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E.J. DIONNE: Big money playing a big role in campaigns

OPINION: Outside groups are blanketing the airwaves with negativity

Structural changes in our politics are making campaigns more mean and personal than ever.

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E.J. DIONNE: Will election turn on terrorism issue?

OPINION: ISIS may be a defining issue in New Hampshire Senate race

The campaign approach of former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who is challenging Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire next month, reflects the GOP’s confidence that when the country gets scared of terrorism, it turns to Republicans.

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E.J. DIONNE: Eric Holder and the legacy of Robert F. Kennedy

OPINION: Resiging Attorney General Eric Holder says he was inspired by Robert F. Kennedy

If ever a public figure was exempt from Holder’s much contested depiction of our country as a “nation of cowards” on race, it was RFK, a man who was in constant struggle with his demons and his conscience.

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E.J. DIONNE: Appointment of Chicago archbishop sign of big change

OPINION: Blase Cupich, now bishop of Spokane, is seen as a moderate within the Catholic church

The appointment will have an impact beyond the Catholic Church because it reveals a great deal about the role Pope Francis wants the church to play in American life.

E.J. DIONNE: A wistful no in Scotland

OPINION: In the final days of the campaign, the very finality of separation kicked in

Scotland’s referendum on independence was decided by voters whose hearts said yes but whose heads said no.

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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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