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Rough Sketch: September 12, 2010 - September 18, 2010

Dear Mr. President: A response to Obama's answer to the left

Dear Mr. President, When my colleague Steve Stromberg took note of your statements at a fundraiser on Thursday night, I think he was missing the point. You said: [A]fter being in this job for two years, I have never been more optimistic about America. I am optimistic partly because...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 17, 2010; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Katherine Schwarzenegger's new book!

Katherine Schwarzenegger has written a book entitled "Rock What You've Got." It's about loving your body the way it is. If only Arnold had been able to read it before he started body building and became Mr. Universe. Then he and I would have exactly the same body mass...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 17, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Jon Stewart rally and the irony equation

It's happening. The Jon Stewart rally -- Rally To Restore Sanity 2010 -- and the dueling Stephen Colbert rally -- March to Keep Fear Alive -- are officially scheduled for the Mall this October. This makes so much sense. Even putting aside the fact that Colbert is an explicit...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 17, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Lady Gaga's latest video -- it's no Alejandro

This is definitely her worst video so far. The choreography is lacking, and I didn't really get the tune. I'm not going to be sitting on the subway humming, "Try calling after 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning! I'll be on the phone, too." I think Alejandro did a better job...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 17, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Christine O'Donnell on human mice, lying to Nazis, and the women of Middle Earth

I've long belittled Delaware for contributing little to the nation other than traffic jams and toll booths. But if the First State sends Christine O'Donnell to Washington, all will be forgiven. She has been the Republican Senate nominee for mere hours, but already those investigating her past have come up...

By Dana Milbank  | September 17, 2010; 12:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Get me to the Church of Body Modification on time

Ariana Lacono, a teenager in North Carolina, can't wear her nose stud to school. Pesky dress code? Or a violation of her freedom of religion? Lacono says it's the latter, because she belongs to something called the Church of Body Modification. She's not making this up. The Church of...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 16, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Cardinal Walter Kasper's 'Third World' comment

Cardinal Walter Kasper apparently compared Britain to a Third World country during the pope's visit to the United Kingdom, and everyone is expecting him to apologize. I don't think he needs to. Who hasn't called Britain a Third World country after arriving at Heathrow Airport and seeing that --...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 16, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Confederacy rises again; Obama gets a warning label; O'Donnell goes 'unfactual'

And you thought the Tea Party was conservative? In South Carolina, they're taking far-right partying to a whole new level. The South Carolina Federation of Republican Women last week hosted political activists from across the country in Charleston for an event called "A Southern Experience." And quite an experience it...

By Dana Milbank  | September 15, 2010; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Michaele Salahi has Multiple Sclerosis? What can I say?

I can't believe Michaele Salahi has Multiple Sclerosis. This means that I walked to benefit her one time. When I learned that Salahi has spent the past seventeen years battling the illness, my first question was: How did it put up with her so long? I've only had to...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 15, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The hero with a thousand races

Over the course of the campaign cycle so far, the one thing that has struck me most has been the resemblance between the political narrative and the narrative of the hero as sketched out in the writings of mythographer Joseph Campbell. According to Campbell, the basic arc of the...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 15, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sharron Angle not debating, Irish PM not drunk, Plutonium not secure

It's a good thing that Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle has abandoned her earlier support for a return of Prohibition, because her explanation for why she pulled out of a debate with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may be better understood after a few drinks. To recap the saga:...

By Dana Milbank  | September 14, 2010; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The new adventures of old Christine O'Donnell

As someone who was forced at one point in my life to watch "Dating in the 90's" -- which I assume was the prequel to "Sex in the 90's," an MTV production that featured GOP candidate Christine O'Donnell -- I would find it strangely exhilarating if O'Donnell won the...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 14, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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A Letter To My Daughters: The unauthorized preview edition of the Obama children's book

Dear Malia and Sasha, Hello. It's Barack Obama, your father, and your president. Remember that other book I wrote, Dreams from My Father? This book is Dreams From Your Father. Like Martin Luther King, I have lots of dreams, so many that your mother sometimes has to wake me...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 14, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Election season heats up -- with stories of Justin Bieber

He's got a crush on Obama. No, the other one. It's a rare bit of good news for the president in an otherwise bleak election season: Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber thinks Michelle Obama is hot. According to a report out of Britain, the 16-year-old even has a full-length poster of...

By Dana Milbank  | September 13, 2010; 10:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Why does Campus Progress want Justin Bieber fans to vote?

Justin Bieber is the target of all kinds of things. He has variously been sent to North Korea (well, almost), rumored to be deceased, and been sent unfertilized eggs in small test tubes with encouraging notes from fans (or if he hasn't, he will be soon!). But now Campus...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 13, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Top five freakouts

In honor of the video of would-be Stark County treasurer Phil Davison that's been making the rounds of the tubes lately, here are the top five political freakouts of the past several months, which should provide some context. 5. Phil Davison Phil Davison wants to be your county treasurer,...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 13, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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