no-fly zone in their country, the Obama administration finally has begun discussing it with other NATO governments. But most of the talk...

By Jackson Diehl  | March 1, 2011; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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An appreciation: the Rev. Peter Gomes

The Rev. Peter J. Gomes died Tuesday, sending thousands who had the privilege of his company over the decades of his ministry in Cambridge, Mass., into mourning. By the time I met Gomes -- at one of his famous...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 1, 2011; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Nancy Pelosi learns the appeal of 'no'

The White House and House Speaker John Boehner (R) are arguing over just how long to temporarily keep the government running while they negotiate a final budget for 2011. President Obama and Senate Democrats want the stop-gap continuing resolution...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 1, 2011; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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An Egyptian revolutionary seeks Obama's support

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified Ahmed Salah as Ahmed Maher. Both were founders of the April 6th movement, but Saleh has since left the organization. Ahmed Maher has not visited Washington. Ahmed Salah, one of...

By Jackson Diehl  | March 1, 2011; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Iowa Republicans cool to Sarah Palin

First, Sarah Palin's presidential flirtations hit a granite wall in New Hampshire -- home of the first-in-the-nation primary. Now comes a poll that shows likely Republican voters in Iowa -- home of the first-in-the-nation caucus -- are cooling to...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 28, 2011; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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No taxation with misrepresentation

While everyone was away quarreling about Wisconsin last week, Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. issued the most impressive of the pro-health-care reform judicial rulings so far. Kessler's terse, lawyerly opinion made the score...

By Charles Lane  | February 28, 2011; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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What's with African American opposition to gay marriage in Maryland?

Now that the Maryland state Senate has passed a marriage equality bill, the action shifts to the House of Delegates where support for and against the measure is almost evenly split. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, African American churches and...

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 28, 2011; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (154)
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