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Monday, January 21, 2019
E. J. Dionne

Besides contributing to The National Memo, E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, and a university professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University.

His most recent book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (2013).

Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk during a commercial break at the Democratic U.S. presidential candidates' debate in Flint, Michigan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

What Clinton And Sanders Owe Progressives

Their underlying argument is more than a century old, reprising an internecine progressive fight that goes back to the 1912 election, when Former President Theodore Roosevelt, Democrat Woodrow Wilson, and Socialist Eugene Debs rounded out the most remarkable field of candidates American voters were ever offered.

April 19, 2016

The Right Question About Government

The choice is not between more or less government. They are about whether what government does provides greater benefit to workers or employers.

September 7, 2015

Healing The Nation’s Wounds

We can look at both violence and racism as scourges that all of us must join together to fight. Or we can turn the issues of crime and policing into fodder for racial and political division.

September 3, 2015

Iran And The Case For Realism

The administration’s core challenge to its critics is: “What is the alternative?” It is not a rhetorical question.

August 31, 2015
America First

Trump’s Video Game Mastery

Television is about ratings; Trump delivers ratings; therefore, Trump, whose speeches are 90 percent about Trump — his feelings, experiences, feuds, grudges and, of course, genius — is on television nonstop.

August 27, 2015

All Votes Matter

Legislatures in states where Republicans had full political control have make it harder for African-Americans, Latinos, and young people to vote.

August 20, 2015

When Yeats Comes Knocking

It’s always tempting to assume that the side we oppose brings vast reservoirs of demonic energy to bear against our own sad and bedraggled allies.

August 17, 2015

Jeb Bush’s Brotherly Wager

Bush’s attack on Clinton and Obama for their “blind haste” to get out of Iraq played well with the GOP voters — but it might haunt him later.

August 13, 2015

Obama Vs. The Cavaliers Of Unilateralism

If you wondered why President Obama gave such a passionate and, yes, partisan speech on behalf of the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, all you had to do was tune in to the Republican presidential debate the next night.

August 10, 2015

What Bernie’s Moment Means

Progressives argue that Bernie taps into a deep frustration with inequality and the power of big money in politics while also reflecting the public’s interest in bold proposals to correct both.

August 6, 2015

Only Losers Out-Trump Trump

If Donald Trump’s rivals at the debate see their task as proving themselves to be as theatrically gifted as he is, he’ll clobber them

August 3, 2015
US Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

The Price Boehner Pays

The latest attempt at a Boehner ouster is yet another indication that the Republican Congress still has a lot of trouble getting that governing thing down.

July 30, 2015

Americans Polarized But Ambivalent

So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues.

July 27, 2015

Trump Has The GOP Establishment’s Number

Only now are Republicans willing to say: “You’re fired.” No wonder Trump is laughing.

July 23, 2015

The Kasich-Walker Debate

John Kasich has a very different message from Scott Walker. Which is why he can’t win.

July 20, 2015

Obama: Reaganite On Iran

There are parallels between the two-step approaches that both Reagan and Obama took to a problematic foe.

July 16, 2015
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s Economic Bet

Hillaryeconomics is a wager that voters across racial and ethnic lines, very much including members of the white working class, want a raise and better benefits. Can the GOP make a plausible counteroffer?

July 13, 2015

Will Washington Blow Up Again?

Draconian budget cuts and shutdown threats are not only bad politics but a deeply flawed and irresponsible approach to governing.

July 9, 2015
Emanuel Church

Liberated By Grace

For those who see religion as primarily an opiate, African-American Christianity offers a riposte. For those who see Christianity itself as a faith that encourages quiescence and conservatism, the tradition of the black church is a sign of contradiction.

July 6, 2015

How Much Do We Value Work?

Central to our national self-understanding is the idea that hard work pays off. Americans have always tolerated rather high levels of inequality, as long as most people had a chance to rise.

July 2, 2015

The Acceleration Of History

Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation’s 239 years of life has a single week brought such a surge of social change and such a sweeping set of challenges to past assumptions.

June 29, 2015
open carry

The Right To Be Free From Guns

What’s needed is a long-term national effort to change popular attitudes toward handgun ownership. And we need to insist on protecting the rights of Americans who do not want to be anywhere near guns.

June 25, 2015

Charleston And The Politics Of Evasion

Millions of words will be written and spoken about the victims in Charleston. We’ll deal with everything — except the need to change.

June 22, 2015
Pope Francis waves to the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square on December 17, 2014 at the Vatican (AFP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli)

The Pope, The Saint, And The Climate

There is no ambiguity in what the pope is saying about climate change, which is why the critics will descend upon him.

June 18, 2015

Hillary Clinton And The Art Of Jujitsu

Though tied to Democratic administrations past, Clinton intends to wage her presidential campaign around policies and plans that are about the future.

June 15, 2015