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PostPartisan: March 6, 2011 - March 12, 2011

Pray for Japan

I've struggled all day for something to say about the devastating earthquake and tsunami that have shaken and flooded Japan. The pictures of homes, motor vehicles, airplanes and ships tossed about like toys in a playroom defy imagination. The...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 11, 2011; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fundraisers not entirely on autopilot at NPR

National Public Radio is in full defensive crouch. In the wake of the James O'Keefe sting, the CEO and the chief fundraiser have been sent packing. And now the bosses have released e-mails that prove that the $5 million...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 11, 2011; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Friday p-Op quiz: 'Radical' Edition

A governor did an end-run around an intransigent minority. A union leader won by losing. A cranky congressman made a colleague cry in public at the same time a conference on bullying was being hosted by the president. A...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 11, 2011; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ryan opens the tax door?

On the Paul Ryan watch, an item worth noting from an AP report Thursday. Recall that Rep. Ryan's "Roadmap" incurs at least $62 trillion in debt because it keeps taxes at 19 percent of GDP even as the boomers...

By Matt Miller  | March 11, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Why we loved David Broder

I loved David Broder from the moment I met him, and there are dozens of reporters who feel that way. That first encounter came when I was 23 years old in 1976, in the weeks before the New Hampshire...

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  | March 10, 2011; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Keith Ellison: In defense of Muslim Americans

I was standing behind the press cordon at the bullying conference in the East Room of the White House when the news came over Twitter that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) broke down in tears at the House Homeland Security...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 10, 2011; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Al-Qaeda's American-bred leadership

In recent days, critics in this section have pounded Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) for holding hearings to examine radicalization in the American Muslim community. They've accused him of "providing fuel for bigots" and "stoking irrational fears." Really? It is...

By Marc Thiessen  | March 10, 2011; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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'U.N.' intervention in the Arab world

Anne Applebaum responds to Charles Krauthammer and Robert Kagan on Libya intervention and Iraq.

By Anne Applebaum  | March 10, 2011; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bullying is not a rite of passage

Valerie Jarrett had just run through what would happen at today's summit on bullying when I asked her a rather blunt question. With all that's going on -- fights over budget cuts, the encroaching debt ceiling, the economy, job...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 10, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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One thing those taped NPR execs probably didn't get wrong

The Washington Times is trying to expand the National Public Radio secret video story, which just brought down NPR's chief executive. The Times claims that, on a tape made by conservative activist James O'Keefe, NPR fundraisers "compare deniers of...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 9, 2011; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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That U.N. no-fly zone

Charles Krauthammer responds to Anne Applebaum's concept of multilateral intervention.

By Charles Krauthammer  | March 9, 2011; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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All things defunded

I once attended a birthday party for someone I know who has hundreds of friends -- and an operatic personality that frequently tests their loyalty. One guest began his toast to the honoree, "I love him, even though I...

By Charles Lane  | March 9, 2011; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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The real scandal in the resignation of Japan's foreign minister

Japan's latest political scandal, which has weakened an already reeling government, is ostensibly about foreigners giving campaign donations. But the true scandal is what the episode shows about the continuing reluctance of the Japanese to welcome or assimilate anyone...

By Fred Hiatt  | March 9, 2011; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dave Broder: A reporter at heart

When Fred Hiatt, the editor of the Washington Post editorial page, offered me the chance to write a weekly column, the first person I turned to for advice was Dave Broder. I headed to Dave's glassed-in cubicle in the...

By Ruth Marcus  | March 9, 2011; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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NPR fundraisers ignored unmistakable red flags

Before I got into journalism, I worked for two years as the assistant to the president of WNYC, New York's public television and radio stations. That was 1990 to 1992, when they were still owned by the City of...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 9, 2011; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Ireland's electoral revolution (and one of my favorite ads)

Ireland got a new taoiseach (prime minister) today. Enda Kenny of the Fine Gael Party won overwhelming support in the Irish Parliament and will take office after one of the truly revolutionary elections in Irish history. The voting involved...

By E.J. Dionne  | March 9, 2011; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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NPR executive caught on camera -- doing what, exactly?

Conservative trickster James O'Keefe apparently has Ron Schiller, National Public Radio's chief fundraiser, on tape calling Tea Partyers racist and nodding politely while his lunch companions decry Jewish control of the media. NPR's CEO resigned Wednesday over the scandal....

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 9, 2011; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
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The shadow of the Iraq War isn't as long as Applebaum claims

Our friend Anne Applebaum makes a bizarre assertion in her latest blog post. She asks rhetorically, "Why do Egyptian democrats fear they will be stigmatized by U.S. aid?" And the answer she gives is the Iraq war. Let's start with...

By Robert Kagan and Reuel Marc Gerecht  | March 9, 2011; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Libya, Krauthammer and the shadow of Iraq

Anne Applebaum responds to Charles Krauthammer's blog post on Libya.

By Anne Applebaum  | March 9, 2011; 6:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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The 'gangster' rap on Michele Bachmann

Of all the things said by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on "Meet the Press" Sunday, her slam of the Obama administration as a "gangster government" is the one that has gotten the most attention. Chris Matthews devoted an entire...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 8, 2011; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Give me liberty or give me health care -- the end

For those following my ruminations about the constitutionality of the individual mandate in President Obama's health-care reform legislation -- a group substantially smaller than, say, Sara Bareilles'sfan base, I admit -- it may come as a surprise that I...

By Charles Lane  | March 8, 2011; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Anne Applebaum's Libyan mirage

Charles Krauthammer responds to Anne Applebaum's reference to his column on Libya.

By Charles Krauthammer  | March 8, 2011; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Russell Simmons, gay marriage and Maryland

Support for marriage equality among African Americans isn't confined to the old foot soldiers of the Civil Rights movement. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), NAACP chairman Julian Bond and the Rev. Al Sharpton got some pop-culture reinforcement yesterday from music...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 8, 2011; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Won't climate change help America?

Ever heard this one: Even if the Earth's climate changes, warmer temperatures will be good for America -- longer growing seasons, perhaps? Or its cousin: Humans will simply do what they've done for millennia -- adapt to changing temperatures...

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 7, 2011; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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The limited scope of Peter King's 'radical' hearings

In defending his upcoming hearing on homegrown Muslim terrorists and "radical Islam," Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said yesterday that Attorney General Eric Holder "is not saying he's staying awake at night because of what's coming from anti-abortion demonstrators or...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 7, 2011; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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An opening to the Arab world

Updated, 4:45 p.m. A new television show that could transform the way we follow news from the Arab world is on the verge of debuting, according to Wired. Called "The Stream," the Al Jazeera English production will revolve around Tweets,...

By Sarah Lovenheim  | March 7, 2011; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Michele Bachmann bumps Sarah Palin as Tea Party Queen

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is pushing Sarah Palin off her throne as queen of the Tea Party. This considered opinion comes after watching Bachmann on "Meet the Press." I didn't agree with 99.9 percent of what she said, but...

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 7, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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