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PostPartisan: May, 2013

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 05/31/2013

On Hillary Clinton's popularity

As expected, Republicans are remembering they don't like her.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:21 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 05/31/2013

PostScript: Robinson and the GOP's children

Readers respond to Robinson's column on the GOP's juveniles

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:15 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 05/31/2013

Nutty D.C. gun march canceled

Adam Kokesh has done us all a favor.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:08 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 05/31/2013

The Insiders: Obama uses the economy as a smokescreen to hide the scandals

Rather than be honest about our economic troubles, Obama and his allies seize on distortions.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:59 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, economy, gdp, irs, scandal, The Insiders

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 05/31/2013

7 pics in p-Op culture

Chris Christie, France, Anthony Weiner and Queen of Congressional Crazy Town. They all made their way into the national discourse this week. But how?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:54 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  p-Op Quiz

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 05/30/2013

PostScript: Dana Milbank on Michele Bachmann's limitless future

Readers respond to Dana Milbank's analysis of Michele Bachmann's announcement.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:29 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Naming names on going nuclear

The showdown on obstruction could weaken the Senate or strengthen it. A handful of Republicans will determine the outcome.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:14 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 05/30/2013

The Insiders: Godspeed, Ms. Bachmann

Rep. Bachmann's contributions to the Republican Party and the conservative cause should not pass unnoticed or unappreciated.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:53 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, election 2014, michele bachmann, Republicans, The Insiders

Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 05/30/2013

Cracking up over the GOP

What's happening in the Republican Party would be endlessly amusing were the consequences for the nation not so significant.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:28 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party, Republicans

Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 05/29/2013

The dramatically changing politics of marijuana

The support for legalization has increased markedly, and in unusual ways.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  06:56 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marijuana, war on drugs

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 05/29/2013

How to use fact checkers? Ignore the conclusions

Don't believe that new study about PolitiFact ratings and the parties.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:11 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 05/29/2013

PostScript: Virginia voting rights editorial, already obsolete!

Readers respond to an editorial about felons' voting rights in Virginia.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:37 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Pot calling the kettle Hitler?

We live in a society that sees all sorts of things in all sorts of things.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:13 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  p-Op

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 05/29/2013

The Insiders: What does the president not know, and is he satisfied not knowing it?

The IRS scandal begs the question of what else President Obama doesn't know. Does his staff regularly keep information from him? And why?

By Ed Rogers  |  10:20 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, irs, scandal, The Insiders, White House

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 05/29/2013

Michele Bachmann calls it quits

The first 52 seconds of her announcement that she would not seek reelection were just fine.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:38 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 05/28/2013

PostScript: Robinson and ending the 'war'

Readers respond to Eugene Robinson's analysis of President Obama's national security speech

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:16 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 05/28/2013

George Zimmerman's relevant past

Who Zimmerman is is more relevant to the proceedings than who Trayvon Martin was.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:12 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trayvon Martin

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 05/28/2013

The coming showdown on judicial nominations

Of course Barack Obama is stacking the judiciary. That's what happens when a party wins the White House and the Senate, and there's no justification for opposing it.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:01 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, judges, Senate

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 05/28/2013

The Insiders: Gathering "political intelligence" is no scandal

The gathering of "political intelligence" is not a scandal. Policy-makers should be meeting with all affected parties and seeking their input.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:34 AM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, finance, lobbyists, political intelligence, The Insiders

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 05/28/2013

Pictures put Trayvon Martin on trial

Mark O'Mara is doing a masterful job of painting Trayvon Martin as a thug who deserved to die.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:24 AM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trayvon Martin

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 05/24/2013

PostScript: Krauthammer and deliberately bad customer service

Readers respond to Krauthammer's link between Presidential attitude and IRS action

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:43 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Post-policy House Republicans double their priority agenda!

From one bill to two. They remain a post-policy party.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:32 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 05/24/2013

1 pic of p-Op culture

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:22 AM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  p-Op Quiz

Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 05/23/2013

The Boy Scouts vote for gay inclusion — up to a point

Today, the organization voted to drop its ban on gay scouts. But what happens when they become adults?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:04 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boy Scouts, LGBT

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 05/23/2013

PostScript: McConnell and free speech

Readers respond to Senator McConnell's concern for freedom of speech.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  04:03 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 05/23/2013

Take Anthony Weiner seriously

To underestimate him and his chances would be a big mistake.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  02:44 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New York City

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 05/23/2013

"Nuclear" skirmishes continue

Heading for a July showdown in which the possibilities for miscalculation seem large.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  01:55 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Immigration reform is a front in the fight for LGBT rights

Gay rights and immigration reform are not mutually exclusive.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:19 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration, LGBT

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Anthony Weiner and the Frenchification of America

Sex scandals no longer derail political careers in America.

By Richard Cohen  |  09:34 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 05/22/2013

The biggest need for Senate reform? Executive branch nominations

There's a case for filibusters on judicial nominations and legislation. Executive-branch nomination obstruction, however, is flat-out terrible.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:11 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 05/22/2013

PostScript: Milbank and sympathy for the devil

Readers respond to Milbank's argument against treating a journalist as a criminal.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:54 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 05/22/2013

The Insiders: A special prosecutor in the IRS matter is inevitable

Obama has two choices: Appoint a special prosecutor now or later.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:58 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, irs, The Insiders, White House

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 05/22/2013

Obama's gay inclusion at Morehouse

Much like his mention of Stonewall and marriage equality in his second Inaugural address, Obama's inclusion of "partner, or your boyfriend" was a startling moment.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:27 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 05/21/2013

PostScript: Robinson and spying on the press

Readers respond to Robinson's column on the Justice Department investigating the media.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:38 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 05/21/2013

Obama can't win with some black critics

The president's detractors fail to take a 360-degree view of what they are demanding from him and ignore what he's actually done.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:09 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 05/21/2013

Look beyond the 1990s for a full picture of presidential approval

Economic performance supplies the context, but other events can affect presidential approval

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  01:41 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  approval ratings, Associate Press, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, irs, Richard Nixon

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 05/21/2013

The Insiders: Obama needs a plan

President Obama should go on the offensive and turbocharge an effort for corporate tax reform, open an aggressive debate about entitlement eligibility and means testing, and delay the implementation of ObamaCare.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:23 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Benghazi, doj, entitlement reform, irs, obamacare, tax reform, The Insiders

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Still hoping for a filibuster compromise

Move to simple-majority cloture on executive branch nominations, but retain the minority party's chance of blocking some judges.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:33 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Tornado devastates Oklahoma

"Your heart hurts looking at these images."

By Jonathan Capehart  |  06:21 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Breaking News

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 05/20/2013

All laughs in the presidents' club

There's something especially rich and sentimental about a photo from the opening of George W. Bush's library and museum. In the president's club all is forgiven, it seems.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:16 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 05/20/2013

The Insiders: 'Nothing to see here' is not a viable strategy

President Obama and the White House want the scandals they face to disappear, but they are going to face increased scrutiny in the days ahead.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:36 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Benghazi, irs, sarah hall ingram, The Insiders

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Troubling signs for Burma's reforms?

President Thein Sein's circumspection in an interview speaks volumes.

By Fred Hiatt  |  12:34 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma, Thein Sein

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 05/20/2013

Being gay can (still) get you killed

For all my cheerleading of the advances the gay community has made, I know that things are not as wonderful as they could be or should be.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:03 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 05/20/2013

No 'choice' in being gay and 'ordinary'

Let me let you in on a little secret about the gays. We're not all that special.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:02 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT, Same-sex marriage

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 05/17/2013

PostScript: Krauthammer and de-Watergating Benghazi

Readers respond to Krauthammer's cooling of Benghazi rhetoric

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  04:18 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 05/17/2013

Here comes the filibuster battle

Harry Reid's new move on nominations is a nice play in a difficult and complex game.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:33 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 05/17/2013

7 pics of p-Op culture

"Space Oddity," Darrell Issa, "shameful," Kermit Gosnell, rain, Benghazi, "Stefan," IRS, Brad Pitt's wife and St. Tropez. They all made their way into the national discourse this week. But how?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:14 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  p-Op Quiz

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Gun march leader's 'criminal' view of the law

If you don't think you should take the July 4 gun march seriously perhaps a television interview from May 9 will snap you out of it.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:40 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Why Obama's popularity still matters

Even though he's not going to be on a ballot again, his popularity matters now -- and in the next election cycles

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:30 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 05/16/2013

PostScript: Ignatius and the dysfunction of weakness

Readers respond to Ignatius' column on government weakness

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:12 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 05/16/2013

The Insiders: White House spins the scandals

Jay Carney is going to have a hard time remembering all of the lies and half-truths related to the scandals the Obama Administration is currently facing.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:07 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, irs, Jack Lew, jay carney, The Insiders, White House

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 05/16/2013

When will the hurting stop for President Obama?

Seizure of reporters' phone records may do the most harm

By Carter Eskew  |  09:51 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AP, Benghazi, CIA, Howard Baker, irs, obama, Watergate, White House

Posted at 07:16 PM ET, 05/15/2013

The president's IRS comments make things worse

Throwing fuel on a scandal's fire

By Ed Rogers  |  07:16 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, irs, The Insiders

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 05/15/2013

Obama goes after the IRS

The president was stern, angry and clear in what he wants. Finally.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  06:59 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, irs

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 05/15/2013

On the Benghazi talking points

The bottom line: Quit paying attention to the Benghazi talking points

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:43 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 05/15/2013

PostScript: What president?

Readers respond to the column on Obama trying to disappear.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:10 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 05/15/2013

Scandal-drunk GOP goes mute on the deficit

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:54 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, economy, Republicans

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 05/15/2013

The Insiders: The president hasn't lost Washington

The president may be down right now, but he hasn't lost Washington. Presidential fortunes change quickly, and the left will never abandon President Obama.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:08 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 05/15/2013

Obama and the IRS: Time to act

Obama didn't direct the IRS to target his critics. But he is going to have shake things up to make sure this doesn't happen again.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:04 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, irs

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 05/14/2013

PostScript: Will and Watergates

Readers respond to Will's column on new Obama scandal

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:30 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  george will, irs, Justice Department, PostScript, President Barack Obama, Watergate

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 05/14/2013

Hey, Mr. President(s): Stop worrying about leaks and start listening to them

The fact of a leak usually contains information, and presidents are in the business of using information.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:00 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 05/14/2013

'Love is all around' in Minnesota

My friend Mike Frederickson put a picture on his Facebook page last night that beautifully captured the thrill of what's happening in Minnesota.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:32 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Same-sex marriage

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 05/14/2013

The Insiders: Don't stall Mr. President: It's time for a special prosecutor.

The growing IRS scandal is a perfect example of when we need an independent counsel to investigate. Republicans need to lead the call for a special prosecutor to be appointed.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:29 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, irs, The Insiders

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Scandals, "scandals," and 2014

The electoral effects of Washington scandals often play out in the choices of ambitious politicians, we can't guess yet what they're going to do.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  07:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, congressional elections, Democrats, Monica Lewinksy, Republicans, Watergate

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 05/13/2013

PostScript: Diehl and outrage, Washington-style

Readers respond to Diehl's column on Benghazi as reverse Plamegate

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:54 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Obama right about Benghazi 'sideshow'

The scandal is not in what Rice said. No, the scandal is that all this congressional table-thumping doesn't address the real issue of diplomatic security.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:37 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, hillary clinton, Jason Chaffetz, Presidient Barack Obama, Susan Rice

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Obama hammers the IRS

Only a diehard, right-leaning partisan could question the sincerity of his outrage over the IRS's actions.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:44 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 05/13/2013

The Insiders: Benghazi is dream scenario for Republicans

Republicans' two favorite bones buried together: Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama

By Carter Eskew  |  11:11 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Benghazi, Hilary Clinton, John Boehner, Karl Rove, Rand Paul, Robert Gates

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 05/13/2013

The Insiders: The Obama IRS nightmare is just getting started

The details are just starting to come to light, but the targeting of tea Party and patriot groups by the Obama IRS is a scandal that could affect the November 2014 elections.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:00 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Benghazi, irs, Tea Party, The Insiders

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 05/13/2013

Obama must read the IRS the riot act [Update]

It doesn't matter that the internal changes at the IRS that made the boneheaded actions possible took place under President George W. Bush.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:20 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 05/10/2013

PostScript: Robinson and Benghazi vs. BENGHAZI!

Readers respond to Robinson's exasperation over Benghazi hype.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:41 PM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, PostScript

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 05/10/2013

The IRS scandal will test everyone

If initial reports are true, a real Obama administration scandal has finally arrived. Now we'll see how everyone plays it.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:55 PM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 05/10/2013

Minnesota, Clinton and Obama: More gay firsts

Three things I forgot to mention about the fabulous year since the president said "I do" to gay nuptials.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:10 PM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Same-sex marriage

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 05/10/2013

The Insiders: Enough Benghazi already

Republicans need to move on, because we have more important things to do.

By Ed Rogers  |  11:55 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, Congress, Republicans, state department, The Insiders, tom pickering

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 05/10/2013

7 pics of p-Op culture

Kim Kardashian, "Romney-Rich," cicadas, the defeat of "Nancy Pelosi," Jodi Arias, shame, revenge and a "pretty little white girl." They all made their way into the national discourse this week. But how?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:36 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  p-Op Quiz

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Why the mythical presidency matters

Pretending the president has magical powers prevents a real assessment of how he's doing — and how everyone else in the political system is doing

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:34 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 05/09/2013

No, Benghazi won't hobble Hillary in 2016

If she runs in 2016, the right's obsession with the attacks wouldn't stop her.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  03:51 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  hillary clinton

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 05/09/2013

PostScript: Milbank and no Benghazi news

Readers respond to Dana Milbank's column: No Benghazi news is good Benghazi news.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:39 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 05/09/2013

No 'faith' in House debt prioritization bill

That the prioritization craze won't die is further proof that the Capitol is the Land of Make-Believe, where reality is held hostage.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:55 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 05/09/2013

The Insiders: The Obama economy has delivered for the 1 percent!

Obama's economic policies have worsened income inequality in America.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:14 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, economy, income inequality, stock market, The Insiders

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Obama and gay marriage: one fabulous year

So much has happened since the president came out for marriage equality.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  09:22 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, LGBT, Same-sex marriage

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 05/08/2013

House Republicans and extortion for the sake of extortion

Republicans approach the debt limit again.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:13 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Debt limit, Deficit

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 05/08/2013

We could stand to be more like Charles Ramsey [Updated]

Without question, the rescuer of Amanda Berry is a character. But he has shown himself to be a man of character.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:51 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Social Issues

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 05/08/2013

The Jim Graham scandal continues

Omar Karim, who filed a lawsuit against Graham in March, says the U.S. attorney's office has invited him to meet with a prosecutor.

By Colbert I. King  |  02:42 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, jim graham

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 05/08/2013

Nutty gun march must not enter D.C.

While Adam Kokesh insists that violence isn't the protest's aim, the threat of it lurks on his blog.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:52 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 05/07/2013

The Insiders: Some whiskey-talk suggestions for Obama and McConnell

If they really did have a drink together, they might actually do some good.

By Ed Rogers  |  06:30 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  appropriations, Barack Obama, Confirmation hearings, Congress, senator mcconnell, The Insiders

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Let's hear it for paranoid politicians!

How does the political system work? By 'fraidy-cat politicians working hard to avoid policy disasters.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:59 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Mark Sanford's path to redemption

"Because Obama's agenda is worse than Sanford's mistakes."

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:22 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mark Sanford, Republicans

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 05/07/2013

Up next for gay marriage: Delaware

Once, you couldn't keep up with all the states etching discrimination into their laws and constitutions. Today, the opposite is true.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  10:17 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Same-sex marriage

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 05/07/2013

Washington's inability to keep pace

New 3-D printers create plastic guns and human tissue

By Carter Eskew  |  09:50 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  3D printer, Congress, gun control

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 05/06/2013

When money matters in elections

A new study shows that Obama and Romney gained little from all those TV advertisements, but sometimes commercials do matter

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:41 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2012 campaign, Campaigns

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 05/06/2013

The Insiders: Hard facts cloud the Obama presidency

President Obama needs a new agenda, not a better way of selling the status quo.

By Ed Rogers  |  03:50 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, economy, election 2014, The Insiders, unemployment

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Discrimination, favoritism and black advancement

"Whites helping other whites is not the same as discrimination, and it is not illegal."

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:27 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Race, Social Issues

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 05/03/2013

Ted Cruz wants a piece of Biden

The spectacle of a Biden-Cruz debate would be must-see TV.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  04:48 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ted Cruz

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 05/03/2013

Executive-branch vetting is a disaster

The costs of excessive vetting are obvious and important. The benefits? Phony, mostly.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:59 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 05/03/2013

Frivolous Friday: What not to wear

Missouri Senator Ryan McKenna tripped off the catwalk with a proposal to ban seersucker suits on aged eight years or older.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:32 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  p-Op Quiz

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 05/03/2013

The Insiders: Only a polite "golf clap" for the April jobs report

Today's jobs report is better than what most feared, but the fact is that the only robust thing about the Obama economy is the stock market.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:00 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, economy, employment situations, jobs, The Insiders

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 05/03/2013

6 pics of p-Op Culture

Sarah Palin, "jerk," Mark Sanford, "assclown," nerd prom, Canada, James Brown, coming out and pre-natal warrior sharks. They all made their way into the national discourse this week. But how?

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:09 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  p-Op Quiz

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 05/02/2013

The Insiders: Has The White House quit trying?

President Obama and the Democrats are being unserious, and their latest climate change actions are just the latest example.

By Ed Rogers  |  06:39 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Congress, keystone pipeline, The Insiders

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 05/02/2013

When U.S. politics works right

You may be sick of presidential politics -- but the system needs it.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:13 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016 election, hillary clinton, Marco Rubio, martin o'malley, Rand Paul

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Obama's real 'leadership' problem

If folks are going to talk about President Obama's "inability to lead" they need to be fully mindful of just how responsible the Republican Party is for it.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:48 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans

Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Ad nauseam from Hyundai and Mountain Dew

They apologized, but they used the weasley "if we have offended anyone" formulation to make amends.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:23 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Social Issues

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 05/01/2013

The Insiders: Republicans should help the president deal with Syria

GOP shouldn't seize upon the "red line" mistake to force bad policy in hopes of just embarrassing President Obama.

By Ed Rogers  |  06:01 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Republicans, Syria, The Insiders

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 05/01/2013

The more we know about House Republicans, the better John Boehner looks

The more we know about House Republicans, the better the speaker looks.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:31 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Republicans

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 05/01/2013

PostScript: Milbank on the powerless president

Readers respond to the column about Barack Obama and congressional inaction.

By Rachel Manteuffel  |  03:08 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PostScript

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 05/01/2013

The Insiders: Don't underestimate Sen. Cruz

He is not afraid to ruffle some feathers in Washington, and he's got a lot of credibility with Republicans outside of the Beltway.

By Ed Rogers  |  02:15 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Republicans, Ted Cruz, The Insiders

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Zimmerman opts not to stand his ground

By putting his fate in the hands of a jury, Zimmerman shifts the burden of proof away from himself and onto Trayvon Martin.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:11 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trayvon Martin

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 05/01/2013

Where Ed Markey should watch his back

Republicans win when they cut into the Democratic vote in the old blue collar cities around the state and carry the middle-of-the-road vote in suburbs.

By E.J. Dionne Jr.  |  10:52 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 05/01/2013

The gloriously unremarkable coming out of Jason Collins

When Collins spoke his truth, the response has been a reassuring, "What took you so long?!"

By Jonathan Capehart  |  08:17 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LGBT

 

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