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PostPartisan: February, 2013

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Defeated by filibuster, again

Reporters should let readers know about obstruction in the Senate.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:21 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 02/28/2013

PostScript: Milbank and the uncivil court

Readers respond to Milbank's column on the new Supreme Court interruptors.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  04:45 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 02/28/2013

No longer protecting rapists, murderers with inclusive VAWA

With a new Violence Against Woman Act about to become law, an outrageous quirk in our legal system will be fixed.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:20 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  VAWA

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 02/28/2013

The Insiders: The buck stops with President Obama

The president has more to lose in the upcoming sequester.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:05 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, sequester, The Insiders

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 02/27/2013

PostScript: Ignatius and grabbing the wheel

Readers respond to Ignatius's column about Congress as DUI

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  04:54 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 02/27/2013

The Insiders: Liberals need to be honest about the Voting Rights Act

If the Voting Rights Act is useful in the nine states it oversees, then why don't we think it would be good for all 50 states?

By Ed Rogers  |  03:11 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alabama, Civil Rights, state rights, The Insiders, voting

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Lessons for Senate reform from Chuck Hagel

Simple-majority cloture would be better for majority Democrats -- and for minority Republicans, and for the Senate as a whole.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:43 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/27/2013

The GOP's recycled sequester gambit

Their latest idea to dodge blame on across-the-board budget cuts sounds a lot like what the GOP embraced on the debt ceiling two years ago.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:15 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans, sequester

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 02/27/2013

The Insiders: The first lady is on a life-saving mission

Michelle Obama is promoting solutions to our childhood obesity problem.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:29 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  childhood obesity, Courtland Milloy, First Lady, kids, Michelle Obama, NFL, Oscar, The Insiders, United States

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 02/27/2013

The Insiders: Undoing the Voting Rights Act -- careful what you wish for

The Supreme Court review of the Voting Rights Act comes at a terrible time for the GOP.

By Hilary Rosen  |  08:52 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Civil Rights, Republican Party, Supreme Court, The Insiders, voting

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 02/26/2013

PostScript: Milbank and learning to love certain doom

Readers respond to Milbank's article on the apparent acceptance of the sequester

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  05:10 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 02/26/2013

A political head Turner in South Carolina

In a field of 16 candidates you gotta do something to get noticed.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:15 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Carolina, Tim Scott

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Those constant GOP filibusters

When it takes the Senate more than a year to confirm someone unanimously, there's something wrong.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 02/26/2013

'Unfair' assessment of Obama's leadership

A common complaint about President Obama's leadership completely ignores the planned recalcitrance of congressional Republicans.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:21 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Trayvon Martin's mother: 'Use this case as an example'

Fulton says if George Zimmerman avoids a jury trial, a whole lot of people need to be afraid.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  06:38 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trayvon Martin

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 02/25/2013

The two likely reasons for budget gridlock

If Republicans haven't ordered their own priorities, that would make negotiating with Democrats almost impossible

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:06 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, sequester

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Trayvon Martin's mother: 'You can't justify it'

Trayvon Martin's mother: 'You can't justify it'

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:30 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 02/25/2013

The Insiders: Republicans have only themselves to blame for the sequester

The GOP has distracted themselves from the impact on the public with their total focus on who created the sequester. And they will pay the price.

By Hilary Rosen  |  02:38 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, sequester

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Trayvon Martin's mother: ‘My baby'

One year ago, Sybrina Fulton’s son was killed by George Zimmerman. “From that day until now, I’m still in disbelief,” she said.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:46 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trayvon Martin

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 02/25/2013

The Insiders: Sequestration and made-for-TV suffering

President Obama is invested in making the sequester cuts as harmful as possible for the American public, to try and shift the blame to Republicans.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:49 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, economy, Sequestration, The Insiders

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 02/25/2013

'Argo' was a good movie. 'Lincoln' was the best picture.

Ben Affleck is liked more than is Steven Spielberg. That's why "Argo" beat "Lincoln" for Best Picture.

By Richard Cohen  |  09:17 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Academy Awards

Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Mark O'Mara redefines 'Stand your ground'

George Zimmerman's lawyer summed it up best: This is an academic argument over the semantics of words.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:04 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trayvon Martin

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Is Obama repeating his biggest mistake?

The president still doesn't get it: he's squandering part of his presidency by failing to make nominations a priority.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:08 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel, Jack Lew, Senate

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Syrian rebel commander on a post-Assad Syria

Brig. Gen. Salim Idriss, commander of the Free Syrian Army, said that he is ready to meet with military officers from the Assad regime on a post-Assad Syria.

By David Ignatius  |  04:57 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 02/22/2013

The Insiders: Irrational panic in the Republican Party

Michael Gerson's assessment is right, but he may not have gone far enough.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:17 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Clinton, Reagan, Republican Party

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Friday's p-Op quiz: The Oscars

You are the most ghastly man I have ever known. Who got this unvarnished opinion about himself, from who and why?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:30 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  p-Op Quiz

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 02/21/2013

On Iran, a deal only in principle

Iran's U.N. ambassador equivocates on the prospects of a nuclear deal.

By David Ignatius  |  06:29 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Ignore that poll question! ('Who will get the blame?' edition)

Asking people to predict who they will blame for something they've barely heard about is a waste of time.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:45 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, sequester

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 02/21/2013

The Insiders: What if the sequester isn't a disaster?

What will be the lessons learned from sequestration?

By Ed Rogers  |  01:27 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, Sequestration, The Insiders

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Senator Domenici's real transgression

His and the mother's quotes make it hard not to be angry.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:55 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pete Domenici, scandal

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 02/20/2013

PostScript: Parker and reclaiming RINO habitat

Readers respond to Parker's column promoting RINO power

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  05:33 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Calling out Republican politicians

The policy gap between the parties, and whether Republicans will do something about it.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:31 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, Republican Party, Republicans, Ronald Reagan

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Panetta’s ‘do over’ on the Allen investigation

I like to think the outgoing defense secretary would have handled the situation with Gen. John Allen differently if he had the chance again.

By David Ignatius  |  12:13 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 02/20/2013

The Insiders: Empowering campaigns and political parties

The Supreme Court should overturn the contribution limits. Our current campaign finance system has it exactly backwards.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:32 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns, Democrats, Political Contributions, Supreme Court, The Insiders

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Sky-high approval for Chris Christie

You don't get Christie's kind of approval ratings by being a hardened ideologue.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:17 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 02/20/2013

The Insiders: Buying elections

The Supreme Court shouldn't give the GOP the power to buy policy

By Hilary Rosen  |  09:45 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/20/2013

The Insiders: Sequester offers an opening on defense

We have an historic opportunity to shrink defense spending. Maybe we shouldn't let it slip though our fingers.

By Hilary Rosen  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Defense Department, sequester, The Insiders

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Americans are done with DOMA

New polls show that support for marriage equality and rejection of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act are on the rise.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:40 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 02/19/2013

PostScript: Dionne and Pope Nun I

Readers respond to his commentary suggesting that a nun be the next pope.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  05:20 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 02/19/2013

The 'Washington Monument' sequester strategy

Politicians should be aware that the sequester, if it goes into effect, is really going to hurt -- and constituents won't be happy

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:59 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, sequester

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 02/19/2013

The Insiders: Sequestration is the president's Frankenstein

President Obama seems agitated by sequestration, but it's likely that Republicans inCongress will hear from their constituents to hold the line on taxes and spending.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:11 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, Sequestration, taxes, The Insiders

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 02/19/2013

The Insiders: It isn't a fair fight

The relationship between the White House press corps and the administrations it covers needs to change.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:43 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arsenio, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Iran-Contra, Monica Lewinsky, president, Reagan, Reddit, Twitter, West Wing, White House, White House correspondent

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 02/19/2013

'Stand your ground' eludes Robert Zimmerman

George Zimmerman's brother doesn't know what he's talking about.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:09 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trayvon Martin

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 02/19/2013

The Insiders: President Obama a leader for our times

His legacy will go beyond any single piece of domestic legislation.

By Hilary Rosen  |  07:34 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, The Insiders

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 02/18/2013

Leaving the Senate remains appealing

We' re in the third consecutive election cycle in which more senators than usual are leaving by choice.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  01:49 PM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 02/18/2013

The Insiders: Questions about the Obama legacy

Obama cemented his place in history as the first African-American U.S. president, but what will his legacy be for his actual tenure in office?

By Ed Rogers  |  10:44 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, The Insiders

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 02/18/2013

The Insiders: Lindsey Graham's dance with the right

We could be doing a lot worse.

By Carter Eskew  |  10:28 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Wall Street wins again? Not so fast.

The Residential Mortgage Backed Securities working group has authority to act. It needs now to do so.

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  |  05:26 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Banks, Justice Department, mortgages

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Why voter studies are a good public investment

Eric Cantor is targeting social science research, with political science at the top of his list. Here's why he's wrong.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:20 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 02/15/2013

PostScript: Marcus, Cruz and hidden power

Readers respond to Marcus's column on Ted Cruz looking for something fishy

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  04:15 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/15/2013

James Clapper warns of sequester's impact on spy agencies

The sheer size of the cut will create an immediate national security crisis situation," he says.

By David Ignatius  |  12:24 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  intelligence, james clapper, national security, sequester

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 02/15/2013

No control of Ted Cruz

The end of an interview last month on "Meet The Press" would serve as an omen for things to come.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:46 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, Senate, Ted Cruz

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 02/15/2013

The Insiders: Spending problem or no? Let's have the debate.

Democratic leaders say that we don't have a spending problem, drawing a clear contrast with the Republican position on this issue.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:55 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Democrats, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, The Insiders, Tom Harkin

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Friday's p-Op quiz: Water, fire and lightning

Did a Republican senator describe Sen. Ted Cruz as "John McCain without the rage"?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:20 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  p-Op Quiz

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Obama's welcomed 'pivot' back to Europe

Obama's State of the Union address made clear that Europe remains a priority for the United States.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:39 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Hagel and understanding the 60-vote Senate

It's a filibuster. It' not the first. It won't be the last.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:10 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel, filibuster

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 02/14/2013

PostScript: Milbank and hypocrisy's sugar rush

Readers respond to the gooey, delicious hypocrisy Milbank highlights for us today.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:44 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Obama's plan: Into preschool, out of poverty

All of this is an investment in the future of this country and striving generations to come.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 02/14/2013

The Insiders: Political valentines

From me, with love.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:12 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 02/14/2013

The Insiders: Jack Lew hurts the economy

Jack Lew will be confirmed as U.S. Treasury Secretary, but he is not the economic leader we need right now.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:51 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, economy, finance, Jack Lew, jeff sessions, The Insiders, Treasury Secretary

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 02/14/2013

The Insiders: Jack Lew -- public servant or tax cheat?

Republicans case against his nomination for Treasury secretary doesn't hold up.

By Hilary Rosen  |  08:39 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jack Lew, tax reform, Treasury Secretary

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Obama won't win the ideological battle -- just as Reagan didn't

Presidents don't change ideology. But if Obama and the Democrats implement policies that work, they'll have done something more important.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:58 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, State of the Union

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 02/13/2013

PostScript: Sargent and bringing on the minimum-wage war

Readers respond to his assessment of the minimum-wage battle.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:57 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 02/13/2013

The gulp seen 'round the world

Republicans should be nervous: This may not be the dawn of an Obama era, but it is the end of another.

By Carter Eskew  |  03:00 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Obama's call to action on poverty

While the State of the Union was geared toward a rising, thriving middle class, ensuring that the poor have the pathways to get there was a key part of Obama's address.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:45 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Five reasons why Obama is right to push for a higher minimum wage

The president's call for a $9 minimum wage is a good start for many reasons.

By James Downie  |  02:02 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, minimum wage, State of the Union

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Nibbling around the edges until DOMA falls

As long as the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) remains law, there will never be fairness and equal protection under the law.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:49 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT, Same-sex marriage

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 02/13/2013

The Insiders: Obama's sugarcoated State of the Union

Blah. Obama's denial makes things worse.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:55 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 AM ET, 02/13/2013

In State of the Union, Obama threatens Congress on climate change

On climate change, that's a good thing.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  12:27 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 11:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013

A visual statement of progress, followed by the same old story

How remarkable that an African American and the child of Cuban immigrants would bring us the state of the union.

By Eugene Robinson  |  11:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Marco Rubio, State of the Union

Posted at 11:37 PM ET, 02/12/2013

State of the Union: Immigration, reframed

The most significant development of the State of the Union address was President Obama's decision not to use the immigration issue as a partisan wedge.

By Michael Gerson  |  11:37 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, immigration, State of the Union

Posted at 11:30 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama's message: 'We can fix this'

It was a muscular, confident speech that took simple themes and elevated them to a broad message that the the country's problems, as difficult as they are, are still soluble.

By David Ignatius  |  11:30 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 11:26 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama talks poverty, but .

Advocates wanted President Obama to say a word about poverty, but he didn't say the magic words they wanted to hear.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:26 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 11:20 PM ET, 02/12/2013

The Insiders: Debating the State of the Union

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen takes on Republican strategist Ed Rogers in the second incarnation of this political feature.

By Ed Rogers and Hilary Rosen  |  11:20 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Insiders

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Tweeting the State of the Union

Welcome to The Washington Post Opinions team's State-of-the-Union watch party. We know we have a lot of competition for your attention tonight. It's Mardi Gras! And they'll be awarding Best in Show at Westminster! But if you stay with us, you'll find out tonight what all the pundits will be talking about tomorrow.

By Marisa Bellack  |  06:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, economy, State of the Union

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 02/12/2013

State of the Union 2013 drinking game

Take five drinks if he points to a polar bear in the audience to illustrate the importance of global warming.

By Alexandra Petri and Stephen Stromberg  |  05:52 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 02/12/2013

PostScript: Lane and electric cars

Readers respond to the columnist's view that federal subsidies have failed.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:56 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 02/12/2013

What a State of the Union does do -- and can't do

No, presidents can't change the course of the nation by finding the right words. But the annual speech is important, nonetheless.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:30 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, State of the Union

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Don't focus on the deficit, Mr. President

Jobs must be his central topic in the State of the Union.

By James Downie  |  02:40 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Deficit, economy, federal reserve, janet yellen, State of the Union

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Ted Nugent's Capitol offense

The repugnant rocker will be at tonight's address and we have an attention-seeking member of Congress to thank for it.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union, Ted Nugent

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 02/12/2013

A tale of two State of the Union speeches

President Obama won't have much to say in his speech, but Sen. Marco Rubio needs to be careful in his.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:09 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, jobs, Marco Rubio, State of the Union

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Stop coddling the big banks

George Will is right that financial institutions that are Too Big to Fail are also Too Big to Exist.

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  |  05:43 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 02/11/2013

A word about poverty in State of the Union

Obama's use of poverty and poor would be the thunderclap of attention needed to renew efforts to do something about it.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  05:00 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State of the Union

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 02/11/2013

The Republicans abdicate -- on policy

A new balanced-budget amendment push is the latest sign that the GOP cares only about symbolism.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:36 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 02/11/2013

D.C. Council should censure Jim Graham

If the council is to avoid the same damage to its reputation as Graham has sustained, it must act.

By Colbert I. King  |  02:15 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, jim graham

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Head games before the State of the Union

Depending on who's talking, the president is preparing to be aggressively partisan or fiscally pragmatic.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:13 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, State of the Union, The Insiders

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Intriguing dilemma for 'the party of white people'

The bench of the Republican Party is packed with people of color.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:53 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 02/08/2013

PostScript: Krauthammer and letting it sequester

Readers respond to Krauthammer's column on calling Obama's bluff

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  05:16 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Hagel, the Republicans and executive branch nomination reform

Yes, it's wishful thinking, but the Hagel nomination really does demonstrate again that the Senate and the president should scale back vetting for executive-branch nominees.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:55 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Troubled by Bush e-mail hack

I'm all for the public's right to know. But I feel violated on behalf of the Bush family for seeing and reading what I did.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:00 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George Bush

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Republicans want a 'balanced' approach to sequestration? Hardly.

Conservatives use rhetorical voodoo to justify their uncompromising position.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  02:15 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, sequester

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 02/08/2013

A merit badge for bigotry

The picture of the placard-bearing Scouts is downright revolting.

By Richard Cohen  |  10:07 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 02/08/2013

Friday's p-Op quiz: Attack of the drones

Who took to Twitter to ask, "Can you imagine if Bush's administration drafted a memo legalizing the killing of Americans?!"

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:01 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Statement from D.C. Council member Jim Graham's lawyer

Statement from D.C. Council member Jim Graham's lawyer

By johnsont  |  07:09 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 02/07/2013

This is what a filibuster looks like

Hey, reporters: Please understand what a 60-vote Senate means.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:50 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Chris Christie chews the fat about his weight

Claiming he is the healthiest fat guy you'll ever meet will not quell the questions about his weight.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:47 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Stop the cuts and help the economy

Recent deficit reduction has harmed the economy while producing little benefit.

By James Downie  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, economy, unemployment

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Advice for Secretary Kerry from Burma

I hope it’s a sign that he will be a consistent champion of democracy, civil society and female empowerment.

By Fred Hiatt  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 02/06/2013

What is Marco Rubio thinking?

Why would Marco Rubio want to give the response to the State of the Union address?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:00 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Still no merit badge for Boy Scouts on gays

Rather than vote to end its ban on participation by gays and lesbians in scouting, the BSA's national executive board punted.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:17 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boy Scouts, LGBT

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Playing 'Games' with Trayvon Martin's image

Many took issue with the picture I used yesterday and again today. But one reader's e-mail was beyond ridiculous.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:26 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trayvon Martin

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Republicans attack Obama's sequestration plan for the wrong reasons

The wrong way to attack Obama's sequestration plan

By Stephen Stromberg  |  01:47 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 02/05/2013

PostScript: Gerson and the contraception mandate

Readers respond to Michael Gerson's column rejecting Obama's supposed contraception compromise

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  04:40 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 02/05/2013

The Justice Department's chilling 'targeted killings' memo

Congress must call on the White House to explain publicly how the program is legal.

By James Downie  |  04:14 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, john brennan, Justice Department, ron wyden, targeted killings

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 02/05/2013

'We are the weird' from North Korea

North Korean state-controlled media posted a video on YouTube of a man who dreams of blowing up Manhattan, set to We Are the World.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:31 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Social science funding is good for your health

Eric Cantor wants to cut social science research support to pay for more medical research -- but actually both are needed if we want to provide quality and improving health care

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:06 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 02/05/2013

The ‘rabid' hate aimed at Trayvon Martin

What shocks me isn't how widely held the negative view of him is. It is how openly people express their racism.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:22 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trayvon Martin

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Karl Rove's tiny steps to fixing GOP primaries

Although Rove's organization is raising money to help Republicans nominate better candidates, it's unlikely to do much to help them.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:44 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Karl Rove, Republicans

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 02/04/2013

PostScript: Dionne and a contraceptomise

Readers respond to his column on new birth-control regulations.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:18 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 02/04/2013

The Boy Scouts' no-brainer decision on gays

"Scouting executives should look to our president to see what it means to lead," said former Eagle Scout James Dale.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:06 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Boy Scouts, LGBT

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Impending cuts are going to hurt. So where's President Obama?

The country didn't reelect the president so he could ignore the biggest issue facing the country.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  01:29 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 02/04/2013

'Affirming' heckling? More like taken out of context.

My colleague Erik Wemple had it wrong about how I characterized a video from a meeting on guns in Connecticut.

By Dana Milbank  |  12:52 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Guns, Newtown

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Wanted: A 'national conversation' on poverty

I don't have a problem with conversations. First comes talk, then comes action. It's the lag time between the two that makes people weary of the former.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:54 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Poverty

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 02/04/2013

The gridlock in picking a GOP candidate

It’s not easy being a Republican.

By Richard Cohen  |  10:08 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Involving Russia in Syria

Draw Russia into a constructive role.

By David Ignatius  |  09:46 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 02/01/2013

PostScript: Marcus, women and guns

Readers respond to Ruth Marcus's column on guns making women less safe.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  05:07 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 02/01/2013

How about a cloture vote on Hagel?

One Republican says he wants a simple majority Senate for most executive branch nominations. I'd like to see that tested.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:15 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Friday's p-Op quiz: GoDaddy, Go Ravens

I go away for a few days to Berlin, and all sorts of things happen.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:24 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  p-Op Quiz

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 02/01/2013

McCain and Hagel: The wrong side of history

When it comes to being on the wrong side of history, Chuck Hagel has some good company, his pal John McCain.

By Richard Cohen  |  09:29 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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