E.J Dionne

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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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E.J. DIONNE: Justice blinded by ideology

OPINION: By gutting the Affordable Care Act, two right-leaning judges have strayed from impartiality

Because the subsidies are established in a part of the law referring to state exchanges, the D.C. Circuit ruled that no one on the federal exchange is eligible for them. Poof! There goes the health law in most of the country.

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E.J. DIONNE: Will Flight 17 sober us up?

OPINION: Our political debate in America is just plain stupid

The deaths of 298 innocent people transformed the battle for Ukraine into a global issue. President Obama now needs to offer the other side of his doctrine. The notion that the United States is retreating from the world is simply wrong.

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E.J. DIONNE: Bordering on heartless

OPINION: Do we rush to repeal commitment the moment it becomes inconvenient?

Unless the United States is willing to open its borders to all comers — a goal of only the purest libertarians and a very few liberals — we will face agonizing choices about whom to let in and whom to turn away.

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E.J. DIONNE: Where does the buck stop?

OPINION: Unhappy voters results in election battle

Some elections are contests between voters who are happy and voters who are not.

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E.J. DIONNE: Our Constitution a progressive one

OPINION: Because the Constition is a framework for government, it cannot answer every question in 2014

Progressives should think constitutionally themselves, thereby challenging conservative claims about what the Constitution really demands.

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E.J. DIONNE: Hobby Lobby decision expands corporate rights

OPINION: In one way, the decision was a small win for socialized medicine

It’s unfortunate that the Obama administration’s initial, parsimonious exemption for religious groups helped ignite the firestorm that led to the Hobby Lobby ruling.

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