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E.J. DIONNE: Can Washington be responsible?

OPINION: Midterm elections should not affect debate on U.S. policy in the Middle East

We need a responsible Congress to begin the search for a sustainable foreign policy. An unconstrained debate after this fall’s campaign is the place to start.

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E.J. DIONNE: New politics of foreign policy

OPINION: President Obama is pushing a tough-minded multilateralism

Two things are clear about where the public stands now: It is more ready to use U.S. power than it was even a few months ago. But it remains deeply wary of again committing U.S. combat troops to the Middle East.

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E.J. DIONNE: When moderates fight back

OPINION: Moderate Republicans fuel independent challenges in Kansas and Alaska

The Republican establishment may have overcome many tea party challenges this year, but it is increasingly captive of the right wing.

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E.J. DIONNE: President Obama beyond the sound bite

OPINION: The president is working to build a broad coalition to roll back the Islamic State

In contemplating Obama’s foreign policy, Mark Twain’s reference to Richard Wagner’s music — it’s “better than it sounds” — comes to mind. His policy is better than he has articulated it, and it’s certainly better than his remark about strategy.

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E.J. DIONNE: The limits of rage

OPINION: Gubernatorial races will be the barometer for politics in the long run

The question to ask: Do voters begin to push back against the tea party tide that swept governorships and legislatures into Republican hands four years ago and produced the most radical changes in policy at the state level in at least a generation?

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E.J. DIONNE: Obamacare beyond the label

OPINION: Democrats have not recovered from President Obama’s llousy sales job for the Affordable Care Act

Democratic consultants say that candidates who explain what the Affordable Care Act does and stay away from the term “Obamacare” will fare better with voters.

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E.J. DIONNE: Neighborhoods becoming less neighborly

OPINION: Neighborliness has evolved into leaving people alone

Individual choice certainly has big advantages over a rigid collectivism. But solidarity sure beats impulsiveness, self-involvement and fragmentation.

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E.J. DIONNE: U.S. needs plain vanilla bipartisanship

OPINION: Most Americans now disapprove of their own U.S. representative

The GOP talks a great deal about family values, but what, pray, is it willing to do to ease life for parents trying to make a living and do right by their kids at the same time?

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E.J. DIONNE: Can voters effect change in the GOP?

OPINION: Republicans appear to be halfway there in gaining control of the U.S. Senate

Solving the country’s problems requires, above all, turning the Republican Party back into a political enterprise willing to share the burdens of governing, even when a Democrat is in the White House.

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E.J. DIONNE: Paul Ryan's new clothes

OPINION: Paul Ryan cloaks his retread idea with language of innovation

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan gave a well-crafted address at the American Enterprise Institute in which the centerpiece sounded brand spanking new: the “Opportunity Grant.” The problem is that this “pilot program” amounts to little more than the stale conservative idea of wrapping federal programs into a block grant and shipping them off to the states.

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