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E.J Dionne

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E.J. DIONNE: President works to build confidence

OPINION: President Obama makes case for restoring equality

In his State of the Union address, President Obama tries to move the national conversation to opportunity for everyone.

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E.J. DIONNE: President Obama should focus on the big picture tonight

OPINION: In his State of the Union address, President Obama should look at effects years down the road

President Obama should focus on economic inequality and decling social mobility in his State of the Union address tonight.

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E.J. DIONNE: Gov. Chris Christie now forced to function on two levels

OPINION: Sidestepping controversies, Chris Christie blasts U.S. approach to its drug problems

At his inaugural address, Chris Christie’s ideology came draped in anti-partisan, anti-gridlock fashion.

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E.J. DIONNE: Year six of hope and change

OPINION: The November elections will determine whether President Obama can make good on 2009 promises

As his administration enters its sixth year, President Obama has found the hope and change he promised strangled by politics.

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E.J. DIONNE: Tough liberalism is a lost art

OPINION: U.S. House is losing its Ted Kennedy to retirement

U.S. Rep. george Miller, D-Calif., has been true to his liberal ideals while knowing when to compromise.

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E.J. DIONNE: Liberals are the least of the problems of Gov. Chris Christie

OPINION: Gov. Christie condemned the bridge lane closure only after a smoking gun surfaced

Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t have the conservative base of previous Republican presidents to overcome the problems that have arisen in regard to George Washington Bridge political payback.

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E.J. DIONNE: Decriminalization of marijuana needed

OPINION: The enforcement of marijuana laws is harsher for African Americans

The way America enforces its marijuana laws is unconscionable, with the arrest rates for possession astoundingly and shamefully different for whites and African Americans.

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E.J. DIONNE: A hidden consensus for justice

Unemployment insurance and minimum wage issues reflect a larger problem in American politics

A substantial section of the conservative movement is now determined to blow up the national consensus that has prevailed since the Progressive and New Deal eras.

E.J. DIONNE: Progressives poised for resurgence

OPINION: The re-emergence of Democratic left will be a major story this year

A stronger left will keep the far right from making the political center more conservative.

E.J. DIONNE: 2013 was not as bad as you think

OPINION: The year was rough for President Obama, but not as bad as 2011

In 2013, the tea party began to decline in both real and perceived power, and Republicans began a slow retreat from the politics of absolutism.

E.J. DIONNE: NYC Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio not total antithesis of Michael Bloomberg

OPINION: In electing Bill de Blasio, New Yorkers were looking for a course correction

The mayor-elect campaigned on the idea of New York being divided between the very wealthy and everyone else.

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E.J. DIONNE: 'Duck Dynasty,' meet Pope Francis

OPINION: Humility defines the chasm between a living religious tradition and a dead traditionalism

Those of us who are Christian need to acknowledge that over the history of the faith, there have been occasions when “a supposedly changeless truth has changed,” as the great church historian and theologian Jaroslav Pelikan put it.

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E.J. DIONNE: Battle for control of GOP has just begun

OPINION: Republicans are dealing with a showdown between two conservative power centers

Conservative fundraising organizations have morphed into an alternative Republican establishment.

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E.J. DIONNE: Family values should be more than talk

OPINION: The FAMILY Act proposal would provide partial income during family leave

The FAMILY Act legislation would create an insurance program that would be funded by premiums.

E.J. DIONNE: Inadequate budget deal a necessity

OPINION: Interlude of fiscal peace must be used to rebalance U.S. political discussion

The right wing will paint a fiscally cautious budget accord as a big-spending monstrosity.

E.J. DIONNE: The return of the working class hero

OPINION: American culture is showing signs of change

What’s striking about the new labor writers is that they are not romantics who think that we can return to the ’30s or ’40s..

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E.J. DIONNE: President Obama expands the playing field

OPINION: Moving from health care reform, the president focuses on economic immobility

A long trend that has squeezed the size of the American middle class is a growing inequality from a lack of upward mobility.

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E.J. DIONNE: At the heart of the mission of Pope Francis is concern for the poor

OPINION: Pope Francis taking a stand against economic injustice

Liberals who love Pope Francis also need to come to terms with aspects of his thought that may be less congenial to their assumptions.

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E.J. DIONNE: True gratitude entails admission and a demand

OPINION: Gratitude is built into the structure of most forms of faith

If faith without works is dead, gratitude without generosity of spirit is empty.

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E.J. DIONNE: Era of denial in the Senate ends

OPINION: Nuclear option in the Senate derails Republican efforts to control federal courts

In the Obama years, conservatives have abused the filibuster in ways that liberals never dreamed of.

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E.J. DIONNE: We still miss what we lost when John F. Kennedy was killed

OPINION: The passion for public service and politics shown by JFK has not been duplicated

John F. Kennedy has come to represent a time of widespread confidence in the possibilities of America.

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E.J. DIONNE: United States has become a kinder, gentler nation

OPINION: Over the past three decades, America has made strides in combating lawlessness

Falling crime rates may lead to bipartisan cooperation on prison and sentencing reforms.

E.J. DIONNE: President Obama needs his friends back

A promise that Americans could keep their medical plans haunts Obama

There is no quick fix as the president looks for a place to start his political recovery.

E.J. DIONNE: Whats the matter with motherhood?

OPINION: Conservative opposition to maternity coverage in Obamacare is astonishing

Critics of the Affordable Care Act feel it is odious for those who do not need maternity coverage to help pay for the coverage for those who do.

E.J. DIONNE: American center of political gravity shifts left

OPINION: Republicans takes a step away from the tea party after losing elections

Republican successes in elections Tuesday were instances where candidates veered away from the hard right.

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E.J. DIONNE: Obamacare opponents have no alternative plan

OPINION: Opposition to Affordable Care Act is more noise than substance

Affordable health Care opponents create noise to distract attention from their lack of a solution for reforming U.S. health care.

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E.J. DIONNE: Professor Clinton explains the far right

OPINION: Former President Bill Clinton says conservative ideology does not accomplish anything

Former President Bill Clinton tells Virginia voters that the electorate that goes to the poll in off-presidential election years is different from the one that votes when the White House is at stake.

E.J. DIONNE: First, we have to admit the problem

Opinion column: Washington politicians focus on the wrong problem

Instead of the federal deficit, Democrats should be focused on slow growth and unemployment.

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DIONNE: Don't give up on the uninsured

Opinion Column

Obamacare is working.

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DIONNE: A case for hope

Opinion Column

“Blessed are they who expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed.”

E.J. DIONNE: Can we please govern now?

OPINION: Pointless, avoidable crises make the U.S. government look foolish abroad.

The budget deal Wednesday allowed the federal government to avoid disaster, but America’s image and reputation took serious blows.

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DIONNE: Obama can't afford to waste this moment

Opinion column

The senseless government shutdown has led to a rout of the tea party, right-wing extremism and a Republican leadership that was cowed into a march toward oblivion. But a great deal hangs on what happens next

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DIONNE: Stupid politics disrupting U.S. growth

Opinion column

Seeing our government and our creditworthiness held hostage to the demands of a right-wing minority is infuriating. It is also heartbreaking because the only thing keeping our country from being its growing, innovative and successful self is genuinely and unnecessarily stupid politics.

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DIONNE: Tea Party may coming to end

Opinion column

If the nation is lucky, this October will mark the beginning of the end of the tea party.

DIONNE: Mission accomplished by tea party

Opinion column

The tea party Republicans should hang a Mission Accomplished banner across the House of Representatives. They could flank it with large portraits of Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who has in fact, if not in name, replaced John Boehner as speaker of the House. The right-wing extremists got exactly what they wanted. Now, what will the country do about it?

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DIONNE: Who is more American these days?

Opinon column

As we face several more weeks of ludicrously irresponsible hostage-taking politics driven by tea-party radicalism, we would do well to study how postwar Germany — yes, encouraged by the United States — has embraced the sort of consensual, problem-solving politics for which we were once famous.

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DIONNE: Obama's foreign policy defined by irony

Opinion column

The public’s reluctance to support Obama’s effort to punish the Assad regime does not mean the American people want the United States to give up on its global role. But it was a cry for more time — and a demand that the case for American global responsibility be made afresh.

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DIONNE: Obamacare creates strange bedfellows

It was the last thing the Rev. Tim Ahrens expected to do during a chat in his book-lined office at the historic First Congregational Church at Columbus, Ohio: He expressed admiration for Gov. John Kasich.

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DIONNE: GOP fears Obamacare will succeed

Opinion column

The coming battles over budgets, the debt ceiling, a government shutdown and Obamacare are not elements of a large political game. They involve a fundamental showdown over the role of government in stemming rising inequality and making our country a fairer and more decent place.

DIONNE: Colorado vote a morality lesson on guns

You have to hand it to the gun manufacturers lobby. Children may be slaughtered, the death toll from firearms may keep mounting, but these guys are unrelenting and know how to play politics.

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DIONNE: Political thunder booms in New York City

Opinion column

Bill de Blasio, the insurgent and defiantly progressive New York City mayoral candidate, did not hold his Tuesday night victory party in one of those faux-ornate midtown Manhattan hotel ballrooms, the usual power venue for such festivities.

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DIONNE: America acting like a second-class nation

It was only a matter of time before our polarized politics threatened to destroy a president’s authority and call into question our country’s ability to act in the world. Will Congress let that happen?

DIONNE: Syria issue marks return to dissent

The debate over Syria is a jumble of metaphors, proof that every discussion of military action involves an argument about the last war. Yet beneath the surface, the fight in Congress over President Obama’s proposed strike against Bashar al-Assad’s regime is a struggle to break free from earlier syndromes to set a new course.

DIONNE: Labor Day could mark new life for unions

Could this Labor Day mark the comeback of movements for workers’ rights and a turn toward innovation and a new militancy on behalf of wage-earners?

DIONNE: Obama at point of no return With Syria

President Obama surely didn’t want to offer his commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on a day dominated by rumors of war. An armed conflict with the Syrian government, even of limited duration, was never part of Obama’s dream.

DIONNE: U.S. politics approaching Armageddon

Are you ready for the Big Magilla of American politics? This fall, every important domestic issue could crash into every other: health care reform, autopilot budget cuts, a government shutdown, even a default on the national debt.

DIONNE: The dream did not come free

The things we forget about the March on Washington are the things we most need to remember 50 years on.

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DIONNE: Christie suffering from debate phobia

“We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win.” Thus did Chris Christie offer one of the most pregnant statements yet in the ongoing Republican argument over the party’s future.

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Acts of kindness and generosity are unearned

Opinion column

In thinking about inequality, we tend to focus on practical remedies such as raising minimum wages or supplementing the incomes of the working poor. We have far more trouble affecting that ineffable thing we call luck

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Obama goes big with addresses

Opinion column

Presidents are judged not only by the things they do but also by how successful they are in influencing the actions of the presidents who follow.